Peter, Jasmine (the newly wed Stills) and I went out to the Napa Valley yesterday. Napa Valley is a fairly famous winery area — kinda like a Californian Barossa. After a very nice meal and the discovery that a wine area is much more fun in the summer, we gave up and headed home. Definitely a revisit in a couple of months though.
I ended up getting new tyres for the bike… I thought about getting airless tyres, but in the end just got random tyres from Mike’s Bikes who came highly recommended on a mailing list at work, and seemed really nice.
I got Specialised tyres randomly, and they’re really good. I can’t remember their name now (I’ll look it up later), but they have a tall center section which makes them look and act like road tyres on hard surfaces, and a knobbly bit on the outer edges for loose surfaces. Overall, lower rolling resistance on the hard stuff, and they gripped really well on the soft.
I like them a lot.
Update: So, the tyres are Specialized 06 Crossroads, or at least that’s what the packaging says.
I’ve just realised that I never got around to commenting on how to get the Dell working with Ubuntu. Here’s what I did (I’m hoping I remember it all correctly):
- Setup network booting
- Changed the boot config for the network boot to automatically boot into the right install after a small timeout
- Disabled the onboard USB controller
- Installed a random PCI USB controller
- Rebooted the target machine
- The installer now netboots, and goes into the kernel with no interaction from the keyboard
- Install like normal
So, I just leave the onboard USB controller disabled, and use the PCI one.
I’ve had quite a few conversations about working at Google with people. I thought I’d let my compatriots know that there is now a Sydney office. If you’re interested, let me know and I can push your resume into the hiring system. Example positions include Systems Admin, Network Admin, Security Dude, as well as Engineers.
Well, given the book is now in stores, the figures online, and the sample code available, I think I am basically finished with the project (barring future editions, which may or may not happen depending on demand I suppose). So, if you have questions about the book, the process of writing an open source book, or ImageMagick, feel free to drop me a line at the magic ImageMagick alias and I will see what I can do.
This is the source code for the sample graphing code demonstrated in
Chapter 11 of ImageMagick, the Definitive Guide. This is a
small PHP script which demonstrates how to use a stock background image and some images stacked on top of each other to make quite nice bar graphs for a fictional website.