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May 10, 2007

My First Frustration with Vista

Filed under: System Administration — cygnl7 @ 1:24 am

So this Toshiba laptop came with Vista. I figured I’d give it a try. Things have been going ok because all I’ve been doing is web and ssh. Well, tonight that all changed.


May 7, 2007

Burning pcHDTV HD-5500 Content to DVD: Authoring

Filed under: Video — cygnl7 @ 12:01 am

Most DVD authoring software likes to have the audio and video in separate streams. No problem. I used TMPEGEnc to demux the mpeg 2 and the AC3 audio through it’s MPEG Tools found on the File menu. (I’m sure there’s a way to demux during the mencoder step but when I searched the man page for ‘demux’ I found way too many options and I’m being impatient.) Important update #2 below; no need for demux.


May 6, 2007

Burning pcHDTV HD-5500 Content to DVD: Transcode

Filed under: Video — cygnl7 @ 3:34 pm

I’m still in the middle of the transcode from the ATSC broadcast mpeg encoding (which I’m not sure what it is, but I haven’t really looked into it) to VOB mpeg2 so I can write a show I recorded to DVD. But so far it seems to be working well. I tried all sorts of windows tools, and I’m thinking I could have gotten avisynth to work, but it was much simpler to use ffmpeg to fix it up. ffmpeg didn’t work so well. Update below.


May 1, 2007

Linux on the Toshiba A205-S4617

Filed under: System Administration — cygnl7 @ 11:31 pm

So I just bought a Toshiba A205-S4617 with Vista preinstalled. Sure, a lot of people rip on Vista, but as a normal user of it so far it’s not bad. I haven’t set up any dev environment or anything on it yet, so we’ll see if my opinion changes when I do that.

But I really wanted to get Linux on here, too. I’ve used all sorts of distributions and have settled in on the Debian-based ones. Specifically I’ve been using Kubuntu a lot lately but recently realized that I don’t use much of the KDE integration. So I thought, “Why not give Xubuntu a try?” Supposedly XFCE is snappier, so I gave feisty fawn (7.04) a shot.

Install was a breeze. It got the X config perfect all by itself. The wired network works fine out of the box. Everything is great except wireless (Intel 4965 AGN) and audio.


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