bloody expensive ram…

August 18th, 2009 by richard

So I was looking to get an extra 1Gb of RAM for Aspire One netbook,  had a browse around, but I though the following was perhaps a little expensive… Maybe I’ll just go for the middle one :)


(click the picture enlarge)

p.s. I’ll be dropping a mail to pixmania about this


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home made negative scanner (sort of)

March 21st, 2009 by richard

For a while now, I’ve been trying to get a flatbed scanner working, to no avail, to try and create a long time pin hole exposure shot like Justin Quinnell.

The other reason for the scanner was to create contacts sheet from negatives that I have, to prep some scanning sessions on the negative scanner I got for my Dad recently. So then I got an idea…

What if I simulated, my own scanner, well sort of!

  • The idea goes as follows.
  • Create a white image that fills the entire screen
  • View the white image in full screen mode, you might need to maximise the level of brightness and contrast
  • Blue tack the negative holder to the screen
  • Take a picture with regular camera of the whole sheet, or individual sections of the negative sheet.
  • Load pictures onto PC
  • If working from black and white negatives, convert the image to greyscale
  • Invert the image – hey presto!
  • Depending on the quality of your negatives, you will have to adjust a) levels b) curves to get the best out of the image.
  • The overall result does not give you highest quality image, but it is certainly not bad for no extra cost or extra hardware.

Here are some example shots

Original shot

The original shot of the negative

The original shot of the negative

End Result

End result of home made negative scanner

End result of home made negative scanner

Overall, a rather good result

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“Stay in Sync with GCal and Thunderbird” – nice and handy

October 25th, 2007 by

At last some nice integration with Thunderbird and google calendar.

This tutorial “Stay in Sync with GCal and Thunderbird.” makes it easy, and in early road testing seems to work very well – which is always nice.

Also featured on Life hacker


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man files in a browser

October 23rd, 2007 by

If reading man files off the command line is not your thing – or you might need to print it off, or you simply prefer to view things in a browser, then a handy command line option to man will open the man page you want to read in a browser of choice.

Say you want to open a man file on ls, then simply type:

$man ls --html=firefox

That will open the man file in firefox – nice and easy (and of course firefox can be replaced by browser of choice).


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a really big baby eater!

May 31st, 2007 by Richard

Damian posted a link to a very funny graphic on the so called evils of Wifi the other day. When I saw the following post for an uber wardriver box linked to from the Make blog.

So based on that post, and the graphic of course, this has to be the greatest baby eater ever!

biggest baby eater

Baby eating aside, the slurp project looks really nice

A very good post (including link to video of show in question) on the Panorama episode this graphic was alludes to, can be found here
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vmware installation and suspend

May 31st, 2007 by

Last night I was creating an image to try out the latest Ubuntu variant, UbuntuStudio, the install was taking a long time though, it was late, and I wanted to go to bed.

For the heck of it, I hit the Suspend button, and then wondered what that would do to installation process… “hmmm, will I have to start again?” was my worry. To find out, I hit resume and hey presto, the installation resumed just fine.



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liferea feed reader and rss feeds in firefox

May 20th, 2007 by

I use liferea as an rss feed reader – and until today, had not figured out how to add the rss feeds automatically to liferea.

It turns out to be rather simple, as liferea provides a DBUS interface script to add feeds automatically. From firefox, click on the RSS icon (orange icon) that appears in the address bar. A page will load with a yellow header from which you select a number of predefined applications (or webservices).

Select ‘Choose Application‘ from the ‘Subscribe to this feed’ drop down. In the file locater that appears, enter ‘/usr/bin/liferea-add-feed‘.

If you select the button that reads ‘Always use liferea-add-feed’ – anytime you click on the rss feed icon – that feed will automatically be added to liferea.


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when test pages generate revenue!

May 18th, 2007 by

the other day I was looking over the site – and spotted the following google adsense advertisement (see picture below)

Test page Google adsense

interesting way of generating income – with a test page!


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Sun hopes for Linux-like Solaris

May 10th, 2007 by

I’ve recently had to do quite some work with OpenSolaris, and on the whole, there was a marked improvement to previous installments, but yet – I found myself struggling.
My background is primarily Linux (Ubuntu/Debian) based, and I must admit that I found myself struggling. There are of course many similarities, but on the whole the difference between operations and the location of important files made for halting progress. Of course it must be remembered that it is a different operating system, and as such it will have differences to other operating systems.

It is with interest that I note the following story, and that I look forward to seeing more on the development of “Indiana”:

Sun hopes for Linux-like Solaris: News – Software – ZDNet Australia
In an effort to spur adoption of Solaris, Sun Microsystems has begun a project code-named Indiana to try to give its operating system some of the trappings of Linux.

This should help in the greater adoption of OpenSolaris, which I believe will be a strong contender in the future, especially thanks to its Containers (Zones) technology .


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February 18th, 2007 by

Some of you may have noticed that I have often posted about posts from the ThreeHugger website. I find it fresh and interesting and fits with what I enjoy reading about it.

As the description of their site says:

TreeHugger is a fast-growing web magazine, dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible. Our goal is to make sustainability mainstream and to be the one-stop for the environment. If you want doom & gloom, this is not the place. We are looking for solutions, constructive developments and positive initiatives.

They also have a job with categories of jobs listed as green or not green, should you wish to guide your career in a greener line.

Its worth taking a look every so often, or subscribe to their feed.

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