Record your soundcard using sox and this script :)

First we install sox.

Next we build the recording script. I can’t remember where I got this from but it’s a great script!
In your home directory create a new blank file and open it with gedit or the likes.

Of course you can set your own recording directory if you like.

Save and name the file.

Right click on it and choose “properties” then go to the permissions tab and check the box that says “Allow executing file as program” and let’s add a section in our .bashrc file.

Open .bashrc with gedit (or the likes) and add the following to your alias section:

Now when you have something playing through your soundcard that you’ld like to record, just open a terminal window and type in “tape” and it will begin recording!

Ninite make’s re-installing a plethora of apps a breeze!

(windows only)

Have you recently re-installed windows yet again, just to have to individually install all those apps you need and use every day all over again?

You need to go and check out your one stop shop for most of the apps and codecs you’ll be needing with only one installer needed, as it’s automated the install for quite a few of your favorite apps.

Just visit the website, check in the boxes for the apps you want to download and install, and click the go button on the bottom of the page to get your own customized installer.

It will automatically install (without common annoying things like toolbars) the proper app for your system (32 or 64 bit) and in no time your system is back where you wanted it to be!


Playstation 3 get’s Hulu!

So from what I remember for a long time hulu didn’t want exactly this, hulu content played back on our TV’s. Well they must have finally seen the light, with a growing market for paid for options such as playon or TVersity and of course the awesome and free Boxee it’s time they turned to the dark side and realized that the newer generations are more into the pleasures of on-demand viewing, watching the content you want to watch, when you want to watch it!

It’s high time the networks realized this as well with item’s such as Tivo (and I’ve loved mine!) having been and succeeding in the market for years, that on demand viewing is what the customer wants, and almost every cable provider now offers there own DVR’s as well. Why not just have it streaming and instantly available without having to remember to record it?

Well the folks at Hulu have finally done just that, and are releasing (under special circumstances which I’ll get into in a bit) The “Hulu Plus (Preview)” it’s free (for a limited time I’m guessing) and you have to be both a hulu Plus Subscriber, as well as a Playstation Plus member (both of those are also pay for services) so all in all it’s not “Free” but eh, at least the app is looking like it’s going to see the light of day.

This is exciting! – Stay tuned! (I’m on the list for an invite to Hulu Plus, but if you have an invitation referral code, please feel free to contact me!)

Media Tips for Ubuntu 10.04 – Starting VLC in fullscreen mode by default

So being I have a new aspire revo 3160 that I’m using as a new media pc on my TV, I wanted the experience to be as smooth for most of the actions as possible being I’m using a keyboard (or the web ui for boxee) I wanted to be able to start a video played from a folder using VLC to start in full screen mode.

This will be the first installment of these media tips as I plan on preparing many to help others enjoy there lightweight and silent media pc’s using Linux.

So I’m going to assume you already have VLC Media player installed, if not quickly just type in:

Now let’s open a folder holding your video files. Right click one and go to properties on the bottom of the pop up menu.

Next choose the Open With tab.

click the add button
It will display some default options, however we want to make our own, so click the add button.

Another window will pop up and at the very bottom you’ll see an option to Use a Custom Command. Select that.

In the text field that appears type in the following noting that there is 2 dashes not just one.

And click the Add button when finished.Open With

Now let’s right click the file again and this time you’ll see another option from the Open With tab that we just created.

Select the new VLC entry and your file will be opened in VLC running full screen automatically!

Do take into account that this only works for each file extension that you select it to, so if you want it to do this over multiple file types, you’ll need to set this as the default Open With option for each of them.

IE: if you’ve done this on an .avi file, you’ll also need to do this for the .mpeg files .mov files, etc. However the full screen option is already available, it just needs to be set in the Open With tab for each t