Baby steps

I'm happy — today I took the first steps towards being able to use the Fuji Finepix digital camera as a USB webcam (mentioned in a previous post). Today I started reading about how to hack on the Linux kernel. It's quite exciting for someone like me, who has used Linux for the last 5 years or so but never been ready (or brave enough) to tackle the kernel itself. Hey, maybe nothing will come of it, but maybe I'll get into kernel hacking in a big way and one day even submit a patch that is rolled into the main kernel source!

Minty MP3s

Every now and then I find something on the Internet that blows my mind, and they Minty Tin MP3 Player from scratch is one of those — Limor, you are a Goddess. Well done! While on that, I can’t believe I’ve never found before! Anyway, back to the vodka.


(There is nothing like a cup of tea and some Audioslave to get you through the working weekend.) Friday night started well, with drinks at the Trader Bar. It was intended to be the February Opensource Meetup, but was far too noisy to have any real conversation (I will try harder next month to find an appropriate venue, I think). Considering that when I arrived my friends were surprised to see me, I think it would be fair to say that the meetup was not what they were out and about for.

First Impressions

Finally took the plunge — I’ve blown away my SUSE install and put Yoper on in it’s place! “How excitement!” The installer was interesting, in a good way — no packages to select (or dselect, for those of a Debian persuasion), not even any updates whilst the packages were being installed, just a simple black screen with the golden advice, “Please be patient”. It surprised me, but was at the same time refreshing.


I’ve been running to catch up ever since we got back from Christmas/NY holidays. It’s just been completely overwhelming — from two weeks of lazing around the campfire to two weeks of daily deadlines and impatient clients. Two weeks too much, so I called in sick today. Slept in (so good!); went to the post office to check up on my passport application; did some housework — in short, didn’t even touch the laptop until this evening.

Google loves me! Bucky is the best!

I just found, by accident, that I’m the second highest Google search for “chronofiles”. (The Buckminster Fuller Institute is first, by the way.) sniff I’m so proud. Of course, a Google search for “chronofile”, singular, will not feature the glennji chronofiles at all. Please feel free to brush over this fact without pause for intelligent consideration. (If anyone is curious about the origin of the word “chronofile”, check out the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Unproductive Wednesday

Today wasn’t an entirely productive day, but it wasn’t too bad — I did manage to burn the Yoper installation CD. My idea is as follows: Yoper is a good, young distribution, looking for contributors; Yoper doesn’t have good Gnome support yet; I’m more than a little Gnome-mad; I can program; I can help integrate Gnome into Yoper! Just need to backup my data, blow away this SUSE install, and give Garnome another go.

New YOPER resolution

I’ve just scheduled the Yoper ISO for download here at work — the first step in my plans for world domination (I’ll release a World Domination Manifesto on ChangeThis one of these days). When I get home tonight, I’ll back up all my critical data, and then I can kick off the installation at lunchtime tomorrow (I have to do real work too, after all). In other news, I think I love Autopackage — multiple front ends and multiple packaging systems, all with dependency resolution, and a nice easy “click me” kick off script for each application.

The year to come

This will be my last post this year – Dee and I are going camping in South Australia for the next two weeks, and it’s unlikely there will be mobile phone coverage, let alone wifi internet access. Of course, it doesn’t really both either of us, and is in fact one of the reasons we are going. No communication, no computers, no technology. Time to recommune with nature perhaps. A spiritual recharge, certainly.

Mishoo Fuji FinePix A310 as webcam in Linux

[Mishoo] Fuji FinePix A310 as webcam in Linux In the spirit of biting off more than I can chew, I’m considering jumping into getting my Finepix S7000 to work as a V4L device! It’s well beyond my current capabilities (but not beyond learning!), and that’s probably the main reason that I want to try. The second reason is that I want a webcam that I can use in Linux, and I’ve already got the camera, so why not?