Archive for February, 2010

My paper tux

My girlfriend printed me out a copy of paper tux. Here’s the result:

Paper tux

Paper tux

More photos.


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Sick of geolocation not working (correctly) within Firefox? Want to set your location manually? Then this will help you.

Go to your about:config in Firefox and search for geo.wifi.uri. This is the URI to the Google service Firefox uses for geolocation. The good thing is you can change it to a static local file (or a script you made yourself on your web server, or whatever).

My value is: file:///home/bela/sys/firefox/location-vienna.json

The contents of location-vienna.json are:


(It’s the location of the main building of my university.)

Well that should work. Go to http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/geolocation/ and test it 🙂

Thanks to failedvegan.

Update: I found the official (?) documentation for this protocol.

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On our last party, I started using my old webcam to make a picture every 5 minutes to document the fun we were having. I used camorama, which has a build in feature to do exactly that.

Today I wanted to do the same with the webcam on my girlfriends netbook. UNR comes with Cheese, which does not have the ability to take pictures in regular intervals, but it worked out  of the box. I installed camorama, but for some reason it did not work.

After some debugging it still didn’t work so I though: this is Linux, there must be an easy hack to make Cheese take pictures automatically, and there is:

cheese& while true; do xvkbd -text " "; sleep 300; done

Running this in bash/a terminal will start Cheese and then simulate pressing the space key every 5 minutes. And Space is the shortcut for Take a photo. Of course you can’t do anything else on the netbook while this is running since Cheese has to be focused for this to work (There probably is a hack to fix that too).

Linux rocks!

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I ♥ Free Software

I love Free Software!

via greve

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