FocusWriter

I’ve recently installed FocusWriter, a distraction free writing tool, on the compy. I’ve used a few online equivalents but thought I’d have something available for full offline use. It works well (on Ubuntu 11.10) and is available for Unix, Windows and Mac and features text, rtf and basic .odt file support. You can even set…

Libre In The Web

The word on the street (as Huggie bear probably never said) is that the OpenOffice project, one time darling (ish) of the open source community, is close to death as it’s forked variant Libre Office announces ongoing improvements. Stopping short of emulating Microsoft’s controversial ribbon interface Libre Office has nonetheless announced their intention for an…

Using Microsoft’s Web-Based Office on Mac and Linux

Microsoft’s free web version of Office has finally been opened up to computing platforms other than windows. I’ve tried it on both Mac & Linux and it worked reasonably well though on linux there’s a frequent pester box to ‘improve’ the rendering of text by installing Microsoft Silverlight which of course you can’t do in…

PlayOnLinux-Another human face for wine

A piece of software called Wine lets linux users run a small number of software applications that ordinarily require the Windows operating system.  PlayOnLinux is a free application that puts an easy to follow wizard style interface on top of wine and contains some pre-installed scripts to help load a number of compatible applications. Since…

Say Hello To Microblogging

Aside from blogging here on wordpress I do enjoy a certain ammount of microblogging on twitter, pownce and tumblr as an outlet for the random smaller and sometimes more personal thoughts. The process has been made a lot easier by using the Hello Txt service that allows selective or simultaneous posting across a variety of…

Taming Tinnitus

Some Help For Tinnitus – For those of you also stuck with Life’s pilot tone playing in their ear(s) here are some observations from one who lives with the condition with some tips that may help manage your own tinnitus. Avoid Noise – (duh!… but really)-I wear ear plugs in loud situations and especially on…