Monthly Archives: January 2010

Presenting the Epson Perfection V300 PHOTO

I now am using the Epson Perfection V300 PHOTO since tuesday. And it looks and feels really good. Remember that I am using it with Ubuntu 9.10 and iScan application that I downloaded from AVASYS Japan (builds software for EPSON):

Epson Perfection V300 PHOTO Front

Here some more pics as a dia show. These are the first free pictures of this product in the internet!

I have used it mostly for scanning reversal films. You will have to first make a preview, then select one of the film images and then scan in high resolution. 4800 dpi is possible.


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Pasta Making

Moser Spaghetti essender Junge


I am starting some experimenting in home made pasta. I yet do no not have a pasta machine. But I start testing with doughs. One meal I like to do is a nice Lasagne with home made pasta. I tend to stick to original recipes, although I am not the guy who looks for the perfect ingrediences. It should be able to do stuff with what I can buy without much of a hassle.

I will keep you updated. Today I like did some simple Tagliatelle:

pasta dough

Unfortunately I missed the right lemons, so I could not test the recipe I was planning. They havent been as al dente as I think they should have been – the cooking time was more of an issue because I did not enough concentration at the end. But they were nice. Also i did mix different wheats (also wholemeal wheat), because I had to use them soon as sough does not get better once it is open. But sure they felt much better than any pasta I have bought so far. Also unfortunately the batteries of my digicam were empty after the first photos. So you cant see the meal, but you could not taste it anyway 😉

Ah btw. I used 350 gram of wheat and 50 gram durum wheat for the dough. That seems to work fine. And the dough was not hard for me to do. Drying it would require more space, though.

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Ordered Epson Perfection V300 Photo

So as I found out that the Epson Perfection V300 Photo who should be good for scanning films and film negatives under Linux it was my choice. And expecting it in the coming week.

I will keep the progress updated and plan to present the first free pictures of a V300 (as Google free license search didnt get me one).

My suggestion not only to Epson is to exlicitly publish free photos of you products under Creative Commons licenses, so that documentations, web sites etc. can work with them!

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Scanning b/w negatives on Linux?

I am in the search of a filmscanner which also works on Linux or at least can save images on a memory chip, so I can import them later.
So far I have seen that the support for Linux seems to be pretty bad. Maybe a normal scanner with transparency unit would be better?

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VirtualBox USB. Sometimes things can be simple.

First of all if you find this post because you want USB to get going on Linux, than you need to know that if you use the open source varian VirtualBox USB – that does not support USB on purpose. Only the closed source version lists USB as a feature. So you have to fetch the version from

Secondly, there are still issues with USB on VBox in general. But there is a trivial solution for many devices if you use the latest Vbox version >3.1.2:

  • You need to enable the devices by adding a filter in the USB configuration menu. No device without a filter will work and all devices will be grayed out! (And the is a  nice HOWTO and also)

Previously I tried all the funny tricks that you can find on the net. Nothing helped – but nowhere I found this. So I decided to write it down. I did not kow what a USB filter was and assumed that rather than enablig it was meant for disabling USB devices. Lesson learned.

Yet I was not able to enable a Canon PIXMA in that way. Not sure what the cause is. I also still have issues with DVD/CDROM (which I solve by typing “eject” in terminal). But what is nice that a Windows XP on a 64bit Ubuntu 9.10 starts in about 6 seconds inside VirtualBox (unfortunately not my system).


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