Monday, November 12, 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012
A Windows install of the DNxHD/VC-3 codec can be installed from:
ffmpeg -i out-48.ogv -s 1920x1080 -r pal -b 36M -threads 2 -vcodec dnxhd -acodec libmp3lame out-48.mov
And you should then have a nicely behaving video in Premiere at native settings.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Apparently this will fail if you have file names containing new line characters.
find . -maxdepth 2 -printf "%f\n" | sort | uniq -di
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
- Battery life seems to have been improved greatly by updating to BIOS 211 from 206, and of course turning off the dedicated nVidia graphics card (see bumblebee below). It's predicted at anywhere from four to six hours. The fans go most of the time, so maybe this could be improved.
I found that with BIOS 211 (or at least that's when I noticed it) I had to disable "XHCI Pre-Boot" or else any devices not connected at boot would not be recognised when connected, but I don't really know what this does.This appears to be fixed with later BIOSes.
- Most of the function keys are working, of note:
- Keyboard backlight keys work with a script posting to
- Since kernel 3.7.3 screen brightness keys are working out of the box with boot parameter acpi_osi=
- Keyboard backlight keys work with a script posting to
- The keyboard does seem a lot better, however the track pad seems a little loose, it moves a bit on pressing before the click.
- The touchpad is made by Elantech, and multi-touch response seems better than the Sentelic one on the UX31E. Right-click needs to be configured with the SoftButtonAreas option.
- I was pleased that there's a full sized HDMI socket, however the cable does get in the way of my mouse. I've ordered a right angled HDMI adapter.
- The Atheros AR9485 wireless adapter has been replaced by an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235, which seems faster on my home connection in my bedroom (though I guess that could be down to a better aerial).
- Bumblebee works with the nVidia drivers, but for me not the nouveau drivers. Note the bbswitch modprobe.d options.
- The laptop screen still never comes on if I have an HDMI device plugged in at boot :(((
- If you go looking for it the backlight bleed is quite bad, ie, it's very noticeable on a completely black screen, but in day to day usage I don't notice it.
- There is a massive disparity in the DPI between the screen and my external monitor. I have not yet found a solution to automatically adjust when a) using both screens simultaneously or b) switching between the two.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
- Your first request, to request the Request Token token (no, that is not a typo), should be SHA1 hashed using your API Secret (AKA Consumer Secret) followed by an ampersand as the key, since you don't have a Token Secret yet. ie:
hash_hmac('sha1', $base, "$secret&", true)
- Your second request, for an Access Token, should be hashed using your API Secret followed by an ampersand followed by the Token Secret returned in step one as a key. After this step you should start using the Token Secret returned by this step.
- The "base string" to be hashed should be the exact query string (including both equal signs and ampersands, alphabetically ordered by name, values url encoded) url encoded. ie, query values should be url encoded twice, leading oauth_callback values to look like:
- The hash should be a url encoded base64 encoded binary, not hex as is the PHP default, so you need to include
trueas the last
urlencode(base64_encode(hash_hmac('sha1', $base, "$secret&$tokensecret", true)))
- The oauth_nonce is a random eight digit integer, used to make each call unique.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
jamiekitson 09:44:02That much is true, and fairly close to what I actually remember of the conversation, but from here it gets further and further from the truth and what I actually said.
Sandra Long 09:45:24
Thank you for contacting eBay Live Help, my name is Sandra. How may I help you today?
Hi i would like to report a seller for forcing me to remove the feedback that i left
jamiekitson 09:46:37I didn't know that, so it's quite unlikely that I would have said it. Especially like that.
can you please help me
Sandra Long 09:47:31
Sandra Long 09:48:02
I understand you want to report your seller as they are forcing you to remove the feedback you left. I'll be happy to look into this for you. While I'm reviewing your account, are there any additional concerns you would like me to address for you today?
here;s the info that you need
Item number: **********
Sandra Long 09:49:42
Don't worry, I will do my best to help you resolve this matter. Please bear with me for a few moments while I investigate this for you.
Sandra Long 09:54:20
Thanks for waiting.
Sandra Long 09:54:36
We want to assure you that we'll take appropriate action if necessary based on our site rules.
Sandra Long 09:54:49
The action we take may include formal warnings, temporary account restrictions and indefinite suspension, depending on the severity of the policy breach. Members who receive a warning or a temporary suspension will be able to continue to trade on eBay.
Sandra Long 09:54:53
As I'm sure you'll understand, member privacy is one of our top priorities, so we won't be able to update you about the results of this investigation
Sandra Long 09:55:13
It will still be your own discretion if you will remove the feedback, Jamie.
but this seller is already warn that it is not allowed to harrass an ebayer nor threat them if you cant get what you want right?
jamiekitson 09:56:24Nope, didn't say that.
Definitely i wont remove the feedback
jamiekitson 09:56:35Didn't say that either.
so the other buyers will know how bad he is
Sandra Long 09:57:41Didn't ask that.
Yes, it is your right to leave the appropriate feedback.
but what i am trying to say is what kind of warning that you will be sending to this seller?]
jamiekitson 09:58:46I definitely didn't say that, and he has never threatened me with violence.
it should be a serious issue because he is trying to tell me that he can come here and break my neck
jamiekitson 09:58:53Also completely untrue.
i already reported this member to local police
Sandra Long 09:59:44So now I am left feeling like I want to contact the eBay member to tell him that I didn't accuse him of these things and take his side against eBay.
I assure you that we will be taking the appropriate action.
have a great day
Sandra Long 10:01:28
It's my pleasure to assist you, will there be anything else I can help you with?
none so far
The chat session is being wrapped up.
The chat session has ended.
This chat was on 08/16/2012. All times in the above transcript are in the following time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
UPDATE: After emailing eBay with a couple of my comments above, I received the following reply:
Thanks for emailing us back about this seller. I understand your concern that they are still selling on eBay...Sigh.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Please note: ebay cancelled my previous auction because I did not specify that cash should not be sent by post, so please remember not to send cash by post. Also, do not play with sharp knives, use matches/lighters near petrol, or jump off cliffs.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Cafe, BrightonThis place
The hot chocolate looked promising, stirring it I found it to be thick and the colour was very dark. Unfortunately that promise lead me to be doubly disappointed as it tasted of nothing bar sugar. I didn't finish it and they might as well have used Cadbury's, it would have tasted better.
If you had blind folded me and spooned it into my mouth I would probably have guessed at custard. I can only imagine that the colour was artificial, and by that I do not mean they necessarily used chemicals, but that it was not from cocoa.
PrufrockI usually get one of their excellent (and award winning) coffees, but today I saw an almond croisant and hope their hot chocolates might be as good as their coffees. It tasted like a standard milk + cocoa. Slightly bitter for my tastes, but maybe I was supposed to add my own sugar.
Caffe Vergnano 1882Caffe Vergnano 1882, or Luciano Franchi Caffe Vergnano 1882 to give it its full name, does very intense hot chocolate. A very very intense hot chocolate. It's thick like melted chocolate. It was too intense for me, I could barely finish it.
Konditor & CookOriginally I only knew K&C for very special cakes, but they do savoury too, from salads to very nice scotch eggs, but I usually go back for the hot chocolate. It's my favourite. It's a slightly thick in a custardy way and chocolaty and a touch bitter with just the right amount of sweetness. I can just about finish a whole one without being sick.
FreeState CoffeePromising, but way way too sweet.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I was cycling home on Friday night/Saturday morning and encountered one of your drivers just before 1:30am at the junction of Abbeville Road and Trouville Road. He slowly cut across my path and seemed to stop in the junction. I wasn't particularly bothered and cycled around him onto Trouville Road and then turned into my house. As I was unlocking my front door the same minicab drew up and the driver shouted "Next time I'm going to beat you motherfucker!"
After driving down the street the minicab turned round and I walked out into the street to see what he wanted. He continued to shout at me for not having stopped for him. I explained that it was my right of way but he said that "that doesn't matter". He then drove off and I took a picture of the back of his cab using my mobile phone.
Considering that I was at my front door, ie, he knows where I live, I take his threat very seriously and would like your assurance that he will not come back and "beat me". I would also like to know what measures you are going to take to make sure that he does not threaten someone else who may be less able to defend him/herself than a 30 year old 6 foot male. I do not know how seriously the police will take a single threat of this nature, but considering all the information I have it surely would not take much to trace the driver.
I would describe the driver as 40ish, with lank greasy hair, tanned completion and a fairly thick, possibly Spanish accent.
Looking forward to your reply, Jamie Kitson
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
- The most annoying issue is that if I have an HDMI device plugged in at boot, which I usually do at home, then the laptop screen will not come on. Possibly related to issues I have unplugging HDMI.
i915.i915_enable_rc6=1to you kernel boot options can result in considerable cooling and power savings. This Ubuntu article recommends disabling VT-d in the BIOS. Shutdown issues have been fixed in Kernel 3.3-rc6.
- UEFI: The boot menu seems to be on the last page of the BIOS setup page. This doesn't seem to be automatically populated beyond a single item for each boot partition, presumably booting
/efi/boot/bootx64.efi, but you can add your own boot item by manually entering the path. If you always want to boot into grub, and use grub's own boot menu, then copy grub.efi to the above file.
- The Grub2/Asus UEFI issue seems to have been fixed by 2.00 Beta 2, 21 March 2012.
- The Sentelic touchpad works out of the box, but to get scrolling etc working use Saaros's patch. Recompiling the kernel with this patch is fairly straight forward if you follow the instructions carefully. I have to say that with the patch, the pad seems less accurate and tapping seems slightly less sensitive (or maybe just slower?), which is a shame.
- Sleep/suspend to RAM works if you add xhci_hcd, ehci_hcd and uhci_hcd to SUSPEND_MODULES.
- The function keys (mute, volume, brightness) either work out of the box(!) or carried on working from when I'd set them up for my X220.
- Brightness adjustments made using the keyboard do not get reflected in /sys/class/brightness, but this is being fixed.
- Battery life seems pretty amazing, at 5-6 hours, even under Linux.
- Cheekily Asus advertise the disk capacities as 64G/128G/256G, when, as they are SandForce based drives, they will actually be 60G/120G/240G.
- The keyboard is not great, to say the least. Some of the keys do not register if you do not press them dead centre, however the trackpad is actually quite good as far as I am concerned.
- The screen is quite cold/blue. There is a UX31E ICC profile on this review. You can use xcalib to load it in Linux, although it does make the top right hand corner a little green for me, so I am currently using the UX21E version.
- The audio is excellent, for a laptop. Although the balance is off on mine.
- Install the ATK/ACPI driver first. This is buried deep in the utilities section of the Asus download page.
- If your machine wakes immediately after sleeping then you need to install the Power Option utility.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I know that the picture is available bigger, because I can zoom in, both by ctrl+mouse wheeling and using Firefox's zoom and by right clicking and using Adobe's zoom. However Firefox's zoom does not go far enough and I cannot scroll down the page while using Adobe's zoom. So to extracting the image, a simple enough task I thought. Except it's not, because the SWF file referenced by the HTML is virtually empty and once I had located the files they were apparently corrupt.
The best tool I found to get all resources used by an SWF is called SWF Web Vampire and if you need to do this a few times I would recommend buying it, $30 is not a lot of money.
SWF Decompiler, SWF Picture Extractor and the more Linux-y (ie, command line) SWF Tools all looked good, but all reported that the SWF image files I was getting from the website were corrupt. In the end I loaded them in IE and took a screen shot.
Incidentally I feel that the Sussex Food Awards have missed a trick here, if they made their photos easily available, but stamped their logo, and the logo of the company sponsoring the specific award on the image that would surely be a better situation for everyone involved?