Review – Logitech LX8 Cordless Laser Mouse

August 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gadget, linux, Ubuntu 

I've been having some trouble with tendonitis in my right forearm, so I decided to try using my left hand for the mouse. This quickly proved to be uncomfortable due to the right hand specific design of the mouse I was using. Thus, I went on a search for an ambidextrous mouse. After a bit of research online and some hands-on research in my local store, I chose the Logitech LX8. Read more

Subway Doesn’t Like Linux!

August 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: firefox, linux 

Subway currently has a Scrabble game going where you have to go to their website to enter your game pieces and play. When you click on Play Now, you get DENIED if you are using Firefox on Linux. They send you to a page telling you: Read more

How To Add An Item To Ubuntu’s Menu

August 13, 2008 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: firefox, gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

In today's entry, I'm going to show how to edit the main menu in Ubuntu. More generally, this should be valid for anyone running the Gnome Desktop Manager. For this example, I'm going to add a new launcher for Firefox. Read more

How to resample MP3 audio files on Linux using LAME

August 10, 2008 by · 15 Comments
Filed under: bash, HowTo, lame, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

If you're like me, you're not willing to shell out several hundred dollars to buy an 80GB iPOD to carry and store your music collection. In my case, I chose the 4GB Sansa e260 as my music player. Having ripped my music at high bitrates for improved quality, I soon became dissatisfied with the capacity of my player. At that point, I decided to do some experimenting with LAME's different encoding options in order to determine what settings gave me the minimum file size while providing acceptable sound quality. For me, LAME's variable bit rate preset 5 provides a good compromise between sound quality and file size. Read more

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