Mp3splt is a Linux program that can break mp3 files into smaller pieces without re-encoding. This is nice for long mp3 files like e-books or for putting language learning CDs onto your mp3 player. Sometimes you only have a few minutes to listen to your language lesson and you'd rather not start at the beginning of a half hour lesson every time. I'm going to show an example of how to use mp3splt to split a 30 minute mp3 into 5 minute pieces. Read more
If you're a long time Windows user, you're probably familiar with RealPlayer. They've now made RealPlayer 11 available for Linux.
To install RealPlayer in Ubuntu, we'll first need to download the .deb package installation file. Open a terminal and enter the following command. Read more
Free42 is a free, open source emulator of the HP42S scientific calculator. The 42S is a nice little RPN, scientific calculator that got me through my engineering education. Well, a sharp programmer by the name of Thomas Okken has written this nice emulator that runs on your PC (as well as Macs, Pocket PCs, Palm Pilots, and the Sharp Zaurus). Read more
Somehow I got it in my head that I wanted a pair of noise canceling headphones. I don't fly all that often, so I'm not sure why I even need them. Anyway, not wanting to part with several hundred dollars, I decided on the Sony MDR-NC6 headphones which can be found in most big box stores in the US for about $50. The headphones require 1 AAA battery for the noise cancelling function. With noise canceling turned off they work as normal, passive headphones. Read more
This is the 3rd part of my Ubuntu home networking howto. In Part 1 I covered how to configure your home network with static IP addresses. Part 2 was about client and server configuration for NFS file sharing over the network. In Part 3 I'll show how to automatically mount the shared folders at boot time. This is done by editing the file system table in /etc/fstab. Log in to one of your client computers, open a terminal, and enter the following. Read more