Archive for November, 2012

Linux issues

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Some of the Linux people are unhappy with the direction udev is heading toward (integration with systemd) and have decided to fork it. This discussion also concerns Debian as they are looking to replace sysvinit with something more modern, without breaking compatibility with the other platforms they support – which systemd and upstart do, because they rely on Linux specific components such as udev and dbus. Upstream vendors are pushing changes that break compatibility with other Unix-like platforms such as *BSD. This practice even threatens to further break compatibility between Linux distributions.

Mai bine nu

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Am primit săptămâna trecută de la maică-mea un număr de prin vară din Decât o Revistă. A luat-o de fapt pentru O., însă cum ea citește destule texte mizerabile la editură, n-a avut timp să se uite și peste asta. Fiind tot pe masă și neputând s-o îndes în stiva cu maculatură, cărți aleatoare și manuale de utilizare, am început să mă uit peste ea. În toată revista am găsit, cred, doar un articol interesant scris de un economist plus încă vreo două sau trei pe care m-aș fi obosit să le citesc. În lipsă de altceva, poate că aș lua-o pe tren. Așa am să iau Sindromul de panică în Orașul Luminilor al lui Matei Vișniec.

Farewell Boris

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Boris Strugatsky died in hospital on Monday 11/19. I’ve just finished reding Snail on the Slope. This is really saddening news.

Boris Strugatsky, portrait by Alexey Kurbatov

Boris Strugatsky, portrait by Alexey Kurbatov

Lens hoods and filters

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I’ve recently bought a 20mm lens for my Panasonic GF1 off eBay. The auction also included a vented lens hood just like the one in this photo along with the lens. The Chinese-made anodized aluminium hood hood isn’t normally included in the standard package, but one can get it off eBay for a trifle. What’s nice about the hood is that it has a 55mm thread at the other end, enabling the user to mount filters or a cap, since one can’t use the original cap with the hood on. The next best thing was that I happened to have a few 55mm filters lying around, including a polarizer, so no need to buy another 46mm filter. This isn’t such a big deal for m4/3 users, but it is for users of Nikon 1 series cameras that take lenses with 43mm filter threads. These filters are rather scarce, thus expensive. The same manufacturer also makes a variation of this hood for lenses with 43mm filter threads that have a 52mm thread at the other end.