FinePix 9600

Posted by coldtobi | 28 Nov, 2007, 23:16

Some time ago, I bought my a new digital camera.

Now, some thousand pictures (10 Gigabytes) later, it is time for a first resume.


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ReCaptcha Plugin

Posted by coldtobi | 20 Nov, 2007, 12:09

Welcome to the official recaptcha-for-lifetype-plugin development article

After the first release of the plugin, I decided that it would be better to have a dedicated article to the plugin development. Well, this is it.


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Installing themes manually in firefox

Posted by coldtobi | 14 Nov, 2007, 08:37

The filtering proxy used here is sometimes just too stupid (lots of false-positives, inserting a (program) confusing and on bigger downloads unreliable progess bar, etc). This weirdness also jeopardized an automatic updated of my favorite theme. What I learned, is, that you can install themes manually. The problem is, that the instructions on are wrong: There is no "Tool" menu.

But its even simpler: Just drag & drop the downloaded .jar file into the Themes manager, and Firefox will do the rest.


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smartmontools on SATA

Posted by coldtobi | 13 Nov, 2007, 17:31

I had an annoying problem with my smartmontools. The startup script kept telling me, that it fails upon starting. Well, this was annoying but not critical.

But now that there is a new smartmontools package upstream, this discovered a bug: After installation, smartmontools barks in its postinst script as it fails to start. (See bugreport


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NavIT on Debian

Posted by coldtobi | 13 Nov, 2007, 11:25

Debian LogonavitlogoShort and Quick: I packaged NavIt 0.0.2 for debian, and well, here is the NavIt Debian package: 

(update: read on where to get the latest version) 


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GCC for the AT90PWM316

Posted by coldtobi | 11 Nov, 2007, 11:17

BTW: I uploaded updated versions of my avr-gcc builds as debian packages: The files linked inlcude my patch to support the AT90PWM316*. The patch is already upstrea, and according Jörg Wünsche, it will be applied to the upcoming release of the official toolchain.

As the PWM316 chip is just a great device for lightning. I used the patched gcc already for a commercial project.

The story why I needed to create the patch reads as a WTF, and is therefore noteworthy: The hardware-team accidentially soldered the PWM316 into the circuit, instead of the PWM3B. As time was tough and new hardware not feasible in the projects timeline, I had to get the gcc running...

 Well, thats off-topic: Here are the files:


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Opensource Navigational Solution Released: NavIT!

Posted by coldtobi | 6 Nov, 2007, 09:18

navitlogoNavIT 0.02 has been released!

Despite that the version is only at 0.02, NavIT is quite stable and feature-rich. And the best of all: It is Open Source! 

Lets quote from the website about the project:

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine.

It's modular design is capable of using vector maps of various formats for routing and rendering of the displayed map. It's even possible to use multiple maps at a time.

The GTK+ or SDL user interfaces are designed to work well with touch screen displays. Points of Interest of various formats are displayed on the map.

The current vehicle position is either read from gpsd or directly from NMEA GPS sensors.

The routing engine not only calculates an optimal route to your destination, but also generates directions and even speaks to you using speechd.

Navit currently speaks 8 languages.


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