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Oct 08


Fri, 10/08/2010 - 17:34 — peter

I usually don't post this kind of content here, but this is absolutely phenomenal and I couldn't let it pass!

"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.

Oct 01

Add VLAN tagging to a ProxMoxVE install

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 18:09 — peter
  • perform a normal proxmoxve setup from cd.
  • verify that adapter eth0 is being used in vmbr0 by typing "brctl show" on the command line
  • verify that adapter eth0 is the one with network traffic by typing "tcpdump -nn -i eth0" in the command line
  • if eth0 is not the right adapter (or the one without traffic), change the /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules file, assigning eth0 to the proper interface
  • to find out the proper eth, use "ip link set up dev ethX" where X is a valid eth number a
Jul 31

Adding Software RAID to a ProxMox VE install

Sat, 07/31/2010 - 12:13 — peter

Virtualization is all the rage nowadays... even more so when done efficiently, beautifully and Open Sourced! That is the case with the ProxMoxVE project. If you work with virtualization, make sure you check that project out! It is incredibly simple and powerful... oh, and Open-Source too, which means it makes you look good with your boss and it costs no money to your company!

Jun 12

blender 3d test

Sat, 06/12/2010 - 21:03 — peter

And now for something completely different! Quick animation test of a particle-based teleportation effect using blender 2.49.2. 

Jun 11

Command-line Drupal-core update with drush

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 14:13 — peter

This article is over 2 years old and drush no longer works as it did before, so the technique described here may be harmful to your setup. However, the ability to update Drupal core is now part of drush, so just grab a recent version of it to update Drupal core for your setup.

This is just a quick note on how one can use drush to update a Drupal core from the command-line.

Mar 20

Fixing Open Clip Art import process in Inkscape for Kubuntu Karmic

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 17:02 — peter

The Problem

If like me you have a Kubuntu Karmic install and are trying to import svg from the Open Clip Art site, you've probably seen the error below.

Feb 21

Installing Amazon MP3 Downloader under Ubuntu 64 bit

Sun, 02/21/2010 - 19:18 — peter

I use Amazon's MP3 store and it's accompanying downloader application. It came time to set it up on another 64-bit machine and I thought this would be a good opportunity to document the install process.

First, you gotta have getlibs.deb installed by downloading the file and typing sudo dpkg -i getlibs.deb.

Before we can install the amazon downloader, you will need a few other packages. Use the following bash shell 1-liner to get them all.

Oct 23

getting php bindings for subversion

Fri, 10/23/2009 - 19:04 — peter

Let's say you want to access a svn repo or perhaps even a working copy programatically through php without escaping to the shell, you need svn functions setup in php. Here is how you do it.

First off, you need to have a few packages installed. I assume you already got a web server and php up, in addition to this you will also need the following:

  • php development libraries
  • php pear/pecl
  • subversion
  • subversion development libraries

On a modern *buntu distro, the packages you need are:

Oct 11

converting mts (avchd) to flv with ffmpeg

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 20:03 — peter

The Situation

With the baby duedate approaching, it was time to join the 21st century and upgrade my camcorder. My old miniDV-based Canon ZR200 just made the video creation/editing process too cumbersome and it didn't record in HD. After a bit of shopping I found a Canon HF200 at Nebraska Furniture Mart with 18 months, no interest! While closing the order, the sales guy asked me if I was gonna use the camera with PC (by which I am sure he meant Windows) or Mac. I answered "Linux!" :)

Sep 27

Development Environment Tip: setting up dns wildcards

Sun, 09/27/2009 - 11:02 — peter

The Problem

So you got a new customer site to do. You want a new host name for the development site (like customername.yourdomain.tld), so you modify your local hosts file OR, if you have any scalability in your setup, you go and add a new CNAME record to your name server setup and all is good, right?

Well, by client #5 this process begins to become annoying and by client #10 you are looking for an alternative method of managing these names.