August 11, 2011
It’s the holiday season. The English summer rain serves only to sharpen the anticipation of the foreign sun that you will be enjoying in the not too distant future.
There is only one problem. How do you take your music collection with you when it’s all in ogg format and you don’t have a handy Android device to transfer it onto.
Step forward Sound Converter – another in the seemingly endless supply of really useful open source utilities for Linux.
NOTE – I’ve tried this on both Ubuntu and Mint and, as you’d expect, the steps are the same. The screenshots in this post are taken from Mint because the novelty still hasn’t worn off yet Read the rest of this entry »
August 8, 2011
“Oohh, you’re all minty”, is just the sort of thing I’d like Deb to say to me just after I’ve brushed my teeth in the morning. Most of the time though, I have to content myself with some muffled threats and demands for coffee. My beloved is definitely not a morning person.
I’m typing this in a shiny new version of Libre Office and my eyes are slowly becoming accustomed to the lack of brown and purple and the preponderance of green on the desktop.
Yes, I’ve decided to give Linux Mint a try… Read the rest of this entry »
July 31, 2011
The tension was palpable on the bridge of The Enterprise. The hulk of the giant Teredation Cruiser filled the View Screen.
With baited breath they awaited the response of the Teredation Captain to the message they had just transmitted.
Suddenly the image on the screen changed from that of the menacing warship to Simon, Lord High Hatter of the Teredations. In a voice which hinted at an unaccustomed uncertainty, he exclaimed,
“What is this PL/SQL of which you speak ?”
OK, so maybe it wasn’t the bridge of the Enterprise so much as in the beer garden at the Nut and Squirrel. The question, however, is pretty much accurate.
In an attempt to distract himself from the sad news that Claude Gnapka had finally left Luton for Walsall, Simon posed the following programming problem :
He needed a SQL query to return the first working day on or after the 23rd of the month, together with the first working day of the following month. He wanted both dates to be returned in the same row.
The catch ? Simon works on Teradata which, owing to a glitch in the Universal Translator ( or something), doesn’t have anything like PL/SQL or T-SQL built in. Read the rest of this entry »
May 14, 2011
I have finally got around to having a proper play with my new(ish) Android Phone.
In doing so, I’ve discovered that :
- it can read music files in ogg format ( good old Linux)
- yes, Angry Birds IS addictive
- it works very nicely as a Wireless Hot-Spot.
A quick tour through the toys I’m using for this particular exercise.
The Emachines E350 netbook running good old Ubuntu 10.04.2 is the computer. Yes, this should work on Windows as well, if your that way inclined.
The phone in question is an HTC Desire S running Android 2.3.3
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