I’m upgrading my Ubuntu box at home from Dapper Drake to Edgy Eft. The process thus far has been long and not without its hitches. The install has stopped a few times to ask me about config files and it died twice – once when a package download timed out and another time when it refused to install freebirth until I manually installed freebirth-data. At this point, I have the new lighter GNOME desktop background and I have Firefox 2.0, which seems a bit snappier to me. I also seem to have some new apps in my menu like F-Spot Photo Manager, though it errors out when I launch it (no big deal – it probably has other dependencies which are not yet installed). I’m looking forward to trying out the new system when it’s done installing and I’m hoping that this upgrade didn’t break my X11 or otherwise jack my box.
The TivoCommunity Store has a 15% off coupon code (TCDEAL) so we decided to pull the trigger and go for the TiVo Series 3 for $680, after the discount. Now we just need an HDTV…
Good advice for making ssh more secure, like disabling root logins, requring keys with passphrases, and using DenyHosts.
A thoughtful article on some of the subtle issues involved in doing backups, like making sure that metadata is properly preserved. The author’s favorite tool is a program called “dar”, which I have never used before.
MVC Web frameworks are all the rage these days. Here’s one for Erlang:
After a coworker mentioned it, I decided to rip all of our CDs to FLAC so that we’ll have perfect copies and can always transcode to the latest file formats.
Last night I ripped a few CDs with dBpowerAMP Music Converter (dMC). Worked fine though it slowed the computer down a lot. My coworker told me today that he tried dBpowerAMP last night and found it to be much slower than the commercial ripper that he bought. Also, the compression level setting had very little effect for him. So I will probably look into the program that he has.
Incidentally, can anyone recommend a good FLAC ripper for OS X?
Named after an illegal drug, supposedly 350% more potent than Red Bull, contains a “throat-numbing ingredient”, and the web site gives you recipes on how to mix it with alcohol. This has bad idea written all over it.