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Posting to Drupal Blogs from Linux Desktop

I have finally found 2 basic acceptable ways to post content to a drupal site from a linux desktop using the xmlrpc method. In general the way to perform the config is to choose generic everything, manual setup. Enter the URL to your drupal install + xmlrpc.php, and after activating the blog and blog api modules in drupal, it should work.

How I do Password Management

I thought I would share a trick that has eased my cross-platform and cross-network password management tasks.

I run a LAN subversion server, which keeps track of the revisions of my password vault. For storing, organizing and encrypting passwords, I use Password Gorilla which is a great cross-platform (linux, windows, mac) application using twofish encryption to secure everything. One master password unlocks all the rest. The password generator included in PG is great, and allows for customizations like not using similar digits (O and 0), as well as desired password length, etc. You can also override password defaults on a case-by-case basis.

The glue that ties this all together and makes it a networked application is a bash script on linux (I have not bothered to automate this on other platforms since I am in linux 98% of the time). For this to work, I have set up ssh keys (not necessary, but a pain to type a password each time), gentoo's cool keychain program, and ssh-askpass-fulscreen (is called different things on different distros ie: ssh-askpass-gtk on gentoo i believe).

Mencoder AVI to FLV Conversion

Here is what I am using so far:


#!/bin/sh

mencoder -forceidx \
-lavfopts i_certify_that_my_video_stream_does_not_use_b_frames \
-of lavf -ffourcc FLV1 \
-oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=56 -srate 22050 \
-ovc lavc \
-lavcopts vcodec=flv:vbitrate=250:mbd=2:mv0:trell:v4mv:cbp:last_pred=3 \
-vf scale=360:240 \
-o $1.flv $1

UPDATE (07-05-2008):

Sun Opens Java

Almost unbelievable, but Sun has open-sourced JAVA!

Go see for yourself, hear Stallman say "Sun has now contributed the most to free software of anyone out there".

This is amazing news!

SQIL : Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre

The annual Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre (SQIL) is upon us, running from November 11th until the 19th. Let's get out there and spread the word of free software! Cool

Ubuntu Demon(Roald Hopman): Kids say “Thank you (Ed)Ubuntu Team”

Ubuntu Demon(Roald Hopman): Kids say “Thank you (Ed)Ubuntu Team” -

Weve just installed these two donated computers in a community nursury and breakfast/after schol club in Lincolnshire, England.

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