Panasonic DMC-LX3 firmware update with Linux

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Well, I took a chance just now.  I saw today that there’s a firmware update (v2.1) available for my camera, a Panasonic DMC-LX3.  I saw mention of better white balance performance, which looked useful, so I wanted to go for it.  I hesitated some microseconds, though, because there were downloads for Windows and for Mac, and I run Linux.  I reasoned that Mac is not Windows, and Linux is not Windows, and that in the end I needed a .bin file extracted onto an SD card (not an executable file running on my computer with the camera connected to the computer), and so I should just follow the Mac instructions.

I take no responsibility for anything you may do to your computer or camera should you happen to come across this (yeah, right) and decide to do as I did, but it turned out well for me.  I charged my battery, extracted the .bin file from the .zip file in the “Mac” download (using Ark), put the file onto the SD card, and followed the instructions on Panasonic’s website.  Mere seconds later my firmware claims to be v2.1, and my camera offers me exposure bracketing up to +/-3eV.  I have yet to see whether I like my pictures better or not…

Autumn snuck up on me

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Caius College tree turning colour

It’s whizzing by pretty fast, actually.  But when I took this photo, on my way to work just at the end of September, I was suddenly noticing that summer had switched off.  Autumn has its own set of atmospheres: the changes in the light, the sense of briskening pace, and various geographically-dependent variations in humidity and temperature.  The start of the new school year is so potent it charges the air even though everyone in our house has either left school far behind or is as yet blissfully oblivious to its existence, and it’s blowing by, dragging Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving (if you’re on the other side of the pond), and Christmas close behind.