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  1. (Kernel oops after every logout ?!?).

    yeah, maybe that wasn't the best page to link to... couldn't remember the commercial solution earlier, it's:

    (it's probably a lot more polished)

    They donated a couple of free licenses last year for the Calgary LinuxFest door prizes.



  2. Raw video is HUGE!

    That's true... but to be fair, most home movie producers will probably be working with Mini-DV which is around 10GByte per hour.

    Once produced movie can be pushed back to MiniDV for archieve or encoded down to DVD (MPEG2 ~ 2.5GByte per hour). Hell you can even use a MiniDV machine to backup plain data if you want.


    PS. If Seal is reading, I'd be really interested in a write up of the making of 'On Piracy & The Future of Media'. How much 'footage' he shot, what he used to edit, how long it all took, etc...


  3. Hi,

    If you're not reusing old hardware (I suspect you need new kit, to be reliable) it is possible that any machine you'll get will be hugely over powered for a LTSP client - not a problem but it adds cost.

    Another issue with LTSP is that most apps normally run remotely. If you're just web browsing you probably want Mozilla (or whatever) running locally anyhow.

    There are systems (keyword: 'multiseat') where you can attach multiple screens, keyboards and mice to a single PC and have each 'seat' behave independantly.

    For an example see:

    This would give you a single machine running 6 (or so) seats, 'clones' of which could be deployed all over your organisation and maintained with/as a single 'distro'.

    Another advantage is that you're not relying on one machine for all of the 24 seats (would be 4 independant machines), with LTSP if the server dies ALL clients die.



    PS. I think LTSP is great, but maybe not the best solution for the project in hand.

    PPS. I don't know how happy I would be using a public PC for my ebanking, at least you're suggesting a platform that is immune from the common virus/trojan/web issues....


  4. I'm supprised no one has mentioned Car Whisperer:

    Basically the idea is that the 'hand-free' mikes built into cars are insure Bluetooth devices and can often just be connected to with a default pin.

    The caller can then monitor the sounds from within the car or insert their own....

    I was thinking that this would be a fun retail hack too. Set up in your local food court, and advertise 'Hummm, Donuts' to people walking past with Bluetooth earpeices. Wonder if you could cause a (food) fight? :-)



  5. Thanks for reading, I'm a bit confused on what to do for video editing, and would like some input on this.


    Video editing can be quite a handful on Linux.

    Assuming you want 'Free' (freedom and beer) you can use:-

    Kino - Fairly simple interface, can grab video from/to MiniDV. A bit too simple for complex editing, good for family movies of the kids playing on the beach, etc.

    Cinelerra - One huge MF, but *VERY* powerfull. There's a really useful tuturial ( out there which will help a lot. If you're making a movie (or want a lot of effects) then Cinelerra might be the way to go.

    The other advantage with Cinelerra is that it works by creating an 'edits XML', so you can edit/test render at low resolution and then do a final render at true resolution. Rendering can also be partitioned across multiple machines - so the college's IT lab can be put to good use over a weekend.

    If you want to try either/both of these out they are both on the excellent Dyne:Bolic live CD (




  6. I use FC6 and id like to know where to begin to modify my GUI.


    Most Linux machines use either GDM or KDM as the graphical login manager, some old ones still use XDM (still customisable to some degree, but not pretty).

    KDM and GDM can both be themed:

    GDM Themes -

    KDM Themese -

    You of course can customise or write you're own from scratch, but the links are a good starting point.



  7. Interesting Podcast, however you focused on faults noticed with deliberate 'probing'.

    There are some issues that (to the hacker mind) just stand out a plain stupid and when you attempt to explain why you just get that glazed expression. In my experience you just have to give up, or label yourself as behaving 'suspiciously'.

    Example - bank site whose standard operating proceedure effectively *removes* password from e-banking account under certain circumstances.

    Tried to explain, they just didn't get it....


  8. Toaster oven.... if you want to put BGA's down ;-)

    Seriously though, the above suggestions are good.

    I would also add a small squeezy bottle of flux and some 'flux off' (for cleaning off excess flux/etc after soldering). A magnifing glass/loope is also useful.

    I prefer to use a larger soldering bit when placing fine pitch components, such as micros/flash etc, and let the solder/flux do the work....



  9. hum... why would you need short filenames? otherwise, short filenames only seem to be the first 6 characters of the long filename, followed by ~ and the number of the occurence of these first 6 characters in this directory, in order to differenciate it from the others.

    Unfortunately it's never that simple :-(.

    If I were on M$ I could do 'dir /X' to show both long and short names.


    c:\temp>dir /X

    dir /X

    Volume in drive C has no label.

    Volume Serial Number is 588C-AC85

    Directory of c:\temp

    01/08/2007 05:33 PM <DIR> .

    01/08/2007 05:33 PM <DIR> ..

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REALLY~1.TXT really_long_name1.txt

    01/08/2007 05:33 PM 0 REEB6B~1.TXT really_long_name10.txt

    01/08/2007 05:33 PM 0 REEB6F~1.TXT really_long_name11.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REALLY~2.TXT really_long_name2.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REALLY~3.TXT really_long_name3.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REALLY~4.TXT really_long_name4.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REB465~1.TXT really_long_name5.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REB865~1.TXT really_long_name6.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REBC65~1.TXT really_long_name7.txt

    01/08/2007 05:32 PM 0 REB075~1.TXT really_long_name8.txt

    01/08/2007 05:33 PM 0 REB475~1.TXT really_long_name9.txt


    This information must exist somewhere on the partition, as I believe VFAT just uses a lookup table somewhere.... the question is whether it's easily accessible in Linux.

    I _need_ short names as that's what my MP3 player uses in it's internal playlist...




  10. Hi all,

    Does anyone know how to find out the short name (something like PROGRA~1) on a VFAT partition mounted under Linux.

    A mounted VFAT partition only appears to list long name. I can unmount and mount as MSDOS, which only gives shortname, but would prefer not to have to umount (and compare files size, etc)...

    Any suggestions welcome,