Bits, Bytes and WTFs…

Written on 2012-06-18.

I think its important to understand the little things. An understanding of the small parts of the whole give a greater understanding of the entirety. I’m quite surprised at just how difficult it was to find the information and how poorly it is presented. So… for my future self and whoever else wishes to read. Here is all the information I have gathered and put together in a way that like-minded people can grasp. Continue reading “Bits, Bytes and WTFs…”

Bits, Bytes and WTFs…

Stream movies to iPad…

All my movies are stored on my telly-computer, in the front room, and sometimes I just want to watch them in bed on the iPad, or even download them to the iPad for watching while out and about. The proper way to do this is to convert all the movies to a format supported by the iPad such as MP4 and then use iTunes to download them onto the iPad, but that’s not the fun way.

Tada! We now have VLC for iPad! 😀

VLC has been an amazing media player for years, It’ll play nearly any video/music format and it’s now available for iPad (and iPhone) for FREE!

Since the new VLC app lets you download or stream a movie from a web-link, all we need is a web-server running on the computer with the movies, in my case Stevie the TV. That’s normally a hassle but as we don’t need anything fancy we can use a tiny web-server like Boa. Simple and easy.

I’ve got all my movies saved in “/home/user/Videos/Movies” (well technically “~/Videos” is a symbolic link to a mounted 3TiB HDD, but that’s a story for another day) and once we have the Boa web-server up-and-running we can point our VLC app at the video(s) we want to stream or download over the local network.

I’ve made a quick and easy Boa config file to get the job done, but first we need to install Boa. On Linux, in terminal execute:

sudo apt-get install boa

Continue reading “Stream movies to iPad…”

Stream movies to iPad…

Bose AE2W Follow-up Review…

I’ve been using the Bose AE2W Wireless Bluetooth headphones for a while now. I’m truly amazed at their quality (sound and make), their comfort and useability.

There’s a more detailed review over at Bose AE2W, this post is just to confirm my early review. These things are amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.

However have found that the built-in mic can pick up the sound of the wind when on the phone and that the omni-button for play/pause etc. is less than easy to press, it has a dull push which makes it hard to double-click quickly to change songs.

Even when considering these two short-falls, they are still the best headphones I’ve ever used. The battery life is very long-lasting, takes days of music to require a recharge!

Bose AE2W Follow-up Review…

Bose AE2W Review…

The first half of this post is about my other contenders for a suitable headphone, if you want to skip that, you can jump straight to the winning Bose AE2W review below.

Recently I decided I needed some good headphones, I’m currently using the iPhone 5 default headphones for around 4-5 hours a day and their half in-ear approach, while good for short periods, is not comfortable in the long run and the sound quality is nothing to write home about.

I was looking to spend a decent amount of money on some really nice headphones that will work well while out-and-about, while in the office and stand the test of time. My maximum budget was around £300 ($450).

After the basic Googling (using the verb Googling to reference DuckDuckGo) I found the Sennheiser Momentum (http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/on-ear-headphone-momentum-stereo), Sennheiser’s first mobile/life-style designed headphones. I have used Sennheiser’s headphone before and while many of the older models are amazing they are certifiably not mobile or built for general use (a.k.a life-style design). Continue reading “Bose AE2W Review…”

Bose AE2W Review…

Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

Currently (2013-02) Netflix cannot run on Linux. Due to its reliance on Micro$haft Silverlight and DRM (digital rights management a.k.a the chains restricting human development). Silverlight is just Microsoft’s version of Adobe Flash.

Linux does have its own version of Silverlight called Moonlight, however it doesn’t have the DRM Netflix requires, but praise to the up-stream, someone hacked it!

Using WINE (Windows Is Not Emulated), a sort of Windows emulator and some modded FF (Firefox)/Silverlight files, Netflix will run beautifully!

Head over to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/11/how-to-use-netflix-on-ubuntu, for detailed instructions.

If your following along from my Perfect Home Media Server post or using XBMCbuntu you may come across an Xorg compositing issue, as I did. Solution for that is here, http://www.crazysquirrel.com/computing/debian/xorg-compositing.jspx and more info here, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg.

Netflix on Ubuntu or XBMCbuntu…

Ubuntu for Everyone?

Recently, after convulsing one to many times from the constant Windows Woes from some of my friends.

I was asked about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and would it be right for them, to my horror.

I gave up with the religiously preaching the good holy word of Linux a few years back, as if you’re the reason someone makes the change. Your t3ch-supp0rt ’till the end of yo days.

So when, in the odd occasion I do get asked about Linux/Ubuntu, I’m always truthful and much less pushy – even apprehensive, but for the average office based person or email/internet/light gaming person, Ubuntu truly is amazing.

Really quick, uses the hardware better in most cases and the little touches that power users seem to over look such as the HUD, Workspaces, Window Management etc are such an improvement from the standard Windows workflow.

I think this is just by Ubuntu appreciation moment.

Ubuntu for Everyone?

XBMC: Perfect Home Media Server.

Intro & Hardware

Since I’ve recently made the move from Mac OSX to Linux, I’ve been toying with the idea of swapping my standard (and expensive) cable TV for something slightly more suitable…

I’ve used XBMC (xbox media center, which nowadays has nothing to do with xbox) for a while on other systems and with some config, I reckon it could make a good TV.

I had some old hardware laying around, a HP xw4400, Dual Core Duo Intel CPU, 4GiB RAM, new DVD drive and new 1TiB HDD and the standard 300ish GiB HDD, I slapped a cheap £30 graphics card in there so it can handle HD well and a gigabit NIC, wired of course.

I ran an Ethernet from my AirPort Extreme router to the TV with the HP computer (connected by HDMI) and started on the software…

Software and Server

Continue reading “XBMC: Perfect Home Media Server.”

XBMC: Perfect Home Media Server.

Xubuntu: Not enough free disk space on /boot

Today I ran into a problem when trying to install some updates for my Xubuntu 12.10… I got a message saying:

Xubuntu 20.10 /boot full

Its suggestion of ‘sudo apt-get clean’ didn’t do anything, nor did ‘sudo apt-get autoclean’, ‘sudo apt-get autoremove’, etc. After some Googling (DDGing), I found a solution…

The ‘/boot’ partition is normally rather small (243.0 MiB in my case) and contains Linux Kernel files, these are the files that get your computer going as it should. Think of them as the skeleton of your OS, but for some reason when your skeleton gets upgraded, it leaves the old one behind, which can quickly fill-up your ‘/boot’ partition.

Only one Kernel (skeleton) is used when booting your computer but it’s always good practice to leave one spare laying around just in case, you don’t really need any more than the current one and an old spare one.

Open up terminal and execute this:

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/(.*)-([^0-9]+)/1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* ([^ ]*).*/1/;/[0-9]/!d'

Continue reading “Xubuntu: Not enough free disk space on /boot”

Xubuntu: Not enough free disk space on /boot

Linux Playing DVD over Network…

The problem! I’ve got an extraordinary TV/Media Server set-up using XBMCbuntu (more to come on that soon) with a DVD drive, however my main computer in the office (amazing as it is) does not have a disc drive. So watching DVD’s while working (Stargate Atlantis Season 3) is a bit of a pain…

After much research and trial/error using SSHFS to mount the DVD locally, I reverted to VLC, after all its called Video LAN Project for a reason.

After screwing about with the GUI trying to use VLC’s streaming capability. I opted for the terminal approach.

Either on the DVD Server itself or via SSH, run the following command:

vlc -vvv dvdsimple:///dev/sr0 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=ts,vcodec=x264,dst=:8181}'

and replace “/dev/sr0” with the location of your DVD device, “/dev/sr0” is mine and could work for you as well. Continue reading “Linux Playing DVD over Network…”

Linux Playing DVD over Network…