NetCheck or TweetsToRSS apps not starting in Mate desktop?

Add the notification area (system tray) applet to an existing panel (desktop toolbar).

After I moved from Ubuntu 10 to Linux Mint 20, I found that my NetCheck and TweetsToRSS apps would not start. On the terminal they would run but not on the desktop.

The apps automatically detect if a GUI environment is present and load the desktop version automatically. If not present, they default to the command-line or headless version. Apparently, I also need to check if a notification area in the desktop also exists. After I added the applet, both apps ran fine.

Notification area app

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My ebook-creation process has also been automated

Some work remains to be performed manually

Over the last few days, I have automated the ebook-creation process.

  • Added a Caja Actions menu to right-click a HTML file and check if it complies to XHTML Strict.
  • Created new shell scripts to create eBooks from the XHTML files — for all my books that have ebook editions.
  • Created a script to convert 300-dpi PNG images from the already automated paperback-creation process to 96-dpi JPEG images for the ebook process.
  • Created a JavaScript script to check if all images that were included in the HTML are available in the images directory.
  • Created a common backlist content for all ebooks.

Remaining manual steps:

  • Convert the HTML from the PDF paperback process to XHTML.
  • Change all image references of PNG images to those of JPEG images.

Calibre is amazingly fast. An ebook takes only 2-3 seconds to create. Calibre's command-line version can convert all my ebooks in the time it takes me to manually create one ebook using the GUI version. I used to dread finding mistakes. Now, making a change and then updating the EPUB takes only a few seconds.

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Need free Amazon book reviews?

I will do it if your ebook belongs to non-fiction and is clean. You do not have to spend money on anything.

Writers are spending thousands of dollars on marketing campaigns in the hopes of getting book reviews. Even if I could afford them, I would not spend money on them. I have a huge backlist and I have made a few books free. These do bring in reviews and ratings but the process has a glacial speed and is unpredictable. Sometimes, I make a paid ebook temporarily free in the Kindle Select program (Kindle Unlimited for readers) and then announce it on Reddit. That is all the marketing I do. I suggest other authors do the same. Free promotions do not guarantee reviews or ratings but it ensures the ebook gets a rank and does not fade into obscurity. Over time, the book will slowly start to sell more copies.

Free ebook promotion

If you are a NON-FICTION AUTHOR, just make your ebook temporarily free for a few days, as part of a Kindle Unlimited/Select promotion. DO NOT EMAIL ME YOUR BOOK. If I like your book, I will publish a review (4-star or 5-star). If I don't like your book, I will not publish anything. Email me only when your ebook is free to buy in the Kindle program and do not check up after that. I would like to take my sweet time reading books and writing reviews.

Free reviews and ratings

I have a lot of interests and hobbies. I have written books on those hobbies/interests that I thought could be of interest to others. After 29 books, of which only two are fiction (one is a old fables collection), I have nothing more to write. I think I can learn new things from books that others have written. To indulge in this (expensive) habit, I am planning on publishing book reviews. I am a technical writer. I can read and understand anything.

Excuse me!

I do not want to waste my time on anything promoting the agenda of

  • war-mongers, nation-busters, globalists, communists, socialists, fascists
  • leftists, liberals, progressives, feminists or
  • gender-appropriators or wokesters.

I do not want to read any

  • ARCs (Advanced Review Copies),
  • self-help books
  • religious books
  • children's books
  • low-content books
  • sponsored books (shilling diets, pills, etc.)
  • fiction.
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