Archive for April 5th, 2005

NeroLinux vs K3b (Review)

I think it is safe to say that a review is going to be biased when it starts out like this: “As I suspected, Nero is not all that impressive on the Linux OS. Being this is K3B territory, I am blown away to see Nero wasting their time.” So I was prepared to take Lockergnomes’ head-to-head review of NeroLinux and K3b with a major grain of salt. Their review stayed true to the opening sentence: NeroLinux was disparaged while k3b was glorified. I decided that I couldn’t trust this, and decided to test them out myself.

Well, it turns out that the review was spot-on. NeroLinux feels more like a preview release than an actual product. Especially when compared to k3b, which has been out long enough to have been turned into a highly-polished piece of software. As soon as k3b adds support for m3u playlists, it’ll be perfect. NeroLinux, on the other hand, has a long way to go.

And I should note that I’m a big fan of Nero. I use Nero’s ultra suite for Windows. I love video express, and love that NeroExpress can import a n m3u playlist and turn it into an audio Cd with one click. But NeroLinux is missing all of those features. NeroLinux is basically Nero Burning ROM, minus all advanced features.

Hopefully, Ahead will keep working on NeroLinux, and will come out with an actual product. For now, though, the current preview release just does not stack up to k3b.

Jeffrey Veen: MP3 Blogs and wget

This is one of the neatest little hacks I’ve seen in a while. And its an ingenious use of wget, too:: “So I run wget, give it the URLs to those mp3 blogs, and let it scrape all the new audio files it finds. Then I have it keep doing that on a daily basis, save everything into a big directory, and have a virtual radio station of hand-filtered new music. Neat.

Here’s how I do it:

wget -r -l1 -H -t1 -nd -N -np -A.mp3 -erobots=off -i ~/mp3blogs.txt”

I made one slight alteration to that: I created a one-line bash script file to make nabbing MP3s from an mp3 blog (or pretty much any other HTML page pointing to a list of MP3s) easy. The script is:

#!/bin/bash
wget -r -l1 -H -t1 -nd -N -np -A.mp3 -erobots=off $1

And that’s it! Make it executable, then run it with the url of the website/blog as its only paramater (e.g. mp3bloget http://example.com/mp3blog.html).

Colorado Cities May Soon Be Able To Set Up Their Own Wireless Networks

I submitted this to Slashdot also; it’s available there now. Colorado cities may be able to provide wireless network access! “A bill that would allow local governments to install wireless antennas (Senate Bill 152) goes before the House Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The bill originally would have barred municipalities from competing, but an amendment will allow it as long as voters approve.”

This is officially a Big Deal. Many states are passing laws that would prohibit cities from doing this. Senate Bill 152 originally was written to do just this. However, the amendment made to the bill makes this into a very good thing. If voters say yes, then a city would be able to set up wireless network. Initial equipment costs are about $600,000. Depending on the number of people in the city that use the service, service might be as low as $16 a month. There are a number of cities who want to do just that, including Arvada, Aurora and Fort Collins.

Interestingly enough, Qwest doesn’t sound too worried. “Jeff Dunn, a spokesman for Qwest, which provides high-speed Internet service, said his company is not worried about competition. He said consumers are more concerned about service, especially when their Internet connection stops working in the middle of the night. ‘We believe at the end of the day the public will choose a company already there providing service,’ Dunn said.”

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