Sugar interface on a USB stick…..

Fedora Core, Linux, Opensource, Redhat, Ubuntu
Thanks to Sugar Labs you can now have your Ubuntu 8.10 or Fedora 10 linux distributions with sugar on it.....Shweet :-).  Yep you heard right, go here and grab your OLPC XO inspired 1GB USB stick image and boot all those old PC's into sugar. According to Walter Bender (the creator of Sugar OS) a new version dubbed Sucrose 0.84 is on its way soon. Complete article (including interview with Mr. Bender) is over at XConomy.
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LaserTouch….Multitouch using a projection TV and Lasers….

multitouch, Opensource, Technology
Yep you heard right....freaking lasers.....yummy. These guys have managed to turn a rear-projection TV into a multitouch surface using IR lasers. Absolutely fantastic as it (using lasers) makes the whole design a lot simpler and gets rid of the the tracking problems associated with regular IR LED based tables and ambient IR light. Although the original laser idea comes from gang, stuffing everything inside a 16" deep tv is a nice touch :-).Hacked Rear Projection TV into Multitouch from IDEO Labs on Vimeo.Below is a good rundown of the pros and cons of this setup vs. FTIR:ProsExcellent tracking results, even with lots of ambient IR light.Zero-force: Feels very natural to work with.Comparatively easy to build.Comparatively cheap to build.Comparatively fast to build.ConsAlready “sees” the finger slightly before it touches the…
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Disk for Iphone….Turn your IPhone (IpodTouch) into a portable HD.

Apple, Google, Linux, MacFUSE, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, osx Server
MacFUSE project has grown a lot since we last covered it here and here. MacFuse 2.0 is here and it's looking really nice. MacFUSE is the mac implementation of FUSE (File-system in USEr space) filesystem originally developed for Linux. For those of you who've not heard of this gem before, MacFUSE allows you to extend Mac OS X's native file handling capabilities via 3rd-party file systems. Pretty much anything that has some order to it can be turned (viewed as) into a filesystem (ie: sshfs, youtubefs). As a user, installing the MacFUSE software package will let you use any 3rd-party file system written atop MacFUSE.Disk for iPhone is a MacFUSE based filesystem that allows you to read and write files on your iPhone. It uses the MobileDevice API (like iTunes)…
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Synkron, because syncing can be such a pain….

Apple, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Windows
I know, rsync is the answer to all my prayers, at least as far as syncing data is concerned. I agree, BUT sometimes you just want a simple GUI (yes pointy/clicky) application to do the job. Well that's were synkron comes in. A simple applications that does one thing and it does it well, synchronizing your files/folders. It's multi platform and works really well. It uses tabs to setup multiple synching jobs. It supports 1-to-1 synching or what's known as multi-sync were synkron synchronises the sources one by one with their representing folder in the destination. This can be used for backups for example. It also has a scheduler/filters/blacklist and the ability to restore as well. The analyze function is also very useful as it can tell you what will be backed up before its backed up. Oh,…
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FFmpeg commands for ipod video encoding…

CLI, ffmpeg, iPod, iPodTouch, Opensource
So I found out the hard way that the new ipod's (with video out) can actually play 640x480 video and also figured out how to get iTunes to accept the encoded files (so that I could sync them with the device) is the run down:"TV-Out" mode - 1.5Mbit/s 640×480 H.264 videosBIT_RATE <= 1500 kbps640×480Up to 30 fps“Low-Complexity” H.264 Baseline Profile1 reference frameUp to H.264 level 3640 pixels maximum frame widthSample Aspect Ratio (SAR) must be 1:1UUID atom must exist containing the following hex data: 6B 68 40 F2 5F 24 4F C5 BA 39 A5 1B CF 03 23 F3....This allows you to add the video into iTunes. You need AtomicParsley for this which can be checked out from their subversion repository . See below for usage.For 1-pass encoding use:ffmpeg -i INPUT…
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ffmpeg command line quickies…..

CLI, ffmpeg, Opensource
Here are a bunch of ffmpeg command lines that will do just about everything you need.Getting info from a video fileffmpeg -i video.aviTurn a sequence of images into videoffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg video.mpgTurn a video into a sequence of imagesffmpeg -i video.mpg image%d.jpgEncode video for Ipod/IPhoneffmpeg -i source_video_file.avi -acodec aac -ab 128kb -vcodec mpeg4 -b 1200kb -mbd 2 -flags +4mv -trell 1 -aic 2 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -s 320x180 -title X output_file.mp4Encode video for PSPffmpeg -i source_video_file.avi -b 300 -s 320x240 -vcodec xvid -ab 32 -ar 24000 -acodec aac output_file.mp4ORffmpeg -i "OriginalFile.avi" -f psp -r 29.97 -b 768k -ar 24000 -ab 64k -s 320x240 "OutputFile.mp4"Extract audio from a video file and save it as mp3 formatffmpeg -i source_video_file.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 output_file.mp3Convert…
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UNetbootin takes care of all your USB Linux installtion blues….

Fedora Core, free, Linux, Opensource, Ubuntu
I'd covered Fedora's Live USB creator a while back. But for those of you wanting to install other flavours of linux on a USB stick (or a HD even), the process was lengthy and cumbersome. That was before UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer. You see UNetbootin can be run from Linux or Windows and will enable you to install a fully functional linux distro to a USB stick or even a spare partition.The current version has built-in support for the following distributions:Ubuntu (and official derivatives)6.06 LTS6. LTSDebianStable/EtchTesting/LennyUnstable/SidLinux Mint3.14.05-r1openSUSE10.210.311.0FactoryArch Linux2007.08Damn Small Linux4.4SliTazStableCookingPuppy Linux4.00FreeBSD6.37.0NetBSD4.0Fedora789RawhidePCLinuxOS20072008Gentoo2007.02008.0Zenwalk5.2Slax6Dreamlinux3.2EliveDevelopmentCentOS45Mandriva2007.12008.02008.1FaunOS0.5.4Frugalware LinuxStableTestingCurrentSo go ahead and try some of those acquired flavors of Linux, or that FreeBSD you always wanted to install, but were too scared to. After all it's only a USB stick, if it screws up just format and reinstall…
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JumpBox: Super simple way of getting web services deployed.

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Parallels Desktop, Virtual Hosts, VMware, Windows
If you read our "Open Source Lovin' for your Server" earlier this year and thought "that's too much trouble", here is an even easier way to sample preconfigured Open Source Application Servers at your own leasure. Be it for developement, fun, backup or even production, you can not beat JumpBox at simplicity. What they've done is basically created a virtual machine running linux with all the preconfigurations done for you. What this means is that I can -- just by downloading a ~160MB file -- run a full blown, preconfigured Wordpress site in 2-3 minutes -- of which 1-2 minutes are used up by parallels to boot the JumpBox virtual machine. You can even jump over to their blog and check out how you can setup your JumpBox to run…
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Suse 10.1 to 10.3 upgrade Episode 3

Linux, Opensource, SuSE
Well in Episode 3 of our saga Many goes bald (again) and (almost) drop kicks the server out the window. After going through the pain of installing 10.1 and updating everything I proceeded to upgrade to OpenSuSE 10.3. The upgrade went okay as far as the boot DVD was concerned (no errors during boot), but the dreaded SCSI errors from Episode 1 came back when I finished the upgrade and rebooted the machine. After about 10 minutes of repeating the F-word to the machine I decided to check on the net again, this time not at, but at their linux centric search page Well I have to admit, google is really god :-). Someone there had suggested an upgrade to the Adaptec PERC 3Di raid scsi card that…
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