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entries from June 2006

2006-06-30 20:46:00 +0200
blow your horn
argentina failed at the penalty shoot-out, germany won the quarter final; every german is blowing their (car's) horn. fascinating. this blog entry was brought to you live from berlin, germany. update: some hours later: berlin's still partying.
permalink | tags: misc
2006-06-24 13:18:16 +0200
listening to italians in a train compartment is a good language training.
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2006-06-18 22:26:54 +0200
after playing around with "my" webcam I got streaming up more or less. at the moment I have:
# 176x144
# 352x288
vlc v4l:// \
        :v4l-vdev="/dev/video0" :v4l-adev="/dev/dsp1" \
        :v4l-caching=1000 :v4l-fps=10.000000 \
        :v4l-width=352 :v4l-height=288 \
        --intf dummy \
        --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,acodec=mpga,fps=10,vb=512,ab=128,venc=ffmpeg{keyint=80,hurry-up,vt=800000},deinterlace}:standard{access=http,mux=ogg,dst=:1234}'
gxine http://localhost:1234/ worked afterwards. slow, with a lag, & bad sound. but it worked :-) & the new webcam is already on the way ...
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2006-06-15 23:11:14 +0200
I borrowed a webcam (labtec webcam pro) from a friend yesterday & installed it today. & yeah — it works. some steps:
  • get spca5xx-source.
  • enable v4l in your kernel if it's not there already.
  • unpack /usr/src/spca5xx-source.tar.bz2, create the kernel module with module-assistent (m-a prepare; m-a a-i spca5xx).
  • modprobe spca5xx.
  • well, that's all. use the cam (/dev/video0 or similar) with qtwengophone, camstream, gqcam, or (nice!) camE. — webcamd (or xawtv/v4lctl) doesn't like it.
  • for the microphone you need snd-usb-audio in your kernel; then use /dev/dsp1 or hw:1,0 or similar.
now I've ordered another cam of the same type for the friend who officially still owns "my" cam ;-) & maybe you'll find something on sometimes ... on other news: cpulimit has entered the Debian archive yesterday.
& today tony mancill has uploaded jabref — thanks!
permalink | tags: computer
2006-06-06 22:40:20 +0200
buggy bugreport day
good will & efforts are not enough. I sent 3 bug reports today: #370733 is not reproducible (not even by myself), #370729 is a duplicate^Wtriplicate^Wquadruplicate^Wyou-name-it-plicate, at least #370741 is still alive ... a small consolation: cdck has entered the archive yesterday.
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