Kino is a simple DV capture and editing suite. All I had to do was make the Firewire devices accessable and it worked. Now I have to work out how to get it into a suitable form for writing to DVD. There seem to be tools around that let you do menus and other fancy things.
Just off the A1(M)
Tue, 05 Jul 2005
Mon, 04 Jul 2005
I had a problem with an encrypted email crashing Thunderbid. I've not see that before. Out of interest I had a play with Kmail. This handled the encryption well and has some nice features like showing the spam score of each mail. It should also integrate better with other software than the Mozilla programs do. I want to see if I can synchronise my Palm address book with the one used by Kmail. It makes a lot of sense to only have to enter that data once.
I watched a bit of Live 8 at the weekend. I remember watching Live Aid and have seen quite a few similar gigs on TV since then. The only one I've been to was the Freddy Mercury tribute at Wembley. I think the novelty has worn off a bit, but there were a few good performances. I still fail to see the point of Dido. I thought the aging rockers at the end did a good job. Nice to see Pink Floyd together again.
Wed, 29 Jun 2005
I sought medical advice on my shoulder and the opinion is that it's been strained. So I'm on painkillers, heat packs and rest. I've not suffered an injury this serious that I can remember, although I picked up a few aches at Aikido. I've managed to get through nearly four decades with no broken bones.
Other things I need to look at are audio (Ubuntu comes without MP3 support due to licence issues), digital images (organising my camera pictures), scanning, video (possibly Xine), personal accounts (GnuCash does the job) and various other stuff to keep the family happy. At some point I want to get into digital viedo and audio, but that's for when I have more time.
Weather news: big thunder and lightning storm last night. Then it poured with rain.
Tue, 28 Jun 2005
So I downloaded the ISO, burnt it to one of my old CD-RWs and fired it up. The installation program is purely text mode rather than the flashy graphics that others use, but it's all very logical. I was able to select what I wanted to do with my existing partitions. I elected to keep my /home partition. After copying all the packages across the system rebooted and spent some time preparing them all for use. This part could do with a progress bar so you have some idea how long it will take. Eventually I got a graphical log-in screen. The system starts up with some pretty grahics and various noises. Personally I prefer my PC to only make noises when it's really necessary. It uses Gnome as it's front end rather than KDE, which I'm more used to, but there is an option to install that.
The initial menus are fairly sparse with a single option for each type of application, unlike Knoppix which overwhelmed you with choices. I only had time for a brief play so I ran Firefox. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had retained all my bookmarks, cookies and even the extensions I had previously installed. Now I just need to install the various other applications I need.
So far, so good.
In other news, we decided to try a little bit of tennis with the kids in Bedford Park on Saturday. This was going well until I overstretched myself trying to return a shot and went crashing to the tarmac. I grazed several placed on my right arm and my hip. The shoulder is very sore, making just about any use of it painful. That will teach me not to show off
Thu, 16 Jun 2005
I was after some help on getting my sound working properly. I had some success by running the alsaconf script. This got it working for Skype and RealPlayer that has previously been silent. I later found out that this configuration does not survive a reboot. I'm currently investigating what files and settings are required to make it permanent. From my search results it is obvious that I am not the only one to have this problem.
I've acquired a large selection of Linux Magazine back issues from folk in the LUG. They have some very good articles on setting up various software. I've got enough to keep me going for a while. There's still a lot about the concepts used in Linux that I want to learn.
Tue, 14 Jun 2005
Fri, 27 May 2005
I actually solved one level accidentally when viewing the image involved with Paint Shop Pro, but I did it by writing a program as well afterwards to prove I could do it.
Sat, 21 May 2005
Things moved on and this was upgraded to an AMD Duron 650 and later to a Duron 1200. I gradually replaced everything in that case, including the power supply. I think only the floppy drive is original now. Recently it started playing up and I suspected the power supply was faulty. It was also very noisy. I had long lusted after things like the Shuttle barebones PCs that offered a powerful PC in a quiet, compact form. I couldn't quite stretch to one of those at the moment, so I went for the Antec Aria. This comes without a motherboard, but my Asus fits it nicely. It has space for three hard drives and an optical drive. The front panel has USB, audio and firewire ports and a card reader. I also upgraded to a new NEC dual-layer DVD writer.
This case is nicely designed. The side panels just need a press of a clip and the top panel a single screw. Inside is a drive tray that can be easily removed. Fitting my board involved removing the power supply and attaching lots of wires for the switches, lights and front ports. In all I spent a couple of hours to get it all right.
I am still using my old CPU cooler which is not the quietest, but overall the PC is now a lot quieter than it was. I hardly notice it under the desk apart from the blue lights in the front panel. Most things are working apart from the front Firewire port that needs an adaptor to connect to my card and the card reader seems to need a Linux kernel patch that I may try later.
Pictures can be seen at my Multiply site.
Thu, 19 May 2005
I'm coming to the conclusion that Python has the power of Java with the simplicity of Basic. Mind you, complicated list manipulation is still a little complicated.
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