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June 9, 2018

Another World Cup Another TV Receiver

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 10:29 pm

World cup comes around and I decided that I want to watch TV. 8 years ago I wanted analog, 4 years ago DVB-T, and This year DVB-T2

Hauppage supports Linux on their website so I went with the PCTV 292e from my local computer shop.

Supported in the kernel since 3.16.  But you need to get the firmware dvb-demod-si2168-b40-01.fw.  And stick it in /lib/firmware/dvb-demod-si2168-b40-01.fw

After that it is found and works in the kernel.

tvheadend works just fine, but it doesn’t know about the muxes

You need to go to: Configuration -> DVB Inputs -> Muxes

Network type DVB-T Network works jut fine.

but the Mux “Delivery System” must be set to DVB-T2.

In Germany you get the frequency lists:

Works fine with Kodi clients or web view.  For me I am still on openelec and it works just fine and integrates nicely with program listings, recording, etc… from the front end.

Now I just wonder what I have to make work in 2022 ?


March 9, 2013

Fixing Photo Mistakes

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 9:26 pm

So I messed up and deleted a bunch of photos off my Camera’s memory card by not paying attention to it.  With Linux there is a way to recover.

First you need the “testdisk” package to get you “photorec”

# sudo apt-get install testdisk

# sudo photorec /d /MYPATH /dev/MYDEVICE1

then I put together a quick python script to list out which files were recent of the 900 I had not backed up (this is just a one-off for my use case.  I just wanted the new photos from the 4th through the 9th of March 2013


import os
import EXIF
import re

def matchDate(string):
  return re.match('2013:03:0[4-9]',str(string))

def dateFromFile(filename):
  fh = open(filename,'rb')
  tags = EXIF.process_file(fh)
    return tags['EXIF DateTimeOriginal']
    return None

def matchFiles(files):
  for f in files:
    date = dateFromFile(f)
    if matchDate(date) != None:
      print f

filnames = os.listdir('.')

February 13, 2010

New Laptop

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 5:04 pm

Both my laptops died within a week of each other.  The bottom keys of Dell Vostro keyboard died.  I tried ordering one a week ago but still don’t when or if it will arrive.  I started using my MacBook again, got everything setup and working, then the hard drive started acting up, then the logic board died and I was left once again without a personal computer.  I went to the local shops and looked around then looked online.

I decided on an Asus EeePC 1201n Mine is actually the red (well really wine) one. It isn’t quite a netbook it is more of a small laptop. But the 12 inch display is nice bright and crisp (1366×768) no CD, and good keyboard, also a nice bumpy touchpad. The Nvidia Ion chipset is enough to do 3D graphics fairly well and the Dual-core atom CPU at 1.6Ghz is enough for good multi-tasking. 2GB of RAM.

I installed the Ubuntu netbook remix, which worked pretty well. Performance is horrible before I enabled the Nvidia proprietary drivers (via the UI), but after that it plays HD video just fine.  Audio, Video Camera, Ethernet, X-Server, blue-tooth all work straight after install (though video was slow, until I went to System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers .)

WiFi did not.  I needed the driver for rtl8192se chipset (from launchpad bug 401126), which has broken Makefiles so I just made a shell script to install it, when I upgrade the kernel.

After that the laptop works great.  I like the:

  • size
  • keyboard
  • screen
  • weight
  • heat
  • battery life (around 3.5 hours of real usage)
  • power adapter (small and light)
  • video performance (outside of fullscreen flash video, where 420p is as high as works well, avi’s xvid and whatnot work great at 720p)
  • the UI on netbook remix is well done for a small factor screen

One note it will not hibernate if bluetooth is turned on.  You can just right click on the icon and turn it off and then hibernate works just fine.

Closing note, now that Microsoft has dropped the motto Best Version of Winows Ever.  Windows 7 does qualify (Vista did not), it worked fine, I have it dual booting, but I spend most of my time in Linux.  It did come with Windows 7 Home Professional, which is a usable version of windows for when you need that.

August 15, 2008

Buddycloud Mobial Social Location

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — rslomkow @ 10:47 am

Simon and Ross (and other whom I haven’t met) have a public release of Buddycloud.  It is a cool little app for your Mobile (Nokia Smart Phone or other Symbian) that keeps track of where you have been and lets you update your status and even hooks into Facebook.  It uses special black magic from the Mobile phone network to know when you get back to the same place or suggest new places for you.  Also it works as a living phone book that your friends can update and you can know, where they are, where they are heading, what they are doing, and how to get in contact with them.

I need more friends on this to make it more usefull!

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November 3, 2007

Blogging from Tantek’s

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 2:28 pm

Blogging from Tantek’s


Welcome to the Barcamp/Podcamp Berlin II-Network. The event will be held in Berlin, Germany at the weekend of the 3rd to 4th of november. That is the weekend right before the Web2.0 Expo.

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In the conference displaying a feature

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 12:26 pm

This was a nice sunset

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November 1, 2007

Flock 1.0!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 10:40 pm

It is here, the Flock 1.0!

Now you can just browse the web and have your friends and Media with you wherever you go.

It works differently for different people, if you are a super power social media user it makes your life easier.  If you are like me and think stuff is fun, but have difficulty remembering to login to Facebook and your email box is way too full to pay attention to Flickr, now your notifications are just part of you daily user experience.

All the old Flock favourite features are still there, the ability to store referenced notes, the blogger, drag and drop.

But now it is even easier to actually find stuff and more things than every before just work.  Try it out.  It is a good .0 piece of software and once you use it for a week you miss your connections to everything else on the web when you are using another browser.

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April 22, 2006

This is a little demo

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 12:42 am

This was my favourite part of CA-20

April 14, 2006

0.5.14 Security

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 8:47 pm

We are busy working on 0.5.14 comming out very shortly.


It doesn’t offer any new features over 0.5.13, but it does include the security fixes from Firefox, snapshot downloads are available.  Looks fine on Winodws and Linux, but Mac seems to have developed some UI problems.

Once an official 0.5.14 is release user of 0.5.13 will recieve auto-update notifications, you will not recieve this if you are running a development build.

 Release candidates 0.5.14 RC2 are up:


This is a simple test

Filed under: Uncategorized — rslomkow @ 4:34 pm

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