Instant Diversion: FreeShisen

Recently, I bought an EPSON Perfection V500 scanner, and I spent last weekend scanning piles of negatives. One thing about scanning negatives is that it involves a lot of waiting: you click the Scan button and then wait till the contraption does its scanning thing.

Meanwhile, you need to find a diversion to keep you entertained. Having a good game app for Android would definitely help. And after rummaging through the F-Droid repository, I found a perfect candidate for the job. FreeShisen is based on the Shisen-Sho Japanese game. The game has a lot in common with the popular tile-based game of Mahjong, but it has more elaborate tiles and rules.

FreeShisen in all its beauty

Despite that, you can master the game’s basics in a matter of minutes. Depending on the level of difficulty and your skills, a single game usually takes between 5-10 minutes — perfect for passing time between scans. The app is open source and available through F-Droid and Google Play Store.

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4 comments on “Instant Diversion: FreeShisen
  1. Ace says:

    How do you keep your negatives so flat?

  2. Dave C says:

    What scanning program are you using ? I thinking of getting Vuescan as it works on Linux but I would be interested to know what you use.

    • Dmitri Popov says:

      At the moment, I use the Windows software supplied with the scanner. But I’m considering buying VueScan, so I can use my Linux production machine for scanning negatives.

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