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Getting Ubuntu to playback DVDs

In order to playback a DVD you need to make use of commercial encryptions (also called codecs.) Actually Ubuntu calls them "non-free". The reality is these are patented and protected so people cannot just ripoff a DVD. Which is not true at all since pretty much any computer can play DVDs and thus can copy all the data. Anyway, because Ubuntu is by default for free software, it doesn't include all the necessary DVD stuff. This being said, they provide 100% of all the necessary code, pre-compiled and all you have to do is install it all with apt-get as follow.

(You must be root to ...

OpenOffice Presenter

Already used OpenOffice? This is a free office suite just like Microsoft Office (or MS Office). It does not include absolutely everything, but it has most certainly a lot more than you need!

Logos from Brands

Quite often, I write documents that require a logo from a brand such as Microsoft or Apple. Here I have link that take me to the pages were I can get the logos. The following are links to the logos of different companies I work with. If you have some, feel free to share! The list is in alphabetical order.

  • Apple

  • Made to Order Software Corporation


Have you seen animated icons in your tabs? This has been working for a while, with IE and FF and Co.

All you have to do is create an animated GIF file as your "favicon.ico", and it is better to name it .gif, by the way.

Because icons can now be pretty much any image format, not just .ico

And if you need some favicon for your site, check this one out:

Many of these are free!

The Conduit Toolbar

Today I tried a new system. It lets you create a toolbar for your browser. One thing that impressed me was that it worked for Internet Explorer and FireFox and runs under MS-Windows and Mac OS/X, but also works beautifully under Linux!!!

Note that SeaMonkey will ask you whether you want to install that software and it will fail since it has some features like FireFox but the installation process is different.

Now, I like the bar for one reason: I can put RSS feeds in there and see it tick. Only problem there, it goes too fast.

MS Access classes

As most people know, all of the MS-Office macros are written in Visual Basic.

Visual Basic is for sure a huge whole lot better than the BASIC I had on my Apple //c. For one thing, it does not require line numbers and you can declare functions, procedures, and have local variables (FOR loops that use the variable I do not overwrite the variable I of the FOR loop from the calling function!)

Since MS-Access 2007, we have the possibility to create classes!

Visual C++ for free!

Download a free copy of your C++ development environment! (Visual C++ v8.0)

Yes! Microsoft is doing the same thing as Linux: they offer their IDE for free with their fully compliant C/C++ compiler (as well as other bits if you are interested, I only want C++ on my end!)

At this time, the link is like this: ... (does not work anymore...)

It may require a bit of digging to get older versions but they should remain available. (but who wants the old stuff anyway?!)

I don't have links anymore and the one I had before doesn't work... it make still be available, but you'll have o

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