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We all “know” that computers are everywhere, but we tend to forget that even those computers that pretend to be single-purpose machines can actually be reprogrammed to do something else. As proof I offer you the Canon DSLR cameras.

Like the cameras from Nikon, Sony, and many others, these digital machines contain a computer (or more than one, in many cases). The Magic Lantern crew, renowned for their expertise with Canon digital cameras, has succeeded in getting a standard Linux kernel 3.19 to run on the camera, using the LCD screen for output. Given time and a bit of assistance by Canon, this could change the world of photography (or at least the world of camera producers): your camera could be set free from the software limitations set by its maker, just by reprogramming it – when you buy a PC, you are not obliged to stick to the operating system that’s put on in the factory, are you?

Sample screen shot of a DLSR running Linux, taken from the ML forums.

Sample screen shot of a DLSR running Linux, taken from the ML forums.

Is this part of the Internet of Things? In a way, yes, and certainly for cameras with onboard WiFi connectivity. Could it be important step in the development of the camera market? Nobody can say that at this time. Should you be worried when someone asks you to insert his/her memory card into your camera “just for a few shots”? Well, don’t underestimate hackers!

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One of my friends mentioned his buying t-shirts from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster a few days ago. I did check my blog for the first mention of the CotFSM – of course I knew about them a long time ago. Strangely enough, I found that the migration of EditThisPage.com to here somehow had been touched by His Noodliness, because the post of February 12th, 2006, was twice present in this blog! For consistency’s sake, I deleted one of those two posts (yes, I was talking about the consistency of my blog, and nothing else).

But the pasta story does not end there. I’m not a big fan of April fool jokes – most of them are not funny or just plain tacky. But somehow I was guided to the 1957 April Fools’ video made by the BBC, about the “spaghetti harvest” in Switzerland.

Funny, well-made – that’s to be expected from an institute like the BBC! I haven’t checked all the years between then and today, but they also created a fine video report about the discovery of flying penguins (just search for “bbc flying penguins” on YouTube, there’s even a making of)…

But don’t you think it’s more than a coincidence that a joke about pasta pops up just when I have the CotFSM on my mind?

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Late Night Special ;-)

I have just updated my computer-related poetry page with a new limerick about… byte sex. Might not be what you expected, though.

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Here’s what I happened to see on April 17th, 2015, purely by accident, really – I wasn’t on the prowl for a example of bad website management.

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The titles in blue are links to news articles published on the site; the text below is the latest comment on said article. This shows that a spammer has been at work on this site for at least two years or so…

Note: the image just shows a small piece of the webpage – but to be clear: those comments were next to one another at that very moment. No doctoring of the image was necessary to see them as shown.

I know it can be hard to read every comment on your website, especially if your organisation publishes a news website – but if you do not handle such cases, then you’re likely to lose readers (like me!) who visit your site in search of interesting, timely news. Spam on your site, even if it’s just in the comments, means that the website and its authors do not care about their reader’s feedback. So you’re just pushing news bits on your site, without a bigger story? Even that looks like a (mild) form of spam to me…

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For those Apple Inc. fans who are a bit younger than me: Apple did already release a watch many years ago. In all probability this was just a promotional article. Here’s a picture of said watch as it can be found in my office…

The iMac watch was released around 2000...

The iMac watch was released around 2000…

This watch does not mention the name “Apple” anywhere, but it’s hard to imagine that Apple would not be involved in a product that bears its logo and the iMac name ;-)

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I had to wait in Mechelen for a train yesterday (after 7 p.m., the frequency of the train I need to get home drops), so that gave me an opportunity to get some shots of the work in progress just behind the current location of the station. I use these pictures to measure the changes in my daily world… see more of them on Flickr.

Railroad Bridge Graffiti (Mechelen, Belgium)

Railroad Bridge Graffiti (Mechelen, Belgium)

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First Spring Ride

It was not the first time I rode my BMW this year, but yesterday certainly was the first ride of Spring – the weather was too good to stay inside. So I went to see the water skiers and power boats on the canal in Viersel (Belgium).

Rising temperatures and lots of sunlight bring great colours

Rising temperatures and lots of sunlight bring great colours

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