Ufraw and Gimp 2.8.2

UFRaw logo

Ufraw is an helpful add-on to Gimp; it enables the latter to open and edit NEF raw files from Nikon cameras. . Installation is trivial but making them work together is not. I especially encountered an error message saying  libgdk-win32 was missing.

Gimpedtutorials.com has an handy how-to that worked for me very well.

Toshiba NB200, life and death, and rebirth with the Phoenix crysis disk

In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix (Ancient Greek φοίνιξ phóinīx) is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor [wikipedia.org]

This was a very exciting Christmas. I was on the job while inadvertendly clicked on the wrong file: the latest (currently should be 2.20) BIOS winflasher for my Toshiba NB200, previously saved for later use.  Panic: I should have press Cancel right away.

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Shalechet (Fallen Leaves)

Shalechet (Fallen Leaves) by hayha
Shalechet (Fallen Leaves), a photo by hayha on Flickr.

Asrock ALiveNF6G-VSTA sound issue with Ubuntu Precise

Ubuntu precise is sometime unsettling at best. Audio won’t work with my old ALiveNF6G-VSTA. It used to be the reverse on Linux: old hardware would work, new hardware not always. Ubuntu Precise changed that altogether: old hardware isn’t working, and new hardware isn’t working either.

ALiveNF6G-VSTA(m)
ALiveNF6G-VSTA motherboard. Photo courtesy of Asrock

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Fixing the frontpanel USB ports, One at time

Today I decided to fix my front panel USB , that were since long gone due an unspecified issue on my Asustek mobo (WYGIWYP, what-you-get-is-what-you-paid). Since the usual remedies wouldn’t work (resetting CMOS, changing front panel, BIOS fiddling) I decided to tackle the problem the hard way, by bypassing the motherboard completely.Continue reading “Fixing the frontpanel USB ports, One at time”