Posts tagged 'howto'

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Video Processing and Encoding

For a couple of years there have been a number of great open-source programs around for encoding video, both in Windows and (Ubuntu) Linux. Some of them provide a nice graphical user interface, but the best ones are still commandline tools, such as ffmpeg and MEncoder. They are extremely flexible ...

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Tweaking Ubuntu for the Lenovo Flexpad

I don’t like to get new equipment if I have old equipment that still works fine. My Asus A2500S laptop is now more than 10 years old, and although it has received a few small repairs and a memory upgrade over the years, it still works fine. Its Pentium ...

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Replacing the volume knob on a Kenwood amplifier

For some reason, repairing broken equipment is one of these tasks that I tend to put off for months, if not years, because it feels like it’s going to be a lot of hassle.

About a year ago the volume knob broke off my Kenwood KRF-V5090D audio video surround ...

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LaTeX formulas in ODF and Word documents

UPDATE (2012-10-01)
OOoLatex is no longer being updated by Geoffroy Piroux. Roland Baudin has created an up-to-date fork for LibreOffice called TexMaths. To install that on a recent version of Ubuntu, first get the required packages:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:martin-gieseking/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install texlive dvipng dvisvgm ...
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Fixing video drivers in Linux

One of the drawbacks of a monolithic kernel is that you’re often stuck with outdated drivers that don’t work for your hardware. Even if a fix is available upstream, there’s no easy way to update just a single driver. Luckily, LinuxTV now at least offers a script ...

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PDF Tips & Tricks

Repairing a damaged PDF-file

Ghostscript can “repair” some damaged or buggy PDF-files, by regenerating them. Try something like:

ps2pdf damaged.pdf fixed.pdf

Believe it or not but ps2pdf will happily accept PDF as input, and from it create a new PDF… You can use all the usual Ghostscript options ...

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OpenOffice.org / LibreOffice Tips & Tricks

Installing LibreOffice on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)

LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice.org after Ocracle acquired Sun and started charging money for previously free products (such as the ODF import filter for Microsoft Office). The 3.3 release of LibreOffice has a number of interesting features (such as ...

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OSS4 on Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx)

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.4 LTS, I was happy to notice that audio in all applications (including Skype) was finally working perfectly! However, I was less happy to notice that Pulseaudio was using quite a lot of CPU-time, and that the sound quality was absolutely awful… So I decided ...

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Printing a multi-page CD booklet

Creating and printing a multi-page CD booklet can be a bit of a headache. Firstly, not all programs support the re-ordering of pages required to make a foldable double-sided booklet. Moreover, the page-size is non-standard, which may give difficulties with commandline-tools such as Ghostscript and psnup. It took me a ...

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Embedding fonts in PDF-files

A while back I wrote a course-reader in OpenOffice.org Writer on Ubuntu. When I submitted it for printing, it turned out that not all fonts were embedded in the document, which led to various printing- and layout-problems. Here’s some advice on how to create PDFs that are suitable ...