LUKS Encrypted Disks under Ubuntu 10.10

By | April 2, 2011

This posting is mostly just a reference for myself since I don’t do this often enough for me to have it memorized.  These are the steps I use to create LUKS encrypted disks to use as a backup target that I can take off-site.  Since they’re off site and stored in my desk where others may have access… Read More »


Linux Soft Phone Roundup

By | November 12, 2010

I’ve been working heavily with VoIP for the last couple of years, and every few months I find myself looking at SIP soft phones again.  I haven’t really used them at all under Linux in a long time because none of them quite fit my needs or are as good as the ones available under Windows.  Because of… Read More »


Open Source and other nuggets

By | September 15, 2010

The silence for the last few months has been because my life got crazy.  I’ve been spending a lot of time working and what hasn’t been working has been spent in preparation for our new baby.  Yes, thats right, baby.  In 2006 we were told by a fertility doctor that we would likely never have kids.  We didn’t… Read More »


Moving to MythTV Part 2 – The Frontend

By | April 24, 2010

So, in the last 3 weeks I’ve done a lot with MythTV.  Most notably, I’ve finished the frontend system that is connected to our TV.  There was a lot of trial and error, frustration and an entire system replacement, but its now up and near perfect. So, a week and a half ago Comcast got installed.  I didn’t… Read More »


Moving to MythTV Part 1

By | April 3, 2010

Going to preface this by stating this will be a multi-part blog post, and I have no idea how many parts there will be when I’m all finished.  Oh, and like most other things I write, it will probably be really verbose.  Sorry ’bout that, its just the way I tend to write. So, lets begin then. This… Read More »


Remote Desktop on Xubuntu 9.10

By | November 25, 2009

So I was planning to work from home on the Friday after thanksgiving so I wanted to be able to access my work desktop from home just in case.  Normally I just ssh and use terminals and such, but for some reason I decided I wanted a full desktop.  I use Xubuntu at home and at the office,… Read More »


Fedora out, Xubuntu in

By | June 21, 2009

The number of minor annoyances in Fedora 11 turned into a major annoyance.  Last Saturday I wiped Fedora 11 from my home machine and installed Xubntu, which is the Xfce-centric Ubuntu distribution.  I did the same on my office machine on Wednesday. Overall, I’m quite pleased with Xubuntu and Ubuntu in general.  For the most part, everything just… Read More »


Fedora 11 First Impressions

By | June 13, 2009

So this week I did something unprecedented for me.  I downloaded and installed a new Fedora release the same week it was released officially.  After reading a bit about how stable and quick it is for others I decided to take the plunge.  I’ve now installed it on three machines (in this order): My laptop, an older Toshiba… Read More »


MediaTomb revisited

By | April 18, 2009

As I mentioned before, I keep coming back to MediaTomb, playing with it for a few hours and then going back to uShare.  Not this time.  For the last couple of days I’ve been reading a lot more on the MediaTomb wiki, particularly the scripting pages. I’m not sure why it wasn’t obvious to me before, but somehow… Read More »


FUPPES Revisited

By | April 14, 2009

So after a bit more Googling, I took another look at FUPPES.  The “release” (SVN-578) seems quite a bit more stable.  The version I was working with is SVN-634, which is the latest from the author’s subversion repository.  It still has the mostly the same pros and cons.  The stable version doesn’t automatically watch directories, though.  So the… Read More »