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

xplanetFX 2.5.25: MacOSX fixes

Dienstag, den 8. April 2014
Version 2.5.25:
* Check for gsed if running on BSD

Glance 0.1.0: new image viewer in town

Donnerstag, den 27. März 2014

GlanceThe last blog post is more than a month old – sorry that I have to dash your expectations that I blew my head off or something environmentally benign like that. I just went on producing Open Source stuff.

Gabi, my very adorable girl friend, switched over to Linux lately together with her mother. Both of them used to use Picasa on Windows to manage their bazillions of photos. The main reason was that Picasa displays *all* images of all folders known to it on a single page so the user is able to scroll through the complete galley at once without changing folders inbetween. I tried all image managing programs available in the Debian repository but unfortunately there is not a single image viewer which is able to display the whole collection at once. You know what’s next…

The result is Glance. By now it offers some rudimentary functionality:

  • Select a folder to display its and all of its subdirectories contents
  • Select images with the mouse, CTRL and Shift are working as expected
  • Select images beyond directory boundaries with Shift and CTRL
  • Three preview sizes available
  • Themes (two by now – light and dark)
  • Multi language (german and english by now)
  • Multi-threaded thumbnail generator using all of your computers cores
  • Open images in most of the image viewers and editors available
  • Batch-oriented file handling for all functions
  • Batch-renaming and copying  with expressions for string subtitution including date, time, counters, …
  • Graphical configuration dialog
  • Remembers settings like theme, size, folder, …
  • DEB/RPM/TAR available, DEB via repository

A early version of Glance will be available for testing in the wild in a couple of days when I added some more essential features like overwriting dialog (to keep users from destructing their collection) and a file/folder watchdog to keep track of changes in the file system immediately.

So – nothing *really* new, just another way to handle and display your image collection…

Calf Studio Gear: Ring Modulator – New!

Montag, den 17. Februar 2014

Calf - Ring ModulatorOne of the missing things in Calf was a Ring Modulator, a very simple effect, best used with some pad-like synths with lots of delay and reverb to add some neat modulation running around in the background. The Calf version of this device adds two LFOs which can be used to modulate frequencies, amount or detune depth (Calf Ring Modulator is able to detune the modulator between L and R). The second LFO can act on the first LFO’s frequency setting which adds some interesting changes in the modulator frequency.

Calf Studio Gear: Vocoder – New!

Montag, den 10. Februar 2014

Calf - VocoderI’m happy to announce the next device in our collection: a vocoder. It offers a dynamic amount of bands, a fine-grained control over every band like additional noise, additional filtered modulator signal, balance, solo and so on and some other neat features like an analyzer for the different signals in the frequency response graph.

As the line graph shows – this thing gets exponentially hungry for CPU when turning the bands knob up – the more filters you get, the steeper the filters are set. You’ve been warned ,)

Windows 8.1 – One of the Best Platforms for Bot Nets?

Montag, den 27. Januar 2014

I don’t get in contact with this kind of software that much but when I do it nearly always draws a smile onto my face – like it did recently: as I looked at my webstats today I mentioned that I again forgot to harden my WordPress against those poor people who got hijacked for taking part in massive botnet bruteforce attacks. “Harden” simply means to rename wp-login.php to something else while putting an empty file with that name into place.

Thats no reason to write a blog post about – the fun fact in this story is that the numbers of attackers on wp-login.php exactly corresponds to an unusual high amount of connections via a certain operating system:

1 25975 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64; rv:26.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/26.0

I don’t have to mention that there’s no browser involved in these attacks, it is done by some scripts running as “services” in the background connecting through curl and the like. So the important information in this entry is the operating system used:

Windows NT 6.3

A closer look into the Wiki reveals the commonly known name of it: “Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows RT 8.1″

So either those script kiddies have a good sense of humor (which I bet is the case) or the brand new (bugfix-)Windows is a bigger fail than anyone expected (which is also the case).

Calf Studio Gear: New Multiband Limiter Surface

Montag, den 27. Januar 2014

Calf - Multiband LimiterRecently the Multiband Limiter was an optical epic fail. This happened after I added the bigger x-over display for stripping all the knobs needed before. Now it’s hopefully more pleasant again, at least I don’t need to pull a face like looking at a shocking accident any more while working with this device.

Calf Studio Gear: “Real” Sidechains

Montag, den 27. Januar 2014

Calf - Sidechain GateA long time Calf wasn’t capable of multiple ins and outs (and therefore additional stereo sidechain inputs). I implemented this feature lately for the X-Overs outs, Krzysztof added the same for the inputs and just this minute I added the corresponding support in both sidechain devices. Finally we have useable stereo sidechain functionality. It works with mono sidechain input as well, just leave the stereo mode set to “maximum”. If you want to process mono singnals with mono sidechain just use input #1 as the original signal and #3 as the mono sidechain.

Calf Studio Gear: Connect Devices Inside Rack

Montag, den 27. Januar 2014

Calf ConnectorsOn 30C3 we met a guy who made a wish for an opportunity to connect the devices in Calf Jack Host directly without using QJackCtl. So here it is: Calf Connector.

Calf Studio Gear: Transient Designer done.

Donnerstag, den 16. Januar 2014

Calf - Transient DesignerChrischi finally fixed all problems with our envelopes, so Transient Designer seems to work exactly as expected. Additionally I implemented a bigger graph which is able to display all those curves running in the background for the more technically oriented user.

Calf Studio Gear: Crusher with LFO for dynamic sample rate reduction

Donnerstag, den 16. Januar 2014

Calf - CrusherMore or less an artistic effect: Change the (audible) sample rate of your material dynamically via a LFO. The UI changed massively, too.