DVD cover dimensions

I also found that the size (dimensions) of a DVD cover should be: 272mm x 184mm. When giving the cover 3mm overfill the size is 278mm x 190mm.

I also found this for a booklet:

The pictures above is taken from A1cds (but not directly linked to).

SVG rasterizer with Batik

At work I sit at a fairly slow machine so it takes forever to transform svg files to high resolution bitmap pictures. Also Java has a default upper memory limit which is quickly excited when exporting to high resolution bitmap pictures. This problem is solved when the default upper limit is increased: -Xmx128m (use 128MB RAM)

I ssh’ed home to my desktop machine and tried to use Batik there. But I got the exception:

Error: Can't connect to X11 window server using ':0.0' as the value of the DISPLAY variable.

This happens when no X server is running but I googled around for while and found a solution to the problem: -Djava.awt.headless=true

So I ended up with something like this:

user@debian:~$ java -Xmx128m -Djava.awt.headless=true -jar batik-rasterizer.jar -dpi 300 -d out.png in.svg

A section about date and time in Debianguiden.dk

On my way to work I got a crazy thought. IIRC at least 3 questions about how to set time and date has been asked on the danish Debian help forum. This should be addressed with writing a section about how to set date and time on a Debian box. The section should contain a little info about date, rdate with cron and a third command to set the date (which I can’t remember the name).


GNOME keyboard repeat stroke- and gDesklet Starterbar trouble

Today after the regualy update of my Debian unstable desktop a had some serious problems with my keyboard in gnome :( When holding down a key the stroke wasn’t repeated. Very annoying when using arrow keys (in console mode).

After a little research I found out that even though the new packages introduced this crappy thing the problem wasn’t within the new packages but instead in my configuration i my home-dir.

I used more that a hour to locate the exact configration file:


Most of the time was used googleing for an answer but after a while I decided to try figure out the problem myself and I eventually found the file above.

Another bad thing about my update was that the gdesklet package introduced a broken starterbar. After some research I found out that I now needed the python-xdg package to run… I have made a bug report in this.

Update: - It seems that it wasn’t a bug after all… just my reading skills ;)

SVG world update

Today I found this article: ‘SVG and its Path into the Linux Desktop’ on osnews.com . I is pretty exiting reading if you think SVG is cool.

At work I continued improving the layout on a DVD size cover for a danish production of OpenOffice.org which I have been working on for some time now.

I added the pen and paper on the front today. The art is taken from a really cool icon theme called Gartoon made by Zeus (realname Kuswanto). Take a look at Zeus’ homepage for a lot of great stuff. I will write him an email later to ask if it is okay to use this :) I sure hope so because I really looks good.

I still have a few idears to improve the cover:

  1. Put shadow on the screenshots on the back of the cover.
  2. Make a small white glow around the text beneath the pen and paper icon to make it easier to read.

UPDATE - I have now added a shadow to the screenshots (see picture above)