MythTV and “Cypress” remote control that emulates a keyboard

Posted on May 2, 2016 by Adam under MythTV, Ubuntu

Some time ago I bought a new home theatre PC case for my mythtv box, and it came with an in-built IR remote control. I didn’t use it at first, preferring to use a pulse-eight CEC adapter with my normal TV remote, but when that stopped working the other day I thought I would see […]

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MythTV Tips: Auto Restart Script

Posted on February 25, 2012 by Adam under MythTV, Ubuntu

MythTV has got a lot more stable in recent releases, but I have found that there is still occasional crashes, with MythMusic being the main offender. I have found that if you pause a song as it is just about to end, it invariably hangs and needs to be restarted. To do this I use […]

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MythTV Tips: Universal Volume Control

Posted on by Adam under MythTV, Ubuntu

I have done a fair bit of tinkering with my MythTV box over the last year or two, and I thought I would share a couple of handy tips with the world. One of the things I always found annoying about MythTV was the fact that I could not alter the volume unless I was […]

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Random Freezing in Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Adam under Ubuntu

I am a big fan of Amarok – as a music application I think it is the best there is (much better than iTunes). I have for some time however had problems with it freezing up on a regular basis. It seemed to happen with no particular pattern, even if I opened the application and […]

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Ubuntu Gnome Application Menu Missing

Posted on September 8, 2008 by Adam under Ubuntu

I have had a rather annoying problem on my Ubuntu box for the last few days. Not sure how it happened, but my application menu suddenly stopped working. Whenever I clicked on the menu I just got a tiny grey box with nothing in it where the menu should have been. After a lot of […]


Handy Shell Commands

Posted on March 20, 2008 by Adam under Ubuntu

I thought I would share some commands and small single line bash scripts I have found useful in the past: AWK Output every 50th line from a file into a new file : cat infile.csv | awk ‘ (NR % 50) == 0 { print $0 } ‘ > outfile.csv Print the 13th column (space […]

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Using Printers in Linux Without a Linux Driver

Posted on February 17, 2008 by Adam under Ubuntu

I recently bought a Lexmark X4550 all-in-one printer, scanner and copier. What I didn’t realise before I bought it is that Lexmark are horribly bad at providing Linux support for their printers. After speaking to their support people and finding out that the printer really doesn’t have any linux drivers and is unlikely to have […]

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Using RSync to backup from Windows to Linux

Posted on January 21, 2008 by Adam under Ubuntu

I have a laptop running Windows Vista and a PC running Ubuntu Linux. When I take photos I generally transfer them to my laptop initially, but I wanted a simple way of keeping a copy of all the photos on the linux box too as a backup. Linux boxes have a great tool for data […]


Video Editing in Ubuntu

Posted on December 6, 2007 by Adam under Ubuntu

This post is a record of the tools I have used in Ubuntu Linux (7.04, Feisty Fawn) to capture and edit digital video, as well as transcode, author and burn it onto DVD. Software The main pieces of software I used were: DVGrab – Utility for grabbing digital video from a DV camcorder Kino – […]

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Installing and configuring Ubuntu 7.04

Posted on November 27, 2007 by Adam under Ubuntu

This is a record of how I configured Ubuntu Linux 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) to run on my PC. This is purely for my own reference in case I need to reinstall it in the future, but it may be of use to other people who have similar hardware. My hardware is as follows: CPU: AMD […]

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