Archive for the ‘software’ Category

MP4 / H264 Errors in Adobe Premiere Pro / Media Encoder / MainConcept

I’ve been editing together a few gameplay videos recently (eg DayZ Tread Lightly).I came across a rather perplexing error when trying to encode a long video. Basically, I have a few sequences of footage taken with FRAPS that together run to about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I created a project for these to run […]

ScribeFire’s Arrow Keys Don’t Work

This post is composed within ScribeFire, the blogging extension thing for Frirefox (et al). And I can’t edit posts easily because using the arrow keys causes a blank javascript:; to fire. Bloody useless. Searching for solutions gets a lot of complaints (eg this chap), but not much at the root of the matter. A workaround […]

Project Euler Problem 11

Just a hint, so you don’t go down the wrong path. You probably won’t, but if you don’t want any hints, stop reading this article! PS If you don’t know what Project Euler is, I recommend having a look at their website, or just getting an idea from the problems themselves. What is Project Euler? […]

Extract A Single Image From A Video Using FFMPEG

Dead handy, this: ffmpeg -ss 0.5 -i inputfile.mp4 -t 1 -s 480×300 -f image2 imagefile.jpg The various options: -t 1: limit to 1 frame extracted -ss 0.5: point of movie to extract from (ie seek to 0.5 seconds) -s 480×300: frame size of image to output (image resized to fit dimensions) -f image2: forces format […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Upgrade Problem Fixed (mountall/init)

(Jump to the bonus section on sorting a removed Gnome panel) I finally got round to doing the Jaunty->Karmic upgrade on a troublesome machine. Well, re-doing. I made an abortive attempt to install it on this particular exhibit of electronic arthritis back before I left for Barcelona, which ended in me reinstalling 9.04. Anyway, for […]

Installing Debian on QEMU

Since I decommissioned my home server in favour of an NSLU2 (a NAS), I’ve found myself without a Linux machine to much about with or develop on while on the go (well, whenever I can’t use my laptop). So instead I’ll be using a virtual machine by running QEMU from my USB drive. Since my […]

Installing / Replacing Flash Plugin in Firefox Portable

I was recently playing a game called Spin the Black Circle, a gravity-based game where you manoevre a ball through a series of hazards by rotating the environment the ball is in. It’s kind of Crystal Maze-y, without Patrick O’Brien playing a harmonica at you. Anyway, I went to play it on my Firefox portable […]

Firefox Beta 3

As a PortableApps Firefox user, I downloaded Beta 3 of Firefox 3. It’s pretty slick looking, and there’s a whole host of new features. I don’t like the lack of ‘go’ or ‘->’ at the end of the address bar which was useful for refreshing a page without re-POSTing, and the new location of thehome […]

This is How We Catch You Downloading

TorrentFreak are running a story about the means and methods used to track filesharers on P2P networks. The firm responsible for finding those sharing copyrighted works, Logistep AG, are using a piece of software called File Sharing Monitor.

Stretch Your Mind: Planarity

“Arrange the vertices such that no edges overlap” Planarity is a game that is simple in concept, but will have your visual processing areas tying themselves in knots. All you have to do is rearrange a bunch of vertices so that none overlap (creating a planar graph). It starts off simple but gets complex very […]