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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?