Weird hardware fault

I’ve narrowed down what the problem is with my (otherwise fully functional) iBook. It basically won’t recognise the charger until the battery is totally drained. This would be quite annoying if it was still my main laptop, but as I replaced it with a shiny Sony Vaio at Christmas then it’s actually not a massive […]

Updating and installing software on Foresight Linux

I’ve just installed the latest version of Foresight on my spare laptop, so I thought I’d investigate the package manager, conary, which is something I’ve never used before, but which looks like it could be as useful as apt and urpmi. It’s really quite simple. To update to the latest version of all installed packages, […]

Review – Mandriva 2009.1 (KDE edition)

I’ve finally got round to installing the KDE version of Mandriva 2009.1 in a VM on my laptop. I’d been holding off, because I don’t really use KDE, and I wasn’t too impressed with how the other major distributions had implemented KDE4 (which is basically a total revision of every aspect). Happily, I can easily […]

Converting Quicktime movies using Linux

Another “so I don’t forget it” post. Converting Quicktime (.mov) files to Ogg Theora (.ogv) is now rather simple (although takes a while). Firstly, install ffmpeg2theora (it should be available for most distros). Then just launch it from the command line. The syntax is: ffmpeg2theora name_of_file.mov Or to do a whole directory: ffmpeg2theora *.mov Easy.