Archive for ‘May, 2007’

Robots.txt 2.0

datePosted on 22:30, May 31st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Since the introduction of google maps streets view two days ago, people are going crazy in trying to zoom in and find hidden gems in those captured images. If you don’t know about this click on the link above and you’ll see what I’m talking about, or you can just go to and zoom down to street level in either NYC or San Francisco and push the new Street View button (top right corner of the map). Really cool and well–atleast according to some on the net–Scary!!! So the question is:

Do we need someway of telling the google van that we don’t want to be in their photographs? Judge for yourselves….

How to use a custom DNS name with blogger

datePosted on 10:55, May 31st, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

So I finally broke down and registered with I’ve used their service for my own canadian domain, so I figured, why not. Under I was doing all kinds of redirects to get to point to (which is the standard addressing scheme for blogs on blogger). Now, here is how I got my custom domain name ( to work:

  1. Obviously first register your domain name. I went over to (.com is the same company) and registered (I use the DNS-Only service & Registry Fees)
  2. Give them about 2-4 hours to propagate the DNS information. Do not change anything during this time.
  3. Now after about 4 hours go back and login. You should see the Members page and somewhere in there there should be a listing of the domains you own under domain settings. Click the DNS command next to the domain you want to use and you should see a page with a bunch of stuff relating to your brand new domain.
  4. Scroll down to hosts section and delete all the predefined hosts (click the check box next to them and delete).
  5. Now on that same page (you might have to navigate back to it from the members page) under aliases setup a CNAME (alias) for www with the corresponding A Record (host) for and press next to submit it. Make sure it says www only and and nothing else.
  6. Now you have to wait another couple of hours for the new information to propagate.
  7. Log back into your easydns account and check the domain information page it should have a CNAME (alias) for (Note the terminating DOT) and a Point to A Record (host) of (Note the terminating DOT).
  8. Now log into your blogger account and switch to the settings page. Look under publishing tab and select Switch to: Custom Domain. Fill the Your Domain field with and press Save Settings.
  9. Wait another 10 minutes and try going to and/or Both should work at this point.

Screencasts of Installing MythTV Via MythDora 4.0

datePosted on 00:30, May 30th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

MythDora 4.0–Fedora Core 6.0 plus MythTV costumizations–is out. It is designed to format your hard drive and install everything needed for a fully functional MythTV System. has created a three-part screencast of the installation process covering MythDora installation, configuration, and MythTV setup.

The Perfect Beer

datePosted on 00:20, May 30th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

You wanna be a star??…….

datePosted on 00:11, May 30th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Well now that the guys are doing it, I guess everyone will want to know. Yes, you can go to these websites and “ITube” yourself…..LIVE!!!!

Well, go on then, there is a world of people waiting to see you pick your nose on the net :-)


datePosted on 23:58, May 29th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Okay just came across Stage6…..and one word….WOW. I think we finally have something that will compete directly with TV (SD or HD) that is actually flexible enough for artists to create custom frame sizes in (think 2.35 aspect for your youtube movies with divx codec). Very nice…..

Check it out at:

Okay this was relatively simple…..

  1. Make sure you can either ssh and become root and/or run xterm and become root on your N800.
  2. Ssh to the N800 and become root (either through sudo grainroot or something similar)
  3. Goto kbdd‘s website and download kbdd.tar.gz onto your N800.
  4. Extract it to root’s home directory using tar -zvlf kbdd.tar.gz and cd to kbdd.
  5. Unfold the keyboard/insert battries/press the button on top right corner and make sure the LED beside it starts blinking.
  6. In Ssh client type hcitool scan to scan for bluetooth devices. If you have more than 1 device you might see multiple entries. Note the Bluetooth address in form of xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx . You will need this in the next step.
  7. Use vi (in ssh session) to edit the file btkbd.conf and make it look as follows:
  8. BDADDR="xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx"

  9. Where xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx is the Bluetooth Address you got at step 6 and PORTNUM is the Bluetooth serial port number the script creates (2 should be safe, try not to use 0/1 as they are used for Cell phone connections).
  10. Make sure your Keyboard and N800 are not paired before starting this process. If they are paired, delete the pairing first. Make keyboard discoverable (press the top right button beside the LED) and run btkbd command from ssh command line. Wait for a pop-up on your N800 and type 0000 as the pairing code.
  11. If everything is working you should be able to type on the BT keyboard now. You can run btkbd again to stop the deamon.
  12. If it works you can add menu shortcut. Just run the script in kbdd directory.

Streaming DV with VLC in Linux…..

datePosted on 15:01, May 28th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Thought this might be useful for someone:

Install the libraw1394 and libavc1394

If you want to be able to stream from a DV camcorder, then you need to install the libraries libraw1394 and libavc1394:

If you use a Fedora Core distribution then you just need to install the libraries using:

%yum update
%yum install libraw1394 libavc1394

If you want to install the libraries from the source then you must download them from the libraw1394 and libavc1394 from their projects website. If you have a distribution that uses udev, then you must add/change the following line to the file 50-udev.rules in your /etc/udev/rules.d directory.

%vi /etc/udev/rules.d/50-udev.rules
# IEEE1394 (firewire) devices (must be before raw devices below)
KERNEL==”raw1394″, NAME=”%k”
KERNEL==”dv1394″, NAME=”dv1394/%k”
KERNEL==”video1394*”, NAME=”video1394/%n”

The following sections assume that you have a working linux installation with the IEEE 1394 (Firewire) libraries installed, either manually from the source code or through your distributions upgrade mechanism.

Stream with DV

Connect the DV camcorder with a Firewire cable to your computer, and check the creation of the file /dev/raw1394.

Run VLC with the following command line :

% vlc -vvv dv/rawdv:///dev/raw1394 -dv-caching 10000 –sout ‘#transcode{vcodec=WMV2,vb=512,scale=1,acodec=mp3,ab=192,channels=2}:std{access=mmsh,mux=asfh,url=:8080}’ –sout-transcode-fps=25.0


  • dv/rawdv:// is the DV input and /dev/raw1394 the device file
  • dv-caching is the delay is miliseconds (ms) (start with a high value, 10s or so, and lower it later)
  • sout is the stream output chain that is used to stream the DV camcorder as a multimedia stream over the network. The transcode syntax is explained in the chapter about transcoding. The example as given above generates a multimedia stream that is compatible with Windows Media Player
  • sout-transcode-fps is the number of pictures per second 25.0 that the transcode module should generate of the requested audio/video codec.

HDHomeRun: Multicast

datePosted on 14:58, May 28th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Using hdhomerun_config command you issue the following (after tuning into the channel ofcourse):

1) hdhomerun_config set /tuner0/target none
2) hdhomerun_config set /tuner0/channel qam:
a) hdhomerun_config set /tuner0/streaminfo
3) hdhomerun_config set /tuner0/program
4) hdhomerun_config set /tuner0/target

MCast Address is in range of: –>

HDHomeRun: Ports and LED layout

datePosted on 14:57, May 28th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou


Single LED – Power.

Window – left to right:
– Ethernet link.
– Tuner 0 streaming video.
– Tuner 1 streaming video.
– IR detector.


Looking at the back – left to right:
– Power.
– Ethernet.
– Tuner 1.
– Tuner 0.