Preserving Image Meta-data

It’s a no-brainer to add descriptions and set dates within the image itself when you’re archiving old family photo scans. Luckily I did a quick experiment with saving meta-data into a TIF image. I opened the TIF in Gwenview, the default KDE image viewer,...

Blackened Areas in showFoto, and digiKam

In working on some of my family history scans last week, I had some very large TIF files that had been scanned in grayscale. Opening them in showFoto and digiKam showed large, pixelated patches of black. At first I thought it was a scanning error, but I quickly found...

Working Heterogenously

Every time I start consolidating on a single platform, something happens that completely throws that into disarray. With Ubuntu and other flavors of Linux, I would inevitably hit a point trying to use just that platform where something couldn’t be done well or...

Pick The Question You’re Trying to Answer

Yesterday I heard an interesting podcast from the UK National Archives by Dr. Kathleen Chater on ‘Researching Untold Histories’. As I listened I was struck by her statement on zeroing in on your topic, which applies to doing genealogy, writing books,...

Making QT Apps Look Good in KDE

It’s odd but even though KDE is built on QT, QT apps can look rather… bad in KDE. QT has a bunch of styles built in, but Oxygen, the KDE default, is not built-in. The way it can be used is through the shared QT libraries in the Linux distribution (or I...

Creating a Better Signature for KMail

For a long time at the company I work, our signatures were something that varied quite a bit. Now, thankfully, there’s a policy about it. You may be surprised that I say thankfully since people in general don’t like to be told what to do. Two reasons: 1)...

I Want Nepomuk Turned On

We all make mistakes sometimes, even me. And when it comes to computers I sometimes make messes that I then have to clean up. This is one of those times. Do a search for Nepomuk and mostly you find things like “Help! Nepomuk is eating all of my CPU” or...

Getting gnome-keyring to work under KDE (and kdm)

Not too long ago I decided to switch back to KDE as my desktop environment. My reasons were aesthetic and technical. I do think that Canonical’s Ubuntu plans are great. I like a lot of what they’re doing. But it’s all a mish-mash of technologies and...

FamilySearch Indexing Needs a Bigger Icon

  One thing that I love doing is genealogy and family history. As part of that I volunteer as an indexer, indexing the vast amount of historical records amassed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Yes, I’m a Mormon. The records...