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Flickring backgrounds

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Flickr integration was introduced in GNOME 3.10 when we added support for browsing Flickr content in Photos. In GNOME 3.12 we have taken this one step ahead. The Background Settings panel will now let you choose one of your Flickr pictures as your desktop’s background.

The panel only shows the 50 most recent pictures from each account to avoid overloading it with hundreds of items. If you are looking for that gorgeous photograph that you took a few summers ago, then you might want to use Photos instead. It has better search capability and is meant to handle larger data sets.


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18 March, 2014 at 00:40

Robbed. Camera gone.

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We got robbed in Barcelona the day before yesterday. It happened a little after 23:00 hr on the Passeig de Colom. We could have lost more, but in the end it was just my Canon EOS 60D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens attached to it.

We filed a report at the police station on Carrer Nou de la Rambla with the serial numbers of the devices. We believe we have identified one of the two robbers — the one who had confronted us from the front. I must say that the police were friendly and helpful, and they had people who spoke good English.

But that is not the point of this blog post.

Thanks to my friend, Arjun, we figured out that the EXIF data has the serial number of the camera and the lens embedded in it; and if, like me, you upload your photos to Flickr, you can easily see all the metadata even if you do not have any fancy photography software at hand. This makes me wonder if it is possible for websites like Flickr or Facebook or Imgur to flag uploads originating from a tainted device. Client-side programs could do this too. I guess, this needs some kind of stolen cameras and lenses database, which could be tricky. Does something like this exist?

Anyway, I will leave the details of my stolen camera and lens here to leave a trail in the sands of the Internet.

  • Serial number: 1881125429
  • Internal serial number: WB0778966
  • Lens serial number: 0000124725

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15 December, 2013 at 13:37

GUADEC 2013 videos are now available

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15 August, 2013 at 12:36


GNOME Photos 3.9.x

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After being released as a preview for GNOME 3.8, Photos has seen some progress in the 3.9.x cycle. Some highlights so far:




Pushing to DMRs

Thanks to Intel for sponsoring the work on DLNA support.

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9 August, 2013 at 01:35

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The Gnomies @ GUADEC 2013

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The Gnomies, our Creative Commons (CC) movie night, is going to be running from 18:30 to 21:40 hr today (ie. 2nd August). You can see some really cool CC movies that are currently making the rounds.

The Program

From 18:30 to 20:00

From 20:10 to 21:40


Room D0207 at the GUADEC venue.

It is going to be awesome!

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2 August, 2013 at 17:14


Welcome to GUADEC 2013

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GUADEC 2013 is starting in Brno from 1st August (ie. tomorrow). We will be holding a welcome event at Ventana Café today from 16:00 to 21:00 local time. The café is located right across the street from this year’s venue.

We have a couple of more social events lined up during the core conference days – a party at Klub Fléda on the 1st of August, and another one at Starobrno Brewery on the 3rd. There is also going to be a film night on 2nd August at the venue.

The customary football match is on the 5th. Please sign up on the wiki if you want to play.

With GUADEC being all that fun, don’t forget to check out the schedule, and the interviews with Ethan Lee and Cathy Malmrose who are two of the three keynote speakers at GUADEC this year.

Last but not the least, if you are travelling to Brno by train, let me remind you about the reconstruction work that is going on at the main station here.

See you in Brno!

I am attending GUADEC 2013

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31 July, 2013 at 12:35


GUADEC: Schedule your BOFs

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If you are planning to host a BOF at GUADEC this year, please ensure that you have scheduled it on the wiki. Please go to and claim one of the following rooms on a date and time that is convenient for you:

  • Room A112 (~64 seats)
  • Room A218 (~35 seats)
  • Room C209 (~30 seats)
  • Room C236 (~20 seats)

Náměstí Svobody

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28 July, 2013 at 13:56