Getting FamilySearch Indexing to work in Ubuntu 14.04

If you, like myself, are an avid family history researcher or simply good person, you might be participating in FamilySearch’s indexing effort. Basically it’s crowdsourcing the indexing of billions, probably trillions, of family history related images and...

Blackened Areas in showFoto, and digiKam

In working on some of my family history scans last week, I had some very large TIF files that had been scanned in grayscale. Opening them in showFoto and digiKam showed large, pixelated patches of black. At first I thought it was a scanning error, but I quickly found...

Working Heterogenously

Every time I start consolidating on a single platform, something happens that completely throws that into disarray. With Ubuntu and other flavors of Linux, I would inevitably hit a point trying to use just that platform where something couldn’t be done well or...

Pick The Question You’re Trying to Answer

Yesterday I heard an interesting podcast from the UK National Archives by Dr. Kathleen Chater on ‘Researching Untold Histories’. As I listened I was struck by her statement on zeroing in on your topic, which applies to doing genealogy, writing books,...

Making QT Apps Look Good in KDE

It’s odd but even though KDE is built on QT, QT apps can look rather… bad in KDE. QT has a bunch of styles built in, but Oxygen, the KDE default, is not built-in. The way it can be used is through the shared QT libraries in the Linux distribution (or I...