I took this photo from the hotel I stayed in in the center of Belgrade. I just love how old these concrete block houses look, although they don’t on purpose. This is a photo, that on the first look, looks just fine. But again, I am bothered by some technicalities here.
That bright blue window in the center
So what’s going on here? I have tried to find out what that blue window is about, but on all the photos I took, I didn’t quite see anything. You can see some blue tint in other windoes as well, somaybe I shot it in the second something blue was on TV. But really, damn, it’s drawing your eye. Must. stop. looking. at. this. blue. spot.Belgrade at night, let’s talk about some things weiterlesen →
I made this when I got my first fixed focal length lens, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm 1:1,8G. Unfortunately I did not get a neutral density filter yet, so to not over-exposure for longer exposures I had to shoot in a not so optimal aperture range. I would have liked the background to blur a bit.
Just on a quick note, as soon as I get my hand on another Odroid-U3, I will migrate the XMPP server jabber.cbwebs.de to it and open registrations via a webinterface for everyone.
I am still thinking about allowing in-band registrations with some additional CAPTCHA-solving to be required (otherwise messaging won’t work), but I need to find a way to make that technically possible. Just supplying a web-frontend seemed the easier choice.
The internet of things is there. Cloud services are available for free on a wide scale. You dropbox, gmail, skype and iCloud sync. But this convenience comes with a price: Your data is everywhere, cluttered on thousands of internet servers and you are slowly losing control of what services you are using.
I played with Single-Board Computers for some time now, and although I was completely happy with just having a mediacenter and something to play with, I wanted to do something I can benefit of. So I decided to start hosting my own services on my Raspberry Pis.
I was lucky and got my hands on this board only a couple of days after ist was releases. Even though I was disappointed and already sold it, I still want to share the photos I made. I might give it another try when the community evolved and eventually reaches the size of the Raspberry Pi’s community.
The past days I have been struggling to get my Banana Pi working. As it was fun getting there, I ran into a couple of issues that shouldn’t be there. Since I had them on all images I used, I assume there are some hardware issues to be solved. That may also be possible via software, but so far, I don’t see any fixes. Several networking issues with my Banana Pi weiterlesen →
As a followup to the last post, I was trying to compile a new kernel. I used make -j3 to speed up the process, after all, the Banana Pi has a dualcore CPU, so 3 threads should be appropriate.
But whenever I start that, it seems to hang and not do anything, so I decided to hook it up to HDMI and give it a try there. It is currently compiling, but as it is 2:20am, I will most likely post results of that in the morning, if not when returning from my day job.
Solution: cross-compile on another CPU, that does not take ages as well.