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Linux Journal had a tech tip on how to save an online video to your hard drive: Tech Tip: Save an Online Video with your Browser (no extensions needed)

This totally works. However, I found a simpler solution than their method. So far, every Flash video I play ends up in /tmp as an extention-less file that begins with “Flash”. Try running

ls /tmp | grep Flash

If you get just one return, then you can run

find /tmp -name "Flash*" -exec cp '{}' flash.flv ';'

This will find anything in /tmp that starts with “Flash” and copy it to your home folder as “flash.flv”. Of course, you still have to wait until the video finishes buffering before running the find command.


Previously I posted, pointing to a tutorial on converting AVI files to DVD. The tutorial below builds on that one, using different tools for the conversion of the input file to an MPG format.  Please be aware that the DVD created by following these steps will not have a menu.

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Get ubuntu-restricted-extras and a lot more.  Check out the Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 Post Installation Guide.

Bulk rename files – from the GUI or the command line

When I started usng Xubuntu last year, I was really impressed with the Thunar file manager’s plug-in for renaming multiple files.  In fact, when I switched over to using Gnome, I made sure to install Thunar to keep that amazing functionality.  I use it all the time for cleaning up directories of media: pictures from digital cameras, music files, videos.  You can use it for folders as well as files.

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Check out the following articles for how to use a Linux tool called chntpw (which being translated means: change NT password) to delete a Windows password.

I have used a live-cd that I found here to delete passwords before.  Basically, it boots up a minimal Linux instance and uses the chntpw to delete the passwords.  This tool has the added benefit of automatically finding the location of the SAM file.  The guides above, however, have the benefit of working from any live-cd that has an internet connection (so you can use apt-get to install chntpw).

The other day, a co-worker was in my office, and we needed to search for a spreadsheet on the server shared drive. I (shamefully) had to boot up my VirtualBox instance of XP in order to use the gui search function in it. All the while I kept thinking, “A real nerd would know how to do this at the command prompt.”

So today I did some research. I had already heard of the tools find and locate.  And I have been using grep in different situations (like to limit results from other commands).  But I never really knew how to use these tools to find exactly what I was looking for.  Fortunately (and this is one of the best parts about using Linux) many nerds have gone before me and documented what they know.  So a simple Google search is often all it takes to step up my Linux game.

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I found a great explanation of using regex with OO.o’s search and replace feature in Writer: Searching and replacing paragraph returns (carriage returns), tabs, and other special characters in OpenOffice Writer.

Cut & Paste Chmod Calculator, where have you been all my life?

Thanks to the Masters of the Linux Universe for pointing this out to me.

Check out this post on the Linux Mint Blog about a Mint user who bought a new PC from Dell, rejected the EULA, and… get this… got a refund!

He donated his refund to Linux Mint. Way to not only beat the Microsoft tax, but to negate it by giving the money to the Open Source world.

I had used k9copy to make backups of some of the DVDs in my collection, but instead of selecting the final output as .iso files, I had set k9copy to produces title set folders.  After learning that my favourite media player (VLC) would play an .iso file just as if it were on an actual DVD.  So I needed a way to transform my TS folders into .iso files.  After some research, I found that mkisofs could do the trick.

The syntax for mkisofs is pretty straightforward, though different from some other input/output tools.  In order to generate my .iso files, I used the following options in mkisofs:

  • -o to indicate the output file location and name
  • -V to set the volume label on the .iso file (which VLC displays when it begins playing the file)
  • -dvd-video to generate a DVD-Video compliant UDF file system

The general format for the mkisofs command is

mkisofs [options] file

So, if your AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS  are located in /home/dude/ts_folders/mydvd, and you want your .iso file to be /home/dude/dvdisos/mydvd.iso, then you could use the following command

mkisofs -dvd-video -o /home/dude/dvdisos/mydvd.iso -V MYDVD /home/dude/ts_folders/mydvd/