I ran into a curious problem for a side problem of mine where I had some information in PDF files, both text and images. What I want to do is display the information from the PDF's on a mobile (Android) device. PDF isn't exactly a mobile friendly format, so I got the idea use HTML. The next trick then becomes how to get the content out of the PDF's I want into HTML.
A while ago I picked up a Microsoft Notebook Mouse 5000. Finally decided to use it on my laptop. I figured that having a bluetooth mouse would mean that I wouldn’t have a USB receiver hanging off my laptop all the time. Plus, I thought it would be nice to use Blue Proximity. Now, the hiccup came when setting up the new mouse on Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit. It seems that you have to do a little bit extra to get the mouse working.
Most who know me are aware that, despite being a .NET developer and a Microsoft MVP, I'm a bit of a Linux freak at heart. I actually prefer Linux to Windows. Linux has come a long way in the past 18 years, although I've only been tinkering with it off and on for the past 9 years or so. I will admit that perhaps Linux on the desktop isn't quite there for the average consumer, but for me it.
Just a quick recap of days 3 & 4 of running with openSUSE 11 as my primary OS. By far and large, not a lot of complaints. As I do most of my work on a laptop, I tend to keep my VM's on external HDD's connected via USB2. I've been doing this for a while now, under Windows. I'm not to sure I'm a big fan of how openSUSE mounts (or tries to mount) my external HDD.
I've decided to try a little experiment, and see how things will go, computing-wise, if I minimize my dependence on Windows. Now, I don't want to run out and buy a Mac (not yet, anyway), so I'm taking a middle ground. I first repartitioned my hard drive (thanks gparted), and set aside a 15GB partition. On this partition, I installed OpenSUSE 11. My plan is to run OpenSUSE 11 as the host OS, and then use VMware to run VM's for my work and such.
Joe starts polling to see what people want to talk about. Most seem to be interest the libraries for Mono (being that they also work on Windows/.NET. So, Joe starts talking about libraries for/from Mono. Mono.Cecil. For all your reflecting and assembly modification needs. Mono.Addins. I've been looking at this off and on today, and I have to admit it looks pretty intriguing Mono.Rocks: Handy extension methods. Mono.
Today I got a new hard drive for my web server, to replace the one that died back in February. Hopefully the new 750GB drive will serve me as well as (or better) the old 200GB WD Cavair. I must admit, I was a bit suprised at how cheap it was to get such a big HD. The first order of business was to move my web site off it's current home and onto it's new, more permanent one.