Friday, November 21, 2008

The second HD for the NAS has arrived

Well, I guess I will be busy setting up my little NAS home project. The second USB2 500GB hard drive finally arrived. So I will be busy this weekend setting it up, and I will also be posting some results, pictures of the set-up, hopefully by Sunday.. Stay tuned..

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Who needs photoshop?

Today I was playing around with SmugMug, my favorite photosharing, storing site.  I used to be a fan of flickr, but switched about 6 months ago.  SmuMug feels more professional, and with a few more options. plus what sold me is their support and response time when I had a problem.  Today I was able to upload two pictures, one via the browser one via Picasa, yes there is a button you can add to upload images to SmugMug from here.  It worked great.   While I was playing with the options in SmugMug I noticed something new that wasn't there the last time I was on SmugMug, a link to edit a photo in Picnik.  I knew this service from before, but this was the first time I see it built into SmugMug.   I mostly use RAW for my pictures and my favorite software is Bibble Pro for prosessing the RAW Images, it's fast, and they have a Linux version too.  So far they are at version 4, but version 5 is coming out this year.  It's a great tool, and does all I need for photo editing.  So does Picasa, and f-Spot, but Bibble is my first choice.  And since I am on a linux system, I need something opensource and free, so there is the Gimp, which is a great and powerfull tool.  Lets think a little bit about this...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

OpenSuSe 11.0 on Inspiron

So for the past few months I have been running OpenSuSe on my Inpiron 13 laptop.  And I have to say, it's almost falwless.  Well there is one command I have to run in the cli to disable my Hard Drives powermanagement, because if I don't it just keeps spinning my Hard drive up, and down, which reduces it's life.  Otherwise, I can't complain.  It has something which is similar to expose, which I loved on my Mac OS X.  Everything I need or use is available as a free software, I was even able to install ie6 via wine, and it runs fine, a couple of problems with plugins, but otherwise it makes it possible for me to visit some of the IE only sites.  Great and Stable OS.  Would recommend it to anyone looking for alternatives to Vista or XP