Yay for Fedora 13

Fedora 13 (“Goddard”) was released today. I wouldn’t normally go upgrading my OS to the latest on the day of release, but frankly anyone who runs Fedora is an early adopter by definition. I started by upgrading two unimportant Fedora 12 virtual machines at work using preupgrade. One went smoothly but the other failed becauseContinue reading “Yay for Fedora 13”

A little bit of downtime

On Saturday 15th May (tomorrow) this blog and the Photo Challenge will be going down for a while in the afternoon and evening. I host with Ridgeon Network, owned by my mate Chris. Tomorrow some of the servers are being relocated to a new rack and so will be temporarily offline. I’ll post again when we’reContinue reading “A little bit of downtime”

Tilt-shift miniature fakes in GIMP

As posted on my photo blog yesterday, I faked a tilt-shift miniature model of the A4 in the Avon Gorge. I’d never tried it before, so I followed this guide on how to do it. It was pretty straight forward, but I’ve recreated the steps here, with my own modifications. Step 0: Take a photoContinue reading “Tilt-shift miniature fakes in GIMP”

BluRay playback on Windows 7

Recently I upgraded to a 1080p screen and a 5.1 speaker set to compelent my Windows Media Center home theatre PC. Suddenly those low-quality 700MB DVD rips with stereo sound and about as many pixels as a Nokia phone from the last millennium don’t seem so great. It was time to go high-definition. I downloadedContinue reading “BluRay playback on Windows 7”


A while back, my younger brother Edmund wanted a photo blog, just like his big brother’s 🙂 I set him up with a free subdomain from No-IP. The address used to be edmund.servepics.com. I couldn’t fault the service from No-IP, but unfortunately free domains don’t only attract impoverished teenage photographers. They attract spammers and phishers,Continue reading “servepics.com”

Getting information about your video files

The other day, I wanted to find out which of the videos in my movie collection were encoded with multitrack (e.g. 5.1) sound. I found a tool for Linux called themonospot. Happily, it’s packaged with Fedora and can be installed simply by doing yum install themonospot-console Once installed it’ll quickly give you information about yourContinue reading “Getting information about your video files”