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Sunday, November 21st, 2004

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Double whammy
As I've mentioned before, I've been thinking of picking up a hobby language for Linux. Part of what has been holding me back is I have nothing to code, no task to solve. My gf asked me to write her a Doogie Howser style journal program, and she wants it to play the music too. This seems like as good a task as any.

My question is, what would be a reasonable language for something like that? I was thinking something high-level like python or maybe even a shell script. Any suggestions? And how difficult would it be to work in a midi or something for the theme song?
The Windows dual boot that won't/Linux video editing software
As I posted to a usenet windows group, and you folks will probably find amusing <G>.

Up until recently I was running a dual boot system. Win2K and Debian Linux. Things were running fine, then I started have some problems so I decided to upgrade the hardware.

Upgraded to:

K7VTA3 Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 3400 Processor
ATI Radeon 7500 All-In-Wonder (Used on original system with no problems)
Maxtor 120GB Harddrive (Partitioned into 2 30GB windows partitions and a 60GB
linux partition)
17" Megavision TFT LCD Monitor

Linux installed just fine. Windows bombs every time I try to install. It appears to install then freezes up at the "Windows 2000 Professional" splash screen. Interestingly enough, when I tried to install Windows98 I also had MAJOR problems.

Anybody have any idea what's going on? I have NEVER heard of an install sequence where LINUX works fine and WINDOWS doesn't.

One suggestion made on that group was that the Win2K cd might be toast.

I had thought of that one actually, and tried on a separate lower grade system:

onboard VIA Samuel2 1Giga Pro processor (133MHz)
VIA VT133 chipset
onboard video, audio and network
1/2 Gig of RAM
Same monitor

Win2K installed with no problems at all.

While this does give me a Windows box for some of the things I still need Windows for (ie, can't convince everybody I contract for to switch to linux <G>) it doesn't give me Windows on the box with the video capture card. Which means that until (and unless) I figure out what's going on I am going to have to transfer back and forth between two machines (one of the roomies has a video capture card on his machine) so that I can do the capture and edit work I do on occasion.

Anybody ever see this happen before?

On the flip side. Does anybody here know of either freeware or low cost video edit software that (preferably) has a .deb install? I commonly capture to and edit as straight .mpeg (ie mpeg1). Having .mpeg2 would be nice but not absolutely necessary. I've tried to STFW <G> but apparently I am not setting my search parameters correctly.

So yes, I have a relatively high-end system where Linux, including sound, installs and Windows won't. Eat your heart out BG. Eat your heart out. <G>

Current Mood: confused
Point and click my ass.
A few applications, primarily Sylpheed and Gaim - started using a new file selection screen. One that doesn't let you type in the path / and you have to navigate through a rather annoying screen. I'm figuring it's a GTK thing. My question is, does anyone know if there's a way to make GTK give me a more useful way to cruise around?

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Current Mood: annoyed
user-mounted FAT volume
I have a 40gig FAT drive hooked up for my media files. Right now, when I boot up the system mounts it to the proper locations and everything, but it's only read/writeable as root. I'd like to have the system automount it with full rights to regular users.

The workaround I've been using is unmounting as root, and remounting as normal user. This works all well and good, but I'd prefer if the system mounted it properly for me on boot. Google came up with many fstab related results but none seemed to have what i was looking for. My current fstab entry for that drive is

/dev/hdb1 /mnt/d vfat user,auto 0 0

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