OMG its the Hitch-hikers Guide and it uses Free Software!


WikiReader bridges you, your family, and friends with the world of knowledge. It’s a great gift for people of all ages and lifestyles.
WikiReader
For Parents

WikiReader offers an easy way to protect your child from adult-oriented content.
Easy to Use

Bring the world of Wikipedia to your finger tips with 3 simple buttons.
Works Anywhere

No internet connection or registration required. WikiReader is excellent for reading in bright sunlight. Fit it in your purse or book bag and take it everywhere.
Affordably Priced

Knowledge is power. For $99 and no monthly fees, WikiReader expands your knowledge without shrinking your wallet

THAT’S RIGHT FRIENDS!!!!

The WikiReader is a new hand-held device that puts the entirety of Wikipedia in your pocket. Each WikiReader runs on two AAA batteries and should hold up for as long as 12 months of normal usage. The touch screen presents a small QWERTY keyboard to enter your search terms. Scrolling up and down is controlled by sliding your finger on the screen in the direction you wish to move. You can follow links (to other Wikipedia content) by touching the underlined text. The only thing missing is the pictures and graphics. The lack of pictures will make some articles less informative than others, but it’s not a huge deal. We also found the keyboard key size to be problematic at times.

WikiReader’s software is based completely on open source. All source code is available device through GitHub for anyone to see. Updates will be available either by subscription, or you can do it yourself. The entire source database for the Wikireader is stored on a microSD card and can be updated manually by downloading the data from the Wikireader site and copying it to the card. It’s possible that you could load some other content on the microSD card as long as it conforms to the same format used by Wikipedia.

This post is total copypasta from these two pages:

http://thewikireader.com/ && http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6920/2/ I’m just too pumped to do any of my own writing!!!!

HTML5 video tags have a power level over 9000


My brother showed me this post at hacks.mozilla.org on how to do the much bitched about html5 video tags. So I totally had to do it, and I did.

Here is my page http://numberedhumanindustries.com/video

The cool thing is that you can have it degrade codecs and and even all the way to flash. The first (intro) video is this way, but the rest are theora/vorbis file (yeay freedom!) So here is a little howto.

First You need a place to store the vids that you can link to. If you have dropbox you could put the vids in your public folder and link there.

To have a just theora/vorbis vid (because you love freedom) the code looks like this:

</video

To have a theora/vorbis vid that degrades to mpeg4 the code looks like this:

Now if you need it to degrade all the way to flash (puke) then it would look like this:

ok that is the long and short of it. Not bad at all but you need to have Firefox 3.5 and some versions of Opera/Chrome/and possibly Safari with some extra codecs that screws the whole idea.

**EDIT: ok so I’m not smart enough to get the code to show up so just check out the mozilla hack page I was just copying from them anyway 🙂

Theme for seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest is “40 Years of UNIX”


The seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest will be on September 25-26, 2009 at
the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

*** HISTORY IN THE MAKING ***
The theme for the seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest is “40 Years of UNIX”.
The first keynote speaker, Doug McIlroy, is a major contributor to
UNIX, and is personally responsible for the concept of
pipes—inter-process data streams that no true Unix / Linux geek can live without.

As we look ahead to the next 40 years of Linux, Shawn Powers, editor
of Linux Journal, will share with us his vision for how Linux can help
fix the economy. Shawn’s involvement in Linux spans over a
dozen years, and ranges from the purely technical to general Linux
advocacy.

*** CELEBRATE ***
Ohio LinuxFest wants your help to celebrate their continued success!
They are asking that you help spread the word on blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, Digg,
Reddit, and any other outlet. Ohio LinuxFest has thrived for six years
on strong personal recommendations from attendees. This is your chance
to participate in that word-of-mouth advocacy that has benefitted Ohio
LinuxFest so well!

To join them, point your IRC client to irc.oftc.net and join #ohiolinux.

*** PARTICIPATE ***
If you’re interested in sharing your experience with the Ohio
LinuxFest community, it’s not too late! The Call for Presentations is
still open. This is your chance to share your passion and experience
with your peers. Working on a cool new project? Have expertise with
something amazingly useful? Submit a presentation!

*** REGISTER ***
As always, registration for Ohio LinuxFest is completely free. OLF is
about community, and communities work best when they work together.

For those that wish to help Ohio LinuxFest, a Supporter Package is
available for $65. Supporters get a catered lunch on Saturday, and a
commemorative shirt.

A Professional Package is available for people looking to improve the
Linux skills they use in the workplace. In addition to Saturday’s
conference, the Professional Package provides access to Ohio LinuxFest
University, a full day of intensive, hands-on training in a number of
technical tracks on Friday. This is an excellent opportunity to hone
your existing skills with training from the League of Professional
System Administrators (LOPSA), or boot strap your Linux knowldge with
an introduction to Ubuntu offered by FreeGeek Columbus.

*** DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS ***
For more information, or to register, please see the Ohio LinuxFest
website at http://www.ohiolinux.org/

Conky and Ubuntu One (or dropbox) To Do How To


Do you have a todo.txt file? Wanna have it show up on the desktop? Wanna have it on multiple computers? Then read on:

[edit: since this was first written I have switched from *buntu to Fedora (and am much happier because of it) so I have added Fedora specific stuff for a bit of equal time)

Step One: Install Conky.

Conky is a system monitor for X originally based on torsmo. Since its inception, Conky has changed significantly from its predecessor, while maintaining simplicity and configurability. Conky can display just about anything, either on your root desktop or in its own window. Not only does Conky have many built-in objects, it can also display just about any piece of information by using scripts and other external programs.

On Debian/Ubuntu either:

apt-get conky
or
aptitude conky

On Fedora

yum install conky

Step Two: Sign Up for and Install Ubuntu One (still in beta if you want an invite stick your identica username or email address in the comments) or Dropbox:

On Ubuntu:
You can find Ubuntu One at https://ubuntuone.com/ and you can find Dropbox at https://www.getdropbox.com, both of these services have free 2GB storage, and have a GPL plugin for Nautilus. If you aren’t using GNOME @ me on Identi.ca and if I get more than a couple of messages i’ll write a how-to on setting them up in other desktop environments/window managers.

On Fedora: To date there isnt a working UbuntuOne build. there was a try http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/lkundrak/ubuntuone/ but I couldn’t get it to work. But Dropbox totally works!

Step 3: Make a todo.txt file:

Assuming you are doing this by the defualts you will have a ~/Ubuntu One/ (or ~/Dropbox) folder. Just stick your todo.txt file there.

PROTIP: I put [ ] infront of each thing that needs to be done so that I can ad an “x” to it (and thus having [x] so that I can tell what I have accomplished.

PROTIP: Create a shell script called todo that has “gedit ~/Ubuntu One/todo.txt” without quotes to /usr/bin/ and then you can use your Alt+F2 launcher to quickly edit your todo list. You can substitute gedit with whatever grapical editor you want, and if you are playing the Dropbox version of our game it would be “gedit ~/Dropbox/todo.txt” again without the quotes.

Step 4: add your todo list to conky:

add:

Todo: Today, ${color slate grey}${time %a, } ${color }${time %e %B %G}
$hr
${execi 30 cat /home/three/Dropbox/todo.txt | fold -w50 }

to your conky config file (it’s often in your home folder under .conkyrc but sometimes it’s in /etc/conky/conky.conf)

Step 5: enjoy your productivity:

any computer you put Ubuntu One or Dropbox on will be able to do this so a desktop, laptop, and netbook can all have the same info (as long as you get them online long enough for it to sync)

Extra:

Here is my conky config if anyone is interested:

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/194299/conkyrc

and a screenshot :

This is a screenshot of my eeepc

This is a screenshot of my eeepc

FLHL looking for Freesoftware Adverts


The guys at the Free Linux Help Line (http://freelinuhelpline.net) are looking for Ads to run between segments of their soon to be podcast. So do you know of a Distro, App, Event, or Podcast that is or is about Free Software? Well if you can condense you enthusiasm into 30 seconds or so then send them to freelinuxhelpline@gmail.com. Ep 0 is scheduled for January 10th.