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Wanted: A Google I/O 2011 Ticket

Friday, February 18th, 2011

[SOLVED: I was finally able to catch a Google IO ticket. See you in SF!]

Because the registration site for Google I/O 2011 was crap I was unable to get a ticket. ;-(

Therefore, I’m searching for a Google I/O 2011 ticket (either Academia or Regular).
If you want to sell one, please contact me and I’ll buy it for a reasonable price.

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I’d really like to go this year…

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Flattermann / SqueezeCommander on Twitter

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

flattermann.net and SqueezeCommander are now available on Twitter (@flattermann09):

http://twitter.com/flattermann09

Stay tuned!

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dvd::rip How to solve the “AVI file has no video data” problem in Cluster mode

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

dvd::rip is a full featured DVD copy program written in Perl. It provides an easy to use but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process. It uses the widely known video processing swissknife transcode and many other Open Source tools. dvd::rip itself is licensed under GPL / Perl Artistic License.”

It works pretty good and can also make use of multiprocessor CPUs by using the “Cluster Mode”, i.e. you start n nodes on your PC and dvd::rip will do the load balancing.

Unfortunately, some users (including me) have encountered a problem in cluster mode:
The process will stop with an error of “AVI file has no video data” for PSU1 while merging the video files.

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BlackVPN: A global OpenVPN service

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Many websites restrict the access to their content by geo IP.
E.g. you cannot access the BBC streams outside of UK, you cannot access Netflix/Hulu/Pandora outside of USA and so on…

The solution to this problem is to use a VPN service that will give you an IP of the country of your choice.

I’ve now tried BlackVPN, a global OpenVPN service, located in the Netherlands.

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Using a SheevaPlug as SqueezeBoxServer

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

You want to have the benefits of a local SqueezeBoxServer but avoid a high power consuming PC running 24/7?

In this case, you should take a look at the SheevaPlug embedded PC.

It’s not exactly very pretty, but it’s cheap (~100$) and it serves it purpose. It uses a 1.2GHz ARM CPU, 512MB RAM and uses as little as 2.3W (idle) to 7W (100% CPU usage).

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Mobile UMTS access in Germany with Linux

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

As mentioned, I’ve got an Asus EeePC 901 Go.

It’s very nice to have internet-everywhere via the internal UMTS G3.5 modem, and this is very easy to accomplish with (Debian) Linux.

I’ve written a small HowTo that describes the necessary steps.
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Mobile GPRS internet access in India via Airtel

Monday, March 16th, 2009

I’m currently in India and tried to get GPRS internet access using a mobile phone and a laptop. In fact, I’ve written this blog article in the middle of nowhere between Bikaner and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan). ;-)

So, I bought an Indian prepaid SIM card (I’ve choosen Airtel). That was the easy part. With this SIM card I can make calls to Germany for a few rupies (around 10 Rupies=0.15€ per minute).

But getting the GPRS internet access working was a bit more complicated. Airtel SIM cards do not have GPRS activated out-of-the-box.

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flattermann.net becomes beer-ware ;-)

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

As we all know, getting some monetary appreciation for your (open source) work is not easy.

Everybody likes to use open source software / projects /content, but most people are not willing to contribute to these project.

Let’s take a look at flattermann.net. My main open source projects at the moment are Hattrick Organizer (aYcon and I are the only developers for HO1), OpenTableTrick (it’s just me) and research for Hattrick.org (I did create the new rating prediction and the new training speed prediction formulas).

  • Hattrick Organizer is by far the most popular manager assistant for Hattrick.org (we have around 100.000 downloads per month)
  • OpenTableTrick was downloaded more than 2.200 times since its release at christmas 2008
  • The (rating/training) prediction formulas that I’ve created are the most accurate formulas for Hattrick.org (as far as I know), they are incorporated in many other Hattrick.org tools

This blog has a donate button for some time, but until now, nobody has donated a single cent.

I’ve also tried to get some revenue by adding Google ads to the page, but (of course) nobody clicks on these ads. Google does not pay anything for just showing the ads, only for clicks on them.

To be honest, I do not click on ads on other sites either and I also have AdBlock plus installed. ;-)

Nevertheless, I spend a nice amount of time for these open source projects, so it’s a little bit disappointing… I don’t want to get rich with open source projects, but it would be nice if I could pay the server rent or my Hattrick.org supportership with donations.

Therefore, I’ve added a new way to support me:

You can now buy me a beer!

At the end of every post, there is now a “Buy me a beer” button. If you like to easy my pain, then use it and buy me one. :-)

Alternatively, I do also accept donations for coffee or cigarettes, the programmer’s favourite “food”. ;-)

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