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DIY Century Compact Flash to SATA adapter

datePosted on 19:01, April 23rd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

This little guy supports 3 CF cards and can be used to make a relatively cheap SSD card out of everyday CF cards. That’s a quickie 96GB SSD for about $450 (plus $192.57 for the adapter plus shipping) given current on-line prices. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a 64GB SSD card for around $1000. So go grab a couple of these and make your laptop run like lightning.

Format Wars…

datePosted on 21:45, July 24th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

There is a great article over on talking about Format Wars. So you want to know what would have happened if BeOS didn’t cost $400 million….Well maybe “it would make BeOS the operating system of choice for Apple Macs. It would also prevent Steve Jobs from returning to that company. In turn, this would put an end to all that silly iPod business and make MiniDisc the dominant force in portable music.”

Gotta love what if’s :-)

Guitar Heronoid

datePosted on 12:21, July 17th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

The credit for the discovery of this one I guess goes to the anonymous poster who commented on our “Wii Controller Hacking” post.

Anyways, what the heck is a Guitar Heronoid, you ask? Well, It’s a “Guitar Hero Humanoid”, I guess. A neat project brought to you by GarageGeeks members Rafael Mizrahi and Tal Chalozin.

Iphone is so yesterday…..I want a MyPhone

datePosted on 14:24, July 10th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

So Iphone is all the rage now and if you don’t have one you’re not cool….right? Well, not exactly. You see there is this whole movement out there that believes your phone should be YOURS, not Apples, not MS’s, not anyone elses. I believe Nokia is getting there with the N800, but they are not quite there (ie: N800 is not really a phone). Well fear not, the people at Openmoko are taking that challenge on. A totally opensource GSM 2.5G world phone. You buy it and it’s yours to do with whatever you wish. It runs linux, but since even the processor is pretty much open, you can write your own OS for it (ok, so maybe that’s a bit far fetched). The standard phone and dev kit costs $300, or you can buy the hacker pack (includes a debug board, second battery, case) for $450. No contract, no limits, no locks. I just can’t figure out the Matrix reference (Neo) and it’s relation to 1973 (was that a good year?)…..

The Perfect Beer

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

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.

Email post with picture attatchment

datePosted on 20:44, May 25th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Ok, here is test1 for email posting using N800 as the device