Category: Opensource

  • Sugar interface on a USB stick…..

    Thanks to Sugar Labs you can now have your Ubuntu 8.10 or Fedora 10 linux distributions with sugar on it…..Shweet :-).  Yep you heard right, go here and grab your OLPC XO inspired 1GB USB stick image and boot all those old PC’s into sugar. According to Walter Bender (the creator of Sugar OS) a […]

  • LaserTouch….Multitouch using a projection TV and Lasers….

    Yep you heard right….freaking lasers…..yummy. These guys have managed to turn a rear-projection TV into a multitouch surface using IR lasers. Absolutely fantastic as it (using lasers) makes the whole design a lot simpler and gets rid of the the tracking problems associated with regular IR LED based tables and ambient IR light. Although the […]

  • Disk for Iphone….Turn your IPhone (IpodTouch) into a portable HD.

    MacFUSE project has grown a lot since we last covered it here and here. MacFuse 2.0 is here and it’s looking really nice. MacFUSE is the mac implementation of FUSE (File-system in USEr space) filesystem originally developed for Linux. For those of you who’ve not heard of this gem before, MacFUSE allows you to extend […]

  • DIY PS3 Cluster Howto…

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: ATMC Physics Professor Gaurav Khanna and Principal Investigator Chris Poulin have created a great step-by-step guide that shows you how $4000 and a bit of elbow grease can get you a nice supercomputer cluster. They use Fedora Core 8 distribution, due to the prevalence of Fedora and its Cell SDK (3.0) […]

  • Synkron, because syncing can be such a pain….

    I know, rsync is the answer to all my prayers, at least as far as syncing data is concerned. I agree, BUT sometimes you just want a simple GUI (yes pointy/clicky) application to do the job. Well that’s were synkron comes in. A simple applications that does one thing and it does it well, synchronizing your files/folders. […]

  • FFmpeg commands for ipod video encoding…

    So I found out the hard way that the new ipod’s (with video out) can actually play 640×480 video and also figured out how to get iTunes to accept the encoded files (so that I could sync them with the device)…….here is the run down: “TV-Out” mode – 1.5Mbit/s 640×480 H.264 videos BIT_RATE <= 1500 kbps […]

  • ffmpeg command line quickies…..

    Here are a bunch of ffmpeg command lines that will do just about everything you need. Getting info from a video file ffmpeg -i video.avi Turn a sequence of images into video ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg video.mpg Turn a video into a sequence of images ffmpeg -i video.mpg image%d.jpg Encode video for Ipod/IPhone ffmpeg […]

  • UNetbootin takes care of all your USB Linux installtion blues….

    I’d covered Fedora’s Live USB creator a while back. But for those of you wanting to install other flavours of linux on a USB stick (or a HD even), the process was lengthy and cumbersome. That was before UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer. You see UNetbootin can be run from Linux or Windows and will enable you […]

  • JumpBox: Super simple way of getting web services deployed.

    If you read our “Open Source Lovin’ for your Server” earlier this year and thought “that’s too much trouble”, here is an even easier way to sample preconfigured Open Source Application Servers at your own leasure. Be it for developement, fun, backup or even production, you can not beat JumpBox at simplicity. What they’ve done […]

  • Suse 10.1 to 10.3 upgrade Episode 3

    Well in Episode 3 of our saga Many goes bald (again) and (almost) drop kicks the server out the window. After going through the pain of installing 10.1 and updating everything I proceeded to upgrade to OpenSuSE 10.3. The upgrade went okay as far as the boot DVD was concerned (no errors during boot), but […]