Posted in Computers on Sunday 18th January 2004 at 11:58pm


I love my digital camera. Its a Kodak DC210. It only works via the serial port, and its old. I specifically sought one out on eBay because I'd borrowed one and it worked perfectly in the old gtk 1.x version of gphoto. More importantly, it was so simple even I could take reasonable pictures with it.

Time moved on, and gphoto2 arrived. I never really got the camera going with this, so I keep around an old RPM of gphoto, dreading the day it stops working for me.

Until today. I decided to try another old friend from GNOME 1.4 days - gThumb. During the build I noticed it also looked for libgphoto - so I dutifully downloaded it, just to see...

...and its great. gThumb has matured into a flexible but simple photo management app. The HTML gallery export is neat and clean looking, and the various tools for editing photos are easy to use.

Best of all, it seems to recognize (via gphoto2) my Kodak DC210, and can import pictures directly.

I'm truly impressed.


Posted in Computers on Sunday 18th January 2004 at 9:09pm


Since I managed to get an improvement in quality on the LCD using the DVI port on the Radeon, I decided to try setting up my old Dell Ultrascan 15" monitor on the VGA port.

With some very simple tweaking, got X running both heads sensibly. Starting GNOME also 'just worked' without any setup or reconfiguration. I'm very impressed.

I now have an IRC window open on the Dell, whilst the LCD handles other applications. Its going to take some getting used to.


Posted in Computers on Friday 26th December 2003 at 5:28pm


Finally got around to piecing together the various spare parts I have lying around here, and resurrecting the Duron. With 256Mb of RAM and a 20Gb drive I got ridiculously cheaply on eBay, it makes a reasonably good machine.

Kicked off an ftp install of SuSE which didn't seem to work well. Eventually put Fedora Core 1 on to get things working. Seems fine.

Need to decide what to do with it...


Posted in Computers on Tuesday 25th November 2003 at 7:55am


It had to happen. I've reverted to my age-old habit of attempting to build Evolution from CVS.

I used to do this a few years back, but things are much different - firstly, not having to update bonobo, GConf and a bunch of other dependencies over a dial-up line every time I build is a wonderful improvement. Secondly, I'm struck how the GNOME ethic of keeping things buildable has made life so much less frustrating - even though Evolution is outside the core desktop, its dependency on libraries which are almost guaranteed to build means it benefits from this initiative.

All I have to do now is persuade it to work...


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