I just got a new phone. It's a Motorola Moto M, and it's a huge step forward from my old phone. I actually don't want to change my phone after only two years, but I think my old phone is more of a burden than a helpful gadget. Its battery life is crap, not to … Continue reading Replacing Apps Accessed by Long-pressing the Home Button
I mostly use flashcards to remember Chinese vocabularies. It's pretty helpful, but I found creating cards to be a boring, repetitive process. It turns out that creating a .csv file and importing them to Anki/AnyMemo is easier and faster than creating cards one by one, and as a bonus, you have a convenient list of … Continue reading Creating Flashcards in Bulk
I'm dealing with two PDF files lately - a book and a dissertation, both are required reading materials. They're both huge and has hundreds of pages, but I only need to read a few pages from the textbook and a chapter from the dissertation. Fortunately, Linux has some PDF tools to fix this. As an … Continue reading Splitting, Converting, and Printing PDF Files
Not a long time ago, I prefer WPS Office to LibreOffice, since I was used to Microsoft Office-like ribbon interface than traditional menus. But now, to stay true to my use of open-source software, I switched to LibreOffice. (I'm excited for LibreOffice 5.3's experimental ribbon interface. Some habits are hard to kick.) So far so … Continue reading Changing LibreOffice’s File Dialog
I'm still having fun with my new music player. I have to say that it piques my interest in portable music players in general, but it would take a while for me to get another, though 😆. Choosing what music to put in it is not an easy task. I have a lot of music … Continue reading Managing Music Players with Clementine
There are two problems with my favorite note-taking apps, Google Keep and Simplenote: They don't have desktop apps. Web apps are of course available, but it doesn't feel as natural as a desktop app. Simplenote do have a desktop app, but it's not available for 32-bit Linux, and being an Electron app, I think it … Continue reading Cross-platform, Offline Note Taking? Use Dropbox (and some other apps).
I'm not a reader of fan fictions, but I recently stumbled upon several stories on Fanfiction.net that I like so much I considered to download them, so I could read them on my phone without internet connection, and won't feel so bad if it disappeared from the website. Unfortunately, you can't download the stories in a convenient format … Continue reading How to Download Stories from Fanfiction.net
When was the last time you bought an audio CD? I can’t remember for sure, but it must be 4-5 years ago. No matter how easy downloading music is right now, I still love my CD collection. I don’t buy CDs as often as I used to, but I still think that buying them feels … Continue reading How to Rip Your CDs (Windows)