Picture of the day

Making pizzaOk, today I actually went out of the house. But it was nothing special – Pizzeria Pepperoni. Unfortunately, it was too dark for the fast subjects that I was trying to capture. I used ISO 800 and built-in flash, but most of the pictures are still blurry. ISO 1600 is way too noisy. I guess I do need that proper flash unit after all.

Anyway, the subject is interesting, so I am doing almost no censoring. Enjoy the pictures.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (Taroon) Beta 1 Public Available

From today issue of Linux Weekly News I’ve learned that Red Hat has announced public availability of its Enterprise Linux (code name Taroon) 3 Beta 1. It contains the usual number of updated bits like kernel, Gnome, KDE, and the rest of the software. It supports more platforms and bigger systems this time.

Slashdot will probably mention it too soon.

GNU arch

GNU arch is getting so important to me that I have to create a special post for it with all the links. I’ll update it in the future too.

There are also few pages that describe how to use GNU arch with some specific project repository, like Vim and Garnome, but there is nothing particularly interesting there.

Fai – is the only arch frontend I’ve seen so far.

If you know of any other GNU arch resources, please, let me know via comments or email.

The Best of the Olympics: Athens 2004

Ping pong

Digital Journalist has an interesting article about Athens 2004 Olympics. The article is written from photojournalist’s point of view. It tells about all the problems journalists faced during the games, what was organized good, what could have been better, and things like that. This is a must read for anyone who is planning to cover major sporting events, such as next Olympics in China.

There is also a gallery of excellent images from the Athens Olympics. So far, this is the best I’ve seen covering that event.

timestamp_image

This is yet another script to deal with images from digital cameras. It will scale (resize preserving the width to height ratio) down the image to the size you’ve specified and annotate (write on top of the image) it with date time taken from EXIF header of the image. Font face, size and color are configurable. Modified images will be saved with different name (as specified by the prefix variable inside the script).

This script is written in perl. It works with Image::Magick module and jhead program (since Image:EXIF failed to compile on my machine).

timestamp_image.pl

Small blog birthday – 6 month

It has been about 6 month now since I have installed NucleusCMS and started some serious blogging. For the last 6 month I haven’t missed a day. Yup, that’s right. I gave you at least one post every single day. Actually, that was a bit more. According to the database, for the last 6 month I have posted about 600 items for you to enjoy. That is roughly 3 per day (600 item / 6 month = 100 per month. 100 items / 30 days =~ 3 per day). Just to give you a number to compare to – I have wrote roughly 400 posts during the 1.5 years before the upgrade.

And it seems that you do enjoy reading all of these, since my web server statistics indicate a constant growth in number of hits, visits, page requests, kilobytes transfered, and each and every other characteristic. Nothing else that I ever did increased the popularity of the site that much. It is also worth mentioning that you wrote more than 150 comments to my posts.

Anyway, happy birthday to the site. Thank you all for coming here. I’ll keep posting. :)

The Terminal

Olga and I watched “The Terminal” today. I’ve been looking forward for this movie and I wasn’t wrong. The film is excellent.

Somehow this movie reminded me about all those films I watched while being a kid. They were from those times when movies mostly weren’t about the special effects or technology. They were about people and their relations. “The Terminal” is exactly that kind of movie. It shows how screwed up is the way that society is going. People don’t have time to enjoy themselves and things around them. Beurocracy is getting in the way instead of helping out. Noone cares about noone. Damn. This points of this film are very applicable to Cyprus, which is a small island with small number of people on it and very strong family relations. It is not that bad, but it surely is heading that way. I can only imagine what is going on in big cities and countries, such as film’s place – New York’s airport.

Anyway, back to the film. It is an excellent piece of work. Two people made the biggest contritubion to it – Steven Spielberg directing and Tom Hanks acting. Catherine Zeta-Jones was episodical, nice to look at, but she didn’t add too much to the film.

I’ll rate it as 10 out of 10. I don’t think that everyone will like it. It’s just that I do. And that’s all that matters.

Picture of the day

Ice cubes

Once again I am too lazy to get out house. Working with still life will be my excuse for today. Two resulting images of ice cubes are here.

This is the closest I could get to them with my 18-55mm lens. It seems that I really need a macro lens for a better and more detail picture of ice cubes. At first I though of using 75-300mm lens that I have, but it has 1.5m minimum focusing length, so it doesn’t work. 18-55mm needs just 30cm.

Online conversions

Pretty often one needs to convert something from one measuring system into another. Temperatures, cloth sizes, currencies, etc. There are, of course, many tools available that help with these tasks. Google is one (try searching for “20 kilometers in miles“. units program installed on about every Linux machine can be another. WorldMate for SymbianOS that runs on smartphones like SonyEricsson P800/P900/P910 is yet another.

But all of these programs are missing one measure or another.

Today I came across an ultimate convertion tool – OnlineConversion.com. It has all the standard measures and much more. For examlpe, it has currency converter for 164 currencies. As another example, Morse code converter. You can even calculate your age in seconds.

I’m telling you, this thing is ultimate!

200 things to do

Once in a while there is some extremely stupid thing that goes around many blogs on the web. This time it is a list of 200 things to do. You put this list in your blog and you mark the things you did with bold. Then you get surprised how many things you’ve actually did already. Anyway, the examples are here, here, here, here, and here.

Read further for my results, if you are interested.

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