mythtv, linux, hardware, electric, software

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Replace cable tv subscription with satellite tv

We want:
- Easily have access to a lot more channels
- Cheaper hardware
- Choice in hardware and subscriptions to different providers
- HD channels
- Recording on mythtv
- TV Vlaanderen provider (unfortunately the only way we can get our local channels).

We do not want:
- Limited channel listings only, one size does not fit all
- Leased hardware
- Expensive subscription
- Dependence on one provider
- Support monopolies which use proprietary dvb (i.e. Belgacom and Telenet).

Drupal v6 module: vocabulary based action

This drupal module needs taxonomy and trigger enabled.
It lets you define an e-mail template and choose multiple vocabularies.
If a new node is created it will check its taxonomy terms against the chosen vocabularies and send an e-mail if it matches.

PHPEclipse

Eclipse v3.2 and PHPEclipse v1.1.9 (latest) combination does not work in Ubuntu (intrepid ibex).
You will have to use the previous PHPEclipse version which is v1.1.8.
Find it on the sourceforge download page.

Special note for ubuntu users: remove the openjdk and gij packages and then apt-get sun-java6-jdk !

Upgrade to Mythbuntu

I took a shot at installing Mythbuntu over a working but dead-end custom Debian installation. A few helpful remarks:
  • When configuring tv-out during installation I forgot it is normal when getting no signal on the monitor after the reboot of the first installation. So choose recovery boot option and select the option to repair x when given a choice.

tv_grab_be replacement

The site hosting data seemingly disabled access so tv_grab_be could not prune it anymore.
Fortunately, I found this article and in the comments somebody stated a replacement is out!

EDIT: after a couple of months I get this error: Error ....... : TCP 124362R 124356H
After a fair bit of googling I found one other person having the same problem. He reported that it worked allright on another machine. And it did! I have no idea what is causing this.

JPeg image keywords tagger

I have lots of pictures that need to be categorized so I looked into a standard that is used to embed keywords into pictures. Apparently the IPTC standard does that.
This utility was programmed in python and converted to windows exe with py2exe.
It uses this python class to handle the IPTC data of an image.
You can download the windows files here and the bytecode here. Just decompress them somewhere and read the README.txt inside.
The bytecode requires you to download and install wxpython.

Open LDAP on Debian

Begin by installing the server with a 'apt-get install slapd'

Optionally you can install this web admin tool: 'apt-get install phpldapadmin'.
It's great to easily add entries with the predefined templates.
According to this wiki you can change the awkward login to avoid typing the full dn of the user you want to login with.
Edit the phpldapadmin.conf file:

replace
$ldapservers->SetValue($i,'login','attr','dn');
with
$ldapservers->SetValue($i,'login','attr','uid');

Debian etch on a Asus P5GC motherboard

The onboard NIC is not detected with the default kernel.
Add the debian backports repository to your sources.list: 'deb http://www.backports.org/debian etch-backports main'. Don't forget to do a 'apt-get update'.
You need this to download a more recent kernel image. I used 'aptidude' to select the following packages.

  • linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
  • atl2-modules-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686

Restart and the onboard NIC should be detected.

Server installfest

Half a week into my one week vacation I decided to go ahead and upgrade my server to a respectable HD size.

Debian woody was chugging along fine but I wanted to check the Ubuntu server edition anyway.

Unfortunately I struggled for a whole day to get my RAID up and running but without success.
This is what I learned:
It would seem that the device files would NOT be created on time before the mdadm script during init would run.

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