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Open Source Video Audio Decoder Encoder Transcoder – HandBreak 0.9

March 2nd, 2012 by elizar

Currently I am using a commercial software for doing all my video (audio) requirements for editing and publishing video and audio content on my websites and all over the internet. What I am using is Camtasia version 7. There is also a free one called Camstudio but it feels limiting in my personal opinion.

For this one, another open source video and audio transcoder that you and myself may want to try out. It is called “HandBreak“.

Check out the milestone/change log for HandBreak.

The HandBrake developers have released version 0.9.6 of the open source, cross-platform video transcoder software. The new version brings many improvements to the video and audio libraries used for both decoding and encoding.

Aside from those library updates and bug fixes, HandBrake 0.9.6 adds support for Blu-ray audio decoding and video encoding to MPEG-2. Other changes on Windows include a redesigned preview window and the dropping of QuickTime support, while on Linux there is a new advanced audio options section with gain, audio track names, compression and sample rate. The option to set a target size for HandBrake output has been removed and, according to the developers “isn’t coming back – Don’t bother complaining on the forums”.

On Mac OS X, DVD decryption with VLC 2.0 no longer works, as HandBrake can no longer rely on VLC for circumventing the CSS copy protection. The developers say that libdvdcss is the preferred method for decrypting DVDs and users should install a separate package to enable it.

A detailed change log can be found on the HandBrake site. The software is available for download on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu and Fedora) and is licensed under the GPLv2.

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How To Grayscale and Image Using GIMP

December 14th, 2011 by elizar

Alright, here’s one of many tutorial you will find here at SysadmindayPH. This post is all about how to turn your colorful pictures and images into black and white, or grayscale using GIMP …Of course using GIMP! :)

For those who do not know what GIMP is, is short GNU Image Manipulation Program. What’s GNU? It’s GNU Not UNIX. What’s GNU? It’s GNU Not UNIX.. What’s.. you know.

Most of the tutorials I’ll mentioned here is based / borrowed /stolen from this link, so be sure to check it out and bookmark that one too

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Optimized Open Source Software Stack (Cool Stack) 1.3.1 Final Release

September 15th, 2009 by elizar

Optimized Open Source Software Stack (Cool Stack) 1.3.1 Final Release…

Will be installing Ruby on Rails using Cool Stack… this is the first of sets of post.. Now downloading the packages from

Optimized Open Source Software Stack (Cool Stack) for the Sun Solaris Operating System(TM). Cool Stack is a collection of some of the most commonly used open source applications optimized for the Sun Solaris OS. By using these binaries you will enjoy the best levels of performance from your system, while also reducing your time-to-service.

Instructions: Select the files you want, then click the “Download Selected with Sun Download Manager” (SDM) button below to automatically install and use SDM (learn more). Alternately, click directly on file names to download with your browser. (Use of SDM is recommended but not required.)

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Top equivalent for AIX – Topas, Only Better

June 24th, 2009 by elizar

Top equivalent for AIX – Topas, Only Better… That’s what I searched when I got a ticket from one of the AIX boxes here complaining about CPU being 99% used up.

Of course, you can use vmstat with interval, but for those sysadmin folks who are use to using Top, its still more comfortable using (and seeing) the top output.

Topas is the equivalent of Top for AIX.. it’s better than Top as a matter of fact according to some AIX gurus (and Solaris)

If you persists in using top, You’ll have to build it yourself from the sources at plus probably this fix: 

Good luck!


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Searching For Fee Car Classifieds Script

April 30th, 2009 by elizar

Cars are no longer a luxury nowadays (except if you want to own a Ferrari or something). Cars are now a necessity in today’s standard of living. And let’s face it, with the price of brand new cars and the forever raising price of gasoline, not every one can buy a new set of wheels.

Thanks to websites that offer to sell (and buy) second hand, used cars many people can have places to search for and are no longer limited to the restrictions of locations.

I bought my first car (my only car for that matter) from a dealer that posted their inventory online. So, thanks to this second hand used car website, I was able to find myself and buy my very own car.

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FireFTP | FireFox | Firefox Download | FireFox Tutorial

September 5th, 2008 by elizar

FireFTP is an FTP program that works within the Firefox Web browser. Well, Firefox is not actually a full-pledge program but a Firefox plugin or addon. The best thing about this ftp client is that it’s FREE! (Just like any other open source applications/software).

If you’re not familiar with Firefox, it’s an open source web browser and I suggest you use it right now. Trash that IE and start using Firefox (or Google Chrome – cooler!).

File transfer protocol (FTP) is how we send large files from one computer to another using the Internet — not an e-mail attachment.

Here’s how to install and use FireFTP on Firefox.

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Configure Virtual Hosting in Apache Web Server

August 19th, 2008 by elizar

When we say or mention the word Web Server, the first thing that comes to our mind is Apache, right? (if you don’t then what are you doing here reading this? :-))

Apache is the most well known open source web server there is! Open source?? Make that the most wildly used webserver on the internet, period!

It is believed (and i know they made a survey or study about it) that Apache takes 90% of all web servers in the internet. Most web hosting company, and I’ve once worked in one, use Apache.

This post will talk about how to setup Apache for Virtual Hosting

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Sun Microsystems Owns Mysql AB

January 17th, 2008 by elizar

Here’s the news that everyone involved in IT should know by now – Sun Microsystems bought Mysql AB!

For those who doesn’t know, MySQL AB is  the company behind MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database.

From the blog of Sun Microsystems’ CEO, Jonathan Schwartz‘ :

We announced big news today – our preliminary results for our fiscal second quarter, and as importantly, that we’re acquiring MySQL AB.

we’re putting a billion dollars behind the M in LAMP.

With this ground breaking event, I’m sure there will be some far out development in Mysql/Sun in the near future.

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OpenLDAP Installation Using Packages (pkgadd)

September 20th, 2007 by elizar

I would like to post an update on our previous OpenLDAP source installation, but I encountered an error so, enough with the source thing and let’s install one from packages which is available on Sunfreeware.

OpenLDAP is an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. These build packages installs in /usr/local/

Requirements and Dependencies

Here’s what packages you’ll need:

Dependencies are:

This implementation of OpenLDAP was build on a sparc machine Sun Blade 100 workstation running Solaris 8.

Installing Packages

You can go ahead and refer to this post in using the pkgadd .

Once all the packages are installed above, the binary can be found in /usr/local/bin , /usr/local/sbin and config files are in /usr/local/etc.

There are some more setup and configuration to setup (like setting of variables) but as far as installation is concern, we’re done.

See you on the next post about configuration for OpenLDAP

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The getent Command

September 10th, 2007 by elizar

For the UNIX side of things, we’ll try to feature one command a week that is commonly used in system/user administration on a UNIX box. If anyone wants to contribute more, then we may do one command every two days or ‘Unix Command for the day’. Something like that.

For today, it’s all about getent.

getent is short for Get Entries. The command suppose to get entries from an administrative database. This database can be passwd, group, hosts, ipnodes, services, protocols, ethers, network or netmasks.

For each of these  databases, getent uses the appropriate library routines described in getpwnam, getgrnam, gethostbyaddr, gethostbyname,   getipnodebyaddr, getipnodebyname, getservbyname,  getprotobyname, ethers(3SOCKET), and getnetbyname(3SOCKET), respectively.

getent prints out the database entries that match each of the supplied keys, one per line, int the format of the matching administrive file: Examples, passwd, group, hosts, etc….

Example: To check if a user dpusp or information about the TIT group:

# getent
usage: getent database [ key … ]
# getent passwd dpusp
# getent group TIT


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