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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How to record streaming WMV/ASF/MMS videos

In this howto I will be using mplayer to do the trick.

If you are using Linux you need to install mplayer, in debian you can simply type:
apt-get install mplayer
Otherwise you can get it both for Windows and other distros right here. (This will work for Windows as well, but I will from here on only explain how it works in Linux).

Next you simply start dumping/recording your stream like this in Linux:
mplayer -dumpstream mms://**********************

Mplayer will now start dumping/recording your stream :)

Common problem:
Stream not seekable!
nop_streaming_read error : Resource temporarily unavailable

If this happens after a while you probably just have to start over again, I could not find any solution for this anywhere else. The same think happened to me while trying to dump/record a stream from Nrk, but I simply tried again a little later on and it worked like a charm.

While recording you can easily playback the video. Simply play the dump like this:
mplayer stream.dump

Happy dumping! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Nikon D90 and Linux

Easy howto:
1.) Install digikam which is a great tool for handling your photos.
apt-get install digikam
2.) Launch digikam,
Import -> Camera -> Add Camera -> Autodetect

You are ready to go :)

Tips: Check my post here about how to get a D90 remote for only $3.88 including all shipping and handling(worldwide).

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Canon MP620 with Linux (Debian)

First install cups:
apt-get install cupsys

Then go to the configuration page for cups: http://locahost:631
Select Add Printer, and when asked for Device type, simply select ipp. In the next step simply type the printers IP. If you are unsure about the IP, scan your network with nmap like this:
nmap -sP (will scan entire C-class network)
and the IPs for the printer will show up.

Next step it will probably ask for what printer you have, and it also gives you the option to add a ppd(driver). Go to this page and download and extract the english ppd you need. Next upload the ppd, and your printer shall now be ready to go :)