Just a quick update on Amaya Rodrigo's recent post on Planet Debian about xbubble's upstream author sending a patch for the Debian xlibs-dev transition: I have uploaded a (hopefully) fixed version of the package yesterday => one step closer to the end of the transition.
Addicting game, btw., give it a try!
It's day 2 of the 22C3 congress — time to post some stuff.
I've been travelling to Berlin by train with Daniel Reutter, taking a bunch of photos with my new PowerShot A610 (see photo on the right, for an example). You can browse the 22c3 flickr group for more photos.
We've listened to quite a lot of lectures already, and many more will follow. Especially the keynote by Joi Ito was really great, the network here works most of the time (wired net, as well as WLAN), so everything's fine for now...
As far as hacking is concerned, we played around with iPodLinux a bit. We managed to port aalib to the iPod an then (more interesting) we also ported bb, the portable text-mode demo. There are some issues on both the 4g iPod and the 5g iPod we tried this on, but we're working on it... We have documented the ports in the form of HOWTOs (currently Debian-specific) in the iPodLinux wiki (aalib, bb).
Up next: porting Ruby to the iPod.
Update 2006-01-05: This post made it to Symlink a few days ago.
It's a 5 megapixel camera, it has a 4x optical zoom, it's pretty fast, can do videos (640x480 at 30 fps) etc. etc.
Of course, it only comes with a 16 MB SD-card which is a joke, so I'll need to get something like a 1 GB card soonish.
It seems to be pretty well-suited for macro photography (1cm minimum distance), see the samples on the right.
Using this camera with Linux is not as simple as mounting it as an USB mass storage device. Instead, the camera uses the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) for file transfers.
Fortunately, the wonderful gphoto2 (
apt-get install gphoto2) supports that, so I can easily get all images and videos off the camera with a simple
(actually, the camera is only "supported" in the current gphoto2 CVS version, the latest stable release, 2.1.6, doesn't really recognize it — but it still works ;-)
As I now have a pretty solid digital camera (compared to my last one), and I've also been gifted a good book on digital photography, I hope to be able to improve the quality of the photos in my photoblog quite a lot in the nearer future.
In any case, I'll sure have some fun with this new toy...
A Debian package should be available in a few days, I already have a test-version running on my local box...
OK, so I spent some fun time playing around with my 5g video iPod — time for more serious action now.
I have created two patches today which add support for the video iPod to gtkpod, a GTK+ based, platform independent GUI for Apple's iPod.
These initial patches allow you to sync m4v video files to your iPod and watch them there. I will add support for all other video formats which work on the iPod, soon. The patches will be sent to the gtkpod maintainers, of course, in the hope that they can be included in the next release.
Note: This is pre-alpha, barely-tested code! Use at your own risk!
mount -t vfat /dev/sda2 /mnt/ipod
/mnt/ipodis the default).
umount /mnt/ipod), disconnect the USB cable.
I get a "Destroying mmap buffer" error every time I sync the iPod, but that's probably a gtkpod bug, and it's non-fatal anyways.
If you happen to own a video iPod, please test the patches and report whether they work! Thanks!
Update 2005-11-19: The libgpod patch is in CVS now (plus a bug which caused MP3s to appear in the "Movies" list is fixed now, too). So you don't need the libgpod patch anymore! I have updated the gtkpod patch (Update: patch no longer needed.), you should now be able to sync almost any video format (m4v, mp4, mpg, mpeg, avi, mov) to your video iPod.
Update 2005-11-24: The current libgpod/gtkpod CVS now contains all the features of my patches, so they are obsolete from now on.