This title may evoke images of a rumbustious night out filled with exotic drinks and highjinks followed by a morning waking up in possession of a traffic cone, the acquisition of which has somehow escaped the wreckage of your short-term memory.
If this is the case, you may be a tiny bit disappointed. This is all about how to play and rip DVDs and Blu-rays on Ubuntu.
Whilst that may not sound like quite as much fun, it’s less to leave you with a raging hangover. It should however, enable you to enjoy your video on your OS of choice.
What cocktails and traffic cones have to do with all of this will become apparent shortly.
What I’m going to cover here is :
- How to Decode and Play DVDs using VLC
- How to Convert DVD and Blu-ray files to mp4 video using Handbrake
- How to Transcode DVD and Blu-ray discs to Matroska (mkv) format using MakeMKV
This should give you all of the steps required to watch and – if required – copy movies, tv shows etc from an optical disc.
First of all though…
The Legal Disclaimer
The legality of ripping copyrighted material differs across jurisdictions. You may want to check the situation where you are before you follow any of the steps detailed in this article.
Whilst we’re on the subject of disclaimers…
The Taste Disclaimer
The subject matter at hand means that there is a strong temptation to include quotes and (possibly) oblique references to movies here and there. Of course I wouldn’t dream of stooping so low just to get cheap laughs…much.
Oh, one more thing…
Efficacy disclaimer – The steps described here will work most discs. In the rare instances where this is not the case do not seem to follow and discernible pattern.
For example, the same steps to persuade a dark comedy to present you with a Marmalade Sandwich (in mp4 format), may cause a loveable cartoon bear to fix you with a stare that’s harder than a coffin nail.
Moving swiftly on…
After months of trouble-free operation, Citrix Receiver decided to wreak some havoc one morning last week.
Connecting to work (using Firefox on Ubuntu and Citrix Receiver for Linux 13.8) was trouble free as usual.
However, when I then tried to select a PC to remote into, Citrix informed me that …
“You have chosen not to trust Entrust Root Certification Authority – G2. SSL error 61”
At that point, I reflected that what I knew about Citrix and SSL certificates would fit on the back of a fag packet.
After some intensive “research” it should now fit into a short blog post…
The recent Bank Holiday weekend in England provided me with a perfect opportunity to get on with some D.I.Y.
We have a collection of movie files, which I’ve stored on an external USB hard-drive. At the moment, these files are only accessible from the smart TV it’s plugged into.
I want to be able to stream these movies to the various Connected Devices we have around the house.
Time, once again, to call on my trusty Raspberry Pi 2 b-spec, running on Raspbian Jessie.
What I’m going to do is :
- Mount my USB Drive on the Pi
- Install Plex Server on the Pi to facilitate streaming
- Install Plex Client on relevant Connected Devices
- Create a Library containing all of my movies
- Stream a movie whilst I wait for it to stop raining
Hopefully after all that, I’ll be looking at something like this :
Before we do any of that however, we need to get the USB drive to work on the Pi…
When I started programming, the world was black and white. I’d write my code in Vi on Unix ( Sequent’s dynix/ptx if you want to get personal) and then run it through a compiler to find any errors. End of story, [Esc]:wq!.
Then, along came GUI IDEs with their white backgrounds and syntax colouring.
Things now seem to have come full circle as the colour schemes currently en vogue for IDEs tend to look a bit like this :
Finding a lightweight, general purpose IDE for Linux has been something of a quest for me. It’s not that there aren’t any out there, it’s just that none of them quite seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Until now.
Look, I know that programmers tend to be rather attached to their favourite editor/IDE and this post is not an attempt to prise anyone away from their current toolset. It is simply an account of how I managed to install and configure Visual Studio Code in Ubuntu to use for Python.
Hang on, lightweight ? We’re talking about Microsoft Visual Studio, right ?
Actually, Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is a rather different beast from the Visual Studio Professional behemoth that’s used for knocking up .Net applications on Windows.
What I’m going to cover here is :
- Installing VS Code
- Adding the Python plug-in
- Adding a Python linter
- Executing a program the simple way
- Using intellisense for code-completion
- Debugging a program
- Executing a program inside VS Code
If you’ve stumbled across this post in the hope of finding some information about setting up VS Code for PL/SQL, I would refer you to Morten Braten’s excellent post on the subject.
Here and now though, it’s Python all the way… Continue reading
In technological terms, this is an amazing time to be alive.
In many ways, the advances in computing over the last 20-odd years have changed the way we live.
The specific advance that concerns me in this post is the ability to securely and remotely connect from my computer at home, to the computer in the office.
These days, remote working of this nature often requires the Citrix Receiver to be installed on the client machine – i.e. the one I’m using at home.
In my case, this machine is almost certainly running a Linux OS.
This shouldn’t be a problem. After all, the Citrix Receiver is available for Linux. However, as with any application available on multiple platforms, any bugs may be specific to an individual platform.
I was reminded of this recently. Whilst my Windows and Mac using colleagues were able to use the Citrix Receiver with no problems, I found the lack of a working keyboard when connecting to my work machine something of a handicap.
What follows is a quick overview of the symptoms I experienced, together with the diagnosis of the issue. Then I go through the workaround – i.e. uninstalling the latest version of the Receiver and installing the previous version in it’s place.
As is becoming usual in the UK, the nation has been left somewhat confused in the aftermath of yet another “epoch-defining” vote.
In this case, we’ve just had a General Election campaign in which Brexit – Britain’s Exit from the EU – played a vanishingly small part. However, the result is now being interpreted as a judgement on the sort of Brexit that is demanded by the Great British Public.
It doesn’t help that, beyond prefixing the word “Brexit” with an adjective, there’s not much detail on the options that each term represents.
Up until now, we’ve had “Soft Brexit” and “Hard Brexit”, which could describe the future relationship with the EU but equally could be how you prefer your pillows.
Suddenly we’re getting Open Brexit and even Red-White-and-Blue Brexit.
It looks like the latest craze sweeping the nation is Brexit Bingo.
This involves drawing up a list of adjectives and ticking them off as they get used as a prefix for the word “Brexit”.
As an example, we could use the names of the Seven Dwarfs. After all, no-one wants a Dopey Brexit, ideally we’d like a Happy Brexit but realistically, we’re likely to end up with a Grumpy Brexit.
To take my mind off all of this wacky word-play, I’ve been playing around with CentOS again. What I’m going to cover here is how to install Oracle’s database development tools and persuade them to talk to a locally installed Express Edition database.
Specifically, I’ll be looking at :
- Installing the appropriate Java Developer Kit (JDK)
- Installing and configuring SQLDeveloper
- Installing SQLCL
Sound like a Chocolate Brexit with sprinkles ? OK then… Continue reading
One evening recently, whilst climbing the wooden hills with netbook in hand, I encountered a cat who had decided that halfway up the stairs was a perfect place to catch forty winks.
One startled moggy later, I had become the owner of what I can only describe as…an ex-netbook.
Now, finally, I’ve managed to get a replacement (netbook, not cat).
As usual when I get a new machine, the first thing I did was to replace Windows with Linux Mint…with the immediate result being that the wireless card stopped working.
The solution ? Don’t (kernel) panic, kernel upgrade !
Support for most of the hardware out there is included in the Linux Kernel. The kernel is enhanced and released every few months. However, distributions, such as Mint, tend to stick on one kernel version for a while in order to provide a stable base on which to develop.
This means that, if Linux is not playing nicely with your Wireless card/web-cam/any other aspect of your machine’s hardware, a kernel upgrade may resolve your problem.
Obviously it’s always good to do a bit of checking to see if this might be the case.
It’s also good to have a way of putting things back as they were should the change we’re making not have the desired effect.
What I’m going to cover here is the specific issue I encountered with my new Netbook and the steps I took to figure out what kernel version might fix the problem.
I’ll then detail the kernel upgrade itself.