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! ūüėÄ

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

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ownCloud Failed to create lock file in Linux…

ownCloud is an amazing piece of code! – but that’s a post for another time

However, when using the Linux local sync client, you may come accross an error along the lines of “Failed to create a lock file”, there are many posts arround that suggest to simple remove a particular file add all will be dandy…

In Linux, you can remove this file via terminal using:

rm ~/.local/share/data/ownCloud/lock
ownCloud Failed to create lock file in Linux…

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…

Linux Tar and Symbolic Links…

Some of our programs use symbolic links but some of our new systems don’t support them. Time to tar (archive) and place on a dev server for re-thinking. Ziping or simply downloading will not work (usually) as the symbolic links will break.

In this case tar is our friend! We can use tar to archive and move the files.

To add files to a new archive use:

$ tar cvf archive.tar dirname/

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