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[14 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

High Quality – File size ends up being larger than the M4V
for i in *.m4v;do ffmpeg -i $i -ar 22050 -qscale .1 ${i%.*}.flv;done
Quality is almost indiscernible from the original M4V in a laptop
for i in *.m4v;do ffmpeg -i $i -ar 22050 -ab 96k -qscale 2 ${i%.*}.flv;done
Slight degradation in quality. File size approx. 35% less than the original m4v.
for i in *.m4v;do ffmpeg -i $i -ar 22050 -ab 96k -qscale 5 ${i%.*}.flv;done

Accounting, Cross-Platform, Ecommerce, Headline, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Interesting OSS links: Skype for Asterix / Wavemaker / AccountLabPlus

Haven’t had much time to go into detail with these but I think it’s worthy to take note of them
Skype for Asterisk has been released at last.

A new Skype for Linux Beta 2.1.047 has been released which fixes CPU problems with new PulseAudio and works brilliantly and also adds SMS support.
Also, I came across a very Rapid Application framework for building Ajax web apps called Wavemaker. They have an open source version and an Enterprise Version. Watch one of the videos where he builds a searchable client database in …

Hardware & Gadgetry, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

netboot.me is a service that allows you to boot nearly any operating system or utility on any computer with a wired internet connection – without having to know ahead of time what you’ll want to boot.
netboot.me works through the magic of netbooting over http. There are a number of ways to boot a computer with netboot.me. The simplest is to download a bootable image, which is 626Kb and burn it to a CD or put it on a USB memory stick, or floppy disk. Boot off it on any networked …

Bash, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[3 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

I have previously written about Tilda, a gnome replacement for Yakuake. I had some issues with Tilda so I came to have a nice relationship with Yakauke. It’s important to note though, that there is another reasonable alternative to both Tilda and Yakuake and it’s called Guake.
Guake has some of the basic features of Yakuake but is still lacking in a few things. The main ones for me are:

Yakauke allows you to choose terminal width / Guake takes up fullscreen width. The advantage of this for me is that I …

Hardware & Gadgetry, Internet Goodness, Open Source »

[30 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

TonidoPlug is a tiny, low power, low cost home server based on the 1.2 GHz Sheeva processor that allows you to access your applications, files, photos, music and media from anywhere (Powered by Tonido).
TonidoPlug comes pre-installed with powerful Tonido Applications – Photos, Jukebox, Webshare, Workspace, Thots, Explorer, Torrent and Search – all running on top of embedded Ubuntu Jaunty Linux OS. Additionally, TonidoPlug can be extended by installing new applications from Tonido App store.
Not sure if we are going to see them in Australia anytime soon, and if any …

Cross-Platform, Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Open Source »

[13 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Chromium is the open source version of Google Chrome for Linux. It’s still in alpha stage but it’s been very stable for me. The biggest downside is lack of Flash support for things like Google Analytics and Youtube.

For Ubuntu, install Chromium like so:

echo “deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main #chromium-browser” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chromium.list
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

to get Flash working:

cd /usr/lib/chromium-browser/plugins
sudo ln -s ../../flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so

Screenshot running on 64bit Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope. Watching this was consuming approx 25% cpu in a single chromium process instance:

I am …

Apache, Ecommerce, Javascript, Open Source, Web Development »

[7 Apr 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

Having implemented a number of websites now in Magento and being the web hosting provider for them also, it’s been both challenging and rewarding trying to get Magento running at an acceptable speed.People generally don’t understand what’s happening when they say “my website is slow”. So, for those of you unfamiliar with benchmarking / understanding what factors to consider when a page loads from a server, we have quite a number of variables.

Your URL you type into a browser, translates to an IP address – this check should take a …

Design, Internet Goodness, Open Source, Unix & Solaris, Web Development »

[5 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

One area sadly lacking in most Linux installs is the availability of really nice fonts useful for design and great fonts are not cheap, circa $150 for a font set. Best all in one location for getting great free fonts, I think is www.fawnt.com
If Ubuntu really wants to have a go at competing with the Mac, this is certainly an area that needs improving.
You can install fonts system wide by dropping them (or folders of font families) into /usr/share/fonts or alternatively, kfontviewer a KDE application will give you a nice …

Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Open Source, Video, Virtualization (Virtualisation) »

[1 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

For my future reference. DimDim is an open source web conferencing and meeting software with the following features:

No Install to Host/Join meetings
Easy Share Screens&Webpages
Audio & Video Conferencing
Present PowerPoint and PDFs
Private & Public Chat
Whiteboard & Annotations
Record and Playback Meetings
Open Source and open APIs
SynchroLive Co-Browsing
Free Recording & Archiving
Mac & PC Screen Sharing (no Linux??)
Multiple Presenters
Free Teleconferencing Calls
Secure, Private Meetings
Faster and Easier than ever
No Install to Host meetings

It’s available as a vmware virtual appliance or for those of you using Qemu / KVM / Xen, you should be able to convert the image …