Creating panoramic images in Adobe Photoshop CS3

  1. Open the images as separate layers into one single canvas using File -< Scripts -< Load files into stack.
  2. Select then align the layers using Edit -> Auto-align layers. This process takes a while but it's pretty effective in yielding a rough canvas of overlapping warped images.
  3. There are often a few frames which Photoshop couldn't align. I'm currently trying to find a way to resolve this particular problem.
  4. Finally Select Edit -> Auto-Blend to produce the final image.

New challengers or incumbents but thinkers all

Nestled beneath an exterior of partying, drinking (I'm told the former is independent of the latter) and self-promotion (dependent on both), there lies a festival of ideas and their expert thinkers at SXSW. Last night I watched Mark Cuban and Avner Ronen debate the long term sustainability of Pay TV, brilliantly. Every subsector pundits who can readily trot out the policy line on why the industry is struggling and who's to blame, but Mark and Avner's debate transcended the same old story.

First day in Texas, a wander around Austin

I arrived in Texas for South By South West (SXSW) without my UK plug adaptor, so I walked across town to OfficeMax on 5th street.

How to embed a really simple Flickr slideshow in a Drupal blog

Really simple process:
  • Upload photos to Flick
  • View photoset
  • Click 'Slideshow' in top right hand corner
  • In slideshow view, click 'Share'
  • Cut/copy 'embed' code
  • Paste into Drupal node
  • Select Input Format 'Full HTML', or whitelist the necessary object tags for one of your existing formats
Here's a demo of what it looks like: A wander around Austin, Texas

Good reason to call jQuery.width() and not jQuery.css('width')

I've been experimenting with Chrys Bader's AutoGrow plugin for jQuery. Great stuff and I used the principal (dummy div to read textarea's height) in Free Range Feedback.

I found a minor bug relating to the use of .css('width') instead of .width(). I filed a bug report if you'd like a more detailed explanation of why to use the latter over the former.

Cool things

Here's a fairly random collection of cool, and sometimes silly things I've seen online recently.

A 3D coke can rendered entirely in CSS.

Automated 'solutions' are changing the social media landscape

When it becomes possible to automatically build a Twitter profile with 100,000 followers, is the value of the medium compromised?

I would suggest no, but perhaps we will stop putting sway in the number of followers a person has and instead assess them by the quality of their tweets. The instant you introduce a metric to measure the impact of anything, be it a web page's importance (PageRank) or a Twitter's relevance (Followers), people will subvert the system to their advantage.

More troubles with NOD32 AV4

I haven't had a great experience of NOD32 with Windows 7. This antivirus software performed great Windows XP, meeting all my expectations (lightweight, fast, inexpensive, updated frequently and kept me virus free).

This week I've been getting Security Exceptions in Firefox and Dropbox hasn't been able to connect to its server. The cause? NOD32 protecting SSL channels (e.g. HTTPS). In the end I went to 'Advanced settings' and disabled:

  • Enable Antivirus and antispyware protection
  • Enable Anti-Stealth technology
  • Enable Self-Protection

Discovered my profile online at c&binet

Whilst trying to find the URL for my Flickr profile, I came across myself. I had the chance to speak at C&binet Forum last year and they did a profile of me.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema (MPC-HC) built from source on Windows 7

I've just checked out (using SVN) and built the latest source of Media Player Classic Home Cinema using Visual Studio 2008. The instructions were good, but I had to make a few modifications.

I followed instructions at:

Part A.3
Didn't explicitly install ATL update. I suspect it was covered in Windows Update (by 30/12/2009).

Part B
Installed in-a-box version of MinGW from:

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