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Nespresso Art

Posted on Feb 1, 2010

Nespresso Art

For the next few months I have to abstain from alcohol and most types of coffee. Espresso (Lungo) is one of the few types of coffee I am still allowed to drink – in moderation of course. Thus I got myself a Nespresso machine since I am too lazy for a more traditional espresso machine. Deeply affected by this sudden change in my life, I grabbed my camera and with a little help from GIMP I created the image below:

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Fraud Art: The void towards knowledge in the dusk of the industrial era

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

Fraud Art: The void towards knowledge in the dusk of the industrial era

Today I am proud to introduce you to the Fraud Art (F.Art™) series, an effort to make you art (un)aware. It involves uninteresting pictures and baroque titles. The first Fraud Art masterpiece I will bless you with is The void towards knowledge in the dusk of the industrial era, illustrated bellow: Of course, since I understand that most of you don’t have even a remote relation to art, I will try to explain it to you with simple words. The dusk is pretty literally expressed as you can probably see. The industrial era is represented by the power lines and transformers. Now, many will argue that the...

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Fujitsu Amilo Pi 3560 review from a Linux user

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

Fujitsu Amilo Pi 3560 review from a Linux user

This week I bought a new laptop although my old one has still plenty of life in it thanks to Intel. Their graphics drivers suffer for over a year now and for the last months it became just impossible to work with. I appreciate the work of their developers, writing open source graphics’ drivers and leading in general graphics’ drivers, xorg server and linux kernel to a better setup (in-kernel drivers, kms, gem). But the thing is that while they are doing this their drivers are a pain to use. My old laptop, with an Intel T7300 CPU (2GHz, 2 cores, 4MB cache), 2GB of RAM and Intel X3100 can not even run properly firefox, konqueror, openoffice or eclipse. I...

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Wallpaper: Poser

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

Wallpaper: Poser

Some days ago I decided to play a bit with some HDR techniques. With the help of the open source Qtpfsgui I created my first pseudo HDR from a photo of mine. It isn’t something spectacular but I thought I should share it anyway. It is a Mantis insect with enough free space around it in order to arrange your widgets. The resolution of the image is 1680×1050. The original photo was shot with  my beloved Canon 500D and the EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS but I will write about it another time. To save it to your hard disk right click on it and choose save link as. ...

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musearch: per ebuild USE flag descriptions on your terminal

Posted on Oct 8, 2009

musearch: per ebuild USE flag descriptions on your terminal

There is some material I want to upload to the site eventually. I will begin with musearch, a bash script useful to Gentoo Linux users. musearch lets you search for an ebuild and then displays it’s USE flags along with their description. It can be considered as a CLI interface to Mike Valstar’s site gentoo-portage.com. musearch uses portage (emerge), esearch or eix to search for an ebuild by name or by name and description. Then, provided the results aren’t too many (we don’t want to cause unnecessary traffic to gentoo-portage.com), connects to Mike Valstar’s website and downloads the USE flag descriptions for each result, formats them in a...

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Opening Act

Posted on Oct 1, 2009

Opening Act

Welcome! Today is a special day since I managed to start officially a “project” I wanted a lot but neglected flamboyantly for a long time: the creation of a decent personal web page. Sure, “decent” is subjective but objectively the present page is much better than my previous attempts. Before I proceed any further I would like to apologize in advance for any errors I have in my text. English isn’t my native language and thus, despite my efforts, mistakes are unavoidable. Besides the indolence which almost always comes with a good idea that is difficult to implement and requires a long term engagement with your free time, in this project an important role...

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