How to convert audio format in a video file:

ffmpeg -i input.mkv -vcodec copy -acodec ac3 -ab 448k output.mkv

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 all platforms.” (citation)

Yesterday, Google said they would be moving CalDAV support to whitelisted only on September 16, 2013, and that new developers should use their propriatary API (citation).

Removing an entire service, like Google Reader is fair enough, but open standards access, like CalDAV, from products that are used by default with most new phone and tablets sold is low.

Removing Google Reader made me glad I never switched to it. Removing CalDAV support makes me want to renew my efforts not to use Google services beyond search.

Does anyone know if aCal is still read only?

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 to this page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Click on the top Download button in the JRE column.

Accept the License Agreement, then choice to download Windows x86 Offline.

This can then be installed and it will not try to get you to install crapware. It can even be installed from the command line without requiring any further user interaction (see: http://java.com/en/download/help/silent_install.xml).

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 found this post: http://www.jethrocarr.com/2012/01/04/100-pure-freedom-phone/ talking about the same thing, but I don’t see anyone who is actually doing it.

New Tech Meetup, Central PA

My notes from the 06/04/2012 New Tech Meetup of Central PA Monthly Meetup. In general the Lancaster meetings last for an hour. They then adjourn to the nearby Iron Hill Brewery. I don’t usually go to the Hershey or Harrisburg meetings.

AppNowGo – Eric Katherman

Now called Knack (http://www.knackhq.com/).

Recoded in Node/Mongo.

iFormBuilder – Ryan Coleman

Now have an appliance to sync iOS devices to.
Have Android app now (soon?)
Interface with portable printers

Chris Felpel

You have to work for the money.

Generalization: Consultants get higher rates than contractors (but
shorter contracts).

Should have personal liability insurance, even if just an employee.

Frequency

Last year I wrote 26 posts.

That is only half the number I’d hoped for (52), especially since some where just one or two lines, but it isn’t as bad as I thought I was doing. I think part of what makes me feel that I neglect this so much is that some are multiple posts in a week, while others go a month or more between posts. If I do nothing else, I should try to use the scheduling feature to spread these out more.

Next year, I’d like to at least get 52 posts, without including Aside items in the count.