Monday, 24 December 2007

New backpack for SLR photo + laptop


I am thinking of buying a new backpack. Not that I don't have a couple already and not that they did not cost enough, but they are both mostly biking/hiking related and don't really serve well for storing a SLR camera and enable you to use it. So I would now need one that would suite carrying both the SLR camera + couple of lenses and a laptop of up to 17" in size.

I have picked out two models that I like (and are in the price range I consider high but might get approved by the higher power). The Lowepro CompuRover AW or Tamrac Adventure 9. The first one seems to cost a bit more than the second but seems sturdier in build. 189$ US VS 124$ US (online price check), but in EU the prices differ a bit... the first costs roughly 168€ and the second 130€. That's some difference ;) I haven't handled the Lowepro one in person but I have seen the Tamrac model, and it looks quite nice (better than the pictures display it - looks soft and weak).

Hmm after just reading a review on this page I am suddenly not interested in Lowepro backpack anymore ;)

So I guess when the "higher power" ok's it I'll be getting a Tamrac Adventure 9 ;)

Oh and here are some of the pictures I took with the new photo (the one that now needs a fine new storage - hence the post searching for a new backpack).

And of course I wish you all a very nice and peaceful Christmas (or insert a holiday you celebrate around this date)!

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Fedora 8 on HP Compaq 6715b laptop

First run:
  • check media (check ok)
  • continue (anaconda crash...)
  • check media (skip)
  • continue (no X install method - X detection failed)
  • ... let disk druid do the partitioning (remove linux only partitions and create new ones - we'll see how Vista likes that one)...
  • install Grub on /dev/sda6 (MBR is reserved for vista because it behaved badly on previous installs)
reboot... (boot into Vista to see if all is ok with it... checked out ok, used neosmart easybcd to change the boot loader)
another reboot... booting to Fedora 8
  • Booted into text mode, system-config-display croaked...
  • off to the drawing board...
  • somehow eth0 failed to establish connection via dhcp... ran dhcpclient manually
  • installed livna repo (
  • installed amarok, mplayer, xine (the goodies we need to have a distro multimedia capable)
  • installed ATI proprietary drivers from livna kmod-fglrx and
  • ran yum update to get current (~450MB worth of upgrades... on 100mbit link + package upgrade time = ~1h)
  • (forgot to change the runlevel so had to do init 5 first) but other than that PERFECT Xorg picture! yaaay!
  • fglx_glxgears measures around 200 in window mode and ~60 in fullscreen mode 1680x1050
  • tried to install some packages via pirut (system-config-packages) and got _REALLY_ slow download speed and unresponsive pirut windows at time.
  • ATI driver seems to be having some problems at times (creates shadows on parts of display that dissapear only after exiting X server session).
The conclusion:
After twiddling around a bit and setting up software and the hardware
the conclusion is that f8 is currently not really ready for everyone (for instance my wifi card did not work correctly, networkmanager did not discover any wifi networks and even manual configuration failed - keeps asking for password. I could not install ndiswrapper from an rpm package because there was no kmod for the updated kernel I am running... so unusable for me -
untill I find enough time to get all the bits and pieces running that is ;)

PS: suspend to disk works perfectly now as it seems (only tested a couple of times) (suspend to RAM fails to awake again

UPDATE (27.12.2007): after running yum update today all the above mentioned defects were fixed. WiFi now works perfectly - without ndiswrapper even and the later can be installed since there is a kernel update available now... So thumbs up for Fedora 8! I'm off fiddling with it now ;)

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Cookies R US

My wifie decided that Sunday is a cookie baking day... so the cookies were on the schedule.
First she made the dough, put it in the fridge for a couple of hours. And since we had a couple of hours on our hands we went for a cup of coffee in Ljubljana old center.

During Christmas/NY holidays Ljubljana is decorated with lights and looks quite nice in the dark (not that it wouldn't look nice during the daytime). Here are some pictures...

Ljubljana old town (view from the Town hall to the PreŇ°eren Square)

Ljubljana old town (City Hall)

Later we made a short visit to my family...

Kind of reminds me of Grinch.

And after that we came home she made cookies (with chocolate and sprinkles, almonds and just plain old). I did a small assist on sprinkles and almonds, but I can't take any more credentials for them. I seem to be the one without any cooking inclinations in our family. The best I can cook is if I order pizza or take wifie out to a restaurant ;)

Well here is a plate of the rrrRRRReeeealy tasty final results (cookies).

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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

New camera (A _Real_ One)

I just (two days ago, when I got the approval from wifie) bought a new SLR Camera (Olympus E-510). Finally I will be able to do some of the things I was not able to do before with the pseudo-SLR FujiFilm (if I find the time to take pictures and the conditions for taking them are correct and I do not screw up by using the wrong lenses for the picture and use the controls (all gazillion of them) incorrectly). Well, when I learn how to actually use it I'll post some pictures.

Have fun till' then.