June 17th, 2012

children of dune - leto 1

a day in the life of

norabombay can testify this is actually true.

Every so often, I run pop quizzes on Child's fannish knowledge to check he's keeping up with his studies, which also doubles as hilarious entertainment for me (note to parents of young children: wikipedia will tell them it's not true that revolutionary science is allowing men now give birth and mpreg is real; if you use this, keep them away from Wikipedia. Child checks me now every time, dammit.)

In this vein, norabombay and I were chatting about mpreg and I turned to Child to ask him what he thought. Child stared at me for a few minutes, serious and baffled, then said that in his opinion the penis would be a more appropriate orifice and what we had against penis babies.

Owner of said penis did not flinch; I did. I think he won that one.

Still in love with my kid, in case that was in question here.

(This led to revolutionary thoughts on male pouch pregnancy with norabombay, so.)

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children of dune - leto 1

Android Apps: Office Suite Pro

Quick review since QuickOffice Pro is on sale at Amazon for 7.99 for Android devices.

I've tested two and tentatively checked five apps that can read/write Microsoft Office well. This is for the two I've bought; if Documents To Go goes on sale anytime soon, I'll grab it as well.

QuickOffice Pro is currently half price at 7.99 - I paid full price and don't consider it a bad investment at all. It's major problem is that the default view is tiny and you have to zoom out. It also has some odd issues sometimes--only sometimes--with large files, but keep in mind my perspective on large files is 700 pages of Microsoft Word Change documents with tons of screenshots for work; I've never had a problem otherwise.
Amazon - $7.99
Google Play - $14.99

OfficeSuite Pro 6 was .99 yesterday and I'm kicking myself for not posting about this when I saw it yesterday. It has a very good web view to get full screen of documents and it handles very large documents somewhat better than Quick Office Pro. Note: when using with dropbox, do not open file from dropbox; open from the program; dropbox files show on the home screen. Otherwise it will ask you about restoring and don't do that. OfficeSuite also has a separate font package, which if you get this program, I recommend; your office docs will look much better.
Amazon - $14.99
Google Play - $14.99

Both integrate seamlessly with Dropbox, and QuickOffice also integrates with like a lot of other programs as well, but none I like nearly as much as Dropbox (Evernote has potential, but I'm still wary). Honestly, I like OfficeSuite Pro more, but more in a personal preference way than anything lacking in QuickOffice, and if you're a completionist (Dude, I download every piece of software that integrates with Office due to this), get them both on sale.

ES File Explorer

I know a lot of people are somewhat intimidated by using ES File Explorer. If anyone is interested, I can do a short tutorial on using it to access both your files on your Android device, your entire network including your home computer, and using it as an FTP client. It really isn't you; it is not very intuitive, and if you haven't spent a lot of time in command line with Linux systems, it's frankly baffling, and some things just don't seem to go where they should. I will say if you don't have it, you should; it is really useful for moving files around if you download from AO3 and want to put them in the Kindle folder, though I'm going to note, for Kindle users on Android tablets, from what I can tell, Kindle is not alwasy consistent on where it stores the books. It's also fantastic as a way to search your entire tablet.


A new tutorial is up to compile and manually install Mediatomb to the latest version of Ubuntu. For the first time ever, I got it right on the first try. If anyone wants to install it to their home server or computer and isn't sure, I'll be happy to walk you through it and offer my custom scripts for sorting your media. Mediatomb is compliant so far with every bluray player I've been able to track down. I promise you, this isn't hard--though Christ, the way they talk about it is like brain surgery sometimes--but I know it can be confusing if you're not used to command line, and to use custom javascript sorting for your files, the manual installation and compilation are required.

However, if you don't care about that, the regular version is installable by package and works fine as well.

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