My favorite Linux software of 2023

2023 was a great year for open source, in my opinion. Many of my old Linux software favorites got major updates or overhauls. Inkscape, Scribus, and Blender are more amazing than ever! Linux itself has become a lot easier and more stable thanks to the awesome kernel updates. I know some folks have issues with […]

Get Amazon Affiliate Links With Image From Python Using Amazon’s API.

This script will show you how to build an Amazon affiliate link with image from the new API that generates HTML that can be inserted into a blog. I made this as an example for my wife. She ended up using a plugin in WordPress. It uses python-amazon-paapi to do all the heavy lifting. You […]

Remove old snap data for uninstalled snap apps with Python

Snaps do have a purge argument but I always forget to use it. I wrote a script in Python to help with my laziness. This will only remove snap data for apps that have been uninstalled. If you want to keep the data and configs for some apps you will need to include the name […]

My favorite open source apps of 2023 that you may not have seen.

Here are a few tools I have been using this year. I absolutely love these open source apps and I think you might too. Amberol Amberol is a music player with no delusions of grandeur. If you just want to play music available on your local system then Amberol is the music player you are […]

How to get your encrypted Amazon e-books to ePub

Capitalism sucks and it is very apparent when you buy Amazon e-books. Don’t think locking books you buy down to Amazon and their eBook readers is good for authors. It is for Amazon investors and Bezos, period. Notice how easy they made if for authors to publish on their platform and the lack of editor […]

Show HEIC thumbnails in Gnome Files

This is all that is needed to get Apple HEIC image thumbnails in the Gnome file manager. I am currently running Ubuntu 23.04 but this should be similar in most distros using their package managers. It’s so easy a caveman could do it… sudo apt update sudo apt install libheif1 heif-thumbnailer heif-gdk-pixbuf That’s it. You […]

AutoStart Maestral Dropbox Client In Python Virtual Environment

Update May 1st, 2024: Maestral is now available via pipx. Pipx is similar to virtual environments and simplifies things. First thing, open the terminal and run each command as listed. # = comment… Install pipx: sudo apt install pipx # I am running Ubuntu 24.04 currently. Alter for your system.pipx ensurepath Install maestral: pipx install […]

Creating a simple radial percent gauge in Flet

I was cleaning up and found some old gauges I had built years ago. I created the images in Inkscape and likely deleted the Flash and JavaScript code. Anyway, since I am really digging working with Flet I thought it might be cool to re-purpose the images and create a radial gauge in Flet. Setup […]

Tags Example in Flet and Python

Just a quick example of how to create, add and remove hashtags in a Flet app. I needed to create this for an app I am working on and thought I’d share.