Computers Linux Terminal

vlc audio input

I finally got video to come through on vlc with specifying another parameter in my video capture video device input: /dev/video0:input=1
Tvtime had worked right off the bat once i changed the input from s-video to composite, but still wasnt able to get the audio.
A couple things that i found online helped with various problems i encountered.
One, I didn’t have speakers for a while, so I was working deaf with no understanding on whether the sound was actually getting to the software on the computer available for recording.  It might have just stopped at the hardware level because i didnt have the correct drivers or something.
anyways, so this command: xterm -sb -rightbar -fg yellow -bg black -e arecord -f cd -d 0 -vv /dev/null
that gave me a visual representation of the volume of one of the audio inputs on my computer.
Now i have to figure out which one that was.
I will use this:
To help me understand how to gather audio for this device.
And maybe this too:,
This page will help with managing the audio input instructions.

Computers Google Linux Terminal VMWare

making vmplayer work in ubuntu 12.04

I recently wanted to load a virtual machine in ubuntu 12.04 and i got some errors:
that did not work so i read this post:
and changed one character in that file and ran it and it worked.

Computers Linux Terminal


i used clonezilla to make a backup and restore a 250 GB image of my computer.
one little hangup that i found solved in this post that i really need to remember.
when mounting the restore drive, do the parent directory.  if you do the actual directory of the restore it wont even show the option to restore it.
very helpful

Apple Mac Networking Wireless

Mac Passive Scanning

This tool is a great program for the mac to use for passively scanning wireless networks.
Once you have downloaded it, you will need to mount it, safari will do this automatically.  Then you drag it to the applications folder like installing any other mac app. Load it.
Setup your airport card to configured with the program.  Click on preferences from the KisMac menu in the top left.  Click on the driver tab on the top of this window and then add your airport card as the capture device.  Make sure you choose the airport card that is in passive mode.  If you get a message that Kismac could not initiate the driver, you need to choose a different capture device.

Once you have this running Kismac will start to list and say all the SSID that are within range of where you are.  You might be surprised how many networks are in close proximity especially if you are living in apartments.  If you are having trouble using your own signal, pay attention to the channel that your desired network is on.  If more than one network is on that same channel the computer will have a hard time to lock on that signal.  Choose a different one.  In the 2.4 Ghz frequency, the only channels that would be beneficial without overlapping are 1, 6, and 11 or whatever the highest is.  If you can manually set your wireless base station to be on one of those channels without auto, which usually hops around, it will give you better results.

Apple Mac

Troubleshooting iMac Freezing

These are in no particular order.  They are just in the order I tried them.
  1. Restart computer – First and the easiest is to restart the computer.  This resets temporary memory and
  2. find recently installed programs – uninstall those.
  3. Reset the P-RAM – Restart and hold down command + option + R+ P until restart.
  4. Disk Utility – Verify Disk, Verify permissions
Mac Mac Mail

mac mail address intelisense

where does mac mail pull its address book intelisense?

iPhone Mac smtp setting through!F92775FC46A390CA!171.entry
I have started my Graduate program will Keller Graduate School of management. As I have done this, I needed to set up an email account with them. I decided to set up a completely separate account for all of my school work. Keller has emails provided from Formerly As this is a microsoft product, it is not the easiest thing to set up for an apple product, say an iphone. So my solution was to use the above page and use those settings for all of my outgoing mail on whatever device, platform I chose. Iphone for one and my macbook for the second. I send all of my mail through those smtp settings but I pull all of my mail down to my devices with a specific gmail account since it supports Imap. Once the gmail has it, my macbook updates every 5 minutes and my phone updates every 15 minutes. Gmail will even support sending through smtp server. That would make it so I don’t have those stingy mail headers saying this message is sent on behalf of so and so. I chose to use smtp because it seems to be faster.
Taken from Microsoft’s website:
If the program you’re using isn’t listed above, use the following information to set it up to get your e-mail:
These instructions include the POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP server names for e-mail accounts accessed online using the Web site. If you use a different address to access your e-mail on the Web, such as your organization’s Web address, you need to obtain the correct POP, IMAP, and SMTP server names from someone who manages your e-mail account.
User name Enter your user name (for example,
Password Enter your password.
Authentication Use the same user name and password to authenticate with the incoming or outgoing (sending) e-mail server. Don’t use “Secure Password Authentication”.
POP server Enter the name of your POP server. If you access your e-mail account online using the Web site, enter
IMAP server Enter the name of your IMAP server. If you access your e-mail account online using the Web site, enter
SMTP server Enter the name of your SMTP server. If you access your e-mail account online using the Web site, you can find the SMTP server name by signing in to the Outlook web application at the following address: After you sign in successfully, the address you entered will resolve to an address that contains the SMTP server name you need to use. For example, if the address resolves to, enter for the SMTP server name.
Outgoing server (SMTP) port number Most Internet e-mail programs and e-mail servers are set up to send e-mail through port 25. This usually works just fine. But, in some cases, sending mail through port 25 may result in an error, or sending mail may just not work reliably. In those cases, you can try to change the outgoing port setting (also known as the sending port or SMTP port) in your Internet e-mail program from 25 to 587. If you still can’t send mail after trying both ports, contact the person who manages your e-mail account.
SSL and TLS for encryption Select Secure Sockets Layer for incoming POP and IMAP connections. You may need to edit the port numbers in your e-mail program. The correct port setting for SSL using IMAP is 993. The correct port setting for SSL using POP is 995.
For outgoing SMTP connections, select Transport Layer Security encryption.
SSL and TLS are methods to help secure communications between your computer and the e-mail server. Some e-mail programs refer to SSL or TLS as “encryption”.
In most e-mail programs, you need to open an “Advanced” setting or tab to set SSL for POP and IMAP connections and TLS for SMTP connections. Make sure you don’t confuse SSL with “authenticating connections”. Some e-mail programs include a check box for setting up authentication the first time you set up your account.

Computer Security Computers Terminal

Family Computer Security

I recently came home for Christmas to visit family. From time to time I will help them out with computer advice. I say advice because it is free and can be subject to interpretation and I can be totally wrong sometimes. So, if in this post, you have suggestions or advice yourself, please don’t hesitate to correct me with comments and such.
We visited relatives and they had several connectivity issues for internet. We hooked up the router to their modem and secured the wireless and then ran powerline plugs to the basement and hooked up the second wireless router for their WII and XBox360 and whatever other Gaming systems had internet connectivity. One thing I found interesting was the different security protocols and compatibility issues. It seems the older wireless cards did not even detect the new WPA2 wireless protocol. When that protocol was active, SSID seemed to disappear for the older 11/B wireless card.
I then proceeded to download updates for the antivirus on the laptop. The connections was very slow. I then noticed some strange behavior with the system. I finally determined there were viruses present on the machine. I ran a scan and no viruses were detected. I figured this was due to the anti-virus being installed after the viruses were already present. I then decided to run a linux live CD with antivirus capabilities to remove them. I chose Trinity Rescue Kit 3.3. It worked like a charm. I loaded the live CD and then mounted the internal hard drive. I updated the virus definitions of ClamAV and ran it on the internal HD removing all infected files. The power of linux and the command line really was super handy and this all ran within an hour on 256 mb of ram is what amazed me.

Computers Mac

Sync me up Scotty

So I was posed an interesting question this morning in email.  My uncle has an ipod and my grandpa has the Ford Sync.  So my uncle wanted to show my grandpa how to use the music play part of the sync.  I wonder if he can put the music on a thumb drive and stick that right into the usb port on the Sync?  This site says that AAC file format works great.  Of course the music would need to be DRM free I would imagine.  But the only inhibitor would be a password protected usb drive.  like the U3 from sandisk i think. this leads me to believe that a USB drive all by itself with just music files on it would work.
At one time I was told that it actually copies the files from the device to the Hard Drive of the Sync.  After looking over the for a minute, and seeing bluetooth streaming, I think that rules out copying the music over.  The Sync would have to have some sort of hard drive though to store the music information so voice commands could control and use those files on the device.
so the meat and potatoes came in this question i found on the Sync FAQ:
this question and the next one are the key to all the answers I had.

Computers Mac

Mac OS X hostname Changing?

For some reason my hostname on my mac keeps changing.  I first noticed it when I loaded bootcamp with windows XP.   I have been bringing my computer to work and log onto their wireless and I start using synergy.  This is when I actually notice that the hostname has changed.  The reason I think it has something to do with windows or bootcamp is because the name of the windows machine name is what the hostname changes to.  I wonder what is going on here?