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.

Learning German

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:33

Here's a list of my favourite resources for learning German. I open them as needed, but I figured I'd put some of them together here too. I'd eventually like to create a django site for my translation needs, because each site has just a bit of what I need, and a lot of what I don't, plus ads.

Found Insects - Some Kind of Something Else

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:54

Maybe I need a new section for my pics of insects. This little monster landed in front of me while sitting in Victoria Park. Not sure what it is yet, and I'm reading The Forever War right now, and don't want to look for it. Bonus points to anyone who finds it before I update this post.


Found Insects - Some Kinds of Beetle

Submitted by jean-paul on Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:14

Are you familiar with insects in Ontario, Canada? I've found, and photographed a few recently, and can't seem to find any images that lead to a positive identification except for the spider.

Here's a nice pic of a beetle found near my tomato plants. It looks similar to a leaf-footed bug, but I'm not sure what it is. Squash bug?

Next is another unknown beetle. Looks similar to pics of a Soldier Beetle, or possibly Pennsylvania Leatherwing. What do you think?


How I blocked auto-play video ads

Submitted by jean-paul on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:06

I hate annoying advertisements. I understand that site owners get paid using ads, and I'm all for that, which is why I don't use a browser plugin to block them. The ads I do hate are pop-ups, pop-unders, and anything that makes noise without being enabled manually.


Submitted by jean-paul on Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:35

Here's a pic from when I was in 4RCR. I believe this was taken shortly after the Paardeberg Ball.


Dual Monitor and KDE

Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:58

    I got a new system, and in trying to get the Radeon HD 5450 to output to 3 monitors at once, I booted to an old install of Linux Mint. After updating, and far too much fiddling with drivers and kernels, and rebooting, I got it to work, albeit not consistently.

Cropping PDF for E-Reader Use

Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:16

I found a great script that removes the margins from PDF books. It is for linux, and requires a few different tools to make it work. The script is not mine, but was found at the following link. I'm preserving it here for later use. And posterity, or whatever.

Meine Präsentation, Deutsch 2220

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:53

Here are my presentation files:

First is the Powerpoint file. Give it a second after clicking, it's a big file.

Below is my word list.

Below is my presentation in PDF format, just in case.