June 5th, 2008


Reminder for getting to SF for the ND8 Upgrade Seminar on the 16th.

Go to: Caltrain Station - San Jose, Cahill St & San Fernando St (511 location map) (Google map)

Board: Caltrain Northbound Line/San Francisco at 5:45 am (next at 6:03 am) (schedule detail)
Fare: Pay $7.50, Get Caltrain Rail Ticket

Get Off: Caltrain Station - San Francisco at 6:42 am

Go to: S. Corner Of Townsend St & 4th St (511 location map) (Google map)

Board: SF Muni Bus #10/Vanness&North Point at 6:49 am (next bus 6:59 am) (schedule detail)

Important! Important Announcements About This Route What is Important Announcement?

Fare: Pay $1.50

Get Off: North Point St & Jones St at 7:14 am

Go to: 555 North Point Street in San Francisco (511 location map) (Google map)

So a bit more information on that last post...

Yep, in a little over a week, I'm spending 3 days in San Francisco for The View's Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar at the (I assume) lovely Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf.

On the downside, it's a pretty intensive seminar and work is paying a significant amount of money for me to go, so I can't blow any of it off. On the upside, the seminars put on by The View have a very good reputation. On the even better upside, it's still 2 nights in SF (the hotel is expensive, so I can't really justify getting a room Sunday night). I may be looking for folks who can join me for dinner on Monday and Tuesday, and/or suggest good and interesting places in the neighborhood. That's subject, though, to how thrashed I am after Monday's classes.

Since npage1 asked, here's my "free time" schedule for the seminar:
Monday, June 16: Lunch 12:30-1:45, wrap at 5:00
Tuesday, June 17: Lunch 12:00-1:15, wrap at 4:30
Wednesday, June 18: Lunch 12:00-1:00, go home at 4:15
I'm not going to have a car, so I'm not going to be able to get very far at lunch.

There was probably a better way to do this

'k, so I've got the Ubuntu station at home that's plugged into the TV and stereo and is my playback station.

Only problem is it was built with the Ubuntu 8.04 beta, and I had the update manager set to include "pre-release" and "unsupported" updates. Back in mid-May, mPlayer (Gnome mPlayer, acutally, my preferred video playback tool) stopped playing (some?) AVI files.

I was able to ignore it for a while. The stuff I play back on the TV most often is h.264/mp3/matroska encoded video, and that was playing back fine. It was just when the "HQ" editions of Doctor Who were delayed that needing to play back AVI became an issue.

Of course that happened on Sunday. I had to boot into Windows to play back the files (which reminds me, I should boot the machine into Windows and make sure all the patches are relatively up-to-date).

Debugging the interaction of Linux video players and codecs isn't really my specialty. Last night I decided to go the brute-force route. Rather than just reinstalling the whole system, though, I scraped out all the video playback software installed on the machine (including pre-installed stuff I never use) and just reinstalled the packages I needed (Gnome mPlayer and codecs, ffmpeg).

It worked. All of my test videos work. There's even a little less crud on the machine.