xplanetFX renders high quality wallpapers of mother earth on your desktop. An extensive GUI (GTK) provides a lot of features and settings. Various templates place the planet inside different scenes and make shure your desktop never gets boring again. With realtime light, shadows and clouds!

traGtor is a graphical user interface for the awesome conversion tool ffmpeg. With multi streams, presets, multi language and a lot of other features traGtor is a handy tool for converting all audio and video formats through ffmpeg. traGtor is based on GTK and Python.

Calf studiogear is an extensive and high quality plugin pack for professional audio production under Linux. It provides a lot of synthesizers, effects and signal processing for the use with LV2 audio production suites (like Ardour) or as stand-alone through JACK.

Calf with all of its new features and processors isn't officially released by now so you have to grab the GIT-repository from sourceforge.net until we are ready for a stable release.

» calf.sourceforge.net

guess is a tool to launch (and kill) different setups of programs. It was invented to startup all needed synthesizers, audio suites, MIDI sequencers and stuff with the correct source files on the right desktop for a single audio production with just one click.

xplanetFX - series: Mit xplanetFX ganze Bilderserien erstellen

oRainge Theme: GTK-, GDM-, Metacity-, Icons-Theme

oRainge gDesklets: Sprechende Uhren, Kalender, System-Widgets (manual)

photogen:c SVG-Icons: Diverse High-Quality-Icons im SVG-Format

traffick: Serverumgebungen testen. Durch skalierbares Threading erzeugt traffick Unmengen an Suchanfragen und Webseitenaufrufen, um ein hohes Maß an Vorratsdaten Netzwerkauslastung zu simulieren.

GIMP Plug-In “Moderated Blur” for Tilt Shift and Depth-Of-Field Effects

stuff (de) guess calf traGtor xplanetFX

Lenovo Thinkpad W540 – the very last Thinkpad in my life

Freitag, den 27. Juni 2014

Notebookcheck: denting the case above the ExpressCard slotI have to admit that I was blinded by some positive tests in the relevant platforms and media and – which was much more cruicial – my own experience with high class ThinkPad machines. So nothing to euphemise – that’s what you get when you blindly trust a big business concern. It’s completely my fault that I’m a displeased owner of an expensive but  cheap piece of plastic. Sadly there seem to be no replacements on the market atm, either significant parts like a trackpoint, enough USB ports  or a high resolution display are missing, the casing is even more worse than the one of this rattletrap or the internals are too lame to sell them as a “workstation”.

Anyway. Now that I own this crappy piece of downgrade I feel like I have to make my concerns public to prevent at least a couple of people to get trapped by some clever PR. The following list sometimes refers to a comparison which implies the ThinkPad t61p, my last and dearly beloved notebook made by IBM/Lenovo.

Positives of the ThinkPad W540

  • Processor is fast
  • Display is very nice (after writing my own software for calibration)
  • Fan noise is bearable even on higher rpm
  • Wifi adapter seems strong and fast
  • The weight is great for this over-powered device
  • The battery lasts very long

Neutrals

  • The mechanics of the keyboard seem to be the same
  • It’s kind of usable after one moth configuring, compiling and coding
  • It boots. After checking a new SSD.

Negatives of the ThinkPad W540

Casing:

  • The overall hunch is far more cheap
  • The material of the palm rest gets scuffed easily, even by other plastic material
  • It wobbles if you put it on a table and open the lid which also causes well-audible taps on typing on the righ side of the keyboard when it hits the table
  • Palmrest on the right rattles which sometimes is audible on typing
  • Not a single locking mechanism to prevent the display lid from opening
  • Display lid is easily bendable which leads to scratches from the keys on the glossy surface of the screen
  • Lid doesn’t close completely on the left side
  • No bevelled edges any more (which prevented irruption of small pieces of paper on transportation between lid and keyboard)
  • Not a single LED showing any state like HDD, Wifi, sleep, battery, mains, CapsLock, …
  • Frame for main HDD looks like it will not survive 100 times changing the drive
  • No ThinkLight any more which was more than a simple keyboard light, e.g. pidgin-thinklight
  • Finally I put an overall of three pieces of toilet paper into the house to keep the whole thing from rattling and clattering
  • Main plug is  sloppy
  • No hardware switch for Wifi

System:

  •  Vertex 2 OCZ SDD prevents the device from booting

Sound:

  • The sound is a joke without the Dolby Theatre stuff from Windows, I would expect something like that in a 300€ machine. But even with this proprietary sound enhancer the sound is low, thin and tinny.
  • No extra media buttons (try to turn volume down with a cell in your hand)
  • The integrated mic/headphones-plug needs an unneccessary adapter to be used with conventional gear

Clickpad:

  • Clicking the clickpad creates loud noise and sounds/feels cheap
  • Clickpad rattles when hitting the keyboard a little harder
  • Missing buttons cause wrong button detection on clicks that are not clearly located in the correct area of the pad
  • Try to explain how this thing works to a temporary user – in under 30 secs

Keyboard:

  • Keyboard clatters, had to put two stripes of thick paper and a piece of toilet paper under it
  • No sleep key, not even with Fn + F-key
  • Print key between AltGr and right Ctrl
  • No CapsLock state
  • No NumLock state
  • Keyboard illumination leaks far more than it lights the symbols
  • Removing the keyboard from the notebook is far more intrusing and sophisticated
  • Let something sticky drip into the keyboard and try to wipe it away under this useless plastic cover

This list will be updated likely because there’s so much about this device that sucks that sometimes I forget some minor but distracting details.

The Fuhrer on Lenovos new Clickpad

Montag, den 15. Dezember 2014

xplanetFX: New Theme “Skovmose” With 5 Styles in 3k

Samstag, den 27. September 2014

full_skovmose_afternoonA new theme in town! Okay, it’s more or less kind of a personal satisfaction – I used some images taken in my holidays in Skovmose/Denmark to keep this relaxed feeling  a little longer. Something special about this theme: It’s the first one for 3k-displays with high resolution earth maps (8k) and images for up to 2880×1800 display resolutions! Only problem: the free clouds provided by Hari don’t fit this high resolution well so I decided to buy access to the ones in 8k as soon as I find someone who is willing to make the payment via PayPal for me.

full_skovmose_lifebelt

full_skovmose_mommark

full_skovmose_sundown

full_skovmose_sunset

xplanetFX 2.5.31/2.5.32: New Option –no-daemon and some bug fixes

Dienstag, den 2. September 2014
Version 2.5.31:
* Hide check for gsed
* add "--no-daemon" options for rendering and updating only once
* Fix XFCE bug in GUI
Version 2.5.32:
* Fix some quote bugs

traGtor 0.8.82: Custom Options Editable Again

Dienstag, den 22. Juli 2014
Version 0.8.82:
* Textview in additional custom options wasn't editable

traGtor 0.8.81: Default Stream Separator

Donnerstag, den 10. Juli 2014
Version 0.8.81:
* Default stream separator is ":" now

Giccler 0.2.4: Gradient and Gamut in Notebook

Dienstag, den 1. Juli 2014
Version 0.2.4:
* Separate gradient and gamut into notebook

Giccler 0.2.3: HSV scale

Dienstag, den 1. Juli 2014
Version 0.2.3:
* Switch active and reset buttons under graphs

Version 0.2.2:
* Color HSV scale with stauration and value setting

xplanetFX 2.5.30: Bugfix for displays with ratio < 16:10

Montag, den 30. Juni 2014

I think this bug is as old as xplanetFX.

Version 2.5.30:
* Finally! Bugfix for applying templates to displays with a ratio
  smaller than 16:10 (planet was drawn too small)

Giccler 0.2.1: minor changes

Montag, den 30. Juni 2014
Version 0.2.1:
* FileChooser paths
* Bug fix in writing "desc" tag data

Giccler 0.2.0: Start a new VCGT profile from scratch

Montag, den 30. Juni 2014
Version 0.2.0:
* Create a new VCGT profile and start from scratch
* Cleaned up the user interface
* Using stock icons and tooltip
* Bypass button