Here is a small list of hacker books I like.
I’ve been having a play with MediaGoblin and this software looks very promising. If like me you feel uncomfortable with the amount of data you are sharing with 3rd parties e.g. Flickr, Dropbox, YouTube etc. then MediaGoblin like ownCloud could be a way forward.
I will admit that installing and getting MediaGoblin working isn’t straight forward but it’s not too hard. I like the idea of sharing my media with friends, family and others without having to also share it with Google, Facebook and Dropbox etc. and of course without all of the advertisements that come along with that.
I’m using the most basic DigitalOcean droplet (512MB memory, 1 core, 20GB SSD) to host my MediaGoblin instance. For the Operating System I’m using Debian 8.
I used the following guides to install and get MediaGoblin working. The official MediaGoblin documentation is very good.
- Official MediaGoblin documentation – Deploying
- Official MediaGoblin documentation – Media Types
- Set up your own media-sharing site with MediaGoblin
I didn’t install PostgreSQL as suggested in the documentation, I’ve stuck with the default SQLite database.
Here are some live MediaGoblin sites to give you some ideas.
This is my MediaGoblin site:
Register with Goblin Refuge and start using MediaGoblin without having to install your own instance.
I’ve just finished watching a pretty scary documentary called Terms and Conditions May Apply. It doesn’t necessary tell me something I didn’t already know or at the very least suspected but it still made me feel pretty sick.
I had already begun the process of deleting my data from my social networking accounts and closing them down. After watching this documentary it’s made me more determined to head down this path. The scary thing is my data probably won’t actually be deleted from these companies servers (who knows how long they will retain it for).
This is a must see – I definitely recommend this documentary to everyone.
Here are another couple of movies that are worth a watch. Algorithm is not a documentary and I didn’t think it was fantastic but it had its moments. I really liked We Are Legion, you meet some pretty cool characters.
If you like computers and the internet I’m sure you’ll find these documentaries interesting.
- Steal This Film
Watch Steal This Film – Part 1
Watch Steal This Film – Part 2
- The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
- Revolution OS
- Triumph of the Nerds
- TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard
- BBS: The Documentary
- Freedom Downtime
- Code Rush
Watch Code Rush
Watch Code Rush on PeerTube
I was looking through some old CDs and found a backup of the WAFL website from early 2004. My brother and I created and maintained the West Australian Football League (WAFL) website from 2002 – march 2004. I’ve got some great memories of back then so I’ve decided to lauch it again – as is (uncut).
Continue reading “WAFL website”
This is the setup I use to convert VHS tapes to H.264 video files.
I’m using a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD Recorder + VHS VCR to play back my VHS tapes. For this exercise I obviously don’t need the DVD drive but this was the only device available to me and it works pretty well.
This isn’t particularly hard but just thought I’d share it because my usual method of creating a GNU/Linux live USB using the program UNetbootin didn’t work with Kali Linux.
I used the GNU/Linux command dd.
My iso file was named kali-linux-1.0.8-i386.iso and it was in my home folder i.e. ~/ and my USB device name was /dev/sdf
This worked perfectly for me.