Articles by bob@lxer.com

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4 scanning tools for the Linux desktop

While the paperless world isn’t here quite yet, more and more people are getting rid of paper by scanning documents and photos. Having a scanner isn’t enough to do the deed, though. You need software to drive that scanner.But the catch is many scanner makers don’t have Linux versions of the software they bundle with their devices. For the most part, that doesn’t matter. Why? Because there are good scanning applications available for the Linux desktop. They work with a variety of scanners and do a good job.read more

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How gaming turned me into a coder

I think the first word I learned to type fast—and I mean really fast—was “fireball.”Like most of us, I started my typing career with a “hunt-and-peck” technique, using my index fingers and keeping my eyes focused on the keyboard to find letters as I needed them. It’s not a technique that allows you to read and write at the same time; you might call it half-duplex. It was okay for typing cd and dir, but it wasn’t nearly fast enough to get ahead in the game. Especially if that game was a MUD.read more