ImageMagick thumbnailer scripts for blog

Hey there, I’d like to share my dirt-easy script for creating thumbnail in blog post. The script will scale any image to the width of 456pixels which I find acceptable by most blog theme (actually the limit is around 460-465 pixel, but better be safe).

Why I wrote yet another script for scaling images? because I find and WordPress system of uploading images and photo annoys me, and I rather upload my pictures/photos on my own private server and create thumbnails on my own.

I licensed the download under WTFPL , don’t worry its a free software license.

Download :

exifprobe – easiest way to get GPS location from JPEG files

I’ve seen few photos taken from a GPS capable camera and the photo can be traced back to its original location using photo-navigation capable GPS devices.

These GPS coordinates are stored inside JPEG files which comforms to EXIF specification (using GPS IFD). However, I found out the f-spot photo manager while capable of reading EXIF metadata from JPEG, it can’t display the GPS coordinates properly upon reading the JPEG files.

Gunung Jerai Camping Spot

This is rather annoying to me as I can’t possibly know the location where the photo was taken.

exifprobe to the rescue
Fortunately there is exifprobe. A CLI tool which able to display GPS coordinate on JPEG files among other things. The displayed coordinate from EXIF probe are in this format

degree, minute, second

so this output

Latitude                    = 5,47,39
Longitude                   = 100,24,10

would become 5° 47′ 39″ N, 100° 24′ 10″ E which you can enter on google maps to get its location.

Easy isnt it

p/s: btw, The location is within Gunung Jerai camping area where it is a popular camping spot for locals and tourists in Kedah (Malaysia).

Google Maps Now Available in hometown – Alor Setar!

I just discovered today that Google (street) maps is now available for my hometown – Alor Star! Upon checking further I discovered that the street level maps is also available for various other places in the northern part of Malaysia too, including remote areas in Perlias and Kedah, w00t.

Here’s sample of the street map taken from Google Maps

alor-setar google map

Sungai Petani to Kulim

Check this feature in Google Maps now!

Now I can relate more stuff from my Dopod P800W to Google Maps and vice versa

Hugin: Software To Create Panoramic Photograph in Ubuntu Linux

I’ve always wanted to try and take panoramic photographs using my dad’s Nikon Coolpix 5200. That day finally arrived when I finally have the free time to do so last week when I’ve to accompany my dad traveling to the countryside of my hometown.


Using a tripod, I took 4 sets of photographs with the help of Nikon built-in panorama helper function. I was excited and about to use a Windows computer to stitch those photograph using software supplied with the camera when suddenly I thought of searching for a similar application on my trusty Ubuntu box.

To my delight I found Hugin! An open source panorama maker software which I use without hesitation to create a my first ever panoramic photos.

Hugin Panorama Maker

The interface was simple enough to use even for a first time use like me. What you need to do is to load all images into Hugin using the “Load Images” button, and it will start to process your images immediately.

After finished processing the photos, Hugin lets you fine tune the result using a dialog similar like below.


After retouching and minor adjustment, I’ve ended with this panoramic photo!

p/s: Well the photo is not perfect in detail, but hey its my first try!