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Archive for January, 2014

Installing Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop (7737) dual boot with Windows 8 / 8.1

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This is a guide to install Ubuntu on a Windows 8 based laptop. Specifically this is how it can be installed on a new 17″ Dell laptop. This is installed on the Inspiron 17 – 7737, which is a touchscreen laptop in the Dell Multimedia and Entertainment range. The laptop has an Intel i5 based […]

Erratic mouse behaviour on Dell laptop with soft touchpad – Adjusting the trackpad in Ubuntu

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop, to primarily run Linux. This is a 17″ laptop with touchscreen and a Touchpad. The touchpad is a single rectangular area which appears to integrate the two “mouse” buttons with a line marked on top of the touchpad. This is sometimes called a clickpad as the entire […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – using the Raspberry Pi

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Each year the RSPB hold a Big Garden Birdwatch to monitor the birds visiting gardens. Volunteers spend an hour watching their garden and record the birds that they see during the hour. I signed up for this years bird count (25 to 26 January 2014) before realising that it clashed with a busy weekend driving […]

Review of the Raspberry Pi Fuze – Raspberry Pi based computer with Fuze basic

Monday, January 20th, 2014

As an adult I often try and imagine myself in my children’s shoes to try and think about how appropriate something would be for their age group. Usually I can get a reasonable idea of how well they will pick something up, but this review is one where my daughter has helped me to see what it is like to learn programming through a child’s eyes.

This is a review of the Fuze Raspberry Pi based computer.

The first thing you should do with your new Windows 8 laptop from Christmas

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

You’ve unwrapped your shiny new Windows 8 PC or laptop you received for Christmas, but before you start using it there is something you should do first. Don’t worry if you’ve started using it, but do this as soon as possible, before you have a problem. As a Linux advocate you may think I’m going […]


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