Create Your Own QR Codes on Linux

January 30, 2011 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, image editing, linux, Ubuntu 

As smart phones are becoming more pervasive, 2D bar codes are starting to appear all over the place. The QR Code format is one of the most commonly used styles of these matrix bar codes. These QR Codes often contain a URL to send a smart phone user to a particular web site, but all kinds of textual information can be embedded in these codes.

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Apple Screws iPhone Customers… Again

January 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: news, opinion 

It seems as though Apple Inc. can't be satisfied by booming sales and record profits. Cupertino's evil empire has decided that it would be best to put tamper resistant screws into the iPhone. Of course that may be best for Apple's bottom line and not necessarily best for their customers.

Now, when faithful Apple customers bring their iPhones into an Apple store for a warranty repair, the standard Phillips screws are to be replaced with "Pentalobe" screws. Read more

Adding Video Captions With Avidemux

January 16, 2011 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu, video 

I spent some time back in December compiling videos of my daughter for a family DVD. One of the things I wanted to do was to add a small caption to each video clip to document the date of the recording. I ended up using Avidemux and the subtitle video filter to add the captions to the video.

You'll of course need to have Avidemux installed on your system in order to follow this process. Check your distro's repositories. Read more