Archive for October, 2004

Flying with helium baloons

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

You’ve seen it in the movies, and people (usually kids) joke about doing it from time to time — but some people actually fly to amazing heights using helium balloons.

There are some amazing pictures on that website. Wow.

No more microdrive

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Sadly, my microdrive bit the dust.

the non-working microdrive

When it came out, it was almost $500.

Amazing what a little three inch drop to the ground while transferring it to my compact flash reader will do. Believe it or not–they’re not so strong as they are purported to be.

Thankfully, when it comes to memory cards, my card was not alone in dropping… the prices have fallen too. Even 2 gigabyte compact flash cards are looking cheaper (and much faster).

As far as durability, solid state is the way to go. I lost a few good pictures to this now click-clacking compact flash card.

Two weekend events in Boston

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

If you’re in the Boston area, you may want to know about Head of the Charles and the Pumpkin Festival (in Boston Common). Both are happening all day tomorrow, and the Head of the Charles is continuing through Sunday as well.

Each set of activities should offer some great photo opportunities for those with cameras. For non-shutterbugs, the events should still be great fun to attend.

morgueFile’s free photography course

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

morgueFile is a nice photography-related website which you may have not seen yet. I highly recommend it, especially the free photography courses. Lots of great information resides within the links on that page. If you like taking pictures, then you really should check it out.

EPlugin hackfest

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

As I was about to pack up my stuff to go home tonight, Nat stopped by and asked if I could quickly whip up a little graphic to promote the EPlugin Hackfest happening all day tomorrow in #evolution on irc.gnome.org.

Join the EPlugin Hackfest -- #evolution on irc.gnome.org

Here’s the HTML to copy and stick on your website:

Join the EPlugin Hackfest -- #evolution on irc.gnome.org

There is also a small version available, too:

Join the EPlugin Hackfest -- #evolution on irc.gnome.org

Here’s the small version’s HTML:

Join the EPlugin Hackfest -- #evolution on irc.gnome.org

(For those wondering, EPlugin is the plugin system for Evolution (alternate site), software for personal and workgroup information management, which means it handles email, address books, task lists, calendaring, and such.)

What do you do with your images?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2004

You have a digital camera. You want the pictures on your computer. You want them marked somehow (grouped or tagged) so you can find them later and do stuff with them now. You want to share the images. You may also want to print them…

What matters to you? How do you currently get your photos in the computer? What do you do from there? How would you like to have it work in your ideal world?

I’m wondering, as I want to make F-Spot work the way you (or at least a lot of you) want it to.

Leave a comment below… and/or post to the mailing list.

Beagle website

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

With the help of Ben Kahn (for www.gnome.org implementation and some content filling), I’d like to announce the new Beagle website.

Thumbnail of Beagle's website

I designed it using CSS — it works in everything, but (currently) displays oddly in IE (thanks to PNGs). Everyone wanted it up asap, so maybe we’ll work around that dreaded IE PNG display bug in a future revision.