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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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