Archive for the Linux Category

Unix Humor

| September 4th, 2006
Sudo Humor


MPlayer allows you to apply the equalizer filter which represents a 10 octave band graphic equalizer. The filter has 10 parameters:


which are floating point numbers between -12 and +12 representing the gain in dB for the respective frequency band.

Equalizer settings for Rock would be applied as follows:

$> mplayer -af equalizer=-1:1:2:3:-1:-1:0:0:4:4 song.mp3


Since MPlayer seems to be panacea for handling the numerous media formats, enabling MPlayer to work with the browser to handle embedded media seems to be the next step. To enable MPlayer play digital media from websites all you need is the mplayerplug-in.

Happy Streamin…

Damn The Copy Control

| June 22nd, 2006

Being an Iron Maiden fan I bought their ‘Dance of Death’ album only to realize that it won’t play on Linux. Flipping the cd over I saw this:

Computer disk drives are more intelligent than the normal audio disk drives and can detect irregularities in the data thus making the disk unreadable. Copy Control aims to exploit this by putting errorenous tracks onto the disk and hence curb piracy.

As you can see Linux is not listed in the compatible systems. Does that mean I’ll have to look out for cds compatible with my OS before I buy them? Or else will I have to succumb to Windows?

Not this time. Paranoia comes to the rescue. Even though after mounting the cd you’ll have trouble finding the audio files on it (this is due to the multisession layer – another approach to curb piracy by hiding the audio files), Paranoia will crack the Copy Control.

[anand@semanticvoid /]$ cdparanoia -B

Thats all needed to break the damn Copy Control.

Birth Of Linux

| October 26th, 2005

Here are some of the mails sent by Linus Trovalds to the Minix newsgroups during the early stages of formation of Linux.

The text was written by Linus on July 31 1992. It is a collection of various artifacts from the period in which Linux first began to take shape.