BlankSlate theme

I’ve been using the “Sandbox” theme for a while and wanted a change so had a look at some other WordPress themes.

A lot of themes seem to add quite a bit of “bloat” and I wanted just the basic theme that I can then customise.

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My “style.css” file is pretty basic just:

html,body{background-color:white; color:dimgrey; max-width: 625px;margin:0 auto;font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;line-height:1;}
a:link    { color: slategrey;text-decoration: none }
a:visited { color: slategrey;text-decoration: none }
a:hover   { color: darkslateblue;text-decoration: none }
a:active  { color: darkslategrey;text-decoration: none }
.form-allowed-tags{display: none;}

This gives a white background with “dimgrey” text and a 625 pixel wide page centred in the screen with Arial text.

Links are “slategrey” with a “darkslategrey” hover colour.

The last line removes the annoying html tags next to the comment box

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m8raw2dng Raw Processing App

There is a handy app for the Leica M8 I have been trying out recently which “unlocks” the ability to shoot in 14 bit raw instead of 8 bit DNG.

A link to the app is here: http://m8raw2dng.de/

In order to “capture” the 14 bit raw image the camera needs to be put into “service menu” mode as follows:

Press right arrow button 4 times
Press left arrow button 3 times
Press right arrow button 1 time
Press “set” button as select “RAW + jpeg fine”

People call it the “button dance” lol! I tend to disable auto power off and I stick a small bit of electrical tape on the power switch as it tends to easily be accidentally switched off.

The RAW files are about 20mb instead of the usual 10mb DNG files. The m8raw2dng app takes the RAW file and turns it into a 14bit DNG file using the exif data from the jpeg image as RAW files have no exif info stored.

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The m8raw2dng app (*.exe file) is quite small and can be placed anywhere you choose (eg in “my documents”) there is a small text only *.bat file which can be copied into the folder with the RAW+jpeg pairs and double clicking this will start the conversion to DNG which seems to convert about 6 files per second so pretty quick. The *.bat file hold the parameters like location of the *.exe file.

Phpmyadmin problems

Seem to have been having some annoying problems recently with phpmyadmin – I think it got upgraded by the upgrade was not properly configured and it kept causing mysql to crash.

After a bit of searching I found that using

sudo dpkg-reconfigure phpmyadmin

seemed to do the trick – I can now use phpmyadmin normally again and it seems fewer mysql crashes

Guernsey

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arriving in the baggage hall
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boarding the condor express
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up on deck
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full speed ahead
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inside the cabin
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dual time clocks
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first sight of the island of guernsey
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arrival on guernsey
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people still on deck
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tenders from the p&o azura
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in the streets of st peter port
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vintage camera shop
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the old quarter of st peter port
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frog beds
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houses in st peter port
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shoppers
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a yellow bus
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st peter port harbour – the condor express returns with p&o azura anchored behind
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brompton riders

Installing Nvidia Driver in Ubuntu 13.10

This was a bit fiddly as first of all I was getting messages that I was running an x-server, so I found that by hitting:

CTRL + ALT + F2

that it would exit to a command prompt.

I was still getting a message about running an x-server

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so I then typed:

sudo service lightdm stop

and then did the install using the following:

cd Downloads

(as this is where my downloaded file from nvidia was located)

chmod 755 NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run

(this command makes the NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run file executable)

sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run

this actually “runs” the “NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-331.20.run” file that I downloaded from nvidia

this actually seemed to work and did run the file in the non graphical interface.

These are the screenshots from the install

First an error message saying:

ERROR: Installation has failed.  Please see the file ‘/var/log/nvidia-installer.log’ for details.  You may find suggestions on fixing installation problems in the README available on the Linux driver download page at http://www.nvidia.com.

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Strangely this worrying screen did not cause any problems as it just went on to the next screen:

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the another rather worrying screen:

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but just click “yes” to continue

Then a nicer screen saying “Building NVIDIA kernel module:”

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then “building unified memory kernel module”

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then a screen asking if you wish to insall nvidia’s 32-bit compatibility libraries?

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Not sure if you need them on a 64 bit system and it seemed to work with or without them

the another screen

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then

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then

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finally success – it’s installed!!

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After a reboot

sudo shutdown -r 0

the nvidia driver was up and running and running

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launched the nvidia control panel

How to disable bundled profiles in Rawtherapee

This has been bugging me for a while the way the drop down list of profiles to select from is very long!

The answer is to edit the text file called “options” located at /home/{username}/.config/RawTherapee

(you might need to enable “show hidden and backup files” to be able to view this directory)

There is a section in this file called “profiles” and you need to change UseBundledProfiles=true to UseBundledProfiles=false

ie

[Profiles]
Directory=profiles
UseBundledProfiles=false

When you restart Rawtherapee you will no longer see the long list of profiles as you will only see your own custom profiles.