Thoughts

29 Jul 2011

Ubuntu 11 - Creating a LAMP sandbox to play with

Deploy an Ubuntu LAMP server on your old PC, plug it to your home network and start web developing. The following guidelines were tested on a Pentium III x86 CPU processor, Ubuntu 11 Desktop edition and Windows 7 as the complementary primary PC. This is not a detailed tutorial, it is a notepad of necessary software and Ubuntu 11 specific solutions.

04 Jul 2011

What should I do with my life? I am 20...

My daily news reading led me to that question http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2725893, What should I do with my life? I am 20.

I suspect I'll die without a solid answer :) but the "Big Kahuna" epilogue is a good start before further physical and metaphysical research.

16 May 2011

Facebook Wall: Clear everything

Facebook Wall: Clear everything - Remove ALL Activity

I had a problem to solve, clear my entire Facebook wall. By "clear" I mean to delete everything, status updates, links, events, photos, videos and their comments. The Facebook GUI does not provide such a function. I had to delete my facebook account -which I didn’t want to- or delete every single wall post manually one by one.

I then remembered my novice Perl skills. I had spare time, therefore I booted my Debian, I wrote a Perl script and voila! My Facebook wall was reborn.

01 May 2011

Use Photoshop 32bit with Lightroom

You want more RAM, therefore you have installed a 64bit OS.
In this case I am talking about Windows 7 64bit.

Adobe Photoshop comes in two versions, 32bit and 64bit. Both of them are being installed at once on your system. The 32bit version can utilize almost 2GB RAM for each session. The 64bit version can utilize almost all your RAM... But not all your necessary third party plugins have upgraded yet to 64bit.

Lightroom comes in two versions too. If you are on Windows 64bit, the Lightroom 64bit will be installed. The problem is that you still mainly use Photoshop 32bit (cause of the plugins) but Lightroom opens the Photoshop 64bit for further editing. It is a normal behaviour, the 64bit version is the default one, you are on a 64bit OS afterall.

12 Apr 2011

the Photoshop CS5 manual got printed

the Photoshop CS5 manual got printed

I teach (voluntary) Photoshop at the LPC (Larissa Photography Club) - pixel.fll.gr (the course's webpage). The course is curated by me and the title is "Pixel Essentials". The goal is to teach photographers the Photoshop GUI and tools and how to use them for essential  (+ some advanced) photographic procedures. From this year, I also added a small number of lessons about Digital Assets Management, color profiles and Photoshop alternatives (GIMP).

12 Apr 2011

f/stop Dial Wristband

my f/stop Dial Wristband

Artists may wear their hearts on their sleeve but now photographers can wear their art on their wrist with these new f/stop bracelets custom created by Photographic.ly.

I got mine! Two coloured and one B/W. They are beautiful. Everyone at fll.gr want one too... :)

03 Apr 2011

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford inspiring speech

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks, including death itself, at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs

02 Apr 2011

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates greet each other as they walk on stage at D5

In their rare joint appearance at All Things Digital 5, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discuss their contributions to the technology industry, the qualities they most respect in one another.

 

That's a quite interesting joint interview, when you watch it after 4 years.

26 Mar 2011

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan - Red Cross

Support the Red Cross disaster response in Japan - Online Donation

A massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern coast of Japan at 14:46 local time on Friday 11 March.

Within minutes, the quake triggered a destructive tsunami that hit the eastern coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves.

The Japanese Red Cross mobilized immediately its staff and volunteers to response the disaster. Priorities at the moment are search and rescue of the survivors and providing first aid and medical care, food, water and shelter to the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

To respond to the needs of those concerned about relatives in the affected regions, the Japanese Red Cross Society, is encouraging those living overseas to make use of the ICRC’s restoring family links web page: www.icrc.org/familylinks.

Support the Red Cross disaster response in Japan - Online Donation

25 Mar 2011

Firefox 4 font rendering

The much anticipated Firefox is out in the wild waiting to be downloaded. The feature list is long and exciting. Lifehacker has a nice article about what’s new and awesome in Firefox 4.

One thing I didn’t like was the Opera-like menu button. Opera is a respectful and innovation leading browser, it doesn’t look good to replicate exactly the Opera’s menu button changing only the color. Anyway, I can live with that, I love Firefox, I use it everyday. But… there is another thing… that is really annoying, the font rendering. Yep hardware acceleration support (Direct2D and DirectWrite is only available on Windows 7 and Windows Vista SP2) made the fonts blurry that in some cases causes astigmatism.