Don’t Lie To Me! A Call For Hardware Honesty.

Warning! Bit of a rant here . . . At some point in the next couple of months, I’m going to kiss my old notebook goodbye and purchase a new one. I’ve been looking (when time permits) at the various deals that are out there. So far, I still don’t know who I want to give my money to. And this is where the big lie and my search for the truth starts. Before anybody gets too excited, I’m not suggesting that Compaq, MDG, Dell, Lenovo, or insert-your-vendor-here, is lying on purpose. As Mark Twain might have said, there are …

Tricking a Website into serving up its videos with Konqueror

One of the members on my WFTL-LUG mailing list asked an interesting question. He is running Kubuntu Dapper, has mplayer and all the fancy non-free codecs loaded (so he can play all those closed format files like MP3s, asf files, Quicktime, and so on). Anyhow, he visited the Healthology Website and tried to play the videos on the page. Sadly, it didn't work. The big question, of course, is whether there is any way to get it to work. The answer is Yes!. First, the video file that is being served up is a wmv format file (Windows Media Video …