Temporary Shutdown

Due to a major upgrade to this site, it may be necessary to take GarfNet off line for a while. The business part of Garfnet is already handled by deoss.com It may take some time to move/update all the legacy material here. Some projects may never reappear. However, we intend to reinstate as much as possible. Read More ►

Cheap but effective continuous studio lighting

For continuous lighting, one needs a light source that has good colour balance, uses power efficiently, is reasonably robust and does not present a health or fire risk. I am also a tightwad - interested primarily in "bangs per buck". Whilst I love new technology, I am not prepared to pay silly money for it. Choices Incandescent bulbs are power hungry and get very hot. Hot enough to set fire to soft-boxes or cause serious burn injury to one's models. CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) is better in terms of power efficiency but the big CFL's are flimsy, cumbersome and very… Read More ►

Setting up a home studio

When we moved house a few years back, one of the most significant part of our specification was a property with a rectangular downstairs room, with no internal obstructions, roughly 6.0m x 4.0m, c/w a cloakroom on the same floor with toilet, basin hot+cold water and sufficient room for models to change reasonably comfortably. I based my studio size requirement thus... Absolute minimum 5.0m x 3.0m (Calculation basis: paper rolls are 2.72m wide; camera needs 3.0m from model; model needs to 1.0 from backdrop; backdrop will be offset from wall and I need to get behind camera). Absolute minimum ceiling… Read More ►

Converting inexpensive LED flood lights for use in the studio.

This is how I converted three left-over cheapie (£60 for a box of ten, delivered) 20 watt daylight LED flood lights for use in the studio.   Firstly, I found some nice solid aluminium 16mm studio lighting type sockets, that were fitted to some cheap (£2 each on eBay) scenery holders.   I removed the plastic part and binned it. Then I tapped M10 x 1.5mm threads into the small-ends of the remaining aluminium sockets.   Also tapped M10 threads into the lamps' mounting brackets. This effectively acts as "captive" lock-nuts and prevents the bolts working loose.   Used some… Read More ►

Repairing an elderly Tamron 80-210mm lens

Repairing a Tamron 80-210mm lens. End glass removed using special lens tool, available on eBay for about £10. Inside of the lens was a bit foggy. I suspect that oil/grease had evaporated form the zoom mechanism and had re-condensed on the inside of the glass. Anyway, I carefully dismantled it (which is actually pretty straightforward with the correct tools, cleaned it up with my trusty lens-cleaning solution (33% white vinegar; 33% isopropanol; 34% distilled water), cleaned and lubricated the mech with silicone grease and reassembled it.... Close-up repairing a Tamron 80-210mm lens. End glass removed using special lens tool, available… Read More ►

Merry Christmas 2014

[caption id="attachment_1828" align="aligncenter"] The Goose that never Voted for Christmas[/caption] The Goose that Never Voted for Christmas Lovingly drawn by Susannah Dora Majlati Well, it's been a funny old year. Lots of hard work going on behind the scenes, but not a great deal to show publicly for all the effort. The new Joomla site is still in progress - struggling to use our existing template on the new CMS, whilst working round Joomla's bloody awful new "Twitter" templating system. Several other new items are also still under way, but sadly not ready in time for Christmas, as we had… Read More ►

Server updates

Regular visitors will notice that quite a few Garfnet features are looking a bit tired. And you have probably encountered quite a few 404's too. The reason for this is that Garfnet is undergoing a fairly major overhaul at the moment.Moving to a new, better designed and much faster serverDumping dead or unsupported projectsIncorporating experimental projects - and some nifty toys from deoss.org.The .org part  of DEOSS is being parked-up for a while. Meantime the .com tales care of the business side, whilst the .net manages the network, server, vhosts etc. etc. Garfnet itself will continue to host the experimental… Read More ►
Radio Pécs International played in the excellent KRadio4 player for Linux users with the KDE desktop

“This Is HansinUngarn, from Pécs Hungary…”

[caption id="attachment_349" align="alignnone"] "This Is HansinUngarn, from Pécs Hungary"[/caption] "...playing his favourite music, I hope you like it." These are the first words you will hear when you connect to the internet radio stream of Radio Pécs International. And I recently had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the show, Hans Randau. His station is located in a small basement room in his lovely home, which overlooks Pécs, a Mediterranean style town about 200km south of the Hungarian capital, Budapest. HansinUngarn, playing his favourite music, 2014-01-07... Hans is a German citizen who married a Hungarian lady, way back in… Read More ►

Merry Christmas 2013

[caption id="attachment_1829" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Christmas card 2013. Ebenezer Goose at St Faith's, Havant.[/caption] In 935AD, Havant was known as “Hamafunta” – the spring of Hama – referring to the water spring to the south-west of St Faith’s Churchyard. The settlement was located at the crossing point of the track from the Downs to the coast and another track running east to west along the coast. By the time of Domesday Book, 1086, Havant was a village with a population of around 100. In 1200, the monks of Winchester Cathedral were granted permission to hold a market in the town, known… Read More ►

Having a Gander

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="900"]Having a Gander 2013-09-08[/caption] I always enjoy photographing geese. They are curious creatures and they always seem so keen to pose for me. These particular geese live at the Weald and Downland Living Museum, a fascinating 16 hectare open air site, about 30 km east of my studio. The chap in the foreground seemed particularly keen - right up to the point where he tried to eat my camera. Fortunately it was only my old Fuji HS20 bridge and geese have no teeth! Read More ►

Eighteen Years of GarfNet

1995-08-18 to 2013-08-18 Editors note: quite a lot of this article is obsolete. The site has changed quite a lot since 2013! GarfNet is penguin-powered and full of unixy goodness! Yep! we're "open source" and enjoying every moment of it. GNU/Linux is serving us so well that there is hardly a whiff of the mighty Micro$oft on this site these days. Just penguins and of course, a goose! If you haven't been here for a while, then there are some shiny new things to look at. Firstly there is our new and improved internet radio tuner, linking you to some… Read More ►

Merry Christmas 2011

[caption id="attachment_1830" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Christmas card 2011. Ebenezer Goose discusses his Christmas dinner..[/caption] More goosy nonsense courtesy of Mr.Goose's infamous Webfooted Weblog:- https://garfnet.org.uk/mrgoose Take a trip down memory lane and browse all our earlier Christmas cards in our special on-line Christmas Card Anthology:- https://garfnet.org.uk/cms/category/christmas-cards/ Image was created/edited using GIMP, a free, open source graphics package bundled with many Linux distributions. Free download for Windows & Linux... http://www.gimp.org “Tux”, the original Linux penguin was created in 1996 by Larry Ewing, using GIMP. Tux is the official logo of the Unix-based, open-source, GNU/Linux computer operating system. Linux is a registered trademark belonging… Read More ►

Merry Christmas 2010

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="aligncenter" width="849"] Christmas card 2010, The Old Cemetery in the Snow.[/caption] The Old Cemetery runs alongside Southampton Common, about 800 metres from where I live and work. It is a beautiful and peaceful place at any time of year. However, it seems particularly photogenic after a heavy snowfall. Earlier Christmas cards:- https://garfnet.org.uk/cms/category/christmas-cards Read More ►

Novatech X16 Pro | Clevo W76TUN review

My first introduction to the Novatech *16 Series was in the Beginning of October 2009 when I bought one for my mum & put Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit c/w Medibuntu multimedia thus saving eighty-five quid (or more) Microsoft Tax. My mum is in her seventies and she really does not like computers at all. Interestingly, she says she prefers Ubuntu to Windows - mainly because she does not have to bother about virus checkers and all those other security annoyances that seem particularly scary for elderly users. She also like the fact that she doesn't have to pay for any new… Read More ►