Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ekalaka Panorama #2

Here is another version of the same panorama. It's suppose to be 12 inches tall. I'm hoping it's better to view on the web.
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Panorama of Ekalaka

Here is a panorama of Ekalaka from August 2007 at about 9 AM. This is actually 10 photo's stitched together. My goal is to have this photo embedded into Google Earth as a Street View.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breaking tar files up to fit on DVD

Here is how I make nearly 30 GB of data fit on 8 single sided DVD-Rs and short instructions on how to recover them.

These are all of Lara and Tod's Photo's as of 14 September 2007.
"minnie" was the name of the computer I copied the pictures from.

This was the command used to create the archives
tar cvpzf - /home/shared/minnie | split -a 2 -b 4000m - /home/shared/minnie-backup.tgz

This should be the command used to restore
gzcat /home/shared/minnie-backup.tgz* | tar xvpfz - -C /home/shared

This will merge the 8 files togther and then un-tar them into the /home/shared directory.

To recover..
1) copy these 8 files to hard disk.
2) run the above gzcat | tar command aginst these files.
bighead@pacman:/home/shared$ ls -roth
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 16:46 minnie-backup.tgzaa
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 17:11 minnie-backup.tgzab
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 17:34 minnie-backup.tgzac
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 17:58 minnie-backup.tgzad
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 18:22 minnie-backup.tgzae
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 18:46 minnie-backup.tgzaf
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 4.0G 2007-09-16 19:10 minnie-backup.tgzag
-rw-r--r-- 1 bighead 172M 2007-09-16 19:11 minnie-backup.tgzah

Friday, November 9, 2007

book's I'd like

I saw these at the book store...

"Google Apps Administrators Guide" -
--I'm interested in this as a family domain center of information.

Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho by Jon Katz
--This looks short and fun to read.

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
--Short articles to feed by inner technoneeds.

iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith
--I'm interested in the pioneers of my hobby.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

function key bug

I decided to write this function key thing up as a bug in the ubuntu bug tracking tool.
Bug #160652 in meta-gnome2 (Ubuntu)

Brightness keys on a Gateway 200 ARC

No luck in getting the brightness keys working. Here are some thoughts and links so I don't forget.

This thread is tracking the brightness key bug...

I'm running gnome-power-manager version 2.20.0 (according to the applet).
--as shipped this expects uint from dbus (according to
This needs to be compatible with what hal (hardware abstraction layer) is doing.
--how do I determine the hal i'm running?

The Gnome Brightness Applet says "Cannot get laptop panel brightness."

sites to look at