Audi TT 2008 + SRI Service Reset with VCDS

Having purchased my MY2008 Audi TT convertible, and immediately changed the oil and got a new MOT, the “Service Due” light came on. No problem I thought, just some routine fiddling about with the odometer knobs and all will be well. Not so. Audi lock this right down and workshop ready scan tools are required. With an Audi cabriolet also in the stable, finally bit the bullet and bought myself VCDS and cable from ilexa.

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Thunar Custom Action – Add Filepath to Clipboard

This should be fairly straight-forward, but it isn’t.

We are going to use xclip as this takes the bash output and makes it available for X applications

There are also two variants depending upon which clipboard (there are 3!) you want

For the SECONDARY clipboard (the one that works with CTRL+C/CTRL+V or Right-Click and Paste)
enter the following in the command box for your custom action:

echo -n %f | xclip -selection c

For the PRIMARY clipboard (the one that only works if you Middle-Click your mouse)
enter the following in the command box for your custom action:

echo -n %f | xclip -i

Encoding for youtube

I can never seem to get it right. These two links offer some respite:

Ffmpeg Wiki

Re-encode the video and stream copy the audio. The output should be a similar quality as the input and will hopefully be a more manageable size.

Same as above, but also re-encode the audio instead of stream copying it:

Create a video with a still image (input.png) and an audio file (audio.ogg):

Jernej Virag

Bunsenlabs Linux

Bunsenlabs

Bunsenlabs

Just sending out some love to the developers of Bunsenlabs Linux, who over the last year or so have raised Crunchbang Linux from the ashes.

If you like minimalist
If you like openbox
If you like the command line
If you like Dark
If you like speed
If you like lightweight (on your system, not “a lightweight”)
If you like getting new life out if older machines
If you like control
If you like debian
If you like getting on with your apps not fighting your OS
If you like Linux
If you like freedom

You will like Bunsenlabs Linux

Virtualbox Fullscreen Greyed

Every now and then I have a problem after installing a new OS in virtualbox. All goes well until I head for fullscreen (RCTL+F)

It goes fullscreen, it works but the screen is greyed over, to @ half the brightness. Others have reported a black screen.

Solution:

Go in to the Settings > User Interface section of your VM from the Virtualbox main screen

Untick Mini Toolbar and Save

Fullscreen should now work :)

Grab BBC News Videos with a Bash Script

A colleague asked me the other day if I could download a video clip from the BBC News website so that she could use it in her training course (to save having to load up the website and play it “live” from there!)

I said anything is possible 😉  Took me on a little journey but finally found a way without having to resort to any browser plugins or switching to Windows to download a video grabber program. Decided to write a bash script to pull all the elements together too :) Continue reading

W7 to W10 – virtually ;)

Note: Valid at 01/08/2015

When I first got my new desktop machine a couple of years ago, I was a little wary of Windows 8, so I did a dual install of Windows 7 Pro (OEM) as well. Given Xubuntu is my weapon of choice, I had a triple booting machine in the end. Once I sorted Windows 8 out I never went near my Windows 7 install. With the arrival of Windows 10 a few days ago, and with the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7, it didn’t make much sense to have two installs of the same OS running directly, I therefore looked into virtualising my Windows 7, to then upgrade it to Windows 10, which I could then access directly from within Xubuntu, should I need it. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning

My PCSpecialist custom build desktop machine has been sat on my desk for @ 2 years, and starting to get a bit noisy, so time for a spring clean.

Sides off, graphics card out, CPU cooling fan off, case fan off. Left PSU in place.

Crevice tool on the vacuum cleaner, and old camera lens brush, loads of dust/human cells! Used a straw on the end of the crevice tool for awkward corners.

All back together and quiet as a mouse.