Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cinnamon is Harvested

Today i harvested the Cinnamon Infusion... she is a marvel amongst marvels!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Link Dead: Session 1


Linux DvDripping -> Comparison Page between Handbrake , AcidRip , dvd::rip, Thoggen ( Ogg ), VLC -> Handbreak CLI tut -> End

Myth TV project -> Myth TV remote using N800 Community forum -> Authors Mythetomer Website -> End

Today's Link dead is a double dose of the coolness by bringing the computer to the boob tube! We are in all out Media mode today with two crazy sets of links.

first set is based on ripping your DVD's to your PC so you can "back" them up. The guide above goes through all of the actual decent to better quality DVD-ripping programs avaliable in linux but also throws out spare links that may assist in helping linux users in actually using some of the more complicated programs. My next choice was the CLI based handbrake with an EXCELLENT tutorial for beginners!

Now to one up this tutorial and head to the end which is my small contribution.. turn these into Scripts!



handbrake "options" /"what ever the DVD is in" /"place to copy DVD to"/dvd.(date)-(time)movie.mp4

this way you can reuse this scrip by inserting the date/time in the file because there will never be an identicle date and time. keep in mind this is a "Generalized" tutorial not word for word because learning the syntax is fun and often varies!

If you own a Nueros OSD and want it to push it onto your nas so that the OSD can play it just change the place your copying it to.

Obviously you can add a bit of trickery into the file name by requesting the title of the dvd, store it and then write it to the name of the file - all very likely and has been done in the past probably several times over...

Linkdead #2 is pure majik ( magic ) for us nerds who use MythTV and have a Nokia N800.. REMOTE OUT OF THE N800 I LOVE the!

-first link is to the MythTv project!
-second link is to the authors annnoucement forum where new releases are discused and also people help in designing it!
-link three is to the Authors site that has the Client program for the n800 and the server program for the PC attached to the TV for Myth TV!

Now for the end! my tip ... Make SURE to Make a Script to start MythTv and Mythetomer! Highly likely your going to probably put this as a Start up script!

Last of all I never touched on a few things yesterday that are more of some ends that need to be tied up.

KPC - Check it out!

Essentially this is a great little PC that has Tons of potiential! CPU choices include

Intel® Celeron® 420 - 1.6ghz
Intel® Core™2 Duo E4500 - 2.2Ghz

199$ Base Model spec's

So what has me excited is the fact that this can be built up abit! and expanded to 2GB of Ram!

Friday, March 7, 2008

A £99 GNU/Linux laptop: is it just too cheap? (My opinion)

My opinion:

"Gents I think we are really seeing the change of our linux culture always... I think these UMPC's will obviously give us the edge to develop more embedded OS/App and port to Mips/Arm processors/Alternative Arch's.

I think a few things could be addressed:

RAM/SWAP: make another Swap Partition on a USB 1GB.
Space: 8GB USB stick for storage.

Lets face it tech is getting extremely cheap and it probably wouldnt take much to find out the max ram the board can support and open it up and max it for 15 to 20$ more.

I do agree that this would be ideal for children or actually businesses as a way of putting a PDA like device on your with out shelling alot of cash.

If it uses Bluetooth likely you could find some one who could hack a PAN interface for it for cells and actually use this thing with out having to connect to a public network over say Edge or 3G.

Just a food for thought."

10+ advices BEFORE you rebuild Linux kernel - (My Opinion)

My response:


This is actually a great book if you somewhat understand linux this is a good read very explaintory i think ive read it about 5 times over and learn a new trick here and there…

Kernel building I would say is almost a fundamental part of Linux… you should do atleast 1 or 2 rebuilds with in a year or so… Granite depending on your distro, as a long time Gentoo/Fedora person and have been between the both I actually have a ritual of rebuilding my Kernels alot esp because i like to work with alternative Arch’s.

>.> so… I actually disagree with your "dont do this" attitude because the only way you do Learn is by so to speak "Screwing the Pooch" a few times.. God knows ive done it more then a dozen times… Plus who likes vanilla/Generic Kernels?

Pfft thats why were not microsoft…"

Linux for Ps2

Often people actually dont look at there console game system as a platform for anything else but games... Well id like to introduce you to a dev community that is taking your old consoles to the next step. Sony openly endorsed a linux version for there Ps2 and ever since then it has been a great thing.

the problem is Sony stopped developing for it and really only left it to the community and end user support to actually work on this project... which Is horrible to say but it has drifted into an Archaic state.

2.2.1.x Kernel : Sony's home Brewed OS kernel
2.4.x.x Kernel : Being Developed by Mega Man @
2.6.x.x Kernel : Is actively being worked on by the community at

Gentoo has had a contributer who has been working on it as well in the alternate architectures department and has recently joined up with ps2dev's people to develop a working Kernel for the Ps2 that is 2.6.x.x compatible. Below abit later i will compile a list of links to alot of stuff including Current Kernels and web pages and also the projects and such... bb in a few

[10 minutes later]

OS Kernel pages:

2.2.x.x - Sony's Kernel page.
2.4.17 - Megamans current work forum
2.6.x.x - Alexp's + Chewi's work forum

Bonus Links:

Black Rhino "Debian" ( 2.2.1.x Kernel only)
Megamans webpage containing newest release info and kernels
Sony's Diskless ps2linux project
Chewi's 2.6.x.x gentoo on ps2 project.
Gentoo on Ps2 Timeline
Gentoo's alternative Architecture Page