January 28th, 2004

zhaan silly

It must have been the avocados....

El Paso isn't always the sleepy border town folks seem to think it is, but somedays are pretty damn slow. Case in point, from this morning's Times:



Agents confiscate pot, liquor, avocados
Daniel Borunda; El Paso Times

An attempt to smuggle 3.4 pounds of marijuana, 10 undeclared liquor bottles and 10 avocados with seeds was stopped Saturday night at the Bridge of the Americas, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

A California resident was arrested for the marijuana, and the owner of the liquor and avocados was fined $390. Both smugglers were in the same Ford pickup.




<sarcasm> I find it reassuring to know that avocado smuggling isn't being ignored amidst all the hubub surrounding the wars on drugs and terrorism. </sarcasm>
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A fluffy geeky post.

So what was I doing from about midnight to 5am last night?

If you guessed sleeping then you haven't been paying attention lately :-p

If you guessed compiling software to do DVD stuff on linux, you'd win the prize.

After doing some reading on the subject, I figured out that I wanted to compile and install about a dozen programs in order to get all the functionality that I wanted. I got about 9-10 of them working before I decided to call it a night (err... morning). Moya doesn't quite have all the functionality (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) that I wanted, but she'll have it soon enough.

In the meantime she can now play DVDs and I have to say, I was really impressed with how well xine works (and how well Moya is working in general). I'm really quite amazed at how well video support works in Linux (and I'm very glad I got that new video card), the setup is a bit daunting, but once it's all working it's so much nicer (i.e. easier, cheaper and more functional) than Windoze.

So needless to say, I ran through a dozen or so DVDs to see just how well they all worked. Every single one (new and old) worked flawlessly. I was even able to play around with some screen caps.

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