Foo Wordpress

Theme Choices Foo…

WordPress themes, an abundance of choices. And of course the urge to create my own theme. The latter will happen sooner or later, but at the moment I simply don’t have the time to sit down and design.

So I browsed the themes on the WordPress themes page and I found a couple interesting ones. After trying some for a while I decided that it is about the content and not about the looks. The good old “form follows function” is my favorite approach. So I settled (for the moment!) for the Manifest theme. I like it, so get used to it ;).

Foo Windows

Windows 7 Upgrade Installation Foo

It is, again, the time to re-install my virtual machine with Windows 7. So far so bad. I don’t like to install Windows in the first place but from time to time I needed it and Windows 7 is actually not that bad. But for a good reason ($$$) I bought an upgrade license of the Ultimate Edition. Now this would force me to install Windows Vista first, just to perform an upgrade. Sounds kinda silly, doesn’t it? So I won’t do it and I dug out an old c’t magazine (issue 24/2009) where they discuss a way to install the upgrade without going the normal upgrade path. I am sure there are some other resources out there that explain the same thing, but here is my take on it.

DLNA Foo Linux PS3 UPnP

PS3 Media Server And Ubuntu Foo

After I finally got my video and audio files a little bit better organized I decided that I need some kind of streaming server for all my possible devices. Blu-ray players from Sony and LG, a PS3 and some Android devices (HTC Thunderbolt and Incredible 2) want to be fed with music and movies. Seeing that eclectic collection of renderers it was immediately clear that I need some on the fly transcoding. So I looked into a couple media servers and finally decided to go with the PS3 Media Server.

Foo Nagios

check_process_runtime v1.0 Released

After revamping the site a bit to support multiple projects and some other stuff I finally found the time to upload some projects. The first is the check_process_runtime plugin for Nagios.

check_process_runtime has a simple purpose. Find processes that run for too long. You can give the script the name of the process or part of the process. It will then determine if the process will cause a warning or if it is critical. This happens by determining if a process runs too too long since it started. This is a Nagios plugin that will only run on Linux. It is using special features that are only available on Linux and on no other Unix or Windows!

But, again, I talk too much. The download is readily available here.

Y’all have a great night and please play with the plugin and tell me about the problems, questions, etc you have.

avelsieve DNS Projects

Project Page

After working on some other project I decided to create some space on this page. I created a general projects area and moved the avelsieve project into it. The next step will be some Nagios plugins and my DNS play project. You can find that new page here.

Foo Twitter


I spent some time playing around with some themes and even looked into creating one of my own. I finally found one that I like and that is as simple as possible. I don’t need all the glitter.

At the same time I added my twitter feed. Please feel free to follow me.

Linux Wordpress

Comments In WordPress

This is an interesting evening. Like nearly everybody in this country I was working on my bills but I was a little bit late. So, of course the banks and some other sites went into maintenance for the night. Which is okay, so I am a little bit late on my payments but this is not my fault.

DVD Linux MP3

DVD Audio Foo Bar

As described before, I started ripping some audio from DVD’s. Of course I started listening to my new collection and was a little bit disappointed with the result of one of my self made concert recordings. Nearly all the MP3’s seem to start too late. Some research and I was not the only one having that problem with transcode. But in my case it was more a bad authoring. Whoever created that DVD cut the tracks really, really badly.

DVD Linux MP3

The Foo Of Ripping Audio From A DVD

During my latest clean up I found a couple of DVD’s from which I would like to have just the audio as an MP3. Here we go…

First of all I needed to know the structure of the audio tracks on that DVD. Digging through the Ubuntu repository brought lsdvd to my attention. A quick install:

aptitude install lsdvd


avelsieve 1.9.9 With PHP 5.3.x Patch

After I was enduring for a while the warning messages and errors about deprecated functions in squirrelmail and avelsieve I decided to take action. On the official avelsieve homepage was no maintenance release that would tackle that problem and also the subversion repository didn’t really help here.

A quick read of the list of deprecated functions in PHP 5.3.x I fixed all occurrences of such nice functions like session_unregister, ereg, split and so on. The result is the “hps” version.

To the download