The headline is not quite true. But there is, sadly or scarily, a lot a truth in the article…
(found on fun.drno.de)
It’s been quite a while since I really wrote blog posts other than “oh, look, a thingy!”. But maybe I somehow manage to reanimate my blogging habits. I’ll try to start with a small one.
Some years ago, back in 2005, the Carpe Noctem Robotic Soccer team was established at the University of Kassel’s Distributed Systems Group. My close friend Roland and I, both quite long-term RoboCuppers who joined the global initiative in 2001, founded the team to, on the one hand have a starting point for our research. And true, on the other hand it’s just great fun to build and program robots and to attend real competitions :) Not only for us but also for (prospective) students.
Today, most of our former students got PhD students conducting their own research. Some took over the team lead and continued what we started back then: offering a platform for undergrads and graduate students where they can play, research, and sharpen their profile. To be honest I’m quite a bit proud of what we’ve achieved :)
For such a project, press coverage always is something that may attract external supporters or sponsors. In a sense, it also allows the public to take part in the development and progress. This is why I want to share two press releases of the current progress of the team, even though I’m not involved at all in the development any more. The first one is a newspaper article, the second one a YouTube video:
Great done guys and good luck in the Netherlands! :)
The default behaviour of Gnome Shell for the (quite popular) multi-monitor setup was to move only the primary workspace when switching workspaces. That means that the second monitor and so the additional space was kind of wasted. That behaviour could be modified so that both monitor workspaces are switched (using ctrl-alt-up/down, for instance) by setting the
workspaces_only_on_primary gconf entry to false.
With Gnome 3.3/3.4, the gconf backend was apparently replaced by the gsettings backend and dconf. So now the new command reads:
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.overrides workspaces-only-on-primary false
Just a note to myself.
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Yesterday, I finally uploaded some pictures to my gallery again. After quite some time (the jf Smugmug plugin is not that fast when talking about uploading; at least compared to the Smugmug native upload via the web browser as it seems to be single-threaded), I browsed through the gallery in order to check the quality. I really was shocked with what I saw: bleeding colours and far too extreme colour contrasts, the saturation of some pictures seemingly was far too high.
As I have a (more or less) quite typical monitor configuration (i.e. a laptop and a bigger screen for working with pictures and other colour-sensitive stuff), I dragged the browser window to the laptop’s screen to check the colours on another screen. And guess what: the colours looked great again. Ok, admittedly “great” should read “better” here as the laptop’s screen’s quality is far from great (Lenovo X200s). When looking back, I remember some strange redraw behaviour when displaying the pictures in Firefox, exactly for the areas in the image where colours went crazy. That was a hint I silently ignored.
What could be the reason? Linux’ colour management? No, all right in that respect. Windows’s (running in a VM) colour managent? No, also no problem. I also could have wiped the ICC information from my pictures but that would not have been a solution but a tweak. To make a long story short: this is when I firs discovered Firefox’ colour management capabilities [mozillazine, gballard]. After disabling all that stuff, my pictures’ colours returned to normal again. Also not the best solution but the only one that works. Other browsers (such as Chromium) do not have colour management built-in anyway.
To disable the colour management in Firefox, simply go to about:config and set:
Maybe it doesn’t behave sane because of my monitor configuration? Don’t really known. Maybe I’ll invest some more time to dig into that phenomenon. Regardless of that, I really should colour calibrate my monitors :)
This will be the last post concerning my trip to Turkey this year. During the next days, I’ll only try to update the previous posts and this one in order to add some pictures or correct typos.
Even though I probably don’t need to stress it again, the temperature didn’t change again. We’ve had a strong breeze from time to time which greatly influenced the felt air temperature, though. That was indeed very welcome as walking through the bazaar can be quite exhausting at times, the most tedious part being constantly rejecting the tourist hunters who want you to eat döner or lahmacun, drink beer, or visit their shops just a few meters away. This time we even managed to not get jumped. At least we think so or didn’t notice.
As for today it’s worth noting that we visited Konak Pier, a Turkish high society shopping mall. The prices are comparable to that ones in Germany plus a bonus for the peer and the sea around it on top. Then, by reducing the price by 20–50% because of sales, you might reach a price more realistic than the one presented. Taking photos within that peer is not allowed, at least that is what we were told by the security standing next to the metal detector at the entrance. Konak Pier is, in my opinion, only worth visiting to see that place from inside. I personally wouldn’t spend a cent or kuruş in the shops.
Having been to that place made us keep walking along the water front before returning to the bazaar. Back there, I wanted to buy some small stuff which, after virtually walking through the whole area, took again some time. As I also wanted to buy some Turkish sweets in a shop just next to the bazaar and because it already was quite late, we had to hurry up a bit. Having started to walk in that direction a bit more speedy, a pidgin hit the ground in a not-so-nice manner just about two meters away from us. The pidgin’s right leg only shrug once after the impact. That is at least what we were able to see any. Looking above the rooftops, a quite large seagull with some feathers left in its beak looked down a bit detached. Fortunately, it was a direct flight without an intermediate stop on my head.
After having spent quite some Turkish Lira on sweets, the day seemed over and about to be terminated successfully with all tasks finished.
It was a really nice and also a quite hot week in Turkey with even some free time and a visit to Izmir. Next time I’ll be prepared and have organised the trip more thoroughly :)