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  1. PDF tricks

    This article contains several useful tricks for manipulating PDF files.

    The focus of this article is on Open Source and Free software, that are available for UNIX-like operating systems. These tools are made for use on the command-line of a shell.

  2. Making Ex Libris booklabels

    It has been my custom to mark books that I buy with my name and date of purchase. Initially I wrote these, but that became tedious. Since I’m not much of a graphic artist, I decided on creating a simple booklabel in LaTeX, as shown below.

    Old Ex Libris of R.F. Smith

    In 2014 I ...

  3. Repairing a color laserjet 2550

    Some time ago, my trusty old color laserjet 2550L more or less stopped printing, or at least I thought so. It turned out that the printer only printed in yellow. Which is not particularly useful.

    At the time I bought this printer not because I print very much, but because ...

  4. Switching to the vim editor

    date: 2016-12-11
    original date: 2013-08-17
    category: howto
    tags: vim editor

    After having been an Emacs user for a long time, I was starting to grow disenchanted with it around version 24. My main problem is that it was starting to get really slow. Not just in starting up, but also in daily use, specially it you kept an instance open ...

  5. Adding text or graphics to a PDF file

    Using Acrobat Reader’s ability to add text et cetera has proven unreliable for me. On multiple occasions I have lost all the text added to a PDF file. When your filling in 20-plus pages worth of permit forms this is a huge waste of time and extremely annoying.

    So I set out to find another way using the free and open-source tools I have available.

  6. Installing asymptote 2.38 in TeXLive 2016

    Since the previous article [1, 2] I’ve updated TexLive to 2016. This comes with asymptote 2.38, but not with a FreeBSD binary for it.

    My TeXLive is not installed from the FreeBSD ports tree, so I cannot use the asymptote port since it depends on the TeXLive port ...

  7. Using a scanner for macro photography

    Although you wouldn’t guess it from the contents of this blog, my day job involves the design and production of products from fiber reinforced composites. A lot of my projects fall under non-disclosure agreements, so I cannot discuss them here.

    What I can do is share some of the methods I’ve developed over the years. One of those is using a desktop scanner to make close-ups.


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