Long-Lived Processes

Tue 01 June 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the things about developing a digital signage system is that the software running the display has to run for a long period of time. From what I have heard some people set their digital signage players (from other companies) to reboot every night which is an odd state ...

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-30

Sun 30 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-23

Sun 23 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth
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Google’s New Font Service

Wed 19 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

At Camvine I spent a small amount of time recently making sure TypeKit works, so we can use funky fonts in our WebKit based browser.

Now Google have announced the Google Web Font API and the Google Web Font Directory. The API webpage is here.

You can view the available ...

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Video Codecs That Don’t Make You Go Grey

Wed 19 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

Great news today, Google are open-sourcing and more importantly free patent licensing the VP8 codec. As part of this they are creating the WebM project with a new container format that uses the open-source Vorbis audio codec.

As someone who has to deal with video codecs every day and the ...

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iPad Accessibility

Sun 16 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

So I took the company iPad on a weekend holiday to my parent’s house. My ulterior motive was to find out whether it really was accessible, and by that I mean for people with audio and visual impairment.

My mother is registered as deafblind (contrary to what spell checkers ...

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-16

Sun 16 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth
  • Now I realise I haven't used an autocompleting code editor for years. Trying to use one now is annoying, no, I don't want a closing bracket! #
  • Tried out Gnome-Shell and didn't feel it was for me. I like the stripped down look of Unity http://bit.ly ...
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Gaming For Linux

Wed 12 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

After the great games for Linux made easily available in the Humble Games Bundle, games for Linux are definitely looking up.

The good news today is that there has been an announcement in amongst the Mac articles that soon there will be a Steam client for Linux. A more in-depth ...

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Good news for video acceleration on Linux

Mon 10 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

Video acceleration has got a whole lot better on Linux. Splitted Desktop have released gstreamer plugins with VA-API support. gstreamer-vaapi was announced on the gstreamer-devel list here.

There are VA-API backends (in the project libva) for Intel chips, VDPAU for nvidia (and allegedly S3) chips and XvBA for AMD chips ...

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-09

Sun 09 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth
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Humble Indie Games Pack

Wed 05 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

Just made my order for the Humble Indie Games Pack. This is a set of indie games that are up for sale at any price you want to pay with your choice as to how much goes to charity and how much goes to the developers. It looks like they ...

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WebKit keeps me spinning round

Wed 05 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

So after all the issues I was having with WebKitGTK having undebuggable crashes somewhere in the nvidia binary blob I decided to have a go at QtWebKit integration. It was fairly quick and easy to do (I cheated and used PySide for brevity). That was good – no crashes, some nice ...

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-02

Sun 02 May 2010 by Garry Bodsworth
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The Many Faces Of WebKit

Thu 29 April 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

I’ve been back into the belly of the beast investigating different implementations of WebKit again. So I thought I’d share some of the things I picked up about them.

Obviously the Apple implementation is the cream of the crop for speed an features. In fact the Mac OSX ...

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Binary blobs…

Wed 28 April 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

I discovered a way to consistently crash xorg using the nvidia driver.  Open webkitgtk, close it, wait fiver seconds, open it again, rinse and repeat for 15 minutes.  Boom xorg explodes.  Go look at the logs and you have a stack trace telling you something went wrong. As far as ...

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Start Me Up

Sun 25 April 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

This may turn out to be one of those hollow promises again, but I am going to get this blog up and running again even if it kills me. The baby is sleeping (and snoring) upstairs so I have time, unless I am forced to do cleaning.

So what is ...

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Unicomics 2010

Sun 25 April 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

Yesterday at the University of Hertfordshire was the first Unicon – the Unicomics Comic Convention organised by Danny Graydon. It is the closest comic event to Cambridge I can think of, and it was jam packed with the cream of small-press creators.

So I spent the day strolling around spending money ...

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Bizarre Journey To The Sun

Wed 24 February 2010 by Garry Bodsworth

You never know quite where you are going to end up, for me I ended up in The Sun newspaper today for the launch of a new website bestcourse4me. It is a website to help students decide their future.

You can see my ugly mug here on the right hand ...

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Camvine Is Hiring

Tue 08 December 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

At Camvine where we liberate your content from the tyranny of computers to let you splat it onto screens for all to see, we have a few openings. We’ve got the codapod end of the delivery which is the hardware that pumps out the pixels to your screen, right ...

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The Great Display Power Saving Debacle

Thu 03 December 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

We are supposed to be concerned with our power consumption. After all California has enshrined in law restrictions on the power usage of televisions.

Working for a digital signage company I have to deal with a lot of displays. The initial hardware platform only had VGA output, great, power saving ...

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