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Useful means of appending PDF’s using Ghostscript

December 28, 2005 Leave a comment
gs -q -sPAPERSIZE=letter -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH \
-sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=out.pdf \
in1.pdf in2.pdf in3.pdf ...
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Dell Latitude X1 and FC4

December 22, 2005 1 comment

I got a new notebook a couple of days ago, a Dell Latitude X1. I have been using the “Traces of Martins State” site and blog which shares the experiences of an FC4 user in tweaking Linux for this laptop.

I’m using a fully updated FC4 build (as of 21 December 2005), and bios version A4.
So far, I have full video resolution 1280×768 working with Vesa. ( no DRI yet, it seems that my i915GM video card may not to be supported by http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/Intel?action=highlight&value=CategoryHardwareVendor yet – I’ll have to investigate more if Vesa prooves to be too much of a bottleneck for working with video.)

Getting full resolution to work was quite tricky. The card does not advertise it’s default 1280×768 resolution to software and so X has to be convinced that this resolution is possible using an application called 915Resolution

Wireless Lan seems to work using the instructions available here.

Everything else should work fine, except for the closed source Ricoh SD card reader. And the Modem (haevn’t tested these yet)

So far I am very happy with the X1, except for the battery – which only apparently lasts for about 1Hour & 40 Minutes – although I have yet to confirm this.

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