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RSW has stopped working yet again

Written for Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper by Carles Sentis on 2012-05-26 has been able to stopped the script useless by cancelling the curl calls. I've tried to get in touch with them but every time I've tried they completely ignored my emails.

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New Release 0.4.2 - Curl fix

Written for Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper by Carles Sentis on 2012-02-15

Some of you already notice that RSW has stopped working as reported in this bug:
Don't panic!!! A fix it's just been released.

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dconf compatible only and a small update

Written for Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper by Carles Sentis on 2011-10-11

I should point out that from version 4 upwards RSW is using dconf instead of gconf any more following the change from gtk2 to gtk3. People still using Natty or Lucid LTS, please use the v0.3.4. I won't be updating RSW for gconf any more.

Also, anybody using RSW any where else and installing RSW from tar.gz. Please make sure to install the dependencies (curl, graphicsmagick-imagemagick-compat). The installation process has been updated in the downloads page.

I just uploaded a new debian package addressing some dependency packages I forgot to add. This doesn't affect the PPA package as this is checked already by Ubunu repositories.

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New Release v0.4

Written for Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper by Carles Sentis on 2011-10-10

I've been working on this new release on and off for quite a while now and I actually wanted to add one more feature but the imminent release of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric just around the corner I couldn't wait any more.

In this new release I added few new features. One of them been a feature request from Launchpad, which was to be able to centre the map to the user liking, specially for people from Australia. Now you can centre the map to situate Australia on the middle of the screen for example. Play around with it, you get some interesting things.

While a was implementing this feature it occurred to me that I could push this even further and now I also added the possibility to move the earth instead of the sunlight. Instead of seeing the sunlight going by. Now you can centre the darkness on the middle of the screen on check the move the earth option and all you will see is the night lights going by the earth. I personally quite like this feature. Give it a try.

I had a few issues with this, like it maps would go off synch sometimes. That's why I marked this feature as beta in the applications. I expect to hear from you and see what you think.

I'm also working (not ready for this release) is the options to have an offline option for people using RSW on their laptops, to be able to set a default wallpaper when offline, instead of seeing a blank screen. I'll implement this feature as soon as I can.

I also added a new dependency: graphicsmagick-imagemagick-compat, which is the package used to chop the images and be able to centre the map in different locations.

Hope you like the new features and talk to you soon.

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New Release v0.3.4

Written for Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper by Carles Sentis on 2011-01-15

This is just a couple of small improvements to the script as suggested here by Kevin Keraudren.

The main change to the code is the time that RSW waits for an internet connection. Before RSW was waiting for up to 5 minutes for an internet connection which makes the application to freeze while waiting. This I thought it was useful while the computer boot up to let the system to get connected to the internet or if the connection was lost unexpectedly. This is now been change down to just 1 minute before RSW gives up until the next time that it has to download the next image which it will be every 30 minutes.

Let me now if some of you find that 1 minute is not enough and I may change again a bit higher perhaps.

Thank you all for your support.

ps - more to come soon

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