Monday, May 24, 2010

Metapost: Style Updates

Not much to report, just spent a while making minor changes to the look of blog posts -
  • Code snippets now use the excellent SyntaxHighlighter by Alex Gorbatchev (chances are you've seen this already, it's pretty popular, and with good reason!).
  • I've updated the CSS so error, warning, tip and note boxes are all styled. I also went back and updated the posts that were put up before I thought of these. If you want to see what these look like, take a look at the TortoiseSVN with SVN+SSH post or the Hacking the Cisco 7940 IP Phone post.
  • Some minor updates to content and to styles so that everything is more consistent

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fix for Sony DSC-S40 Blank White LCD Screen

A little while ago, I turned on my Sony DSC-S40 camera and it gave me quite a fright – the LCD viewfinder was completely white! Turning the camera off and back on and changing batteries didn’t help.

So I decided to Google to see if there was something that could be done about it. As it turns out, there’s a simple solution (posted by a Bob Allen) which has helped a lot of owners and when I first read it, I thought it was a joke. The instructions read:

1. Hold camera firmly in left hand
2. Smartly rap front of camera with knuckles of right hand on the "Cyber-shot" logo.

That’s it. Really. And it does work.

According to this discussion on Camera Hacker, the underlying problem is that the LCD ribbon becomes loose and either pressing or tapping the panel at the right spot (the Cyber-shot logo) fixes the issue by pushing the connector back in place.