Archive for November, 2009

Some Great Filters and Scripts for The Gimp

Recently, I came across some really nice Filters and Scripts for The Gimp.  If you are not familiar with The Gimp (The GNU Image Manipulation Program), it’s high quality open source photo/image editing and manipulation software.

Check out these Gimp filters:
http://www.gimphelp.org/script24.shtml
http://gimpfx-foundry.sourceforge.net/

Here is a Cottonwood Grove image that I decided to use as my test image for experimenting with some of these Gimp filters.  Interesting results!  You can really see the effects a lot more clearly if you click on each image to view a larger version.

Cartoon Filter

Cartoon Filter

Cartoon Quick

Cartoon Quick

Pastel

Pastel

Line Art

Line Art

Line Art B&W

Line Art B&W

Synthetic Edges

Synthetic Edges

Toned Line Art

Toned Line Art

Slide

Slide

Fort Collins Bluegrass and Old Time Music

Fort Collins sure has some great music flowing through its veins!  It surely is a mecca for Bluegrass music, and Old Time music is starting to become more prevalent too!  Check out a couple of local bands:

The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers

Cottonwood Grove, a Fort Collins Old Time Stringband

Ubuntu 9.10 – Wireless Woes….

I am disappointed that the previously supported Atheros wireless card (AR5212) is no longer being supported in Ubuntu’s 9.10 (Karmic Koala).  Ubuntu’s support for most hardware has generally been great over the years, and if something did not work correctly, it was likely that one could expect to see a fix to the problem at some point down the road.  However, it seems unusual to me that support would end for hardware that is still reasonably new.  I know that technology is moving along quickly and all, but sheesh!

I tried this set of solutions as well as this solution, all with no success.  It’s apparent that other Atheros cards as well as Broadcom cards are experiencing difficulties, but some folks have had success at fixing the problem; those same fixes have not worked for me.

Ubuntu 8.10 was the version that I had been previously running on the X60; after my recent experience with 9.10, I decided to downgrade to 9.04 and had the same wireless issue!!!  Arrggg!!!  Come on Ubuntu!  Atheros chipsets are not uncommon, and the AR5212 is not really that old!  My laptop is far from being ancient and the hardware that had been previously supported should STILL be supported, shouldn’t it?  It’s not like this machine is five years old or more.  Come on!  What gives?

If anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear them (thanks in advance). In the mean time, I’ll continue to try to find a solution on the 9.10 platform.

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