Archive for September, 2008

multimedia over network III: any ALSA-enabled application

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

ALSA is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. The system can forward ALSA sound to PulseAudio.


multimedia over network II: pulseaudio

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

PulseAudio is a sound server. Applications feed music to PulseAudio, and PulseAudio decides what to do with it. For example, it can send the sound over network.

When I tried to use this feature for the first time, I failed. Therefore, I experimented with a more user friendly software (see multimedia over network I, and the second attempt was successful.


python, win32, odbc, unicode, ascii, I hate it

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I need to get utf-8 (unicode) data instead of 8-bit from a Microsoft Access database (ODBC connection). It seems I’ve finally found the answer:

It’s impossible.


fighting pstoedit

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I wanted to convert text to curves in PostScript. The well-known tool to do it is pstoedit (alternatives are welcome). Unfortunately, it worked only partially.


multimedia over network I

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I want to:

* run a program on a work PC, and
* see and hear it in action on a leisure PC.

The first attempt is failed, therefore I started to search for a solution using the step-by-step approach. The first step is to make sure that multimedia over networks works at all.


how to input diacritic characters

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

I always used vim (for example, “Ctrl-K” “:” “u” for “ü”), but now I found a way to input such characters into any application, using the core feature of X11/xorg. The explanation and the table are here: “ISO-8859-1 compose keystrokes in Linux” (thanks Andrew Daviel).

Reminder for myself: on my system, it’s enough to add “compose:ralt” to the option “XkbOptions” in “xorg.conf” and use “Alt Gr” key.