I plan to build (or buy) a solar-powered pump to take water from our main rainwater tank uphill to the top of the garden. This second tank would then be able to gravity-feed a hose pipe for watering the garden, instead of having to use watering cans (I'm lazy).
Lyx is an open-source word processor built on top of LaTeX and Zotero is modern, open-source bibliography management package with "cloud" features. MetaUML is a system for creating UML diagrams in LaTeX (it's frankly pretty painful to use but it does produce professional looking results). This post is where I keep my notes about installing and configuring LaTeX, Lyx and Zotero on my Ubuntu system at Imperial (where I do not have root access).
We have had a HTPC as our main source of TV content since about 2006. We started with MediaPortal but I couldn't get that stable so we switched to Vista Media Center which does actually work quite well but I've always wanted to try to put Linux on our HTPC. Below are my notes.