MP3+G to MP4

Let’s convert an MP3 file with accompanying CDG to an MP4 video.

Here’s my latest update to… Change Log Added a title to the output image, which can be in a different font and colour from the rest of the text. Use Getopt to parse command line, and accept more options. Improved handling of certain dodgy WMV files, mostly thanks to Matt Pinkham. Improved use of … Continued

Sharing Music with Apple iTunes

OK, so a few weeks ago my old G3 iBook broke down. Yesterday I took delivery of a brand new (well, eBay-sourced, but new for me) G4 iBook and was about to start synching my music collection from my Linux desktop when it struck me that that’s just a dumb idea. I’ve got a 54 … Continued Updated

This release works around errors in capturing screen shots from certain WMV files. It also changes the default geometry from 240×180+0+0 to “auto” which is an automatically calculated, hopefully appropriate, geometry. Download Highlighted source code

Sequential Video Thumbnails on Linux

So, I was looking for a way to create sequential video thumbnails (like this one) from a video file on Linux. I found that my options were severely limited. On Windows there are a plethora of tools capable of this fairly simple task, including Media Player Classic, but on Linux all I could find was … Continued

dict, thes & ency

dict is a command that is supplied with most Linux and BSD distributions. If you enter dict foo at the command-line, you get back the dictionary definition of “foo”. Normally several different dictionaries are supplied, including some dictionaries of translation, and it’s possible to look up the word on various online dictionaries too. As counterparts … Continued

How I Started Using Linux

I bought my first copy of Linux in 1999 – it was SuSE 6.2. I got it from the local branch of Software Warehouse (now called and it cost me about £30. I bought it partly because I knew that I would be using a UNIX system when I started University and wanted a … Continued