Switching My Sister In-law To Linux

July 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: General, linux, opinion, Ubuntu 

About a month ago my brother in-law came to me with his wife's "dead" Windows XP computer. The computer would not boot at all. After a successful POST, the system would just sit there, unable to find any bootable media. I was asked if I could recover their files for them. Outside of that, they didn't want to put any money into the computer. They were thinking about getting a Mac.

I told them that as long as there wasn't a serious hard drive failure, I could probably get all of their files. I figured I could boot the system to a Live CD and backup the files to my USB hard drive. Read more

Rename and Rotate Digital Photos With jhead

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, image editing, linux, Ubuntu, windows 

I've recently been looking for a way to organize my digital photos by the date and time they were taken. Since I have more than one camera, it's not as simple as just sorting through file names since the cameras name the files differently. I was going to write a script using Image Magick to read the EXIF data and then the script would rename and organize the photo into a folder based on the date the photo was taken. Well, it turns out that someone has already written a handy program to take care of most of this task. The program is called jheadRead more