Batch edit images with Imagemagick

It’s easy to edit multiple images from the command line with ImageMagick. You can rotate, resize, or crop without having to open up any slow programs. We’ll use a bash one-liner — a simple one-line shell script — to accomplish this.

You’ll want to start with a folder with nothing in it but the images that you want to edit.  Make a folder inside your images folder, called “edited”.

A folder with some images in it

A folder with some images in it

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The best Ubuntu webcam

I went through several webcams before I found one that works flawlessly with Ubuntu. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 works perfectly right out of the box in both Jaunty and and Karmic, with no configuration needed.

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

Just plug it in and it works.

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4800dpi+ Ubuntu scanner recommendation

I need a high resolution scanner for a project that I’m working on and it needs to work with Ubuntu.  I’ve spent a lot of time comparing the SANE hardware compatibility list with local computer vendors’ sites with almost no luck at all.

From what I can tell the Epson Perfection V600 is the best bet.  It does 6400×9600 dpi and is fairly affordable at $210.58 (at Amazon.com now).  The SANE compatibility list has it marked as “GOOD”, which worries me a little, but according to the SANE compatibility legend, it should support all the basic features.

Get an A7V8X motherboard to boot to a SATA drive

Getting an A7V8X to boot to a SATA drive is easy – just go into the FastTrack settings and set your drive up to be a single stripe RAID array.  You also need to make sure that you have the RAID controller enabled in your BIOS.

Asus A7V8X motherboard

Asus A7V8X motherboard