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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I liked’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 that used venet, it stopped working reliably. I’ve actually had trouble with quite of few Java services on that sort of VPS. So, I wrote my own in python, and it can be found on github and PyPI.

An added benefit is that much less memory is now used as well.

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I can’t believe that Game Developer Magazine is ending in July! I hope they don’t switch my remaining issues to some Windows publication like the last two computer magazines I subscribed to did when they ended.

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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 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?

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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. I may even decide to push forward and make an Android client now like I’ve been thinking of doing.

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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 to this page:

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:

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Onions, garlic, jalapenos, beef, tomato sauce, and sazon goya went into the oven.  Only one supper will come out.

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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 found this post: talking about the same thing, but I don’t see anyone who is actually doing it.

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