Author Archives: Lubos Bruha

How to enable and configure Optware during start of NAS server

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There was unpleasant surprise for me that command for running nano editor did not work on my NAS server QNAP TS-419P. I had no time to investigate causes, so I had to use vim to complete task, but after its completion, I’ve returned to the problem.

Nano editor is one of popular packages which extends capabilities of your NAS server. These packages are available for QNAP NAS servers via Optware IPKG system. Therefore I tried to use ipkg command to discover a probable problem with packages, however even ipkg did not work. It did not work because whole /opt directory was not simple available, ouch! How it is possible? I don’t know, maybe the newest firmware 3.8 has some bugs, but it does not matter, I want to bring ipkg back to the operation.

Photo gallery for my favourite shire – Bohemian Forest

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It took some time, but now new gallery specialized to Bohemian Forest (Šumava in czech) mountains is [link to the blogpost or directly to gallery]

Top 10 free applications for Maemo/Nokia N900

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A list of my favourite applications for Maemo/Nokia N900. There are a various lists available on Internet, but most of them are outdated. This one is fresh and proved by almost 3 years of everyday usage and trying of different apps. Applications are in alphabetic order.

eCoach– sports tracker application. GPS functionality is binded to various map sources including Open Street Maps and Google Maps. Tracks could be directly uploaded to HeiaHeia site, for others track is available in *.gpx file.

Useful online calculators for landscape photography

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There is a plenty of photography tools published on the web. These tools can be widely used for planning trip, for understanding how your camera is working, for post-processing of your images and so on. In this article I will provide you links to calculators which can be helpful on topics mentioned above. All of them come from Cambridge In Colour web site.

Useful online calculators for landscape photography

Elevate your old Canon Powershot camera with CHDK

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There are several occasions for which it is not good idea carrying big & heavy DLSR and taking shoots with mobile device take out from your pocket does not bring desired quality. In that case, your bridge camera (compact) could be suitable solution.  If you have newest model, you are lucky because probable your device has built-in features as

  • storing images in RAW, bracketing,
  • full manual control over exposure,
  • zebra mode,
  • live mode,
  • histogram and grids.

If you have older one device with brand of Canon like me (Canon Powershot S5IS), don’t despair of it – and try CHDK firmware enhancement in advance.  Also, in case of my device, I will also benefit from one additional f-stop (from f8 to f11) and extra long exposures with up to ~2000 s.  It is a simple, trust me 🙂 and take approximately half hour to working. It sounds good, is not?

Elevate your old Canon Powershot camera with CHDK

Gallery devoted to panorama format

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Now I’ve loaded new gallery set devoted to fancy photography format – panorama pictures. These images could have very special and magic atmosphere, partially due to its format which is able to capture sceneries in wide angle. There you can see landscapes moods changes over whole day and over year, each picture with unique combination of lights and colors. You can look at my panorama here.

Gallery devoted to panorama format

How to make Harmattan look & feel on Maemo/Nokia N900

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Are you tired of old Maemo design? Do you like Harmattan user interface on Nokia N9/N950 including icons design? In that case you could find out following procedure handy.

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In the following text you will see how to get harmattan-like themes, how to improve look using the newest Nokia Pure font and how to change lock screen towards to harmattan feature.

Conditional SumProduct in Excel by only one step

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Just hint for me. Today I’ve learned useful shortcut how to make quickly conditional SumProduct in Excel in one step (without creating new column).

Great HDR photo using additional presets for Photomatix

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Now it is time for post-processing of shots I’ve made during this lasting winter season. Some of them were designed for HDR workflow. I’ve start playing with them, but after loading shot to Photomatix (as it is my preferred tool for postprocessing of HDR shots) I got idea looking for additional presets to fill my empty My Presets toolbar.

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Instructions for running Nemo mobile on Nokia N9

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If you are experienced geek, hacker or developer and you are using Nokia N9, you can try testing of Nemo Mobile on your device. The instructions were published in project wiki and announced by Jukka Eklund in Mer mailing list in his answer to question regarding schedule of Nemo port to N9.