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Canon EOS 20D

Thursday November 10, 2005 at 11:57 AM

Since last friday, I'm a happy owner of a new Canon EOS 20D! This is a middle end D-SLR which comes as a replacement for my good old Kodak DC240, a compact digital camera bought in July 2000.

The choice was hard; between a Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT), a Nikon D70s and this 20D, I read intensively during a week about these camera. The latter won the match thanks to the 350D's image quality (especially in astrophotography) and the size of a D70s. After that, I had to choose a lens. I read articles for another week and watch at my pictures to know what I shoot usualy. At the end, the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM was the one.

Now, it's time to learn how to use properly this new toy and it should be interesting!

ReiserFS committed to FreeBSD's CVS!

Thursday May 26, 2005 at 12:23 PM

The port of ReiserFS has been imported to FreeBSD 6-CURRENT this Tuesday January 24th, 2005. For now, it's only connected to the i386 build. The next step will be to make it work on other platforms, especially arm and sparc64.

The following updates will be made in FreeBSD's CVS. There won't be standalone release any more.

Star Wars by a Symphonic Orchestra in Paris

Monday May 16, 2005 at 1:26 PM

Last friday night (May 13th) was beginning the "Star Wars Reunion" at Le Grand Rex in Paris. This was an occasion for all great fans to be involved in various activities related to the movies: interviews, documentaries, fan films, dubbing and so on. But the master piece of this event was a symphonic concert! There was no way I could miss it.

The Orchestre Cinématographique de Paris, directed by Samuel Sene, interpreted several titles from the 5 released movies: Main Title, Theme of Yoda, Leia, Anakin, Jar Jar, Jabba, the Ewoks Parade, the Flag Parade, Across the Stars, Imperial March, Throne Room & End Title, and a few more. To end this concert, a choir joined the orchestra and they played Duel of the Fates!

This was a really great night. The director followed the sheet music to the letter, no title was arranged. Seeing a film score played by a symphonic orchestra was an old dream; it's now realized!

The only dark side of this concert was the public, a bit unruly. Between the neighbour who was singing, people who applaud during the music or before the end, those who quoted the films, we were far from a classical music concert rigour. By chance, I wasn't next to a Jedi with its disturbing light sabre.

ReiserFS: release 0.1.6

Thursday April 14, 2005 at 2:59 PM

Again, a quick update to be in sync with last changes in FreeBSD 6-CURRENT's VFS. It concerns a lock in readdir(2).

As usual, it won't work on 4-STABLE and 5-STABLE branches.

ReiserFS: release 0.1.5, with NFS support

Thursday April 07, 2005 at 1:47 PM

Shorty after the release 0.1.4, here is a new version with a new feature: a ReiserFS partition can be exported through NFS on FreeBSD 6-CURRENT. Of course, everything is limited to read-only accesses.

There must be many bugs remaining, because tests were done on a small disc image. Mainly, the readdir(3) call was modified to add NFS specific parts. Thus it needs more testing with huge exported directories. But this is the purpose of this release: use it on a wider range of environments.

As usual, the files can be downloaded from this site or from the mirror (much stronger):