Wallpaper scaling

I had a whole bunch of wallpapers lying around, but they were all different sizes, which really looks screwy on a dual screen setup.

The attached perl script reads through all images in $HOME/Pictures.original/ and creates new copies in $HOME/Pictures/ as the specified image size in the file.

By setting the image size to exactly the size of one of the dual screen monitors (this assumes identical resolutions on both screens), and running the script, the backgrounds then work nicely.

WD Raptor failure ;-(

Got into the office this morning, and the core vmware host server is down, the mirror for the boot drive barfed at around 60% when synchronising after a power failure.

Oh well, thats what mirroring is for after all, disconnected it and rebooted. nothing. no Grub nada. After running around getting a boot disk organised, making sure grub was installed etc, it STILL didn't work.

WTF!

After a bit more hair tearing, I realised the BIOS had promoted the wrong drive when i removed the dud one. Doh. Of course the data drives dont have grub on them at all.

Twitter + Drupal + Pidgin

You've been hearing a lot about it in the news, and you're only going to hear more and more. If your business isn't looking into twitter, you're missing a boat thats growing massively - http://xlnk.me/16.

There are ways you can take advantage of twitter, the great thing about twitter is that you dont have to have a long spiel about what you've been doing. This, and other "blogs" i've done do take time, and a real concerted effort to do. Twitter "tweets" are a lot more casual.

Had enough tree planting for today!

We had about 435 to do, i reckon we got about half done this morning.

My knees ache. my back aches. Argh, i'm getting old.

If anyone is interested, we planted tubes of:

ACACIA brachybotra
ACACIA calamitolia
ACACIA hakeoides
ACACIA pycnantha
ACACIA sclerophylla

DODONAEA viscosa spatulata

EUCALYPTUS brachycalyx
EUCALYPTUS incrassata
EUCALYPTUS fasciculosa
EUCALYPTUS socialis

MELALEUCA lanceolata

Oh well, time to go for a ride on the mighty Husky I reckon!

 

Helmet ejection system

Shockdoctor - http://www.shockdoctor.com have released a new product that can helps remove helmets in the advent of a serious accident.

http://www.xlnk.me/p

It is so simple, but so effective. If any sort of spinal injury is suspected, it allows the Helmet to be pushed off by the internal bladder.

Like a lot of great inventions, its very simple, and yet very clever, and very well priced as well for something that could save your life.

Jetfire Heater

As we're living in a shed at the moment, and we needed a heater, I thought something a bit "industrial" would be ok. After some research, we purchased a "Jetfire" heater, which sure does throw out a lot of heat!

Trouble is, our shed is like 3.6metres high, so lots of warmth is a the top. Still, a HEAP better than no heater at all, with the nights getting closer and closer to 0C