Everyone has wasted an afternoon on YouTube clicking through videos of
talking cats, screaming goats and bad-lip-reading renditions of popular
movies. Heck, there are plenty of YouTube videos of me doing odd and
silly things as well. (Does anyone remember 'Buntu Family Theater?) For
important family videos, however, I much prefer to control my own
No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close
to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a
television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last
few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit. more>>
Several decent video editors are available on the Linux
platform. Kdenlive, OpenShot, Cinelerra and Pitivi are those that come to
mind as "big players" in an admittedly small market. I've used them all
through the years, with varying levels of success. more>>
I get a fair amount of e-mail from readers asking how a person could do
"questionable" things due to limitations imposed by DRM. Whether it's how
to strip DRM from ebooks, how to connect to Usenet or how to decrypt
video, I do my best to point folks in the right direction with lots of
warnings and disclaimers. The most frustrating DRM by far has been with
Animation and video editing in Linux can be treacherous territory. Anyone
who has tried working in these media probably has experienced the
frustration of rendering a huge file for an hour only to see the program
crash before the export is finished. A bevy of tools and applications for
manipulating video exist for Linux, and some are more mature than others.
People unfamiliar with Rockbox often make the assumption that because it's an open-source project providing an operating system (or firmware) for digital audio players, it must be based on GNU/Linux. In this article, I set the record straight and tell you what Rockbox really is, and why you might be interested in it. more>>
The graphics capabilities of modern computers are truly amazing. Whether you're viewing an animated Mandelbrot fractal, watching a DVD, designing a highly-detailed 3D image in a CAD program, or just playing a contemporary game, impressive graphics are the rule. more>>
I love niche programs, especially in the area of multimedia. If you're like me, you probably have a folder full of MP3s and Oggs collected from the last ten years that's reached the point where you've forgotten half the files in there. This month, I stumbled upon the charming little command-line program, audiopreview. To quote the project's Freshmeat entry:
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