September 2009 Archives

College Laptops review on the Sunday Times

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The Sunday times provides a decent review of laptops and their recommendations. Pros and cons are provided as well as sterling prices. Irish residents can do their own price research for the specific models on web sites such as

Surrogates - the movie staring Bruce Willis

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Looking forward to seeing this film when it goes on release on Sept 25th

The Alien song (SETI)

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Converting DVD VOB files to mpeg using VLC Player

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I am working on a DVD project that involves 25 plus DVDs with multiple clips on each DVD featuring interviews with members of Upperchurch GAA club. 

Converting VOB files to work with Adobe Premier Pro CS3 can be straight forward or a nightmare. You can rename the extension to mpg and it may solve the issue. Sometimes however you do need to convert the format.

The latest version of mediaocoder are refusing to do this for me, undoubtly I am making some simple mistakes, but having spent several hours trying to fix it I have given up.

VLCplayer an open source media player has nice simple intuitive save/convert interface which seems to do the job.

My curiosity to establish what effects pedals J Mascis the guitarist in Dinosaur Jr uses led me to guitar geek


 The level of detail is fantastic with links to all the equipment.

Dinosaur Jr Interview

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 J Mascis website

That Summertime Sound is a new book due out soon that will cover rock loving kids in the 1980s. J played at the book release party  

O'Reilly Open Source Convention 2009

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I have just watched a history of failure which was presented at the O'Reilly Open source conference. It is a great history of software and hardware bugs with some valuable lessons.

The open source conference contains a variety of talks, which can be accessed below.

Lovely day for a walk in upperchurch

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On a lovely autumn morning I am wishing I was walking the hills of Upperchurch like the two walkers pictured in the distance, who are heading out on the knockalough walk

ResistĂȘncia - music for an indian summer

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I decided to listen to a Portuguese group called Resistencia while driving to work this morning in glorious weather. When I worked in Lisbon in 1998 with Rumos the guys there introduced me to their music,

This product does a nice job of measuring wind speeds at a remote location as well as recording solar hours.

The data can the be uploaded to a website and your wind data can be utilised to assess how much energy you could potentially generate with various wind turbines

Navigon Q3 2009 maps show the M8 extension

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The latest Navteq map updates (Q3 2009) for the Navigon 7210 contains the extension to the M8 motorway. This means I will no longer be flying through fields when driving from the Horse and Jockey to the Cahir exit on the M8.

In this photo you can see that the navigon 7210 is prompting us to take the exit of the motorway.

Open Source Conference Dublin Sept 19th 2009

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The OSSBarcamp will take place in DIT kevin street on Saturday the 19th of September. The schedule looks impressive

Some of the talks


Speaker: Laura Czajkowski

Notes: A brief introduction to the event


Talk Title: To be confirmed

Speaker: Jan Lehnardt


10:45 - ROOM 1

Talk Title: Teach Your Boss How to FLOSS

Speaker: Patrick O'Connor & Paul O'Malley

Notes: This talk, in 2 parts will show how to demonstrate the value of contributing to and using FLOSS in your organisation and then how to successfully integrate FLOSS practices into your organisation's IT.


Lightning Talk 1

Title: Building an All-Island FOSS Community

Speaker: Brian Cleland


Lightning Talk 2

Talk Title: Creating Handsome Documents with LaTeX

Speaker: Russell Davies


Lightning Talk 3

Talk Title: InfoSlicer, a project for the Sugar desktop

Speaker: Laura Cowen


Lightning Talk 4

Talk Title: Collective of independent Sysadmins

Speaker: Halo Labs


Lightning Talk 5

Talk Title: to be confirmed

Speaker: Tim Bunce


Lightning Talk 6

Talk Title: How to convert a CMS to run separate sites from the same installation

Speaker: Kae Verns


Lightning Talk 7

Talk Title: Scaling LAMP technologies for large sites

Speaker: Mark Frawley


Lightning Talk 8

Talk Title: TOG: A Dublin hackerspace

Speaker: People of TOG


10:45 ROOM 3

Talk Title: Easy Parallel Programming with iPython

Speaker: Vishal Vatsa


11:45 ROOM 1

Talk Title: Gnome 3.0

Speaker: Jan Schmidt


11:45 ROOM 3

Talk Title: Growing Ecualyptus with Ubuntu

Speaker: Dave Walker


12:45 - LUNCH

13:30 - ROOM 1

Talk Title: Launchpad Features Tour

Speaker: Shane Fagan


13:30 ROOM 2

Talk Title: Automated Documentation

Speaker: Ana Nelson


13:30 ROOM 3

Talk Title: Topic to be confirmed

Speaker: Tim Bunce


14:30 - ROOM 1

Talk Title: Machine Translation and Translation tools

Speaker: Jim Regan


14:30 ROOM 2

Talk Title: Drupal

Speaker: Stella Power


14:30 ROOM 3

Talk Title: Topic to be confirmed

Speaker: Tim Foster


15:30 - ROOM 1

Talk Title: Landscape Server, easy managementof lots of Ubuntu boxes

Speaker: Aidan Carty / HEAnet


15:30 ROOM 2

Talk Title: Getting started with embedded ARM development on Ubuntu

Speaker: Frank Duignan


15:30 ROOM 3

Talk Title: Using Free Software Culture in an Internet-Free World

Speaker: Rory McCann

Managing your Ipod using Ubuntu 9.04 and Amarok.

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With previous versions of Ubuntu I had no problem managing my Ipod using Amarok 1.4. Amarok is great for retrieving the cover art for your Ipod and transferring your mp3 to your Ipod. 

When I upgraded to 9.04 I noticed that Amarok had moved up to 2.0.x, this unfortunately was a retrograde step in funcionality. After 2 days of trying to make Amarok 2.0 and 2.1 work I eventually went back to Amarok 1.4

The problem with 2.X is that you cannot intuitively manage your Ipod as device, download covers or transfer music.

Fortunately helpforlinux had an article showing how to backdate to Amarok 1.4 and I now have Amarok 1.4 back and working

Add the PPA to your sources by creating a new file for the Amarok PPA:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/amarok.list

Then in that new file add the following two lines:
deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Add the key for the PPA:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver \

Now update your sources, remove Amarok2 and install Amarok1.4:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove amarok
sudo apt-get install amarok14

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