Sony Vaio Motion Eye Camera Troubleshooting Update

I’ve noticed that a lot of people still read my post about this. It has been a few years since I first put it up but I guess Sony Vaio laptops are hard to let go. I can understand that since I still have mine and do use it occasionally.

The hardware and OS are still the same. I have a Sony Vaio VGN-CR35G that is running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. To get the camera working, I did the following:

  1. Download two files: camera driver and extractor.
  2. Install the extractor. Run it and point it to the executable driver installer.
  3. Open the folder where the files were extracted to and double-click on the installer.

I used the 64 bit version since that is what I have. There wasn’t any notification or dialog box saying that it was done when I ran it. Test it by opening your video chat application and just try it out.

Thank you for visiting and I hope this still works like it did for me a long time ago. Drop me a note if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. I’m still around.


An Exercise In Creativity: WordPress & WordPress Themes

Next week, I will be attending a forum about WordPress and WordPress Themes. I expect the topics to be about template editing and the actual creation with the technical details. I also expect the discussions to include snippets about good design concepts and acceptable practices when it comes to the theme world.

I’ve long been trying to find the right theme for this blog. I change it every now and then when I feel like there is something better out there. To be honest, so far I have only tried the free available themes from WordPress. There are a lot of good ones out there but I am primarily after a clean and lean looking page. Something that is easy on the eyes and quick to navigate. Tiled themes have caught my attention but they do not look right when I do the live preview. I have the luxury of being able to sit with what I have and just wait.

So this coming even will be useful for me. Instead of waiting for the perfect theme to fall onto my lap while looking around, I can just make one for myself. I will find out during the lecture and share what I learn on here. Think of this as a heads up post. I am not promising an epic how-to about the subject because I will be a novice at it myself. I have only tried minimal tweaks back when it was still allowed without the upgrade.

I will be bringing my laptop and my handy dandy notebook. There is a small chance that I will be blogging (or drafting) while it is taking place. It depends on how fast the instructors dish out information and the speed of my typing. We shall see. But there will be another post after this with a lot of details. Hopefully, I will be able to share some things that will be useful for someone.

I will keep you guys posted.

Bootable Linux USB Drive: How-To

It’s a new year so we’ll cut to the chase and skip the intro/background part. You find yourself in some situation needing a bootable USB drive with Linux on it. So here it is:

1) Get your hands on a working computer and plug in the USB drive you’re going to use for this project.

2) Download a Linux disk image. I recommend either Ubuntu or Mint.

3) Download a universal USB installer. I recommend one from pendrivelinuxdotcom.

4) Run the installer.

5) Select the disk image.

6) Specify which drive is the USB. Check and double check this part to be sure.

7) Specify how much of the drive you want to use for persistent storage. This is optional.

8) Click on the “Create” button and wait.

Once it is done, plug in the USB to your machine and power it up. Some computers detect the USB and boot that up automatically, while others need a settings change. You need to get to the boot menu first. It usually shows which key it is while your computer is booting up. The most common ones are Esc, F2 and F8.

The Linux boot screen is very obvious. You’ll know when it’s doing its thing. For me, it’s easy enough to figure out how to use Linux. It has a graphical UI that is similar to Windows but only has different labels and positions for the basic stuff you need. Don’t be afraid to explore and try the applications it has on offer. If in doubt, check the documentation or their forum.

Hope this helps!