Archive for September, 2008

Converting rm to mp3

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Recently I’ve run across a realmedia stream that I really want to convert to mp3 (mainly because my portable player can’t read rm files. I’ll talk about capturing rm streams in another post, but this one is going to talk about converting from rm to mp3. For starters, it’s possible to use mencoder for this [...]

Visualizing 4 spatial dimensions

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I’ve always had more than a passing interest in astronomy and physics… so when I found reference to this video series explaining how to visualize four spatial dimensions. Multiple spatial dimensions are the domain of math, but I’ve always suspected that the universe has 4 spatial dimensions… anyway interesting stuff to think about.    Send [...]

Has Asheville NC Run out of gas?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Asheville NC Gas shortage, has some links and a gathering of prices and availabilities. It looks as though many stations in the Asheville area are out of gas.    Send article as PDF   

Need to install Ubuntu linux on an HP Pavillion a6400f?

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Linux does quite well on this machine, but there is a problem with the built in ethernet (gigabit adapter). The hardware appears to be detected correctly, but the network card doesn’t really work with the driver. Thankfully it’s a fairly easy fix… thanks to the ubuntu forums.    Send article as PDF   

Megaupload alternative

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I guess the better way to put this is that this is an alternative way to download from megaupload. megaupload.com is a file storage site. If you pay them you can have unlimited downloads, but normally they limit downloads to single ip addresses. (As well as limiting simultaneous downloads.) I’m not certain of the ins [...]

Alfa 500mw usb wireless

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I’ve seen some high powered wireless cards from Senao, but… 500mw I think is the most powerful wireless radio I’ve seen. This Alfa USB adapter appears to require 2 (!) USB ports for full power, but it can use just 1. It also appears that this is a USB wireless adapter compatible with linux (even [...]

Ubuntu Linux Software Raid – Replacing a Failing Drive

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Sometime back I setup my home server running Ubuntu Linux (6.06 – Dapper Drake LTS). I used two pairs of drives to do raid cloning. Two IDE drives were for the main system structure and two SATA drives for Audio/Video storage as well as CDimages and other large file sharing on the local network. Well… [...]

Linux – Convert PDF to TIF

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Recently I had a request for help with some free pdf’s I’ve published elsewhere. I wasn’t really keen to spend a lot of time for free supporting free pdfs and really just wanted to give an alternative file format. (I suspected the pdf format may not have been one that their computer liked. So, I [...]

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