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Software Freedom Day

Yesterday I was fortunate to participate in the Software Freedom Day organized by the working centre in Kitchener.

There I had the opportunity to give three presentations.

I'm posting them here in case anyone is interested in looking at them, modifying or using them at other events.

What are we celebrating
In this presentation I walked through some of the current rights and freedoms regarding digital content. The ones we currently have and give for granted as well as some of the existing artificial barriers to enjoy those rights.

Submission to copyright consultation

The deadline to make a submission to the Canadian Copyright consultations is September 13.
Richard pointed out a guide with astroturfing instructions: http://faircopy.ca/participate/.

This is the main consultation site: http://copyright.econsultation.ca/

This is my uninformed, blathering submission. It is less well-informed than an article published in the Waterloo Record. If I can make a submission, so can you!

Streetposts

After much research and investigation, I have started in earnest on my streetposts project. I think I'm going to use net beans. I started to make a database today in OpenOfficeBase. I setup the structure of all of the tables according to google's specification, and set the primary keys. I made all of the tables using the names supplied by the google transit api.

Syslog Server Slides

Here are the slides (and sources) from the August 2009 presentation on syslog servers. The slides are released under a Creative Commons 2.5 Noncommercial ShareAlike licence. See the tarball for licencing of the different slide components.

Slides

Sources

Living Well with Open Source handout

Living Well Using Open Source

Are you sick of cleaning viruses and spyware off your computer? Are you tired of nagware, time-limited trials, and sketchy download sites with lots of pop-up ads?

Would you like to use software in a way that suits your needs and avoids treating you like a criminal?

Does the cost of computing deter you from developing new skills and exploring new interests on the computer?

Heuther Hotel pix and maps

Thanks to John Kerr for providing these. You are a rockstar!

Photo of Heuther Hotel

Map of Heuther Hotel

Improving XOrg pefromance for Intel video under Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)

When I upgraded from Linux Mint version 6 "Felicia" which is based on Ubuntu 8.10 to version 7 "Gloria" based on Ubuntu 9.04 my video performance started suffering badly. Worst of all, I couldn't watch videos using any of the applications installed vlc, miro, gmplayer, mythTV, Totem.

To see the kind of errors I was getting refer to my bug report

What worked for me was reverting the Jaunty Xorg intel driver to 2.4 as explained in this link

Undeleting FAT Files

I already had a post on undeleting files from an NTFS partition. But what if the partition is a FAT partition? Don't worry there are several solutions that will only require you to use a handful of commands.

IMPORTANT: Do not write anything or use the partition where the delete file is. That will increase your chances of getting your files back

I've used a couple of solutions. Both successfully but geared to two different situations:

The fist method is is PhotoRec

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

ntfsundelete - Undeleting NTFS files

And Linux saves the day again.

My son installed an application but mistakenly he selected the data directory as the installation directory. When he realized it he decided to uninstall, but the full uninstall deleted everything from the folder. This is: the program and all his files.

The solution was very easy. I found that I had already installed the ntfsprogrs package. This package contains a pretty slick utility called ntfsundelete.

This utility allowed me to first list the files that I could recover and then recover them.

Setting up Linux on PS3 the way I like it

Here are thee instructions I followed to set up Linux on my PS3 the way I like.
These instructions are for my own benefit in case I need to do it again but they may help you setting up yours. Each section is independent (unless noted) So just go to the section that interests you

- Installing.
- Using Gnome instead of E17
- Configuring resolution on Sharp HDTV LC-32D62U
- Configuring additional software repositories
- Replacing Metacity with Openbox
- Installing Multimedia codecs
- Configuring VPN

Installing
I decided to go with Yellow Dog Linux (YDL)

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