Tuesday, December 27, 2005

iPod and Linux - Troubled Waters 

After a few weeks with the "ideal" iPod setup (Mac and iTunes), I decided to give Linux and the iPod a try. It hasn't gone too well with Ubuntu. I reformatted the iPod for the PC, and hooked it up through the firewire cable. Linux seems to read that a firewire device is being attached and removed, but not much else. Even putting the iPod into disc mode doesn't seem to make a difference. It is not plug-and-play at this point. More to come...

Friday, December 23, 2005

Inkscape is wonderful 

I've finished the logo for the bsdtalk podcast. Inkscape is just awesome for this kind of image creation and manipulation. With the GIMP and Inkscape, I can create all the web graphics that I need. Not bad for free.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Started a podcast: BSDTalk 

I couldn't find any podcasts dedicated to the BSD family of free operating systems, so I decided to start one. It is called BSDTalk. I guess I'll ramble on about my experiences with BSD and see if anyone listens. Publishing a podcast on iTunes requires giving them my credit card. I'm not a huge fan of that, so no iTunes yet. I did submit the feed to www.podcastalley.com

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Saving Old Hardware with New Linux 

I ended up with an television tuner card that is so old that there are no Microsoft WindowsXP drivers for it. Put in it my Linux machine and it worked without any configuration. I'm able to view television with TVTime on my computer screen. Not bad. There is a computer junk shop in the next town that has a whole bin of these old TV cards for less than $20 each. Useless to new versions of Windows because the company that makes them stopped supporting the cards, but useful to Linux people because the community still supports the open source drivers. Hmmmm, lets see what is on Fox.

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