Genius WP-8060U and Linux

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:12

So I've got this graphics tablet. A Genius WP-8060U. I got it at an electronics clearinghouse for I think $30 a number of years ago, which because I was using Linux at the time, the purchase was a bit of a gamble. I found the Wizardpen project online and signed up as a tester, so I was able to get it working most of the time. That project died, and support for those drivers was picked up at some point by the Digimend project.

Taking Notes in Linux for Students

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 23:26

Taking notes is an important part of school life, especially in college and university where the content is often presented at a faster pace than in earlier levels. In the upper levels, computers are often used by students in the classroom, so I'm going to try out a few different options available to me on Ubuntu Linux 13.04. Users of other releases or distributions (such as Fedora, openSuse, Arch) will likely have to modify the install instructions based on their setup.

Coming Soon - London Ontario Linux User's Group - lolug.ca

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 11:28

I've just purchased lolug.ca! I will be setting up a community site, in the hopes that I can help to stir up interest in the community. When I first started using Linux, I had a free domain at londonlinux.ath.cx, but it wasn't a good domain name. I also didn't do much with it, so despite having people sign up, it languished and eventually I shut it down.

There has been a Google Group for lolug for years, but it seems to now be inactive, and the "website" for lolug which was at Vox (free service) is now gone, as is Vox.

Gimp Animations for Google Plus Avatar or Awesome Ubuntu Logo

Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 00:12
ubuntu gravel gif

I tinkered with Gimp for a bit, and after coming to the realization that trying to animate layers with transparency so that underlying content is visible would be impossible, I decided on a gravel texture to animate behing the spinning logo. I thought maybe I would draw a kind of harness attached to the Ubuntu logo, and connecting to something differently in the banner. I'll keep the intersecting lines stable, so that even if the 2 animations lose sync, the 2 lines will connect.

About Ubuntu Operating System (What is Ubuntu?)

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:55

So you've heard about Ubuntu, and you'd like to know more? You've come to the right place. If you're looking for a tutorial, or a getting started guide, I would suggest refining your search, as there are plenty of places with that kind of information. This bit is only going to try to answer the question, "What is Ubuntu?".

First, a bit of background.

Bad Sound in Wine 1.4 under Ubuntu 12.04 12.10 13.04 x64

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 05/06/2012 - 19:46

I did a lot of searching for a solution to this problem. Any programs that I would run with Wine had horrible sound. It was almost like an underrun or something like that. I unfortunately don't have output from the terminal, but thankfully I do have a solution, as posted on Wine's wiki. Just to be clear, the sound I was getting was kind of scratchy, like a "farting" noise. I would get the same scratchy sound when using winecfg's "test sound" button, and it didn't matter what options I chose. So, here's the fix!

Google Drive

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 17:24

I finally got access to Google Drive! I don't have any of the desktop apps because I use Linux, but it's a start. I am going to try to use it with my blog, as a way to serve images quicker than I can from my server. 

[edit] It didn't work. I had a broken image embed for a while, but it looked bad. It's gone now, but I'll try to make it work again later. If you've had success serving images from Google Drive to your blog, let me know how you did it in the comments below.