Daily Archives: Sunday 19/12/2010

Fierce Winds My Life 19 DEC 2010

Strong, strong winds buffeted Gordon’s Bay for most of last week, wreaking a fair bit of damage in the process. From great big canvas signs completely blown away to big metal road signs folded over in half, nothing was left untouched. If you had just finished planting your garden you would have been gnashing your teeth because undoubtedly half of it would have been destroyed, or like Annalie, you would wake up to the sight of someone’s back door lying in your garden.

5 Country Mews wasn’t left untouched, as I was forced to spend last weekend pretty much indoors, tearing out my hair at the over-energetic cats trapped inside and causing havoc thanks to the scary winds outside. I nearly lost my back door as well, as a wind wrenched it backwards and caused its slats to pop slightly as it bashed against the back wall, though thankfully leaving it still attached by the hinges.

As it was, poor ficus didn’t fair so well, as it was unceremoniously dumped over by the wind, never mind our poor garden shed who I found with garden implements and a broom sticking out from underneath!

And then there was the tumbling black bin that nearly took out my car.

Mr. Fixus decided to dive for cover to avoid the wind!

You know you have a problem when your tools try to escape

Windy. No wonder there are always so many houses up for sale in this area!

Ubuntu and My Canon LiDE 100 Scanner Personal Musings 19 DEC 2010

At last, I’ve finally gotten my Canon LiDE 100 Scanner to operate under Ubuntu thanks to the excellent work from the outstanding SANE and some dedicated forum answer masters.

One of the reasons for my little scanner not getting as much action over the course of this year as what I might have liked it to was the fact that no Linux drivers were available for it, meaning that it would only work on my Windows XP laptop, the machine most seldom used in my house.

However, thanks to the instructions I have lovingly saved up on CodeUnit for future reference, the little fighter is now operating at full speed, having already allowed us to publish the little ink footprints of Jessica for the world to see.

Nice! :)

Related Link: http://www.codeunit.co.za/2010/12/19/ubuntu-and-the-canon-lide-100-scanner-fix/

Ubuntu and the Canon LiDE 100 Scanner Fix CodeUnit 19 DEC 2010

Earlier this year I treated myself and purchased a Canon LiDE 100 USB Scanner (which ashamedly hasn’t seen all that much use for the rest of the year). As much as I like the little low cost fighter, one of my biggest gripes was that Canon hadn’t released any Linux drivers for the device, and because the code is proprietary, it wasn’t likely to get Linux support any time soon.

Well thankfully all of that has now changed and the wonderful SANE project has gone ahead and added driver support for the Canon LiDE 100… though getting it to work requires a little bit of effort on your part!

First, you need to grab the relevant USB libraries. So open up a terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install libusb-dev build-essential libsane-dev

Next, grab the SANE backends from GIT. To do this, you need git-core, so:

sudo apt-get install git-core

Using the installed GIT, grab the necessary SANE backends with the following command:

git clone git://git.debian.org/sane/sane-backends.git

This grabs the necessary backends and puts them in a folder called sane-backends located in your home folder. Now switch to this directory and compile:

cd sane-backends
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
make
sudo make install

Note that the make command might take a while to complete. Anyway, now that everything is installed, only root can currently scan, so we’ll need to change this with some permissions:

sudo gedit /lib/udev/rules.d/40-libsane.rules

Add the following 2 lines to the bottom of the file:

# Canon CanoScan Lide 100
ATTRS{idVendor}==”04a9″, ATTRS{idProduct}==”1904″, ENV{libsane_matched}=”yes”

Save your changes, close gedit and reboot your machine.

And hey presto, all of a sudden Xsane picks up your scanner and you are back in business. Nifty! :)

(Tested on a installation of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat)