Exams, here I come

I'm heading for my exams the next three weeks, so I'm not going to be around as much on fedoraforum, IRC and for programming... I'm working on feature requests for fwbackups RC3, so hopefully that will be out in July when I have time to work on it again. Anyways the good news is I did my lab exam today and it was fairly easy.

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firewing1.com, info

firewing1.com and firewing1.info should redirect here now...

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Audio, Video, Pitch!

I did something random but rather amusing this weekend:

  1. Take your favorite video, it doesn't matter what.
  2. Use Avidemux2, a great video editor to export just the audio as a WAV. To do this, select WAV PCM as your audio codec and then select Audio > Save from the menu.
  3. Open the resulting .wav in Audacity and use the Change Pitch filter on the entire file.
  4. TIP: -30% sound like low-pitch and +35% sounds more high-pitch.
  5. Export your Audacity project as a .wav PCM file.
  6. Now, return to Avidemux and select Audio > Main Track. Choose External PCM from the dropdown and now locate your saved WAV from Audacity.
  7. Change the audio codec to FFmpg MP2, 128kbps.
  8. Change the video codec to DVD(lavc) and make sure the Container is 'MPEG PS+AV'
  9. Save your new video and laugh

It usually takes a while to encode, and the quality won't probably be great... But it's still pretty funny. Some of my mpeg's didn't work, for that I had to play to fiddle with the framerate & filters among other things for an hour or two before they turned out right.

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Howtos are moving!

I'm updating all my howtos on FedoraForum.org for Fedora 7 and moving them here - They won't dissappear off FedoraForum, but the ones located here will have more information, they will be (hopefully) easier to follow and RSS enabled.

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My ramblings on Marvell 88E8056, 2.6.21, sky2

The Marvell LAN on my GA-965P-S3 board stopped working all of a sudden after a reboot the other day, and I franticly tried flashing the BIOS & firmware, I undid my overclock, even rewired everything inside. No luck.

The problem was due to the semi-broken sky2 driver... From what I've heard it's been broken for a while (and developers know it). Sky2 seems to work pretty well from my experience.. Apart from this.

Anyways the cause was the new 2.6.21 kernels, which is why it only started happening after a reboot, as I started booting new kernel. Reverting to 2.6.20 (in my case, the FC6 kernel) worked perfectly.

$ /sbin/lspci | grep Ethernet
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 14)
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Open drivers for ATI

A slashdotter pointed out that ATI (now owned by AMD) is going to release open source drivers. Let's hope nVidia does the same!

Edit: Turns out this is probably not true... I think people had misinterpreted what ATI had said.

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fwbackups RC1

This is the first relatively stable release of fwbackups and things seem to work nicely togther overall, so I've taken rev52 as release candidate one. Please let me know about any bugs, suggestions, etc.

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Never did, never will

I was repairing somone's computer today, nothing especially different about the job from others... I run a I wanted to make sure the RAM wasn't bad so I boot up memtest86++ and and it repeatedly hangs at Test #3, while the fans start blaring like crazy. I open the box, and this is what I found in the heatsink:

Cigarette gunk clogging heatsink #1
Cigarette gunk clogging heatsink #2

I doubt this computer was more than 4 year old judging by the model and make of the parts in it. Oh, and that's cigarette smoke and nicotine, not dust or dirt :/

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Hit 10K today

Today I broke 10K points for folding@homeL I completed my 54th work with 10167 points.

If you haven't joined already, please consider joining the FedoraFolders. Folding@home is a project that uses your idle CPU cycles to help research on various diseases - You won't even notice it's there in the background.

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Presto!

Size of all updates downloaded from Presto-enabled repositories: 1.7M
Size of updates that would have been downloaded if Presto wasn't enabled: 31M
This is a savings of 95 percent

Updated: anaconda.i386 0:11.2.0.55-1 glibc.i686 0:2.5.90-21
Dependency Updated: anaconda-runtime.i386 0:11.2.0.55-1 glibc-common.i386 0:2.5.90-21 glibc-devel.i386 0:2.5.90-21 glibc-headers.i386 0:2.5.90-21
Complete!
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