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Accessing iPhone (iOS 10.2.1) pictures from Ubuntu

Recent changes introduced with iOS 10 prevent you from mounting an iPhone on a regular Ubuntu installation.

The PPA by Martin Salbaba used to fix the issue, but it hasn't been updated in a while, and now when I connect my iPhone (running iOS 10.2.1) the pictures are no longer accessible, although the documents are still there.

This solution worked for me (Ubuntu 16.04):

- install libimobiledevice6 + dependencies from this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~martin-salbaba/+archive/ubuntu/ppa+libimobiledevice (follow the instructions there)

- install newer libimobiledevice version according to the "recipe" by A.B. here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/598940/libimobiledevice-1-2-ios-8-support-for-ubuntu-14-04-trusty

- install ifuse according to the same method:
cd ~/src/
git clone https://github.com/libimobiledevice/ifuse.git
cd ifuse/
sudo apt-get install libfuse2 libfuse-dev
./autogen.sh
make
sudo checkinstall

You can now mount your iPhone like this:
mkdir ~/mnt
ifuse ~/mnt
I assume the same procedure would work for an iPad too.
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Borderless pictures from Gimp (HP Photosmart Premium C309a full-bleed printing on Linux/CUPS)

I've recently acquired an HP Photosmart Premium C309a all-in-one device (CC335B). I planned to use the device mainly for its scanner with duplex-capable automatic document feeder (ADF), in order to archive our mail electronically (more on that later). But I was also happy to get a device which can replace man different ones: it is also a fax, and a nice printer for documents, pictures and even (special) CD/DVDs.

I already have a Canon Selphy CP740 dye sublimation photo printer, which I like very much but has two limitations: 1. it's limited to 10x15 format (4x6 in), and 2. it seems that it's impossible to get the printer to work correctly when attached to a PC as a usb printer. It works nicely in stand-alone mode (ie printing from a digital camera with PictBridge or directly from a CF card), but so far I've only managed to waste paper and ink when trying to print directly from the computer. (I've even installed a fresh Windows XP to try the software from Canon, it didn't work any better.) So the good quality of the HP as a photo printer was one more argument in its favour.

Here is how I was able to print borderless photos directly from The Gimp:

1. If you want no border at all, the image should obviously have the same aspect ratio as the paper you'll print on. If necessary, use "Image" -> "Canvas size" or the Crop tool to adjust it.

2. "File" -> "Page setup": select the correct printer and paper size

3. "File" -> "Print":

- in "Page setup", select "Photo Tray" as paper source
- in "Image Settings", check the box "Ignore Page Margins", then adjust Width/Height so that the picture fills the paper (if it doesn't, get back to step 1)
- in "Advanced", select "Photo" as Printout mode, and "1200 dpi, Photo, Full Bleed" under "Resolution, Quality, Ink Type, Media Type" ("Controlled by 'Printout Mode'" seems to do as well)

4. Click "Print"
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TestDisk / PhotoRec: tool to recover lost files and partitions (Gentoo Linux)

Homepage: http://www.cgsecurity.org/

Description in portage: Multi-platform tool to check and undelete partition, supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others. Also includes PhotoRec to recover pictures from digital camera memory.

Installation (Gentoo Linux amd64):

echo 'app-admin/testdisk ~amd64' >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
echo 'app-admin/testdisk jpeg ntfs' >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge -av app-admin/testdisk

To use it, just run 'photorec' as root in a shell window. Despite the name, photorec will find and recover many files, not only pictures. You'll find the full list on the PhotoRec homepage.

I haven't tried TestDisk yet, but PhotoRec has been useful several times already.
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Downloading pictures from my mobile phone

My phone stores the camera pictures in a dedicated folder with filenames like "Picture(1).jpg".
for I in `seq 20 30` ; do obexftp -b 00:11:22:33:44:55 -c 'Pictures/camera_semc/' -g "Picture($I).jpg" ; done

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Recovering blurred images with The Gimp

refocus-it looks like a really nice plug-in for Gimp. I'm currently giving it a try...
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