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Understanding Exposure - Bryan Peterson

If you want to go beyond point and shoot photography and automatic mode on your camera then this is a great book. Its the book I've wanted to read ever since we got our SLR. I thought I had a pretty good grip on how exposure worked but I learned quite a bit about the basics in this book.

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

This book is all about thinking in the current moment. Its main point is that if you spend your time thinking about the past and future instead of right now you will be unhappy (in pain, the author says).

The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey

My most recent read was "The True History of the Kelly Gang". I borrowed it from an Aussie here in Japan.

OK, so I'm a bit of a moron and I was some way into the book before I realized this was truly a piece of fiction and not some amazing historical records that came to light and were published. But its very good writing, probably beyond that of your average bushranger, and eventually I figured it out.

Installing Kubuntu

This page is intended mostly for me if I ever have to reinstall Kubuntu. But you never know, somebody else might find it handy too.

Every time I install Linux it gets better. And now with Kubuntu 7.10 its really at the point I can do everything I want with it apart from play games.

Linux installs almost effortlessly on my PC.

Partitioning for Linux always confuses me a bit. I have no idea if these are good settings. But they are what I did.

  • Windows is on the first partition.
  • I made a 20 GB partition to be mounted as / (root)

Thinking Photography

2007_10_28_cameraBy far the most interesting thing so far about getting a new camera has been the fact that we are always looking at things with photography in mind. We are noticing things about the sun, our local environment and the composition of things around us that we never observed before.

Grub to start DSL-N on Tiny

During boot hit during grub to access grub menu. Hit to go to command line.

You can review the boot info by mounting hda1 in Ubuntu and reading /boot/grub/menu.lst

Under ubuntu command:
root (1,0)
kernel /boot/linux
initrd /boot/minirt.gz

And you're off and running.

Camera Plans

In 2002 we bought a digital camera before our trip to Alaska. It is without doubt one of the best purchases we have ever made. First off its free to take pictures, so we take a lot more. As a result we get more good photos. We view them more often. They are much easier to put on our website. We can view them on the day we take them. And the quality is great.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

My all time favourite book is "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". I'm not quite sure when I bought it but I am thinking in 1994 or so. Something special happened today. I finished it! Thats one habit every 2 years.

New Tiny Computer

This is the story of making the new Tiny computer and how it ended up quiet, small and perfect for our needs.

Some years back I made a computer that we called "Tiny". Tiny was to store every document we wanted to keep. Nothing was to be stored on our PCs. That way when we have problems with one of our PCs we can simply reinstall the operating system and any required applications and nothing will be lost.

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