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Stitch MP4 files in Ubuntu

I recently found myself with a number of smaller MP4 video files that I really wanted to stitch together into a single, longer video. My first thought was to download one of the many highly capable video editors from the Ubuntu repositories. It turns out there is an even easier way:

First, you’ll need to . . . → Read More: Stitch MP4 files in Ubuntu

How my data survived a perfect storm of hard disk destruction...

I guess I knew it would have to happen eventually, even though I thought I had a pretty good program figured out.

Not long ago, two events happened in rapid succession that could have been completely catastrophic, but due to some prior planning, turned out to just be inconvenient.

A couple weeks ago, I went . . . → Read More: How my data survived a perfect storm of hard disk destruction…

Boot-repair: An incredibly useful tool for dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows;

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I recently picked up a new ultrabook. The first thing I did, of course, was to install Ubuntu 12.04.

As it turns out, the new computer uses UEFI (Here’s the Wikipedia Article on that). It also turns out that there is a bug in Ubuntu’s GRUB installer . . . → Read More: Boot-repair: An incredibly useful tool for dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows;

Upgrading Ubuntu Linux to a newer kernel version.

As part of installing Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Win7 on a new ultrabook, I discovered that, in order to get the touchpad working correctly, I would need to upgrade the Linux kernel from the current version (3.2.0-24) to the latest official stable release (3.4.6).

This turned out to be easier than I had feared.

(Caveat: if . . . → Read More: Upgrading Ubuntu Linux to a newer kernel version.

Is Linux ready for Prime Time?

I’ve been using Linux off and on for over a decade.

As I’ve written before, I love the idea of an open-source operating system. The idea is that, if it doesn’t do what you want, and you’ve got the chops, it is not only permissible, but actually encouraged to crack something open and make it . . . → Read More: Is Linux ready for Prime Time?

Voodoo Toggle Reboot Button

This is a very simple app that toggles Voodoo lagfix, then allows the user to reboot the phone.

If this is all you needed to know, then here is a link to the .apk, and here is a qr if you want to grab it from the Android Market.

The method the app uses is . . . → Read More: Voodoo Toggle Reboot Button

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Android Downloads

In this section, I have added a number of files available for public download. These files are ones that I have either created entirely, modified significantly (as in ported), repackaged, or have been asked to mirror. Unless otherwise indicated, any files of my own creation are released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non-Commercial Share . . . → Read More: Android Downloads:

Geek, Geek, Geek!

Okay, it’s the kind of thing that just plain happens every once in a while, with no real predictability, other than the knowledge that it is, in fact, inevitable. This applies to a lot of things in the life of a geek, of course, but this time, it is referring specifically to the death of . . . → Read More: Geek, Geek, Geek!

The open source revolution comes home (well, to my house, anyway)…

Last month I mentioned that it might be time for another go at running Linux. I figured I’d be walking slowly down a slippery slope, but I wasn’t quite expecting the whole hillside to slide out from under me. It started off innocently enough: I got myself a copy of the latest Ubuntu distro (I . . . → Read More: The open source revolution comes home (well, to my house, anyway)…