YAML 3.0 and YAML Builder

Posted by coldtobi | 26 Aug, 2007, 10:55

For those interested in the YAML Layout Template, there a some news on the offical yaml homepage:

First, some days after I published this, YAML3 was released, and on the seconds news is even more interesting, if you are planning to learn "YAML". The YAML Builder.


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YAML Template Sets.

Posted by coldtobi | 16 Aug, 2007, 09:15

Some weeks ago, I prepared a template set for lifetype, using the YAML framework.  Now, it is time to bundle my work and release it to the public..

The YAML framework has been created that a web designed has not to care about browser bugs and also to use the power of CSS to make a flexible design. Or, as in the words of yaml's author:

Bulletproof & Flexible Layouts Made Simple

"Yet Another Multicolumn Layout" (YAML) is an (X)HTML/CSS framework for creating modern and flexible floated layouts. The structure is extremely versatile in its programming and absolutely accessible for end users.

Template for Lifetype

To get started, here is the download link on my server: http://frost.de/files/yaml_lifetype.zip

I prepared some examples using the examples in the yaml packages.


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Digital Camera Fuji Finepix S9600

Posted by coldtobi | 15 Aug, 2007, 12:55

For my upcoming trip, I am planning to buy me a new digital camera. First I was after a digital SLR, but now I found the Fujifikm Finepix S9600.

Its quite an older modell, but the technical details are quite ok. 

As I am currently too lazy to quote all the nice details, I just post an amazon.de link to the project, where all the details are available:


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Gettting rid of the interrupt table on the AVR

Posted by coldtobi | 20 Jul, 2007, 10:52

Sometimes, programm size is everthing. This is especially true, if you are coding for a very constraint system like the AVR or you are going to write a bootloader, which should be as small as possible.

Well, I actually hit both of the categories, as I program a bootloader for a customer's project for a 8k-flash Atmel. 


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Acer Aspire 5633

Posted by coldtobi | 12 Jul, 2007, 11:42

Yes, the installation of my replacement laptop is now almost finished. Surely, it will still miss installed packages by this is only a matter of time.

My new laptop is a really nice pieace of hardware, and at the time of writing everthing I need for daily use is working smoothly -- under Linux. But details later this article.


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Under the hood: New blog view

Posted by coldtobi | 8 Jul, 2007, 10:03

It took me some time, but the template for the template is ready.

So its time for the first preview:


Probably, the look will change, but the basic layout template is ready. It is based on YAML, and the focus while coding it was to make more consistent and more easily to change.


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ALSA Sound suddendly stops to work on Intel Chipset

Posted by coldtobi | 7 Jul, 2007, 12:17

On my laptop, equiped with an Centrino chipset, my sound suddenly stopped to work. Well suddendly is the wrong word, as I do not use sound regulary on my laptop.

Also, the kmix applet did not show any problem, as it somehow declared my internal (never used) modem as sound card.  Interrestingly, some applications did manage it to properly playback sound (e.g pidgin), but obviously not using alsa as sound backend.

Today I found some time to look after the problem: Alsa loaded the snd_i810m Kernel module, which is the "Modem Module" for the i810 chipset. If this module is unloaded, sound will immediatly start working again. (Okay, after restarting alsa)

But fiddling around with rmmod and insmod every reboot is not my intention, so I needed a permanent fix:

Blacklisting the offender: uncomment the "snd_i810_m" entry in /etc/modutils/alsa-blacklist

This was my first solution to get it working fast. However, this will disable the modem function, but as I do not need this anyway, I do not care.  If you need it, you simply have to insert the module later in the boot process.

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