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Fix Emacs Slow Startup

Quick tip: If you've customised Emacs in any way (fonts, colours, etc.), and subsequently found that it takes ages to start up, then exit Emacs and try this:

]# echo "(modify-frame-parameters nil '((wait-for-wm . nil)))" > ~/.emacs.tmp
]# touch ~/.emacs
]# cat ~/.emacs >>~/.emacs.tmp
]# mv -f ~/.emacs.tmp ~/.emacs

Thanks harfooz.

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How to Convert / Transcode DRM protected Video

In recent times, I made the decision to buy an iPod (in retrospect - a mistake), and then made the further mistake of signing up to Apple's iTunes Music Store, and worse still - actually bought some DRM encumbered music ... including some encrypted music videos. As you might have guessed, the novelty has well and truly worn off now.

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Linux Audio Conversion with Ruby - Walkthrough

If you've reached the stage where your digital music collection is out of control; with a multitude of different file formats, bitrates and naming conventions; then wouldn't it be great if you could get some help sorting that mess out?

On the Windows platform there are a multitude of applications that can deal with the problem, such as dbPowerAMP to name one of the better ones, but under Linux the solution is not so clear.

Now, thanks to a Ruby application called sneetchalizer (yes really!) there is a powerful automated solution to audio file format conversion, which can convert between OGG Vorbis, MP3, AAC/MP4 (or M4A as Apple calls it), WMA and others, whilst preserving the metadata tags which describe the audio file contents (known as IDv3 tags on MP3 files).

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XGL on FC5

60 second clip of XGL running on Fedora Core 5.

Guest starring VNC, VMWare running XP, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, MPlayer showing episode 6x15 of The X-Files ("Monday"), and a funky GDM theme (available on

Music by Tiësto.

NEW ... get the VHQ version of this video HERE!!! (XviD 36MB)

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Fedora Core 5: A review from an ex-maintainer

[16]Fedora Core 5: A review from an ex-maintainer

I've been putting this off long enough; finally I got around to upgrading my network to FC5, specifically, 1x Server, 2x Workstations and a laptop (one workstation, this one, still to do).


The Good

Fedora Core has always been a slickly presented distro, and even though they do make some odd choices occasionally, it features pretty much everything you could want out the box, proprietary stuff excluded (but that's what Fedora Extras is for).

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