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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

molnarcs Check some Facts (214 comments)

I'm a photographer - not really affected by the change, been using Lightroom for 3 years now. But before Aperture users panic, take a look at what Thom Hogan writes about the change (he's more or less an Apple insider when it comes to photography): http://www.dslrbodies.com/acce...

about 2 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

molnarcs Re:Our patent system is totally broken (152 comments)

There are literally thousands of ways to set up your lights to create a complete white background in camera without the need of retouching. You can bet good money that this setup (white cyclorama background, object on elevated platform, 4 lights) have been used thousands of times. It's hilariously simple. By the way, the patent claims at least 1 light source hitting the background ("at least one rear light source positioned between the elevated platform and the background) which is far more vague than the diagram supplied with the patent. Disclaimer: I'm a pro photographer doing mostly portraiture and travel (http://molnarcs.500px.com) but I do take product photos on the side (nothing complicated like jewellery or glassware, just basic products). I'm telling you this patent is complete bullshit.

about 3 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

molnarcs Re:Our patent system is totally broken (152 comments)

I'm a pro photographer (mostly portraiture and travel) and I'm doing product photography on the side - just basic products, nothing fancy. What Amazon claims is complete bullshit. They imply that white background product photos need retouching to make the background completely white. This is definitely not the case. Even with the simple setup I have for products (completely DIY setup - a cardboard box, a white roll of paper clipped to the a piece of plastic) I can get completely white background in camera without any retouching. Most cameras have a playback screen that shows white clipping - blown out highlights flashing in red indicating areas completely white. I play around with my lights (2 lights plus reflectors) until I get everything blinking except the product I'm shooting. Been doing this for years. With a proper plexiglass shooting table, this is s cinch. And let's not forget those $25 shooting tents that are designed precisely for this, and allows even amateurs to do it easily (well, with some practice in light placement and power levels).

about 3 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

molnarcs Re:Actually, that's an OEM problem. (178 comments)

yeah, great, another android fuck-up if you're tablet or phone is pre-loaded with it, you can't update to a newer version unless the manufacturer releases a newer version.. therefore i'm stuck to a very old version of quickoffice on my xoom...

That's not an Android fuck-up. That's the OEM's problem, and it has nothing to do with Android. I chose Nexus devices (4 and 7) to avoid this, as these are the devices Android was written for. For any non-Nexus device, you depend on the OEM for certain things that may or may not occur. As a Slashdot person, surely you know this, right?

I agree completely, but different users have different priorities. My problem with the Nexus is the lack of choice. I'd rather Google partnered up with different companies to release different models that suit different needs. For example, I don't need a large phone. I use the 4 inch Nexus 2 (first Samsung Nexus after HTC N1) now. I'm a photographer, and I'd love a Nexus with a good camera. I don't carry my d800 and lenses everywhere ;) I'd pay more for it. How much extra a decent camera module & lens would cost? $50? $100 - I'd pay that much more for the Nexsus if it came with decent photo capabilities. Frankly, the cameras in Nexus 3s, 4s and now 5s are not really convincing for me to upgrade. Thus I'm eyeing alternatives, even though I hate the thought of running Android with OEM fluff and worse, not getting the latest upgrades :(

about 10 months ago
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Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice

molnarcs Re:But I don't want it. (178 comments)

Is this optional or am I required to have it taking up space on my Nexus 4 regardless?

What a tribulation!

about 10 months ago
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Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

molnarcs Re:Good luck .. (230 comments)

It was a stupid decision to tie themselves to Microsoft. The new Lumia and its camera is a very attractive phone for me. Probably most photographers would look at a phone's camera first, even though we are used to hauling around heavy gear. I would buy this phone in a second if it was running Android. And I'm sure I'm not alone - smartphone cameras are killing the compact camera market, and this is a feature that is important to many people. I also love some of their design choices.

Nokia still has some brand recognition left, especially in South-East Asia, but it's vanishing alarmingly fast. Had they introduced the Lumia 808 a year ago with stock Android and we some clever marketing campaign, they would have created some buzz. They could increase that buzz with this new launch. Instead, their are complaining about Microsoft. Big fracking LOL at them and their choice for a CEO.

1 year,28 days
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BlackBerry 10 Preview Looks Positive

molnarcs Re:Where are you getting this from? Some highschoo (122 comments)

China is Apple's fastest growing market, while Android is growing faster in regions with a strong history of paid software purchases. The most recent App Annie data suggests revenue/app for Android is rising, while the equivalent for Apple is falling. In other words, markets are normalising as you'd expect them to.

Enjoy the iOS income while you can, but don't get dependent on it.

Keep telling yourself that. People in all regions using android are not buying apps. It is an "online" cultural issue where people think "open source" means that everything should "free" including third party apps. It has nothing to do countries.

What are you smoking? The people who are actually buying Android phones have no clue about "open source." You call yourself a geek? What are you doing here? You need to realize the 99% of the non-geek population of this planet never heard of "open source." You need to go out more, socialize, get to know the rest of the world ;) You can't make money on Android and assume nobody else can. But the trend is changing, even here where I live. Blackberry is still very strong, but the growing upper-middle class idolized Apple for years. This trend has been changing for the at least a year now. There are no subsidized prices here, people pay $400-700 for a smartphone. These are not "cheap" people as you seem to assume. Google Play has been getting better and better (though more buggy at the same time, QC Google please!) and now paying through your gmail account became so easy... I bought about 18 apps myself. Samsung has a very heavy presence, lots of marketing and it works. I see more and more people with high-end android smart phones and tablets. Hell, my model at the shooting (I'm a photographer) asked me about the Nexus 10! Have you heard of it? she said. And she is most definitely not a geek ;) I saw a women wielding a Galaxy Note the other day.

about a year and a half ago
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Does Even Amazing Partisan Tech Deserve Applause?

molnarcs Re: Got news for you (209 comments)

So everyone who disagrees with your politics is dumb and the best way to support democracy is to have everyone fall in line and vote for the same party. That is some hot savoury troll food you are serving up there.

Maybe you should talk to some people fortunate enough to have been able to leave homelands that prescribe to such philosophies. See how places like Venezuela or Cuba or China or Libya serve their citizens under that kind of democracy that you advocate.

How the hell did you come up with that idea? How does the parent advocate Cuba, China or Lybia "kind of democracy." He said "governments that represent the public interest should rule the world." Sounds a bit pompous, yeah, but he's right. Dictatorships never represent the public interest.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too

molnarcs Re:Isn't this bad for Samsung? (271 comments)

It's worse if you allow a competitor (who is also a customer) limit your ability to do business.

Sometimes it's better to ignore bullies. But this is a bully bullying a bully. And this bully, in Korea, is treated as royalty. This bully's bully has the war-making backing and influence of their government. If you think the influence of business over government in the US is bad, you haven't seen what Samsung's influence over Korea is like.

I second that. Korean national pride borders on racism sometimes. You know what happened when KT (Korea Telecom) came out with the Nexus One opening the gates for the first series of really usable (Froyo) Samsung, LG, etc. Android based smartphones? The iOS market collapsed within one year! iOS went from 60% marketshare to just 3-5. In the first three months after the Nexus launch iOS marketshare fell a whopping 40% - in three months!!! People actually sold their iShinys to buy smartphones from Korean manufacturers because they were good enough. Koreans buy Korean products. Check the numbers for yourself.

more than 2 years ago
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HTC Unlocks Its Own Phones

molnarcs Re:Wait...what? Huh?? (145 comments)

Um, hello? Google has infamously withheld Android source and tried to make more restrictive compatibility requirements for vendors. All of these things have been covered on Slashdot.

Google absolutely, most definitely has been trying to lock Android down more. No offense, but you have an Android app link in your signature, so you have a vested financial interest in Android.

Bonch, stop trolling. You confuse quality control with preventing users do whatever they want with their phones. Your tirade is about the former, and I think you're alone in seeing that as a bad thing. HTC's announcement is about the latter - something Google has been pushing with their Nexus line since the Nexus One. Get yourself some brains please.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

molnarcs Re:Google+ (360 comments)

Spot on. What's more, photographers are leaving Flickr in droves for G+ for much of the same reasons - more engagement with like-minded people. And you know what? I find myself less and less interested in Slashdot. Can't have a discussion without shills, or someone riding the GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU OMG horse, etc. It's boooring.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

molnarcs Re:Google+ (360 comments)

That was exactly my experience on G+ - following interesting people, mostly photographers (I'm an enthusiastic beginner), participating in discussions, etc. proved to be far more engaging than Facebook ever was. I spend more time on G+ than I ever did on Facebook, though that doesn't say much since I never found facebook interesting enough to play with. G+ is definitely different. I learned more about photography, for example, in just the past few weeks then in the preceding months! And I don't see it as a Facebook killer either. Yeah, I also quit facebook almost completely. My blog posts still show up there, and like once a week I spend about 5 minutes replying to someone, but that's all. On the other hand, I post better content myself than I used to, and so do G+ users in general in my opinion. Perhaps the follow/be followed and the whole circles/private/public concept gives more incentive for people to think before their post, or at least don't broadcast to everyone what you had for dinner, because people will just uncircle you if you are too noisy. Yes, like minded people easily find each other - G+ is lightyears ahead in this respect - and also provides the same facilities (keep in touch with classmates, people you already know). I just see no reason to use Facebook anymore.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users

molnarcs Re:Google+ (360 comments)

You know, I'm tired of hearing this facebook vs. google+ story. When will you realize that it's not a battle. Google doesn't consider it a battle. Google+ is a new and innovative product that combines some of the features seen on almost all sites that allow connecting and sharing with people. Google attracts twitter users, because on G+ you can follow and be followed - just like on twitter. G+ will attract some facebook users, because it may be more useful, cleaner, more attractive, whatever the reason. And G+ will kill Flickr, in fact, some of the best photographers in the world have already left Flickr for G+. Probably has something to do with so many google guys having photography as their hobby. Check out Thomas Hawks's blog for details (yeah, the number of photographers devoted to google+ reached the tipping point already. From Trey Ratcliff to the excellent Klaus Hermann or Lisa Bettany - they are there, switching.

G+ attracts users from a variety of sources, probably even some people that never joined any of these networks. G+ is not a Facebook killer. It's not a Twitter killer either (no anonymity) - and that's actually a good thing! Why should G+ kill any other service to be successful? Yeah, it can surely weaken their position, but I do think it can coexist with these. To me, it seems Facebook is just panicking - because how else can you interpret these "messages" from Facebook? If G+ is truly no danger or insignificant, why obsess with declaring this every week? Facebook seems to be overreacting a little bit.

about 3 years ago
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Prosecuted For Critical Twittering

molnarcs Re:LOL (334 comments)

?The people who don't believe in God are a tiny minority, and that minority is not growing.

While I think that would have absolutely nothing to do with the import of this law, I'm pretty sure you are wrong too. Religiosity has been on a steady decline in the US for decades. Furthermore, the number of hindus and other polytheists has been increasing.

What I meant to say is that "In God We Trust" reflects popular sentiment. Does "get prosecuted if you hurt someone's feelings" reflect popular sentiment? Or just simple ignorance? Neither case is very desirable from my point of view. It makes critical thinking rather impossible. Now I don't know what the guy involved in this lawsuit really said. He might have been an asshole (and probably was, why harass religious groups if they pose no danger? I mean the "cult" in question is not exactly scientology). That said, the law is just too damn broad, and this "creative" use is alarming. I may be wrong is this, but it seems to me that as far as free speech is concerned, we get 5 bad news for every good one recently.

about 3 years ago
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Prosecuted For Critical Twittering

molnarcs Re:LOL (334 comments)

Stupid, unconstitutional laws have been written and passed since practically the start of the union. This case is nothing special. Hell, we still have "In God We Trust" on all of our coins and that started in 1864 and was made the official motto of the US in 1956 by law.

True, but "In God We Trust" is just a sign of the lack of evolution (pun intended) - and I don't see it changing any time soon. The people who don't believe in God are a tiny minority, and that minority is not growing. This law, however is a clear regression. Admittedly, this might be just false nostalgia, but I don't think in the 80s and 90s passing such a law would have been feasible. Not even bringing the idea up publicly. Since then, we (I'm not a U.S. citizen, but it can be felt globally) patriot acts, DMCAs, etc. to soften us up. Very visible systems of control to make us used to it (TSA comes to mind, which serves this purpose as well as generates large profits for the manufacturers and their friends). And now, this law wont even rise a "meh." in the media (and through them, to the general public). Oh, did I mention the media? When was the last time we had real investigative and independent journalism? Watergate? What wikileaks did put to shame all traditional medias - this should have been their job, no? I'm pessimistic about the direction we are heading.

about 3 years ago
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Prosecuted For Critical Twittering

molnarcs Re:LOL (334 comments)

The prosecution's theory in this case is that using Twitter to criticize a public figure can be a criminal act if the person's feelings are hurt.

Yay, a law that's about to be ruled as unconstitutional!

Let's hope so. Although at this rate, it's going to be passed sooner or later (I give it 10 years). Yes, that's the direction we are heading. The simple thought that proposing this law is possible is worrying enough. That's where we are now - politicians proposing laws such as this without flinching... that's normal today. They don't think there's an issue. They don't think anyone important would think there's an issue. That's quite tragic.

about 3 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

molnarcs Re:Long answer? (456 comments)

Short answer: Yes and No. The twitter as it exists today will be gone. There are already people abandoning Twitter to G+ (Trey Ratcliff, for example). Twitter existed because it's different from facebook. On facebook, every relationship is mutual. You are "friends" with everybody. On twitter, you can follow or be followed. G+ is a combination of the two. G+ is more of a danger (short term) to twitter than to facebook. However, I don't think Google is out to bulldozer twitter. I believe that they are truly trying to build something different. And I do support their insistence on real names, for a variety of reasons. Facebook allowed a niche for twitter by being less effective at one to many communication. That's why journalists and the media is on Twitter. Google does that, and more - but it also leaves a niche for twitter: anonymity. I think Twitter has a chance of survival as long as Google insists on real names on G+. Most people who comment here are looking at the picture as it is right now. Yeah, twitter is big, but G+ does everything twitter does and more! You don't have to be "friends" with everybody just to get the word out. You can push out info to "followers" - but if a follower decides to comment on your info, all his friends will be able to see it. Twitter has no such mechanism.

about 3 years ago
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Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

molnarcs Re:For realsies? (267 comments)

I completely agree with everything you wrote - group management is a nightmare on Facebook. It is easy to choose "friends" or "friend of friends" as a default option for your posts. However, there is an additional layer on top of that: Facebook's own algorithm that selects whose stream your post will appear in. This is not transparent to the user at. Even if you don't want to segregate your contacts into different groups, you have no control over who sees what you say. We don't know how the algorithm works (there are plenty of educated guesses though). In fact, they can add a simple filter to prevent any post mentioning Google+ appearing in your friends stream - and we wouldn't even know about it! A lot has been said against Facebook (changing TOS, privacy settings, allowing 3rd parties to get users's information, etc.). In my opinion, however, this is the worst thing about Facebook: you have no control over who sees the things you share by posting. Everything about facebook is about control. They control who sees your post, they control how much you can post (420 characters!), they control whose posts you see in your stream. On G+ you are in control of all of that.

So yes, precisely as you said, they have a rudimentary system for contact segregation that is a nightmare to use. But even if you are not concerned with that, you just your contacts to see what you post, that's not possible. Of course, they see what you post on their walls. But when you write a Note, how many of your contacts will see it in their stream? Nobody knows.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

molnarcs Re:For realsies? (267 comments)

Can't say I'm super-impressed.

Maybe you're not, but artists and journalists are flocking to Google+. Let me give you just one example of the former: read what Trey Ratcliff wrote. 40.000+ followers on G+ and half as many on his Facebook fanpage. As to journalists - countless examples. This video might explain why: Google Plus on Rocketboom.. Pay attention to the twitter part, or to what Ratcliff says in the interview. Communication is simiply more fun on G+ - and far more effective. On facebook, you can't chose who among your 300 "friends" sees what you want to say. Facebook "filters" (well, censors) your post to a select people based on various past indicators. You have no control over this process whatsoever. On Google+ you are in control. And thanks to control over what you see (direct links to circle streams, the ability to "mute" discussions) you don't have to listen to the flood of stupidity that is overwhelming on Facebook. That also makes it easier to follow others, share content, etc. - as you can see in Ratcliff's example.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Adopts Bluetooth 4.0. Could It Reject NFC?

molnarcs Re:False logic (250 comments)

Don't forget another Apple factor: Apple likes being first. They don't like entering markets, they like creating new ones. That no longer may seem possible. What else is there now that they opened up the tablets market? (I personally would like to see them try something with watches ;) Anyway, people underestimate this Apple sentiment, but it is at the core of what they communicate to customers and what they believe in. This sense of exclusivity is responsible for generating the kind of deep emotional bond you see in Apple fanboys online, or people sleeping in front of their stores on launch date, waiting in lines for 6-8 hours to get their hands on the latest. No other company is successful in generating that kind of devotion. At a very strong component of that is that... they are special. They are different. They are first. Look at their patent lawsuits recently. The message is clear: we were first. They are copying us. Only geeks know that this is not true - innovation depends on the free flow of information.

I'm personally glad that iOS finally got a good notification system by copying Android. Of course, no fanboy would ever admit that Apple copied anything, another evidence how genetic being first is to Apple. There is a problem with NFC. Android was first. Not only that, but it was the Nexus S - THE Google phone. I know this sounds a bit of a stretch, but then, people (especially geeks) always underestimate the role of emotions in our choices. See Simon Sinek's video on the subject.

more than 3 years ago

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Apple kills Google Voice apps on the iPhone

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  about 5 years ago

molnarcs writes "Apple pulls Google Voice-enabled applications from its App Store citing duplication of functionality. This includes both Google's official Google Voice and third party apps like Voice Central. Sean Kovacs, main developer of GV Mobile says that he had personal approval from Phillip Shiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing last April. TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid suspects AT&T behind the move."

Journals

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Got the gadgets I craved :)

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 3 years ago Finally I got every gadget I wanted. Good PC with Win7 for editing multimedia (mainly AVCHD). Well, actually I didn't know I wanted a Windows 7 PC - used linux for a decade. Than I got the Asus 1201n netbook, running Windows 7. Planned on installing linux, but what the hell, I tried it first. Actually it was pretty pleasant to use. The more I used it, the more I liked Windows 7. So when it came to buying a PC, decided to go with it. I even bought Windows - the first OS I ever payed for.

Replaced my aging HTC Touch HD with a Nexus One three weeks ago. It's amazing that this phone, released close to 10 months ago, is still pretty competitive both against the iPhone 4 or recently released Android handsets. Korean version btw, came with an SLCD instead of AMOLED - which is cool. I didn't like the somewhat blurry letters on my friend's desire, and the extra brightness (albeit small) comes in handy in daylight. Don't watch movies on the thing (where AMOLED is better), I have a 37" LCD TV for that, or my netbook. Everything is cool about this phone, the only missing feature was Skype, but that problem went away a week ago.

Syncronizing files through dropbox between phone and PC, Netbook. Backups through WIFI using SyncToy on Windows 7 (Home Network is a very cool feature). I have all my important data in three places - Documents, Pictures, Books, etc. are synced between the netbook and my PC, and I have an external HDD (shock resistant, hardened) for offline storage.

The 1201n still runs strong, can't find a better netbook at a similar price, even almost a year after its release. Yeah, it has a somewhat shorter battery life than the newer iterations, but it has a dual core desktop CPU, and battery is still good for 4-5 hours.

And finally, I sold my TZ7 and bought the new TZ10 - we are talking compact, ultrazoom cameras. Panasonic, Leica lens, pocketable with a 12x optical zoom and really powerful optical image stabilizer. For a long time (3 years!) Panasonic had no competition in this nieche. Well, Canon tried, as well as Nikon and the rest of the big guys, but failed miserable until this year. Well, this year too actually, the TZ10 still bests all of them in every review I've read, but at least now Canon is somewhat competitive.

Can't think of any toy I need in the foreseeable future. I'm a gadget addict, and for the first time, I have everything I need. COOL!

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Can Gio

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 5 years ago The rainy season is in full fling, but didn't care, went to Can Gio yesterday. Can Gio is the large southern part of HCMC, the "lungs" of the city. Lots of construction work (they're building a highway there) and on some parts only the service road available. At around noon it started to rain. Arrived at the monkey island around 1 pm, took a boat tour (joining some Chinese tourists) of the mangrove forest, saw old guerilla bases + crocodiles. Oh, and lots of monkeys, taunting tourists (yes, not the other way around) and stealing from them occasionally. The rain didn't stop, the sandy/muddy road turned into a pond at times, it took some effort to wade through it on my Honda Wave (a 100cc bike popular in Asia). Since it was May 1, couldn't find an open motorbike-washing shop.

Next day at work the guards taunted me about the inch thick soil stuck to my bike - probably the dirties bike they saw for some time :) I'm not sure what the kids' parents thought when I rolled in like that, suit & tie & and a bike covered in brown/red dried mud :)

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Summer of Code & FreeBSD

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago As of June 8th, the FreeBSD Project is the 9th among the mentoring organization with most proposals:

495 google
331 asf
278 gaim
243 gnome
223 other
171 mono
168 psf
139 ubuntu
123 freebsd
103 nmap
101 kde
99 gallery
93 wine
77 mambo
63 oo
56 svn
55 fedoracore
48 lj
48 internet2
47 tpl
47 drupal
41 mozdev
41 blender
40 handhelds
35 netbsd
34 codehaus
33 winlibre
29 samba
29 jxta
26 plg
21 lispnyc
20 xwiki
20 jabber
20 inkscape
17 semedia
17 horde
15 asterisk
10 monotone
9 ohiolink
7 oscar
6 psu
6 bricolage

Nice to see such interest in FreeBSD - but then, lots of exciting things are happening in -CURRENT, ranging from kickass laptop support (passive cooling, suspend to disk) to netork disk devices (via GEOM GATE I assume).

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LCD questions

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago I recently set up a site that is a community effort to provide information about the panels used in various (Dell, Nec, Apple, Acer, Lg, etc.) monitors. The site is in Hungarian but the table should be readable to all, and it mostly links to english or german review sites.

Anyway, if you are before buying an LCD monitor, I may be able to answer some questions regarding LCD technology, or in some cases specific monitor types.

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KDE 3.4 screenshot, vidcap. It's beautyful!

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago A picture (and a vidcap) speaks louder than 1000 words. Therefore Ill say only a few: its breathtaking. Witness the way the tooltip rolls out:

Warning 14MEG download (file is ffmpeg mpeg4 format).

Screenshot for those with smaller bandwidth

And it isn't any slower than without transparency. Previously when I tried enabling composite extension, it was very slow and buggy (although it was with xorg 6.8.1 and fluxbox - current system is atlhon xp 2400+, Geforce FX5200 with nvidia binary drivers, 512RAM, xorg 6.8.2, FreeBSD 5.4 Prerelease).

Only problem so far is that when I play a movie with mplayer (from a konsole), picture does not appear, however, kmplayer works fine). Also, when I played wesnoth, it tried to apply shadows to every object in it :)))) - but disabling ARGB windows in the Control Center solved that.

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TV-Capture on FreeBSD && WTA tour news

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago The top 8 players (among women) this year in a final challenge (not necessarily the top 8 ranking, because porsche only count's this year's results). It will be awesame. 4 of 8 are russians, all playing very different and therefore exciting tennis.I hope Dementieva improved her serve, for she is the only one who has such a known and typical weakness. (but she is soo good in every other aspects, that she actually can make up for this deficiency, which makes her tennis very spectacular. Problem is, seeing how the other russian demons (Myskina & Sharapova) play, not to mention Amelie Mauresmo and Davenport, I don't think she can win w/o learning to do kickass serves.

I learned that one of Dementieva's hobbies is chess (and that's why her favorite tennis player is Martina Hingis, "because she plays smart, like playing chess on a tennis court." ). Yeah, tennis is 50% mind game. In fact, I believe it is one of the smartest sport. Or rather, one of the most balanced sports. One has to be smart to play tennis, and must have excellent mental discipline .... and he or she must also be a good athlete. She is also multilingual (russian, french and english).

Nothing interesting happened in Linz last week btw. Well, nothing interesting compared to Zurich or Moscow.Which is good, for I am running out of space on my harddrive. I've captured the more interesting matches, using mencoder, and my very very cheap capture card (PlayTV MPEG II). Image quality is excellent. On my amd xp 2400+ I can capture into 528:396/1500Kb/s mpeg4(divx)avi, if I don't do anything else. It is better, however, to capture with constant quantizer (-vqscale=2) and do a 2 pass encoding later in avidemux (and while you are at it, cutting out the ads). This gives me excellent results. I'm planning to write a tv-capture on freeBSD howto btw.

Next week: ATP Championships (men). The two bestest weeks in tennis (apart from the 4 grandslams).

Details on the WTA Championship

Dementieva

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Tennis (WTA tour, Zurich)

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago Today I saw one of the best matches in the tournament. And it wasn't from some big shots like Sharapova or Dementieva (my favorite - that is, Dementieva). It was from two 16 year old relatively unknown players: Ana Ivanovic (Serbia-Montenegro) and Tatjana Golovin (France).

Golovin ranks 29, while Ivanovic ranked 500+ at the beginning of the year. She was #152 before this match. I wonder how many ranks she gained by her win. Because she did it in an awesome game. In the first set she beat Golovin to 7:5, in the second set she was beaten to 6:7 (which means that to this point, it was a pretty tight match). Than in the 3rd set, Golovin was leading with 5 to 1! And this 16 year old girl had a presence of mind like no other! Imagine coming back from 1:5 to 6:6, and in the shortened game (or whatever it is called in english) beating Golovin to 7:3! I really felt pity for her (she is also 16). And this unknown girl is going to play Venus Williams tomorrow (that is today)

I think V. Williams will waste her completely (she is as strong as a man). I would really love to see a Dementieva vs Williams final. That should be interesting. V.W is much much stronger (than anyone in women's tennis I think, save her sister), but Dementieva is so fast - she is one of the fastest players, hence her game is always spectacular: she can reach balls that everyone would think is beyond reach. That is one of the reasons she is my favorite. She is also cute, and she is a very nice person.

ps. I wouldn't be a slashdotter if I didn't notice that tennisrulz.org runs on FreeBSD :)

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I installed Windows

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 9 years ago Haha! It confused the hell out of me. I created two user accounts (and didn't ask for the Administrator password!). Ok, I logged in. First thing I did was to restrict my default user account (as any sane person would do). As soon as I clicked Apply, I knew I made a mistake: of course I couldn't configure the rest of the system with my bynowrestricted account.

Next: I wanted to log out (while desperately searching the control panel - or whatever it is called - for an Administrative account) but I couldn't find a log out button anywhere! I had to call for help! From my computer-agnostic, windows using roommate! It was sooo lame (and funny). It turned out that the little helpful popup describing the AllProgs item in the menu was covering the log off button! Thanks Bill.

I created two users. One:ME, two: whomever wants to use my puter while I'm not here. I called this hypothetical user "Somebody". Now, luckily, somebody was also an Administrator (remember, I succesfully locked out my user account). Kudos for making everyone Admin by default! Somebody managed to get my default user back to its Adminsitrator status, and I soon discovered that that's it: one is either an administrator or not. Am I right? I mean, XP won't allow to create an account called the Administrator, but doesn't provide one either. Or does it? Help me! This is soo very confusing!

This is just a very small sample (let's say: 30 minutes) of what I've been through in the past 24 hours. And I assure you, the rest was just as horrible/hillarious as the 30 minutes described above. On the other hand, now that I have configured, Windows XP seems to be a nice OS. Firewall is nice (I'm on SP2). Not that usually bloated (as in: doing everything from virus to intrusion detection, and doing all very badly) 3d party firewall that even keryo managed to become. It does one thing: it filters packets. Thanks GOD!

Except for some codec problems, most things work just fine. Oh yes, and Media Player 10. NEVER EVER INSTALL MEDIA PLAYER 10 IF YOU WANT TO WATCH MOVIES. Or anything for that matter. I added a directory full of movies (short and long ones). Took 10 minutes till it managed to load (for winamp 2.91 it takes the same amount of time ... in seconds). Then, after it finished loading: now, where are they? It was extremely hard to find them in some obscure playlist (?? I'm not even sure it was called that. It had "UNKWOWN" written somewhere). All was there, (or was it?) in complete disorder. And don't even start me on the playback time (I mean the time it needs to start playing). Media Player 10 is ugly and evil and unusable. Where is Eugenia when we need her??? Stay away from it at all cost!!!

But as I said, rest is OK. It is even reasonably fast (and it isn't the memory hog I expected it to be). I'm not saying it is faster than my FreeBSD/KDE3.3 desktop. Well, they are comparable (though I have more eyecandies enabled - Baghira, JUK, transparent stuff in KDE). KDE remains a bit more responsive when copying files, though the difference here is again negligible.

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my puter or my OS borked

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 10 years ago ...I think. Left it building KDE 3.2.2 for the night, when returning saw an error message, saying something about hd timeouts. Reboot, single user mode, fsck. While doing /dev/ad0s1f (my /usr)I saw the same timeout/resetting devices message. After a couple of yes, fix it sessions, fsck exited, saying filesystem is still dirty. Damn! This is not the first time it happens btw (it happened on another machine, running fbsd 5.x).

The error codes were different each time, but 51 was most frequent. So the question is: is this a hw quirk or a sw bug (ffs/ata code in 5.2 branch?). If it happened once, I would have thought the former, but now, that two puters have borked displaying the same errors, I'm suspicious.

I mounted /usr with -f, so I could archive my important data on another hd - sometimes saw the same resetting devices crap. I can't tell how much I'm frustrated with this. I wasn't planning for a reinstall (and I'm not sure that would help either. Good thing I did 'make packages' for large ones like OpenOffice - at least I don't have to build them to have athlon and O2 optimized packs.

What really bothers is is that I don't know what to do PR-wise. The other puter began degrading after multiple reboots (power went out). FSCK always repaired inconsistencies ... for a time. Then I just saw those damn error messages, even though fsck reported filesystem to be clean at boottime(first I didn't even think that there is a connection) - ran manually, it found inconsistencies. But now, that it happens to another puter, I don't know what to think anymore. The problem is, this is not an easily reproducible bug. OS install went without problems on both machines, I didn't even have to do the disable acpi or dma trick. Doh!

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(Meta)moderation

molnarcs molnarcs writes  |  more than 10 years ago Just so you know ... I don't really care about it. I take karma (and mod point) as a fact - If I have it, good, if not, I can still post and browse comments just as well. Metamoderation is fun - since my 'morning press' is slashdot, I made a habit to attend to metamoderation - often I found interesting discussions via mm (its like a special search interface hehe). Anyway... I wrote this as a disclaimer, to put in my sig maybe, because this was modded flamebait. Yes, I cared about this one, because this is +5 funny if you think about it (and read the discussion). Oh, the irony!

What's up with people who act as if their life depended on ./ karma? The funny thing is, that for a brief time (well, after the first few times I got mod points - lol, the very first time I didn't know what to do with it btw... couldn't find the moderate button at the bottom - ooops, an assonance!) I felt how this systems can drawn someone into it (language, language - I'm not a native speaker mind you!) - I know it can be addictive, and one can invest lots of emotions into it. But ultimately, what matters is the news, and to take it easy. (lol@antislash and such peeps - get a life!). Rant over, have a nice day.

EDIT> +++funny how some sort of minor battle developed around the parent post. For the past minutes it kept changing from +5 insightful to +1 flamebait and then back to +5 insightful. I have to modify my initial statement: I do care about moderation! It's fun!

I understand this might be not something of a news for oldtimers, but it was good entertainment for me at the moment.

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