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Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 (gen. 5)

Five years, two months, and 22 days after the last time, I’m retiring my laptop and moving to a new one. This time it’s a Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1, fifth generation (manufactured in March this year, if the packaging is … Continue reading

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Enable Left Win as the Compose Key on Ubuntu

It is very easy to type “special” characters on Linux (i.e. those that aren’t printed on the keyboard). It’s called the Compose or Multi Key, and it’s brilliant. First, enable it in ‘Keyboard settings > Advanced > Position of Compose … Continue reading

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Linux Voice fundraising success

Linux Voice has reached their target, and so shall be published! Hooray!

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Perth Linux Users’ Group

I’m now a member of: :-)

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My new Kobo Mini

Today I bought a Kobo Mini ereader. It’s lovely: small and simple, feeling light and nice to touch. It’s got an on button on the top edge, and a USB plug on the bottom; the rest is screen, bezel, and … Continue reading

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Setting up USB drives for backup

I use USB hard drives for backing up one of my machines, swapping them regularly but leaving everything else up to the backup script that runs daily. This means that I want to mount them at the same place every … Continue reading

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rsync.net

I signed up for an rsync.net account a bit over a month ago. They’re a reasonably-priced off-site filesystem provider, seemingly run by people who care about security and doing things normally. By ‘normally’, I mean rsync for starters (oddly enough, … Continue reading

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ninthfloor.org

This looks great. A community Linux host for email accounts, shell access, and a pile of other uses. They stand for “free access to computers; always yield to the hands-on imperative; freedom of information; decentralization; mistrust of bogus judgement criteria, … Continue reading

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Sorry, Apple Inc., I’ve met something I like more than you

I first used a Mac in about 1993 — a Quadra I think it might’ve been, or a Performa. I’d come from DOS and Amiga and didn’t really know anything about anything — I didn’t even know there was anything … Continue reading

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Cory Doctorow on Ubuntu-ThinkPad

My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven, Cory Doctorow, The Guardian. [Local archive] This article will probably even appeal to Mac fans; certainly reminds me of my idea a few months ago to get one of these machines…

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