Kdenlive quick colourfix in Linux Mint Cinnamon

  • 18 February 2017
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Kdenlive has colour issues in Linux Mint Cinnamon

Recently I've been going through old footage I shot on MiniDV several years ago. In the past I've used OpenShot to edit video, but I did quite a bit of looking at what people are currently using and Kdenlive seemed to get mentioned at lot more, so I decided to give it a shot. One annoyance immediately popped up was that all tool-tips were showing up as white text on a yellow background (unreadable).

Failed [fixed] Linux Mint 17.3 to 18.1 upgrade

  • 5 February 2017
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Linux Mint 18.1 desktop

A couple of days ago I decided that it was time I upgraded my main desktop from Linux Mint 17.3 to 18.x. Up to this point I've been hesitant to upgrade. I remember looking at the comments several months back and people recommended not upgrading at that time. I Googled the steps and followed the "mintupgrade upgrade" steps, but I did this right before heading to bed, and I did it on terminal session 1 rather than using a terminal window within Cinnamon.

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Justifying a video card upgrade in my workstation/gaming machine

  • 2 February 2017
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GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 4G

Sometimes it's hard to justify buying a piece of hardware when you know you're really only going to use it's advanced features occasionally. For a little while I've had my eye on the (at least for me) new-ish GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 WINDFORCE OC 4G video card. The Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H in my main workstation has worked really well with my A8-5600K processor and I really haven't had many complaints (other than when I first installed/upgraded to Windows 10 there was some issues with video tearing that went away with driver updates)... that was until this evening.

New KODI server build

  • 1 February 2017
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SPEC-01 case that holds our KODI server

Our current living room KODI server is getting a bit old. We currently have 8TB of storage between 2 x 3TB and a 2TB hard drive. Media is spread across the drives and is starting to get a bit disorganized. Part of the disorganization is because of the age of some of the data. Back when I first started ripping media for what was then called XBMC I used the command line interface program transcode to do a lot of work.

Kanban project organization via Google Docs and Kanbanachi

  • 7 January 2017
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My Kanbanachi board for home projects

This article is a bit of a work in progress. I've used Kanbanachi a little bit for organizing projects at work and personal organization, but I'm a newbie both when it comes to Kanban and the Kanbanachi Google add-on. In other words: I could be doing it wrong. This article covers what I'm using Kanbanachi for with an emphasis on the work I'm doing at home.

Annual Packt Publishing $5 ebook/video sale - title's I bought

  • 6 January 2017
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Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator's Cookbook

Every year around Christmas/Boxing day Packt Publishing runs a $5.00 sale. For $5 USD you can pick up any ebook or video in the Packt Publishing library. The past couple of years I've picked up books each time they've run the sale. The sale ends soon (January 9th). This year I picked up the following titles:

Hakko FX-888D soldering station

  • 5 January 2017
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Santa was good and brought me this Hakko FX-888D soldering station

Electronics-related skills seem more important now than ever, especially with the number of maker spaces opening up. When I was in high school I always wanted to take an electronics course, but we had none in the "Advanced" stream at our school. Oddly enough we had an advanced typing course. At the time there were three streams in high school, Basic, General, and Advanced. My impression (which was mistaken) was that in order to go to University you had to only take Advanced courses. So I never ended up learning any soldering or basic electronics skills.

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