NSA Access into Windows

Here is an article that I found on the web. I do not know how true this article is, and I can not confirm the sources. But, If this is true, I am so happy that I am using Linux and not Windows. Back to the subject. A few cryptographic keys (probably 3) were found in Microsoft windows OS.

If you want to read the whole article you can click here:


Or here:


Enjoy the reading.

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The Incredible Guide to New ubuntu (PDF)

As I was browsing the web, I discover this cool blog. It has an Ubuntu Karmic Koala Bible PDF guide and I thought most of the readers of my blog might benefit from a PDF file like that. Here is the link: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-incredible-guide-to-ubuntu-karmic-koala-linux-pdf/. If you are unable to find the PDF file, or the Link is broken you might want to click here. I hope you enjoy the PDF. :D

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How to convert Videos files to DVD format.

Hello everyone. I am back and I would like to answer a question that I have been asked a lot. And that is, How can I convert any video files into DVD format? I want my files to play on my dvd player. How can you do that in Linux. Well, the good news you can convert any files ( that I am aware of ) into “dvd format” burn the files in a dvd and play the dvd in the dvd player. The bad news is, I know how to do that on the command line, and I am not aware of a gui that can do the same. The command is: “tovid”. The first step is to download the tool. Since I am using kubuntu I “sudo apt-get install tovid”. If you are using an OS that comes from Debian you can do the same. After that find the file that you would like to burn and play on a dvd and do the following command: tovid -dvd -in inputvideo.file -out outputvideofilename

It has been a pleasure. :D

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Append videos with ffmpeg

At this moment I just append a couple of videos files using ffmpeg command. I think there is such a freedom of using free and open source software. I was able append a couple of videos that were in an mp4 container with x264 video codec and mp3 audio codec. The two files were appended and the codecs were transform into free and open source formats. Isn’t that nice. You can do the same. I download them from the you tube since it was devided in 10 minutes each one. If you would like to append any video files you will have to use the following command:

ffmpeg -i input.file -i secondinput.file -i asmanyinputfileasyoulike.file -vcodec libtheora -acodec vorbis outputfile.ogv

For audio and Video Bittrate you can always you can use the -V 600kb and -A 128kb or any other value that you want. This is everything you need to have for video files in a free and opensource way, you can redistribute the video file. :D Isn’t this nice. :D

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What really surprises me about the Linux and OpenSource software is the amount of, free and OpenSource software there is. Most people do not have to pay unless they want to. But there is a good tool that I have found for encoding and decoding videos and that is ffmpeg2theora.

Have any of you thought about taking a video file from any format that your computer could not read, and then transforming it to a format that your computer could read. That is just a bonus. The good thing about it is that it is free and OpenSource Software, meaning that you have the right to do what ever your want with the software including looking at the source code.

It is true that that this is a command-line converter to create Theora and Vorbis file. But there are frontend out there that the regular user can use. I just like the command-line tool better.

Any how, believe it or not the basic command is: ffmpeg2theora input.file this command will make sure that you have an outpufile.ogv. After that you just have to play the file. If for some reason your program video file can not be played, download VLC.

Here is the link if you did not find it before: http://v2v.cc/~j/ffmpeg2theora/

Just give it a try and let me know how you like it. :D

Remember Play Theora/OGGTheora/Ogg

Ffmpeg and Linux

For a while I have been searching for a tool that would allow me to encode movies in Linux. I knew about ffmpeg but I was a little upset with Ubuntu because the ffmpeg application was not compiled to function with none free codecs. Those codecs might be: x264, mp3 among others codecs and containers like MP4.

Well the good news is that in Linux we do not need all those containers and Junk. I discover, and I know this is not new, that it is good enough with Theora/Vorbis. I know that there are other GUI tools to do all the encoding, but for some reason, I am happy enough with he fact that I can use a tool like ffmpeg to do the job of free and open source software. I got to tell you, it is neat and fast. Here is the command that I would use to encode any file into Theora/Vorbis video file: ffmpeg -i input.file -vcodec libtheora -ac 2 -acodec vorbis output.ogv

It is this simple. For more information you can always “man ffmpeg” command and learn more about it. One last thing, I usually like to rip the audio of any videos to put it on my Personal Media Player (PMP) and I would need to rip the audio and put it in Vorbis or OGG format. If you want to do that the command is: ffmpeg -i input.file -vn -ac 2 -acodec vorbis output.ogg

This should work. The reason why I am writing this is because the community is always giving me so much, this is just a way for me to give back to the community.

Until later. :D


How to append Videos with Avidemux

I thought that some of you might benefit from knowing this, since I did not know. But there is a neat tool for Linux to convert one video file format into another format. It is call Avidemux. There are two versions, GTK and QT version. you can choose either or, I just like QT better because KDE use the same library. :D.

Well, I recently downloaded some files from youtube and then decided that I needed to put those files together. I did not know how so I ask the question to my Linux community in http://identi.ca and to my surprise Avidemux can do it. Here is a picture of Avidemux: Multi-Platform Video Editor

The way to do this is by opening a the regular video file and then going to File and append here is a picture of it:

I am assuming that you know how a video editor works and that you might know how to use Avidemux and did not know that you can append one video file with another. So here it is. If you do not know how to use the video editor I will advice you to go to the website and then choose the wiki section or click here.

Thanks for reading this little blog. You can always follow me in identi.ca by cllicking here.

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