Let it Snow… Please, don't Let it Snow…

Normally I would be thrilled about these weather conditions, but today I’ve gotta drive downstate. This is no good. I’m looking out my window now, and there’s still snow coming down. There was a healthy break, and the radar looks like it’ll break again shortly, but man, I’m hoping that the interstates are clear. I really need to get downstate today, and I pray the weather will let me. It would be very nice if it did.

Adept, Welcome to Your Installer (5 of ?)

Okay, so I know I’m late. Sorry ’bout that. My wife gave me this new game and with that and work and hacking and cool videos that I’ve been blogging I’ve neglected you. I’m a naughty chicken. Can you ever forgive me? Aww, thanks, you’re a sweetie. Let me make it up to you. How? Well, let’s start by talking about Adept Updater!
adept notifier iconOkay, so have you ever seen this icon before? This is the adept notifier, and it will tell you when you’ve got things to update! How insanely cool is that? I think it’s pretty darn cool, and I think you do too… even if you won’t admit it out loud. Why don’t you click it and see what happens? You know you want to….
kdesu adept_updaterSo, once you’ve clicked it you’ll see the ‘kdesu adept_updater’ kdesu window pop up. Go ahead and type your user password in there and hit enter to get the main dialog to show up. This is how KDE allows you, a normal user, to execute programs intended to be run by root. Since adept_updater actually installs programs, it needs root access.
Welcome to Adept UpdaterSo now you get this lovely window that pops up. If you click the “Fetch List of Updates” button, you’ll see an interface that is pretty familiar. First you’ll see adept_updater fetch updates from your sources.list, and then it’ll present you with a list of updates with the needed activities for the upgrade to take place. This doesn’t just show you new versions of programs, but it also includes any new dependencies, and allows you to manage conflicts. From here you can do everything to the packages displayed in adept_manager, even uninstall and purge.
Well, that’s it. That’s adept_updater. Don’t believe me? Try using it. It’ll work.
I’ll now open this to questions. If you have any questions about adept, I’ll answer them in comments, or if they warrant their own post, I’ll make a new post for them. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series. I’m going to continue talking about programs that I like, and if you want me to do other topics, let me know. I’m always open to ideas. Nighty night.

Bounty Offered: GPL2+'ed Streamlined fla2avi

manchicken announces a Free software bounty!
Price: I can currently put up $20 for this. If anybody is interested in helping fund this bounty, please contact me at manchicken (at) members.fsf.org.
Synopsis: This is a bounty for a program that will convert videos from YouTube and other popular flash video sites to a non-encrypted video codec with a Free software implementation. Check the specifications below for more information.

  • The program must integrate seemlessly with at least one major GUI web browser distributed with a Free software license (preferably Konqueror or Firefox/IceWeasel)
  • The program must be turned in licensed under the GPL version 2 or later (the or later is required)
  • The program must come with a stand-alone executable as well as the browser integration, so that further integration may be possible
  • The program must depend on absolutely no proprietary software
  • From inside the browser, the integration layer must provide an intuitive interface that will convert a selected flash object into an AVI or other non-encrypted video with a Free software codec that is legal to install in the United States
  • The program must be compatible with flash version 7 or higer (higher is better) without requiring any proprietary software
  • The program must be reasonably stable, as determined by all representatives of all funding parties
  • The program must be programmed in a language with that has GPLv2+ compatible runtimes and build environments
  • The program would hopefully function on multiple Free software operating systems, but must function on a GNU operating system running a Linux kernel
  • The stand-alone program must take two arguments: the URL and the output file

A Free software license in this specification refers to a software license recognized as a Free license by the Free Software Foundation. You may find this list by clicking here.
Terms of Acceptance:

  • The program must be subjected to no fewer than 2 review processes where all interested funding parties are present or represented
  • The program must be subjected to at least one comprehensive code review where all interested funding parties are present or represented
  • The program must be documented to the satisfaction of the funding parties
  • There is no expiration date for this bounty, but the bounty must be claimed within 60 days of the initial release of the program.
  • This bounty does expire when a program implementing more than half of the functional specifications has been released for 60 days
  • This bounty shall be paid in United States Dollars, and the recipient is liable taxes, etc.

To claim this bounty, email manchicken (at) members.fsf.org.

Beaucoup de Stallman en les Langues Etranges!

Okay, so if you like Stallman, and you like… foreign languages… this is the post for you. YouTube and manchicken proudly present, beaucoup de Stallman en les langues etrages!
(no, I don’t speak french, but like many arrogant people I pretend like I do; if you’d like to translate in the comments, please feel free)

I love YouTube. I encourage you to learn now to rip flash into AVI for tthe purposes of using Free Software with your YouTube. Someone should write a KIO slave for that (hint hint).
I’ll be announcing a Free software bounty here soon. If you’re interested, pay attention to my next post for specs and amount!!!

House Hunting!

So any of you who have been house hunting in a small town will know what I’m about to go through. Today, my wife and I will be humbling ourselves at a grocery store in a small town to locate some rental properties. We’re looking in the lovely town of Manteno (if you know any places around there let me know) today. It’ll be pretty awesome. Wish us luck.

Geek Out my Friends!

For those of you who say there’s nothing but crap on YouTube, I have proof that you are 100% incorrect. Below is the link to the world’s coolest YouTube video. You should really see this. If you do not have a Flash plugin, check out the Windows 386 post for a link on how to convert flash to AVI.
Click here to watch the video
Those machines look like they took forever to put together.

Remember the Ubuntu Wiki!

Hello all you happy people. I’ve been noticing that people–myself included–are asking many questions without checking available resources first. This is my way of chastising myself and reminding others of this wonderful thing that Ubuntu did. It’s called a Wiki, and it is of near-infinite use. Almost anything that you want about your Ubuntu system you can learn from that Wiki. This includes things like tutorials on how to install codecs, setting up MythTV, setting up Xen, and many other useful things.
Just look how useful they are. Here’s how you can install some codecs…
Just visit http://wiki.ubuntu.com and search. I am always amazed at how simple it is to find information there.

You'll Be Freeeee Hackers

So I’m having fun with this horrifying multimedia extravaganza. If any of you know who Richard Stallman is–who doesn’t?–you know that he will not be the next American Idol (and I don’t think it would particularly bother him).
Well, he has recorded a song about freedom in software and how it benefits hackers, and society in general. The GNU project is actually hosting a copy of this song on their site, and I thought you all might enjoy it if you hadn’t heard it yet.
Here’s the link.

Win-dows Three-Eigh-ty-Six

Now I know you all are now asking yourselves “why the hell would manchicken hyphenate the title at the syllable?” Well, once you see this video you will–like me–be hyphenating everything at the syllable. So here’s a teaser about the video…
This is a Microsoft commercial, obviously from the ’80s, about Windows 386. What I find scary is that I think much of that code still lives and breathes in modern Windows. Scary? I think so. Either way, take a look and watch to see what it evidently took in the ’80s to convince someone to forego their freedom and their money in order to obtain software.
Sorry folks, but this does require flash 7 or greater, or some interesting tricks to convert it to an avi or other viewable codec. Go here to learn of such tricks.
Watch it fast before Microsoft sues for IP infringement.
See? It makes you want to dye only portions of your hair and start listening to Flock of Seagulls. Eh? Eh? Aren’t you glad you use Free Software?

Greatest… Birthday… Ever….

… and it’s all my wife’s fault!
So I go have a somewhat stressful day at work on my birthday, and I come home to my wife who has made me a fantastic lasagna, chocolate bars, cake, and the promise of a video game that I’ve been unable to find in stores anywhere–and those of you who know me know how uncommon that is.
I tell you, there is not enough T&A in the world to compete with the thoughtfulness and care that a loving spouse can give. Anyway, I know I’m being mushy and that’s not what you all came here for, but I just wanted to give my lady props for a fantastic birthday.
Nighty night children.