>HI-FI industry and a HDTV rant…

>The Hi-Fi industry is far behind in my opinion, and i base that on the fact that some DVDs out there (if not all of them) still use MPEG/MPEG2! Isn’t that strange? Why use the same codec as VCD?

And the worst thing about it is that the HDTV network here in Sweden also uses MPEG2! Who the hell was in charge when they decided that!

I mean, almost all of the HDTV satellites uses MPEG4, why can’t we use that, here on the ground! I really wounder how this is going to turn out in the end, the day when everyone is tired of the same old 720p/1080i and wants someting better, like 1080p? What then? Cause then they can’t use their trusty MPEG2 (god forbid if someone stops using it!).

So my final verdict is…. they are screwed! It doesn’t matter what kind of format or codec they use, they still need to change it one day or another. What a day that would be, when every single Swede get’s the news that they need to change that little black box under their HDTV…. For a small fee….

Well this turned out to be a very strange post… Anyway, leave a comment if you have an opinion about this!

//peppoj

Linux: Run Microsoft Paint In Linux! (AKA: mspaint)

Hi there!

This time i am going to show you how to run mspaint in Linux!
First of all you need to have Wine installed (which i think you have already), and then you need to grab hold of the files: mspaint and MFC42U.DLL. You can find them on most Windows XP/NT/2000 systems, If you can’t find the MFC42U.DLL file, you can get it from DLL-files.

Now place these two files in Wine’s system32 directory, which is usually in: /home/[USER]/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

Now open up a terminal and type: wine mspaint
And have fun!!

>Ubuntu/Debian: Latest Wine Version

>Although the ubuntu repositories get updated quite often, there still might be some old stuff there. And that’s the reason I’m writing this right now, the Wine version…. But never fear! Peppoj has come to rescue you! ;-)

So to ensure you have the latest version of Wine you first need to head over to WineHQ and check the version number of the development version (yeah i know), The next step is to type the following command in to the terminal:

wine --version

you should see something like:

wine-1.*

If it doesn’t mach with what you saw at WineHQ, then you know you got an old version!

To get the latest version, you need to type the following commands in the terminal:

You can skip the first line if you didn’t have Wine installed.

Good Luck!


Remove: sudo apt-get purge -fy wine && sudo apt-get -fy autoremove


Add The Key: wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- sudo apt-key add -
Add The Repositories:
For Ubuntu 7.10: sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/gutsy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
For Ubuntu 8.04: sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
For Ubuntu 8.10: sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list
For Ubuntu 9.04: sudo wget http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/sources.list.d/jaunty.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Update The Repositories: sudo apt-get -f update
Install: sudo apt-get install -ymf wine

>Speed up web browsing with Firefox/Swiftfox

>Here’s a little article, like many others about firefox, on how to speed up the web browsing a little (specially if you are using a proxy). I will not go over what all the different parameters and settings mean, I’ll leave that for your googeling goodness :)
Lets get cracking!

1.
First of all you need to locate your firefox profile.

On Linux systems it’s usually: /home/[USER]/.mozilla/firefox
On MS Windows systems: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles (i think)

2.
Next, open the “profiles.ini” (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\ on Windows) file and check for the profile that has the name “default”, and enter the “Path=” directory (%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles on Windows)

3.
Now, create a new file with your favorite text editor and name it “user.js” and paste this in:

user_pref(“network.proxy.socks_remote_dns”, true);
user_pref(“network.dns.disableIPv6”, true);
user_pref(“network.ftp.idleConnectionTimeout”, 300);
user_pref(“network.http.request.timeout”, 300);
user_pref(“network.http.keep-alive.timeout”, 600);
user_pref(“network.prefetch-next”, false);
user_pref(“network.proxy.failover_timeout”, 900);
user_pref(“config.trim_on_minimize”, true);
user_pref(“content.notify.backoffcount”, 5);
user_pref(“dom.disable_window_status_change”, true);
user_pref(“browser.cache.memory.capacity”, 65536);
user_pref(“browser.sessionhistory.max_entries”, 0);
user_pref(“browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers”, 0);
user_pref(“browser.sessionstore.enabled”, false);
user_pref(“browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash”, false);
user_pref(“dom.disable_open_click_delay”, 0);
user_pref(“plugin.expose_full_path”, true);
user_pref(“gfx.color_management.enabled”, true);
user_pref(“network.http.request.max-start-delay”, 0);
user_pref(“network.http.pipelining”, true);
user_pref(“network.http.proxy.pipelining”, true);
user_pref(“network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”, 6);
user_pref(“ui.submenuDelay”, 0);
user_pref(“content.interrupt.parsing”, true);
user_pref(“content.max.tokenizing.time”, 2250000);
user_pref(“content.notify.interval”, 750000);
user_pref(“content.notify.ontimer”, true);
user_pref(“content.switch.threshold”, 750000);
user_pref(“nglayout.initialpaint.delay”, 0);
user_pref(“network.http.max-connections”, 40);
user_pref(“network.http.max-connections-per-server”, 6);
user_pref(“network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy”, 12);
user_pref(“network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server”, 6);
user_pref(“browser.cache.memory.capacity”, 65536);

…and save

Now all you have to do is start up firefox (restart it if you had it open) and enjoy a faster browsing experience!

You can play around with these settings if you want to, and remember to restart firefox everytime you change one of these settings.