Archive for September, 2004

Adobe RAW format

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Adobe is proposing a new digital camera RAW format which would be a generic, cross-vendor solution. I’m sure dcraw will pick this up quickly. Only time will tell if vendors actually do, however. In concept (at least), having a common format would be awesome.

Update: Adobe’s page on DNG has lots of great info on the format.

Firefox forms (work-in-progress)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Based on Kevin Gerich’s forms work (and others), I have put together something that makes unstyled HTML forms look like Industrial widgets.

Firefox forms, mostly like Industrial

At the moment, this doesn’t work with everything, things aren’t pixel perfect, and it is a kludge — but it does mostly work.

Steps to test it out (for the adventurous)

  1. Download firefox-forms.tar.gz
  2. Extract the tarball (it will unarchive in a directory called “res”)
  3. Quit Firefox
  4. Locate Firefox’s appropriate res directory (“locate platform-forms.css | grep -i firefox” should do it)
  5. Make sure you back up your files in case you want to go back
  6. Copy the files over
  7. Start Firefox and enjoy!

Known problems:

  1. Form widgets may not be the right size on some sites that assume Windows forms are being used (and therefor use the default Windows sizes)
  2. The :not operator doesn’t seem to work multiple times with all three style, id, and class attributes
  3. Widgets are a little off, but look mostly correct

Feel free to make improvements and share your experiences below.

(Hopefully, eventually, we’ll just get native-looking forms with Firefox on Linux, like there is currently is on Windows…)


Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

I need to take the time and make one of those little floating hackergotchi heads one can find on so many sites (Planet GNOME, specifically).

Update: Uh-oh… I’m on jdub’s list.

Industrial for Firefox

Monday, September 20th, 2004

For the past several weeks (off and on), I have been working on making Firefox fit in with GNOME (and more specifically Industrial) a good deal better by making a custom theme for the browser.

There’s a lot more in the theme than just simply changing icons — I have fixed the look of the tabs, reordered buttons, changed spacing, added icons to menus, buttons, and other appropriate places, modified the way various widgets work, and a lot more.

A lot of us have been using this theme for a while now around Novell and it really makes Firefox feel like a part of the desktop. Today, I’d like to announce the public pre-release of Industrial for Firefox.

I’m still developing the theme, so please note that it will probably change from time to time. Also, I plan on adding update support and will most likely add it to sometime soon as well so it should be easier to update in the future.

Notifications in HTML

Monday, September 20th, 2004

Tuomas has some really nice mockups of a little notification baloon on his website. Today, he is suggesting that rich content via HTML is the way to go. I agree. Those things look awesome.

Using HTML for the content would lower the bar and allow for a great uptake among both developers and the general Web-saavy population. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to whip up something that nice looking on your desktop in a script or such in the matter of a couple minutes (or less)?

Volume-on-Linux adventures

Monday, September 20th, 2004

Havoc Pennington recently wrote a post and Marc Maurer replied. The topic? How volume control is quite brain-damaged at the moment.

I was actually thinking the same thing last week during two specific instances:
# I tried to watch some stream through RealPlayer and noticed that the sound was very soft with both RealPlayer’s and my ThinkPad’s volume both turned up to max.
# When I tried to mute the internal microphone on my laptop during a Skype conference call with Anna, Tuomas, and Jakub. (Since Anna and I were in the same room, both wearing headphones, it didn’t make sense to have two microphones on at the same time.)

I solved problem one by fiddling with the master, pcm, and some other random settings. Problem two was seemingly unsolvable — none of the sliders or even mute checkbuttons seemed to do anything. There were literally several dozens of options, yet not a single one muted the microphone. At one point in time, I had every mute checkbox checked (and that was quite a feat).

Frustrated with the software, I went to my trusty backpack o’ wires and stuff and found a Y-adaptor for headphones. A few seconds after plugging it into Anna’s laptop, and our headphones into the Y-splitter, we were Skyping away with Tuomas and Jakub without oddly delayed echoes.

By-the-way, if you thought figure 1 (above) is hideous, you haven’t seen what’s behind the second tab…

20Ds around the office

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Robert got a 20D (after Miguel bought one) and he brought it by my desk yesterday so that I could play a bit with his new camera. It’s really nice, and I would really like to upgrade to the new model (especially after playing around with the thing), but I really think I will be holding out for a full-frame EOS mount DSLR.