|Towards a Digital Photo Frame - monday 2006-10-02 1419||last modified 2006-10-02 2114|
|Categories: Nerdy, Photography|
All this boring technical talk about remastering Linux via my Mac does have a more broadly interesting goal: making a digital photo frame out of a mostly-dead laptop. My Vaio temporarily died while I was writing my master's thesis. It was a hard disk failure, but I found over time there were a number of problems with the machine, including faulty memory and a bad disk controller which, in the end, completely died, leaving me with a laptop with no possibility of disk storage. I left it untouched for three years.
Then one day I decided I could turn it into a digital frame. By booting from an alternate drive, I could use main memory to run the operating system and grab photos from the network. I eagerly stripped a bunch of parts off the laptop and started to look into ways to make the software component work. Then I stopped for a year. For some reason it looked daunting back then.
Then I finally restarted the effort a couple weeks ago. It's nice to see that there's substantially more and better information out there on the topic. I didn't want to follow through on totally gutting the machine until I knew the software would work. Lo and behold, it's much easier a year later to report that it does.
I need to make a few fixes that became evident after running on a read-only operating system, and I'll need to find a batch operation that both fixes the aspect ratio of all the photos I bundled into the CD to be 4:3 and changes the brightness, contrast, and saturation so Mac-originating photos won't look so terribly flat and colorless in Linux. It's probably a gamma and cropping adjustment; I'll get to it eventually.
The major parts of this phase are over. On to the next phase, to find a shadowbox frame and continue the disassembly and reassembly process.
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