Trello, now with added Dropbox

The Trello service has long been very useful for anyone organising the production of a small magazine, or a journal publication or even a book, with a few collaborators. The free non-business account they offer is perfectly capable for magazine production purposes. Now Trello has just announced free Dropbox integration, even on the free non-business accounts…


How to get big pictures from eBay listings

Here’s a handy little web-whittle. It lets you save large versions of images from fleeting eBay sales listings, in which images are usually blocked by a javascript lightbox. You don’t need an add-on to save them to your PC.

In Firefox, just go: View | Page Style | No Style. This strips all formatting off the page.

Then scroll down to the bottom of what is now a much longer page than before, and near the bottom you’ll see the 1600px size pictures. You can the right-click on the picture and save.





Mythlore Index

The new free Mythlore Index covers issues 1-128 of the long-lived Mythlore journal, which hosts work on Tolkien and his circle. Also indexes the Tolkien Journal issues 1–18, though not the field-leading scholarship of the Tolkien Studies journal. Mythlore Index also includes a subject index, and is a whopping 420-page PDF. Sadly the back-issues then mostly come through the mail as “photocopies” — so I’d suggest there is scope for a Kickstarter to send the entire run into Open Access.


How to open a .pages file in Windows in 2016 – use Libre Office

Problem: You’ve been sent a .pages format document. No, I’d never heard of it either. Apparently it’s a sort of obscure equivalent of the Windows .wps format, only it’s from word-processing software that ships with Macs. Like the old .wps format nothing on earth will open it as intended, except its own native production software.

Solution 1: (defunct) It seems there used to be a Windows trick where you’d rename the .pages file as a .zip and there would be a preview.pdf inside that was usable. That trick doesn’t appear to work any more, at least with the newer versions of whatever Mac software makes .pages files.

Solution 2: (working)

1. Get the free LibreOffice, a version of the popular Open Office suite. The developers of LibreOffice are not afraid to incur the wrath of Apple by enabling .pages import. Install.

2. Open a new blank document in the Writer component of Libre Office.

3. Go: top menu bar | Insert | Document and insert your .pages file. Your document loads and appears, but looks like blank pages with a few lines of dots at the top of each page. The formatting has all been lost, but the dots are actually all the words scrunched up together.

4. Go: top menu bar | Edit | Select All | Copy.

5. Open MS Word or similar. Paste in what you just copied to the clipboard. As you’ll see, you’ve lost any fancy formatting there may have been in the .pages file, but at least you’ve got all the plain text and it’s in the right order, it flows and is editable.

Added to JURN

African Disability Rights Yearbook, The

African Human Rights Law Journal

De Jure Law Journal (also mirrored here)

De Rebus

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal

SADC Law Journal (Southern African Development Community)

Law, Democracy & Development Law Journal

Speculum Juris

Juridical Science (National Academy of Management, Ukraine)

Cornell Real Estate Review

Stability : International Journal of Security and Development

Bookbinder – ceramic tableware for librarians

Here in my home city, I see that my local pottery Royal Stafford has a new range of tableware which may interest librarians and book lovers. Bookbinder is inspired by the marbled end-papers and boards found in fine books. Royal Stafford also offers a nice ‘summer saving’ coupon code, which may defray the cost of shipping. And of course the UK has excellent $-£ currency exchange-rates, thanks to Brexit.

“15% off online when you use the code SUMMER16



GoogleMonkeyR script fix: July 2016

Good news, for those who use GoogleMonkeyR to present their Google Search results in a widescreen + columns format. It’s been swiftly fixed.


Changes at Google broke the script a couple of days ago, when Google’s layout changed the div.col value to “0”. The script continued to work fine with DuckDuckGo and sort-of worked with Google News.

‘Topogiz’ has now kindly posted a working hotfix on GreasyForum, the Greasemonkey forum. It requires a simple manual edit of the script. I’ve edited this and expanded his instructions here, so that it’s friendlier for the average user…

1. In the top menu of Firefox, go: Tools | Add-ons | User-scripts. Then select: GoogleMonkeyR | Options.

2. An Options window will then pop up. At the foot of this window is the option to “Edit This User Script”.

3. Assuming that you have the current version of GoogleMonkeyR, go to Line 681. Or find…


4. Just below Line 681 there is a line which starts with…

style += ("#cnt.singleton


Find this, then just below it insert a new blank line, and into that new line add…

style += ("div.col {width: 100% !important;}");

It should now look like this…


5. Up at the top of the panel, click on “Save”, and exit.

The fixed script will also continue to work fine with DuckDuckGo and Google News.


MUSE Open is a planned “Open Access (OA) platform for monographs in the humanities and social sciences”, and has just been awarded, a “two-year $938,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop”.

Good news. But now I hope to hear that the other “42,000 books and 650 journals” locked away on MUSE will also be opened up, to the people who paid for their production.


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