Europython Blogging

Tue 30 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

And here I am at Europython 2009 in rainy but inhumanly hot Birmingham. I made it for 8am but I am all on my own thanks to a possible hamthrax infected absence.

Interesting stuff from the main introduction. There are over 440 delegates. There are some raffles including the coins ...

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“Boot Error” when booting from USB

Tue 23 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Some BIOS have problems booting from USB pen drives. This lead to to what I consider an insane discovery, USB flash drives have heads, cylinders, and sectors/tracks, but they are entirely virtual.

What your normally end up with is a prompt saying “Boot Error” and nothing else of use ...

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EuroPython 2009

Tue 23 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

The EuroPython 2009 conference is less than a week away, I have no idea where June went. It should be a great time in sunny Birmingham. I am going to the conference days Tuesday through Thursday.

There are loads of talks so my brain should be crammed after three days ...

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Installing The Latest Intel Drivers – The Kernel

Sun 21 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

So installing the drivers, latest X-server, mesa and so on is only part of the puzzle to use the latest Intel graphics drivers. You also need to update your kernel for more features like better kernel memory management, kernel mode switching, and other basic things. The driver can work (for ...

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Clutter 0.9.4 Released

Sat 20 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

A new developer snapshot version of Clutter has been released which is part of the journey towards Clutter 1.0. The project is an OpenGL renderer for user interfaces which uses the gobject base system.

The reason I post this though is that I have contributed (terribly minor) patches to ...

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How to install the latest Intel drivers on Ubuntu

Sat 20 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

This is a fairly painless process to get the latest and greatest drivers for Intel integrated graphics (like the 945GM). Since it is on the more or less bleeding edge of development there can be some issues, but personally I tend to see more issues with outdated drivers than running ...

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The Platform Is The Hard Part

Thu 18 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Ubuntu is essentially a layer of abstraction on Debian providing additional stability and usability (niceties I would probably call them) in order to make a public release. Even with this additional layer of checking and development work it is targeted at a specific market and platform. It should work on ...

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EFL Webkit 0.1 Released

Wed 17 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

The first version of Webkit for EFL has been released. I’ve been tracking the project for quite a while and it’ll be good to try it out again.

It has support for all the usual features for webkit and also now has plugin support for Flash. There is ...

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XBMC + MythTV

Sun 14 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

If you want to watch TV from your XBMC you can use mythbox to use your XBMC installation as a frontend for MythTV.

What this does is allows you to watch live and time-shifted television as well as schedule recordings. MythTV is a bit of a pain to set up ...

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Cluttered Mind

Sat 13 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Finally, I have contributed something back to an open-source project.

The memory leak in Clutter I mentioned in a previous post has been fixed. I submitted the patches last week, and they got pushed onto master in time for Clutter 1.0.

I’ve been playing around with Clutter a ...

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Intel 945GM Linux Drivers – The Good Bits

Sat 13 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Using the latest Linux drivers for Intel 945GM are really, really good. The best drivers available for Linux displays in my humble opinion, especially since the deficiencies are more hardware related rather than the software.

Using the UXA acceleration you can even composite x-video windows in OpenGL. The 3D performance ...

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Intel 945GM Linux Drivers – UXA and Memory Leaks

Sat 13 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the things I have been plugging away with at work is getting Intel 945GM graphics drivers working at their best. I was using 2.6 and 2.7 with the new UXA acceleration because it works really well with composite and xvideo.

The problem was there was a ...

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It’s Aliiiive!

Sat 13 June 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

This poor corner of the Internet has been neglected of late, and it is almost time for me to renew my domain. So I have two options – let it die or pull my finger out and actually post some content. Inbetween work and a new baby I find spare time ...

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DisplayLink Open Source

Sat 16 May 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Yesterday Displaylink released Linux source code for its USB display adapters. The project is LGPL and available on FreeDesktop. The project itself is called libdlo and is available from this link with the Git repository here. You can see DisplayLink’s announcement here.

At the moment it is a low-level ...

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How To Ruin A Long Weekend

Mon 13 April 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

One of the things I was looking forward to this long weekend was watching DVDs. So I come back home on Thursday plonk my Tales Of The Black Freighter into my Windows Media Center 2005 box and I get jerky video and crackly sound. So I then spend a day ...

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nVidia + Linux + ACPI = Borked

Mon 13 April 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

It’s a simple equation and has cost me a day of trying to get ACPI suspend/hibernate working on Linux. It took me long enough to realise it was the nVidia driver causing the issue.

Whenever I tried suspend or hibernate I would get a black screen with a ...

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XBMC MythTV Bridge

Mon 13 April 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

It seems I spoke to soon, I stumbled across MythBox just after posting about MythTV. It seems it will let me schedule through XBMC my MythTV recordings and let me watch live TV.

The screenshots here look really good. And it seems then I will be able to leave behind ...

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Python Programming Dojo – Cambridge

Sun 22 March 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Yesterday I ran the Python Programming Dojo in Cambridge. It was my first time running such a public speaking event. We had four people in attendance which made it a bit easier on me after four or five last minute drop-outs.

Basically, it was to cover getting started in Python ...

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Watchmen

Sun 22 March 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

Since I am so behind the times I finally saw Watchmen the movie today…. I didn’t know what to expect because it is a masterpiece of comic storytelling, but there are plenty of reviews out there to tell you whether they liked it or not.

What got me was ...

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20 Days Of CODA – The Last Ten

Thu 05 March 2009 by Garry Bodsworth

The developers here at Camvine held on to the Camvine Twitter Feed for the full month with twenty examples of cool uses of the CODA digital signage system.

11 – Entertain and educate people whilst they wait using Wikipedia and CODA

12 – Monitor your Asterisk Phone System in real time with ...

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