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Wine and Winetricks

The Wine project was started back in 1993 by Bob Amstadt and Eric Youngdale. The meaning of ‘Wine’ has changed several times during the project, but currently stands recursively for ‘Wine Is Not an Emulator’ – a technical way of referring to the fact that Wine runs Windows application code directly, rather than feeding it through an interpreter. The main corporate sponsor of Wine is the CodeWeavers company, which in turn has received sponsorship from Google. CodeWeavers sell and support an enhanced commercial version of Wine called CrossOver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Simulators, Windows Applications

 

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Jolicloud: a Unity that works?

Long boring background story: at home I have a broadband router and three desktop computer (plus one laser printer) plugged into it by cable. Any of them are capable of running Linux Mint and connecting to the Internet and other PCs, though at the moment only one of them does. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Ubuntu, Unity, Vista

 

Ubuntu Unity — first (and last) impressions

I must be missing something. Here we are with a new interface for Ubuntu, a new KDE, a new Gnome, a new GTK, and I haven’t yet been able to figure out what was wrong with the old ones. I used Ubuntu for more than a year, and I have used Mint, which largely entails Ubuntu’s interface, for more than a year, and I haven’t yet found anything that I want to do which the interface prevents me from doing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Gnome, GTK, KDE, Ubuntu, Unity, Vista

 

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Can it Bee? Invoicing software for Mint

At the moment there are three Windows programs that I really can’t live without: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Book scanning for dummies, part five

2. Post-scan processing with Acrobat

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Posted by on April 9, 2011 in eBooks, Scanners, Windows Applications

 

Book scanning for dummies, part three

The third magic technology for scanning is Optical Character Recognition — OCR for short. This is the application which converts your pictures of pages into a word processing document that — hopefully — contains more or less the same words in approximately the same order. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in eBooks, Graphics, Hardware, Windows Applications

 

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Book scanning for dummies, part two

Magic technology for scanning number one is the digital camera. Within the last ten years ordinary handheld cameras have been able to produce clear, perfectly readable images of printed text. Within the last five years they have become financially available to everyone. It’s a rare household which doesn’t have a digital camera capable of 8 megapixel images or better — the minimum resolution you need for a readable page. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in eBooks, Hardware, Windows Applications

 

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