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Somebody fix this.

My sister came up to me with a Fedora predicament™ today. She was attempting to play this file (a .asx file) in a media player.

It wouldn’t work. What a surprise!

Since it looked like it might be something that would actually refer to another file, I threw it in curl just to see what would happen.

[ianweller@kupenblagster ~]$ curl http://realvideo.acinet.org/asxgen/Eng/27-1021.00.wmv.asx
<ASX Version = "3.0">
      <REF HREF = "mms://"/>
      <REF HREF = ""/>

Also interesting: what happens when you try and curl the http:// url? You get a 404 not found error. However, when playing the file with MPlayer, the video plays. Hmm.

So, I decided I should run -dumpstream from MPlayer on my slice and allow her to download and watch the video from there. We click on the .wmv link, and a dialog asks us to search for some plugins to play this file. Hmm, OK, we find the plugins, it installs relatively quickly. How nice!

Totem’s Firefox plugin tells us that it can’t play the file. I don’t remember the error off-hand, but an updated install of Fedora 10 on that same file should yield the same error.

So I ask: why doesn’t this work, and what can I do (that’s within my realm of ability—read: not much) to help make this work?

Syndicated 2009-02-10 03:46:56 from ian weller » Advogato

Dear lazyweb…

What calendaring applications do you use when trying to organize what events are happening when?

Syndicated 2009-01-30 21:59:16 from ian weller » Advogato

Even fresher gwibber

Ah, the beauty of free software… r199 of gwibber has been pushed to stable in Fedora 9 and 10 thanks to the willingness of a few users to test the build, and the cooperation of upstream to fix a few bugs as soon as possible. :)

(For rawhide users, a pywebkitgtk bug is causing some issues in viewing updates. It’s a known bug to upstream.)

Syndicated 2009-01-30 05:03:57 from ian weller » Advogato

Fresh gwibber

Revision 196 of gwibber, fresh from the bazaar tree, will soon be available in updates-testing for F9 and F10 users after the next push. For the impatient, the builds (F9, F10) are available.

Please place your comments on the appropriate Bodhi pages (F9, F10) so that these get pushed to stable! Remember to be logged in so that your karma counts.

Syndicated 2009-01-28 05:07:12 from ian weller » Advogato

Happenings and thoughts

Quick summary: a lot of this post has to do with the upcoming FUDCon F11, the wiki page renaming hackfest which happens tomorrow (today, in UTC), and some other randomish things relating to anything I think about.

FUDCon F11: Social networking

This might be a bit premature, but a few things I think people should do if they’re heading to FUDCon next week:

  • Tag related posts on Identi.ca (and Twitter, meh) with “#fudconf11″
  • Find yourself on whoisi.com and add “@fudconf11″ as an alias
  • Tag related blog entries with “fudconf11″

If you’re uploading photos to Flickr, please add them to this group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fudconf11/.

FUDCon F11: Picture book

If you’re at FUDCon, be prepared to have someone take a few pictures of you and ask you for your “Fedora story” — the story relating you and the Fedora Project. This is all for the upcoming series of picture books that Marketing is working on.

If you’ve got a nice camera (DSLRs, mostly), bring it with you and see me for what you can do to help. We’ll be meeting shortly after the initial events to go over the process of getting pictures. Also, stick your name on the wiki page for the picture book project as a photographer.

Docs Project: Wiki renaming hackfest

If you would like to help with renaming pages on the wiki, apply for the gitwikirename group in FAS and send me an email. We’ll be working tomorrow starting at about whenever I wake up 16:00 UTC or so until we all get tired.


If you haven’t heard through the grapevine yet, fedora-business-cards is pretty much ready to go. A few weeks ago I got my (second round of) business cards from OvernightPrints.com and they turned out wonderfully. To use f-b-c, on Fedora 9 or later, run

yum install fedora-business-cards

as root. Run

fedora-business-cards --help

for a summary of the options.

You may end up having characters in your name with accents or other missing glyphs from the MgOpen Moderna font. If this is the case, you may change the font face for your information to DejaVu. It’s a bit difficult to get this to work with --cmyk-pdf, but I’ll be producing alternative templates and bundling them with a new release soon.

Dear Lazyweb…

What’s the best way to get from Logan Airport to the hotel for FUDCon using MBTA transit? FWIW, I’ll be arriving at Logan at about 8:15 pm.

Also, how would I integrate fedora-business-cards into translate.fedoraproject.org?

Syndicated 2009-01-02 05:30:44 from ian weller » Advogato

Help Build the Commons

Help Build the Commons

Creative Commons needs your help. They need to raise an additional $260,000 by December 31 to meet their goal for the year. Help build the commons!

Syndicated 2008-12-14 19:19:02 from ian weller » Advogato

Wordpress 2.7

I upgraded to WordPress 2.7 a couple of days ago. Some features that struck me as awesome: the QuickPress dashboard widget, and the fact that automatically upgrading plugins actually works for me now.

The new UI hasn’t really grown on me yet, but I’m sure it will in a while.

Syndicated 2008-12-14 18:00:19 from ian weller » Advogato

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