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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Google Wave - Testing the preview

What can I say? Not much, except it's a cool tool.

I have yet to find reasonable use for it, but having access to it is quite nice. I also still don't have enough people that I can communicate with, so it's a bit of challenge using it.
I still have a few invites left, so if you are reading this and are interested, send me a message or leave a comment to get access...

One plugin that I think would be very desirable is a calendar feature: link items straight to your Google or Office calendar would be awesome.

We will see what the future holds...

Here is an early screenshot:

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Removing the Koobface Worm (WORM/Koobface.bgn)

I came across this facebook worm for the first time today... It's seems that more and more facebook users get their account hacked and then somebody posts links to malicious sites on the walls of their friends.

Unsuspecting friends then install updates to the 'Flash Player' or what-have-you and BANG!

In this instance the removal seems easy enough:
  1. Get a list of suspicious processes (HiJackThis can help). In this instance we have:
    C:\windows\ld15.exe
    C:\windows\pp12.exe
    And lots of files in:
    C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Local Settings\Temp
  2. I got myself a Linux Live CD (ubuntu) and booted into this live version
  3. I started deleting the files above
  4. I rebooted into save mode (press f8 just after BIOS message)
  5. When Windoze started, I went into the registry (press WinKey + r and enter 'regedit') and deleted the referring keys in:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run\
Restarted and prayed :)

But it seems to have worked, cause I don't see any suspicious process in HiJackThis anymore.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Oxford Street Christmas Theme

This year's theme is A Christmas Carol. Yet another Disney movie. Makes me wonder how much Disney pays the city for all this extra advertising....


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No cars on traffc on Oxford Street

A few days ago Oxford Street was closed for car traffic as the Christmas lights were lit.It definitely was less crowded and I hope they'd do these eves more often. I would actually go there :).


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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Trying Fring for Android (early version)

I have been quite fortunate to get an invitation to test fring for Android. It's not released on the Android market and the market version is still a few months away from what I've heard.

fring's user interface is really quite creative and unique. The elements are quite cartoon like which makes navigating quite fun. This early version works pretty stable and when it works, it does work well. I have been trying Skype out calls over 3G and chats on all sort of messengers.

Unfortunately some things don't work. I was, for example, not able to log into Gmail. Also a facebook / myspace plugin does not exist (yet). Here are some more problems:
  1. Seldom connects through WiFi
  2. List of contacts isn't fetched completely (can't re-fetch)
  3. Options menu is slim: no option to turn off sound for incoming chat alarms
  4. When making a call or Skype out call, the application crashed frequently
  5. Application doesn't stay 'awake'. After a while it disconnects from your networks and reconnecting is difficult. I normally restart...
Nonetheless, with fring working on this project, I hope that Skype out through WiFi on my phone will soon become possible...

I'll attach screenshots eventually.

Video splitting with MEncoder

So now the question is how can you use MPlayer's Mencoder to split a video file into chunks, or how can you just cut a scene out?

I haven't really found an option to just cut it out in one go, but MEncoder is so fast, it's easy to just cut twice, first the beginning:

mencoder -ss 00:13:11 -oac copy -ovc copy original.avi -o new.avi

Simply exchange the time (HH:MM:SS) with the 'begin' point of the new video. That copies all the rest of the file into a new one.
Now you need to trim the file to get the new end:

mencoder -endpos 00:01:11 -ovc copy -oac copy in.avi -o out.avi

This makes the file exactly 1 minute 11 seconds long.

With this method you can split any video in any number of smaller chunks.
Happy video sharing!

PS: I think I already showed how you can combine to videos, in case you wanna reverse the process, if not, I will post this soon.

Uploaded my first YoutTube Video

I have uploaded my first YouTube video today. Unfortunately it was blocked, because the content is owned by NBC (those b***ards). I clipped a little episode out of 30 Rock, episode 10 of the first season (The Rural Juror).

It's the clip where Tracy Jordan markets his meat machine on a infomercial type show. It's one of the best episodes, in my opinion.

If you want to see if you can watch this clip (it's restricted in some countries), you can check it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWcKgSj66TM

I wish I could embed this clip on here: