Monthly Archives: March 2006

The long journey to linux DVB

Copy your channels.conf file into ~/.xine or ~/.mplayer then start the player with gxine “dvb://TV CHANNEL” or mplayer “dvb://TV CHANNEL” This should get you going. You could also try a far more manual approach shown here Cron is my TiVo … Continue reading

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el cheapo webcam working

Finally, after several weeks, my cheap eBay webcam has arrived. I bought it because I needed a cheap and nasty webcam for Access Grid nodes, but I was also curious about it's linux compatibility… and it's all good. It works … Continue reading

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Canon PIXMA IP1600, Dead at 4 months

The mind boggles why printers of this crap quality are even allowed to be produced. Socially, this is really quite exploitive. I mean, most people who would by a cheap printer like this would do so for economic reasons, not … Continue reading

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When Mac OSX forgets it's LDAP

The OSX server I administer is going through a rather rough patch at the moment. First some security updates disrupted the LDAP auth, then I accidentally delete the LDAP database by setting the active directory to Stand Alone, then back … Continue reading

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My .bashrc

# ~/.bashrc# Make the prompt in the for user@host:directoryexport PS1=’\u@\h:\w\$ ‘# Eliminate duplicates in your command historyexport HISTCONTROL=ignoredups# Make ls and ll colour, and ll show a complete list with human readable file sizes.alias ll=’ls -lahi –color’alias ls=’ls –color’ http://plone.jcu.edu.au/verg/resources/how-to/a-good-bashrc/view

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Sometimes Java seems like a hack

I am using Java RMI to do the main IPC work for me, in a distributed number crunching application. Now the reason I’m using Java for this is another story, for another time. So, like any good developer I’ve got … Continue reading

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Pet hates

Current pet hate. RSS feeds which have only the title, and the title again in the body, or even just the first sentence. What is the point?

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