“Unsupported data” my psp says no thank you vconvert

August 25, 2007

unsupported

Yesterday, I told you how great vconvert.net was to download web video in mp4 format for your PSP, iPod video and iPhone. Well I don’t have an iPod video neither an iPhone. But I have a Playstation portable, so I tried to download and put a few video on my PSP.

No luck, my PSP displays “unsupported data, fuck off”.

Same problem with the video coming from a similar website vixy.net/. It seams the audio frequency between the video coming from the two websites and the one working on my PSP is different. I read a post on a forum saying that it might be the problem. So the only solution is to convert those video one more time if I want to be able to read them on my PSP.

If you are running windows you can chose between many video converter. On an other hand with linux there is (I may be wrong) only one which is called PSPVC. To Install it just follow the instructions on this page. Then you can convert any AVI file into MP4 and H264/AVC formats. To get the avi, you can only use vixy.net.

They might come with a solution in the future, but for now it’s the only one I could find.

Hope It might help


vconvert.net made my day

August 24, 2007

Remember when I said that stumbleupon.com made my week?

Now vconvert.net made my day

With this web application, you can download any web video in the format you which (.avi, .wmv, .mov, .mp4, .mp3, .3gp) Magic!!!!!

vconvert

Have funnnnnn


Guess What I stumble upon?

August 24, 2007

stumbleupon

Yesss lousy title I know, but stumbleupon.com is not lousy at all!

This coool web “feature” is my re-discovery of the week. I been on this site couple of time not knowing/understanding it’s power! Maybe Because I hate sites that want to install bars in my browser and I was wrong.

Discovering new web site is not that difficult, you could use any digg-like, but offen you’ll find yourself on the same web-site over and over again. Well not with stumbleupon.

First click the big “Join Ussssss…..” on the front page. Answer a couple of question, fill the form. The you’ll be directed to either the Mozilla or Internet explorer website depending on your browser. What about the other browser I do not know. Well Once or before (can’t remember) the bar is installed, you’ll have to chose between topic of intereste (sport, activism, web, family, food, photographie etc… etc…)

Then click the Stumble button on the bar to be sent to a random website submitted by another user. You don’t like it, click thumb down! you do, click thumb up! you don’t care stumble again! And so on. And it’s 3 am and you’re still not to bed, ahahahah evil internet.

Don’t thank me… thank the stumble team…..

Here are a few things I discovered:

  • Musicovery a really cool music discovery web site with a nice flash UI.
  • I knew this one already! But it’s really cool. dontclick.it/ (everything is in the title).
  • Finally a good advise from the rangers.

The root of all evil!

August 24, 2007

I can only advise you to watch this really good documentary from the famous Richard Dawkins

The Root of All Evil? – The God Delusion (1 of 2)

The Root of All Evil? – The Virus of Faith (2 of 2)



Kojima in Iraq

August 23, 2007

That’s a really nice animation movie made by a soldier who was in Iraq. I really like the animation style, very close to the Metal Gear cinematics from Kojima. He has really good drawing and narrative skills!


The 11th hour

August 21, 2007

 11thhour

The 11th hour is the movie written by Nadia Conners, Leonardo DiCaprio and Leila Conners Petersen about the environment. I really want to see it.


Ubuntu revolution

August 21, 2007

ubuntu

Ubuntu is an operating system based on Linux which is becoming more and more popular among PC users. So popular that even Dell is giving their customer the choice between Windows and Ubuntu. Governments and organizations are switching to Ubuntu. But why is it so popular? Why so much buzz about it? Well let’s see.

The live CD

Ubuntu’s live CD gives you the possibility to use Ubuntu without having to actually install the OS on your computer. It’s very useful if you want to see what it looks like. Simply follow the instructions on the download page to get the ISO file. Once you got it just burn the file on a disc. Finally restart your computer and you should be able to use Ubuntu. It’s as simple as this.

Installing Ubuntu, so simple

I tried to look for a dual boot setting, with Windows XP being on the main partition. But couldn’t find any tutorial clear enough at that time. Anyway, I finally decided to install only Ubuntu on my computer. The install was really simple and very quick.

In my case all the hardware was recognized directly… Ah no I forgot I had to install The ATI driver for my graphic card. But since it’s the same with windows… except.. that you have to install almost every single driver!

What kind softs you get for 0$?

Well, you get a lot, Open office (Word processor, spreadsheet and presentation soft), Gimp (drawing and photo editing tool), Firefox (well… web browser), evolution mail (your mail client), totem media reader are just a few of the soft you get out of the box. well that’s not it you also get a dictionary, a calculator, a notepad called Tomboy, a text editor and 17 games (Tetris is one of them … heu sorry Gnometris). When I think that for 400$ (if you don’t pirate anything) you get a few crappy games and paint! From a Billion dollars corporation it’s quite a rip off.

But I know that the list above is not enough to convince you, So run add/remove in applications to find thousands of other software, bit torrent client, Voip software, Instant messaging software, Burning tools, Dvd ripper, video editing software, games, network software, Windows emulating software and more and more and more! and more.

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The choice of your environment

Ubuntu is using the Gnome environment. There are several version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu use the KDE environment, Xubuntu is using the XFCE Environment, Edubuntu, medibuntu and a few other. What I understood is that Kubuntu is good if you don’t want to be lost if you’re coming from windows because the environment is quite similar. That XFCE is a good environment for older computer, I guess Edubuntu is good for a school or student and Medibuntu is using codecs and software that are not open source.

I choose Ubuntu and its Gnome desktop. I really want to tell you how it looks like but it’s quite difficult. Since everything can be changed depending on your taste. The default setting has two panels one on the top of the screen and one on the bottom.

The one on the top display the different icons to your, applications, places (hard drive, external hard drive, CD, network etc..), system, Quick Icon, Sound volume, date hours calendar, exit button, and network information.

On the bottom you have a quick access button to your desktop, some space for the windows you are using, the usual trash and two to four workspace.

You can see what my desktop looks like

ubuntu desktop

Your OS your taste

But like I told you you can tune it according to your taste. For example, I have Two little graph that show me the use of my CPU and my network. It’s possible to play with the transparency of your panels as well as there size and much more. You can choose different sets of Icons and windows theme, gnome-art is a good start to get some nice stuff.

For me the best stuff is compiz and beryl which are now under one name compiz-fusion. It’s a 3d eye candy effect you can add to your desktop. But more beautiful than the one on Windows Visa. Since my computer is a bit old and my graphic card doesn’t support full 3D, I can’t run compiz on my laptop, but it’s worth a look!

 

But no problem?

Actually, I didn’t have so many problem, things are different but not more complicated. With windows not everything run as smoothly as many people think (or want to make us think), don’t be stupid. The Ubuntu community is big and you can always get answers on the forum or on the web. The only thing is that some times help is written for power user, and difficult to understand. But I’m getting use to it.

Some developer don’t really bother with their Linux development, for example the Linux version of Skype is still in it’s 1.4 version and Video conversation are not possible. I know there is a lot of Voip soft with video for Linux but my friends and family use Skype. Anyway the next version should include video conversation.

Another thing is games, I have a laptop with an ATI Mobility radeon 9600, I was able to play many game back then, the unreal engine, the source engine where runing quite smoothly, but now I think I can’t run those games even using Wine (the windows emulator). I tried to install a 3d game called tuxrace I think, But it was lagging so much. So now I’m just not playing on my computer.

There is also a portable issue for me. I’m running out of battery so quickly! Ok my laptop is 3-4 years old, so my battery is not young anymore, and has a short life on XP too. I didn’t do any test and can tell you how long does it last. But My computer ran out of battery and switched off without any warning. But again, I guess there is a solution. And I did a few of them, I still need to find out how to change the brightness of my LCD screen and see if there is a way it would warn me when the battery life is critical.

Other then that no problem, only happiness!

Of course it’s my own experience, I can’t tell you that it will be the same for you. But Ubuntu has been running on my laptop for five months now and I will do everything in my power not to install windows again.