For those easily distracted, and running Ubuntu, I have an offering for un-distracting yourself: a clock that pops up on your screen every fifteen minutes. Basically, I’ve mixed the gnome-osd-client, date, and cron utilities to do this. As usual, notes are in the wiki.
Finally picked up a video card with TV-out. This one was about $30 in the clearance bin in a store in northern Virginia. The main improvement is that I can now watch videos without having to transcode them (for some reason, Hak5 always lost sync in this process).
Annoyances still include: getting MythTV to automatically start its front-end in the second screen, incomplete remote control mapping, and having to clean up the wiring “plant” hidden behind my desk. (Note: this last has priority due to the minimum acceptable spouse acceptance factor (MASAF).)
Still to do includes testing the OSD (Asterisk Caller ID and alert) functions and the phone interface. Wiki notes to follow.
A recent update to a number of packages broke the festival wrapper for swift. Festival also ceased to work. A quick Google search brought up this fix from navaburo, who’d gotten it from the now non-existant Gentoo Howto for speechd. Just in case the Ubuntu forum post goes away, the repair amounts to executing the following:
printf “;use ALSA\n(Parameter.set ‘Audio_Method ‘Audio_Command)\n(Parameter.set ‘Audio_Command \”aplay -q -c 1 -t raw -f s16 -r \$SR \$FILE\”)\n” > .festivalrc
A couple months back, Andy suggested that I post my code for the configurable conference room management software on Google Code. Taking up his suggestion, I’ve started a page called “CRTK” (short for Conference Room ToolKit). It’ll take a couple weekends to get things pushed over (very busy schedule this month!).
I’ve started a wiki page for tweaking MythTV’s on-screen display (mythtvosd) utility.