Ubuntu 10.4 and Mercurial-Server (Apache2, mod_wsgi)

You know, when you start coding you always (don’t you?) end up looking for a safe-and-easy way to track code changes, code commit log and manage the “back-to-the-past” feature (for example when you start coding a new feature and end up in a completely not working app) :)

Sometimes I used free services for repositories (like GitHub, BitBucket, SourceForge) to store my open-source projects (BitBucket plans allow you also to setup a single private repository with 1Gb of free space).

Now I’m setting up something like that for my Lab, allowing students to work from home and share their code with co-workers and professors. I’m happy with Mercurial, so I’ve installed on our web-server (latest Ubuntu Server) all the stuff for serving mercurial repositories with SSH authentication.

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Windows installer for Hugin 2010

Have you ever heard about Hugin? It’s a free and open source imaging software for photos stitching: it enables you to create panorama views with few clicks. Not only panorama views, but also stereographic projections from some shots.. what are stereographic projections? Well … have ever you see those strange images where a place is rendered as a little world? I can’t explain exactly what they are, but you can see what I mean on this Flickr gallery about Hugin.

Well, this post isn’t for describing what Hugin is and does (if you want more info and details please consult Hugin website), but for my new way of spreading the Hugin word: a new windows installer for Hugin :) Continue reading

Windows7 .jar file association broken with Nokia OVI

I’m a (proud?) owner of a Nokia phone and for SMS and Phonebook management I’ve installed the Nokia OVI software. It’s seems to be more flexible than it’s predecessor for sms handling, music and photo synchronization and so on..

but? But it broke my .jar file type association which wouldn’t run anymore with Java, but will be opened by Nokia OVI itself. The only issue posted on Nokia OVI forum didn’t get any reply since October 2009 (see this forum post about JAR issue). Continue reading

WP3 custom post types and permalinks

WordPress recently deployed the new shining version 3.0, called Thelonious with bug fixes and a lot of new (long waited) features and APIs for handling Backgrounds, Menus, Taxonomy and Custom Post Types. This last feature is available from code and any developer can define it’s own content type with different taxonomies, fields and so on.

In the default WordPress 3.0 install there isn’t any user interface for the new custom post type creation and management, only APIs! But, as we already know, the plugin writers community is really active and proposed a plugin called Custom Post Type UI that enables an intuitive and easy custom post type management and configuration. Continue reading