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Happy Free Software Day!

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Love in its purest form, ‘unconditional’ is the best. In our fast food society, seldom there is place for the unconditional love. If we exclude the love of mom for her child, then most other relations of love don’t hold strong to the bond of unconditional love. However, I feel privileged at the unconditional love showered by the people(developers, maintainers, users etc) of the “Free Software Foundation”.

The love which they put into their work so millions around the globe can experience a solid product. The compromises they make to fix the loopholes soon upon being discovered in software are many. My heart reaches out to people who are so devoted to their work. Who wake up every morning & put in their best. There is no appraisal or immediate reward but that does not let these people from doing what they do best. Its the effort & commitment of each person in the hierarchy who gives in his/her best which rubs off on the whole project. They work together in peace & utmost co-operation. Contrast this with the corporate world/society where most of the people are ever-ready to stomp on someone to gain a personal milestone in favor of the team’s success. Its a good lesson one can take from these people – “Do your Best & Team’s Success won’t be far off”.

At the end of the day, I feel so happy to be a part of it. Its not about the money I save from using free software. Its not about showoff/glitz factor in using free software. Its all about appreciating the good work of people involved & joining them. Its about helping to spread the word, that being free does not equates to poor. Though I’m still in my baby steps towards contribution to the free software foundation but I’m doing my bit. If everyone gives in a bit, then we’re looking at a tsunami of greatness. The Tsunami of Free Software sailing not only in computers & gadgets but in hearts around the globe. Happy Free Software Day! :-)

Over the time, your operating system tends to generate temporary files which get on accumulating in the temporary directories. This negatively affects the system responsiveness & off-course wastes disk space. Further, there are also other resources like browser caches, thumbnail caches & more which if not cleared from time to time make the system sluggish. An advance user may very well take control & go rectifying each of the above problems. However that would mean more time to clear up each individual thing. Here, steps in to rescue is KDE’s very own utility – Sweeper(Application>Utilities>Sweeper).

Sweeper
As the name suggests, Sweeper is a tiny utility which lets one clear all the unwanted clutter from the system. The interface of sweeper is ridiculously idiot-proof & all the options are self explanatory. Simply check whatever you wish to get rid off from your system & hit “Clean Up”. Sweeper is capable of clearing cookies, temporary files, thumbnail cache, browser cache, favicons, clipboard, recently used document list, recent applications etc.

From time to time, I recommend running Sweeper & letting it do its job. It will ensure you good disk resources & a responsive computer.

Sunset – A Timelapse

Timelapse videos are fantastic to show the occurrence of an event stretching in time in just a few seconds of time. It leaves the viewer spellbound & makes him need to watch more such videos. However, timelapse videos need concrete planning & execution to impress the viewers.

Having being into photography for a while now, I decided to give timelapse a try. I call it a try since I did not have the equipment required in order to shoot a good timelapse video. One requires a sturdy tripod & a remote release or an intervalometer(within the camera) to make timelapse videos easy. I was with a cheap tripod, which basically is not certified to even pull the weight of a low end DSLR with basic kit lens. To make matters murkier, I did not have a remote release nor intervalometer. Still I decided to give it a shot.

I went to the location & camped up with my DSLR set on to the tripod. As passersby gave me curious glances, I took my wrist watch from my wrist in my left hand & with other started gunning shots with an interval of 10 seconds in between. I continued doing this for almost 40 minutes, till the sun went down & the twilight dying out. Towards the fag end of my journey, I had waves reaching the bottom of my tripod & I was standing now with my right hand index finger still on the shutter button. The waves displaced the sand beneath the tripod legs with each visit causing it(tripod) to shift everytime. Further, the flimsy tripod could not stand still however gently I released the shutter. The outcome, a slight moment in the frame during the video.

What do you feel? What could have been improved here? Any tips? Let me know your views in the comments. Would be happy to implement them next time around. :)

Batch Resize Photographs in Digikam

Photographers often need to resize hundreds or even thousands of picture from time to time. Manually resizing each photographs one by one will ensure you do not get time to do any other things & missing submission deadlines. The solution to this answer is “Batch Resize”. As the name suggests, it means resizing photos in large quantities in one go. In this article, I’ll show you how to resize photographs in Digikam.

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Venturing into Video : Mumbai at Night

I’ve confessed before that apart from Photography, I have a keen interest in Cinematography too. Offcourse, I’m a photographer first but have a urge to learn about the wonderful world of Video/Film-Making & create good short films. Since investing in an video camera is not a budget solution, I would be learning to make videos on DSLR camera’s which offer more than decent quality. For time-being, I don’t have a DSLR but I always thought of making a short film just to make myself happy & improve on my filming skills. Left with no option but my Canon Powershot SX100 IS still camera, I decided to film a short film on it.
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