A week in Paris

Last week I was in Paris with my girlfriend and my sister and her boyfriend. It was a great trip and our new digital camara (Canon Ixus 40) really hit the spot. We took almost 500 pictures, but it took a few days to get used to shoot at anything you see. Somehow both my girlfriend and I had trouble getting past the feeling of the limitation of a normal old school camara. Here is a cool picture my girlfriend took the St. Sulpice church (if you have read The Da Vinci Code you know which church I’m talking about):

Light ray in st. Sulpice Church

I was surprised that they are so bad at speeking english, until I learned that english lessons aren’t forced upon them (like here in Denmark). And I can confirm that there are still a few arrogant french people who havn’t gotten over that french isn’t the preferred language outside France. Sorry I can’t remember the name of the resturant where people NOT speaking french isn’t welcome AT ALL, because trust me… you don’t wanna go in there. Don’t get me wrong we meet alot of nice people… also french speaking ;)

Besides that the trip was a normal “go see as many worth-seeing things as possible” (including Disneyland). To finish things my girlfriend and I sat down and saw EuroTrip when we came home… it just kinda felt right.

Adam Kessel's Thinkpad X40 discoveries

The first thing i did when I returned from vacation in Paris with my girlfriend was to check out all my regular open source information websites to keep me up to date (More on Paris later). On planet.debian.org Adam Kessel wrote some interesting things for ThinkPad X40 owners. I have stolen the text from his blog entry in fear that the link to his weblog won’t work one day.

A couple of extremely useful recent discoveries on my IBM Thinkpad X40:

  • /proc/acpi/ibm, provided by the ibm-acpi package. You can control all sorts of Thinkpad-specific behaviors in here—including my favorite, which is the automatic display switching when you open and close the lid or dock/undock. You can turn off automatic display switching with:

    echo auto_disable > /proc/acpi/ibm/video
    

    You can also turn the light keyboard light on and off with:

    echo on > /proc/acpi/ibm/light
    echo off > /proc/acpi/ibm/light
    

    Etc. Go IBM!

  • Display corruption: this brings me to my biggest problem running GNU/Linux on the Thinkpad X40—display corruption. When you switch from internal LCD to external CRT, or sleep and resume, or close/open the lid (with the automatic switch behavior described above), the display moves down 15-20 pixels and the top lines are corrupted garbage. I’d post a screenshot, but of course the screen doesn’t realize it’s corrupted, so it would have to be a digital photo. In any case, I just discovered this experimental driver to replace i810_drv.o· which makes the problem go away entirely. Just drop it in over the i810_drv.o in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/ (bad behavior for Debian—will be overwritten by an upgrade of course). Hopefully this driver will make its way into the mainline X drivers and eventually back into Debian. This makes using my Thinkpad at least 20% less annoying.

Now if only someone would write a driver for the internal SD card reader (apparently no one has gotten it to work·), I think I would have 100% usage of my laptop’s features.

FriFinans got a new homepage

The Open Source accounting system FriFinans has got a new homepage. The homepage is in danish but we are working on a english version. All developer documents (where they exsist) and code comments is in english, so this shouldn’t stop non-danish speaking people to join in.

New layout for my blog

Yesterday I got an idear for a layout for my weblog, and today I actually took the time to realize it. Though it looked better inside my head, I’m satisfied with the result. Of course I used Inkscape to implement it. I have also used some time tweaking the stylesheet to look good with the html generated by markdown… no I will not stop talk about it ;)

Markdown syntax installed on weblog

YEAH!

I found a Markdown serendipity plugin, and I have now installed it!