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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

watching netflix previews

By default, watching netflix previews in firefox on Debian Etch (currently testing) gives "click here to download plugin" error. The error looks like

Even if you click on the green button nothing productive happens. Firefox just complains that "No suitable plugins were found". Duh!

The solution is to install the mozilla-mplayer package.
rajudell:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb etch main contrib non-free
deb-src etch main contrib non-free

deb etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src etch/updates main contrib non-free

deb etch main

rajudell:~# aptitude update

rajudell:~# aptitude install mozilla-mplayer
At the "Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?]" prompt, just press 'y' and then 'Enter'. Pressing 'Enter' alone will also work as 'Y' is the default here.

Once you do this, the videos embed nicely in firefox. The audio works fine too!

Hope that helps all you multimedia folks. Tested this on Debian Etch (testing) running firefox (1.5.dfsg+, mozilla-mplayer (3.21-1). As usual, comments on whether the article has been helpful, errors, feedback etc., are most welcome.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

list of all debian developers

A complete list of all Debian Developers (DDs) can be found at . The entries are sorted according to email address.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Burning ISO files in Windows XP

Imagine you are on a machine running Windows XP. Now you want to install Debian on that and make it a dual boot so that you can use both Windows and Debian as and when the need arises. There are many ways to do this. Most people start by downloading the net install image from . However Windows XP, AFAIK, does not come with an iso image burning software. In order to burn the .iso file on to a CD/DVD, you can use any one of

  1. DeepBurner Free
  2. CDBurnerXP Pro

Both softwares are free (but not opensource). The only problem with "CDBurnerXP Pro" is that it does not work with files larger than 4.2 GB. So you cannot really burn a DVD images of say Etch distribution which are normally greater than 4.2 GB and less than 4.7 GB. However, "DeepBurner Free" has no such restriction.

According to , "CDBurnerXP PRO" is also free from adware, spyware etc.,

PS: I was not able to find any free CD/DVD burning software for Windows XP, which has the facility to burn iso files and is released under GPL or is opensource. If you know of any, please let me know.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Uncle Ezra now has an RSS feed!

Sometime back I suggested to Uncle Ezra that having an RSS feed for their website would be nice. Now they have one. Cool! The feed is at I already added it to my RSS reader and it is working perfectly! Thank you Uncle Ezra!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Jack Bauer Vs Santa

For the fans of 24, here is a nice version of what happens in the world of Santa! This video is awesome. You gotta check it out!

update1 : On Feb 2, 2007 I found that this video has been removed from youtube! Sorry folks!