Linux

Assuming you have plank installed and running on your Linux distro, you may wish to add an additional dock.

  1. First check your plank configuration directory to see the name/location of your existing dock:
    ➜  plank ls -la ~/.config/plank
    total 16
    drwxr-xr-x   4 nick nick 4096 Jun  1 12:47 .
    drwx------ 113 nick nick 4096 Jun  1 17:16 ..
    drwxr-xr-x   3 nick nick 4096 May 19 10:50 dock1
    drwxr-xr-x   3 nick nick 4096 Jun  1 12:47 dock2
    
  2. Run the following command, assuming you want to label your second dock as dock2:
    plank -n dock2 --preferences

    The preferences dialog will appear allowing you to customize your second dock.

  3. Since you’ll probably want to automatically start up your second dock, you can do so by either running this command manually, or setting it to be called when your desktop environment starts up:
    plank -n dock2

Some years ago I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon. Back then, it was the second generation of its kind. I had plenty of e-books at that point which I had read mostly on my laptop or on my cell phone, but as an Amazon employee, I thought why not.

One of the downsides of a dedicated e-ink/e-reader device over traditional tablet devices is the poor support for PDF files. However one might argue that it is an advantage that e-ink devices provide simplicity for something that should be simple and distraction-free. I quickly learned that there was a large amount of content, however, that I could obtain online in the form of PDFs and wanted converted. I came across Abbyy FineReader, a proprietary software program for doing exactly such. FineReader is an OCR-based solution that attempts to “scan” a PDF and convert its contents to characters and images, to a relatively high degree of accuracy. Abbyy claims that its solution is the best available out there.

Which may, in fact, be true. But take a look at the following example of converting the DSM-5 to HTML using FineReader, and you’ll likely think otherwise. This is the result of hours of processing power on a MacBook Pro with a quad-core i7 processor: