понеделник, 19 декември 2011 г.

How to opt out of Google WIFI Database

While browsing trough the news, I discovered this potentially helpfull information:
"Under the agreement, which was announced by Google and the Dutch Data Protection Authority, owners of Wi-Fi routers can add “_nomap” to the end of a router’s name to tell Google that they do not want its information included."source
I don't know if or when I will change the name of my rooter, but it's good to know in case you need it. After all, paranoia aside, but the article goes on like this:
"If many people opt out of the registry, Google’s ability to offer location-based services could be compromised. The company would then have to use cell tower locations and the Global Positioning System to determine a phone’s location, which could result in less accuracy and greater use of battery power." source
I personally don't see any reason why Google should know my geographic location, nor why I should be interested in anything Google can offer me to buy. And the idea of using my GPS location without my explicit consent is outrightly spooky! That's why I almost never turn on the GPS on my phone. And I never registered my Android with my Gmail account. It might be a tiny victory for the mankind, but it makes me feel good :)
So I guess it's not a bad idea to make the effort and change the name of the rooter. Even if only in the name of making Google little bit more miserable :)

понеделник, 5 декември 2011 г.

How to load subtitles in Kaffeine Player

Ok, it was a long night, but finally I solved a problem that was bugging me for quite a while.
I love Kaffeine, it's a great player, but at one point, it stopped displaying subtitles. What's worst, I couldn't find how to load them from external file and well, I stopped using it.
Today, I finally found out how to deal with Kaffeine.

To load subtitles, following the instructions here:
Click on Playlist, right-click on the movie file you're displaying and in the context menu you'll find: Load subtitles.
Another serious problem is that the subtitles are ridiculously small. It was a real pain figuring that out, but with the help of link1 and link2, I managed it.
To change the size of the subtitles:
1. Open the file: /home/user/.kde4/share/apps/kaffeine/xine-config
2. Find the line saying subtitles.separate.subtitle_size: tiny
3. Uncomment that line (remove the #) if it is commented, and change "tiny" to whatever size you prefer (tiny  small  normal  large  very large  huge). I tried with "large" and the subs became visibly big. So this one is working. You can also change the font from here, uncommenting the line: #subtitles.separate.font:sans but I didn't need to do that.
Well, that's it.
The mystery called subtitles in Kaffeine was solved. Weee!

P.S. If you need to replace some font of Xine, you can do it in the following directory:

петък, 2 декември 2011 г.

Convert png to eps

Yesterday, I had to convert some png files to high quality eps files and it wasn't an option to directly export the figures to eps files. It turned out the problem is not so simple, but anyway, here's what I've found.
First, there are some free programs which enable you to make pretty vector graphs, diagrams and so on: Inkscape, graphviz, TikZ and Ipe. source
The problem in my case was that I have to use png files. What's more, they had to use pretty. Well, the biggest problem seemed to be the resolution. Before exporting the figure to whatever, zoom it to the max. You need at least 300dpi, some say 600dpi. That means a figure which covers the whole computer screen (well, mine is a laptop screen). If you capture it from pdf, then zoom to 300% and then capture the figure. This should produce a decent-looking figure.
More on the issue of resolution:
*Try png2pdf or a similar tool specifying in it interpolation to be off source
* \setlength{\pdfpxdimen}{1in/150} % Define resolution of PDF source
* Convert the png->eps->pdf->eps
1.The resolution of the image in pixels should be 300 times the size of the image in inches as it appears in the document. So for example a 2 inch by 3 inch image should have a resolution of at least 600 by 900.

2. ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=letter -dMaxSubsetPct=100 -dCompatibilityLevel=1.3 -dSubsetFonts=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dAutoFilterColorImages=false -dAutoFilterGrayImages=false -dColorImageFilter=/FlateEncode -dGrayImageFilter=/FlateEncode -dMonoImageFilter=/FlateEncode Fig1_a.eps Fig1_a.pdf
pdftops -eps Fig1_a.pdf Fig1_a
ps2eps Fig1_a
/home/denijane/Fig1_a.eps source
3. I tried also the following step (but they didn't help)
1. Save a Matlab figure from Matlab to EPS format.
2. Run ps2pdf14 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress unembedded_fig.eps embedded_fig.pdf.
Note: You can check the font is embedded by running
pdffonts embedded_fig.pdf
and check that the normal Helvetica font is embedd as BGISHF+Helvetica, for example.
3. You can either build your latex document with pdflatex, usepackage{graphicx} & \includegraphics{embedded_fig.pdf}, OR
4. run pdftops -eps embedded_fig.pdf embedded_fig.eps
5. run ps2eps embedded_fig.eps
which will crop eps to bounding box.
6. rename embedded_fig.eps.eps to embedded_fig.eps
7. Build your latex document with latex, usepackage{graphicx} & \includegraphics{embedded_fig.eps}.

Finally, check the font is embedded by running
pdffonts ~/my_article.pdf
 and check that the normal Helvetica font is embedd as BGISHF+Helvetica. source
4. The package bmeps: To convert from png to high level eps use:
bmeps -a -leps image.png
bmeps image.png image.eps
bmeps -l eps2 fbt.png fbt2.eps
And also, the following packages might help:
For eps file level 3:
bmeps -l eps3 Fig9_b.png Fig9_b.eps
convert Fig1_a.png EPS3:Fig1_a.eps