A thing of beauty

Debian Jessie Beta1 inside an Oracle VirtualBox inside Debian Wheezy (which is the current stable version of Debian Linux and my main desktop):

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They really ship XFCE by default, cool. And even RawTherapee 4.1 should make it into Jessie before the freeze (in November or so). At the moment, it’s still 4.0.12 in Jessie and 4.0.9 in Wheezy.

Best things in life are free, aren’t they?

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A present from my wife

My old and trusty (read: slow, but so far reliable) CD / DVD burner didn’t wanna work anymore since a while – it denied to read in any new media I tried on it. Simply gave up. So I looked for a replacement, put some found device onto my Amazon wish list, and forgot about it.

And when I came home from work yesterday, there it was – a brand new drive, waiting to be assembled.

This is what I did, but I had to open the computer case twice: the old one was ATAPI, the new one SATA, and I knew we had cables somewhere; just couldn’t find them. And after cleaning my PC a bit with a vacuum cleaner, I also took some pictures of course. Here are one from its inside, and one of the new and shiny (black) CD / DVD drive:

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PC. Olympus E-PL5 with PanaLeica 25mm/1.4 lens. Studio strobe with gridded beauty dish.

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LG DVD burner (and a card reader). Olympus E-PL5 with PanaLeica 25mm/1.4 lens. Yongnuo YN-460II compact flash bounced over a wall.

The best thing about it? The experience with the operating system. Did I mention that I just love Linux, and Debian in particular? Except making the device known to the machine’s BIOS (and selecting the boot order), it meant no configuration at all – no fumbling around with drivers, no operating system config changes, nothing at all, everything went unnoticed by the user. Much easier than with any other “user friendly” operating systems I know. It’s in fact the way it should be.

Oh, and because I could finally disable the legacy IDE chip in the BIOS, the machine even boots a bit faster now. Perfect.

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How cool is that?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we have a new stereo system since a while. I started with speakers, knowing pretty well what I wanted, and lately we also added a new receiver to drive them. It’s a network receiver, but I didn’t connect and configure its network yet – no free port on our router, and because I didn’t want to buy an additional WLAN adapter and block the receiver’s only USB port with it, there’s no network yet. Or so I thought.

Today I remembered that our TV set does in fact have network, wireless even. So on my Debian PC I installed minidlna and configured it quick & dirty like described in Linux Magazine. Then I started both the TV and the receiver, et voilà:

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Network via TV

And that minidlna server is so slim and cool that I could even start a virtual Windows7 image which takes away half of my 8GB main memory to work on this photo, and later use RawTherapee on it, and then upload it to Flickr – all without the slightest hiccup or interruption of the music playing.

Now if that isn’t cool I don’t know what is. No more fumbling around with my small USB stick sneakernet-style…

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