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How to convert audio format in a video file: ffmpeg -i input.mkv -vcodec copy -acodec ac3 -ab 448k output.mkv

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irccat3

I liked last.fm’s irccat as an easy way to post events (task completion and errors) to an IRC channel. I was less crazy about the recommendation to use ant to execute it. When I moved it to a OpenVZ VPS … Continue reading

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Google Calendar drops CalDAV

In January, Google said: “With the launch of CardDAV, it’s now possible to build a seamless sync experience using open protocols (IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV) for Gmail, Google Calendar and Contacts. We’ll start rolling out this change as planned across … Continue reading

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Thankfully, I never switched to Google Reader

I’ve long had a suspicion that I should just switch to Google Reader instead of continuing to develop my own feed2 reader software (found on github). Today’s news that Google Reader is being shut down makes me feel rather vindicated. … Continue reading

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The upgrade from LibreOffice 3.6 to 4.0 on Windows wants you to reboot the computer. I expected better of free software.

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It is night time.  David is in bed.  Deb is sitting next to him reading a book titled “Hey! Wake Up!“

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Java without the Crap

I got sick of Java updates on Windows trying to trick me into installing McAfee or the Ask toolbar, so I went searching for a solution.  I found a different build of Java from Oracle that solves the issue. Go … Continue reading

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I want to see a 100% open source android distro. The first pass could be AOSP or CyanogenMod without the closed source GApps. F-Droid would be pre-installed, along with a selection of basic apps like K9 Mail and aCal. I … Continue reading

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I just upgraded from PostgreSQL 8.3 to 9.2.  In doing so, I also went from a Sun optimized build (since I installed their supplied version before) to a self built version where I didn’t fiddle with optimization at all (the documentation suggests -O5, … Continue reading

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The Javacript Compiler I Want

There are a number of compilers that in something and output Javascript. A few of the more well known ones seem to be CoffeeScript, Dart, and emscripten. What I really want though is a Javascript to Javascript compiler that will … Continue reading

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