Recognizing that the dawn of the Post PC Era is upon us, Microsoft and Canonical (the corporate sponsor behind Ubuntu Linux) have both determined that they need to make a major move to challenge Apple's iOS and Google's Android in the mobile device space. After deciding that it's best not to go it alone, Canonical and Microsoft announced today that they are forming a joint venture to develop their next generation of user interface. Read more
A while back I purchased a nice LG Smart TV for my living room. Besides having the standard Smart TV applications like internet browsing and NetFlix, my TV can stream media from my PC either through a DLNA server or through LG's Media Link. In order to use the Media Link, you must install the Plex Media Server on your computer. Read more
I just read a great article on the current state of desktop Linux over at dedoimedo.com called "Screw this, I'm going back to Windows!" I really think it's worth the time to read for anyone who's involved in the Linux community, whether you're a developer, or just a casual user like me.
The author doesn't have comments enabled on his site, so I sent him an email. Here's a copy. Read more
Some MP3 encoders fail to create the proper file headers when encoding variable bit rate MP3 files. When that happens, the song length displayed will often be be incorrect when playing the song back. One of the ways this can be handled is by adding a Xing header to the MP3 file. One tool that's available on Linux to do this is vbrfix.
To install vbrfix in Ubuntu, first make sure that the universe repository is enabled in your software sources. Then you can install it through one of the graphical package managers, or from the command line with: Read more
I recently got a new TV that allows me to stream audio and video from my computer to the TV. I tend to archive music from CD's I've purchased in FLAC format. Unfortunately, FLAC is not one of the formats supported by my TV. I decided to write a little script to convert my music archive into one of the supported file formats. Read more