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LinuxPlanet: .comment: The Great, the Pretty Bad, and the Breathtakingly Stupid

Aug 08, 2001, 13:02 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company." Or Charter Communications, apparently, as Dennis E. Powell discusses in this week's column. Learn all about yet another wilderness of ineptitude as Code Red is downgraded from "major security threat" to "phantom line noise." They're just the low point, though. gimp-print is "great" in its role as the source of some of the best Linux device support going; and eComStation (possibly the terminal incarnation of OS/2) is merely "pretty bad" as it quietly dashes the hopes of a past computing generation's answer to Microsoft:

"...Once that little bump had been flattened, I was able to get a full print. I compared it to its professionally produced counterpart. It was better. Skin tones were more subtle, contrast was not excessive. Some of the colors were not as bright as in the photo-shop version, so I decided to fiddle with some of the other controls. Kicking up contrast slightly and color saturation a bit more produced the full range that the photographic print had, while losing nothing I'd gained from the locally produced print. It was now much better than the one that had cost $10.

A world of opportunity now beckons: A high-quality digital camera, more than decent image manipulation software, and a solid printing system provide creative control that's usually available only to the black-and-white photographer skilled in darkroom work. And it all works under Linux. I've begun to think of the multitude of silver-based negatives and slides I have, how a scanner for such is available, and how I could remove scratches, correct oddly-exposed slides, and archive it all to CD. And I still have an open USB port . . . "

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