Back to Vinyl
Feb04

Back to Vinyl

Back in day I used to buy LPs then cassettes when needing mix tapes and portable Walkman music and then onto of course CDs before digital. However with the resurgence in vinyl I decided it was time to connect up the record player again. Not having a hifi set up, I wondered about streaming through the computer. Using Audacity this was simple. Audacity is a free open source and cross platform piece of software for multi-track recording...

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A Matter of Notes
Jul10

A Matter of Notes

Notetaking seems a rather banal topic for a post but for one who uses computers, tablets and smartphones a lot, notetaking is one of the most powerful productive tools available. There are of course many uses for notes. I use them mainly to keep reminders and a way remembering of all sorts of things and this has developed over time. Notes started as just text and were useful then for keeping hold of, well, whatever you wanted as long...

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Booklet Imposer
May30

Booklet Imposer

This sounds rather dramatic but what a great little piece of software. Recently I’ve been doing the service sheet for the licensing service of our new Vicar. Not wanting to use a full publishing package as I didn’t need any of the full blown layout features, I used Word (as that is what the Diocese uses) before turning to Libreoffice. Libreoffice has superb PDF export features but I couldn’t find a way to export in a...

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What to do in the Cloud!!
Feb17

What to do in the Cloud!!

Cloud storage is pretty much a necessity now-a-days. Back in the day (that makes me sound really old!), a single desktop PC held all your files, email, photos, videos etc. and should you need them away from your desk the trusty old USB pen was the solution. Things have moved on rather and with multiple machines, tablets and smartphones, accessing your files without needing multiple copies, and remembering what was needed to put on a...

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Libreoffice v Office 2013
Dec14

Libreoffice v Office 2013

Libreoffice is a fork of the more well-known OpenOffice. OpenOffice was taken over by Oracle, leading to the problem that it might not be truly open source. It was then taken over by the Apache project, but in that time most Linux distributions had moved to the Document Foundation's Libreoffice, and it is widely considered to have forged ahead in terms of usability and features. Multi-national corporations and public organisations...

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My Favourite Open Source Software
Aug12

My Favourite Open Source Software

I’ve used a fair bit of open source software in my time but have increasingly found myself using more and more. It seems the quality of a lot of the software is maturing and more notice is being taken of user experience. Open source software is defined as: Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study,...

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