Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday 4/7 ACS Room 123- Network Audio & Linux Video Hacks
The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users
Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday April 7.
Tom Cargill will talk about his recent hacking with
network audio sources, and Alex Hsia will talk about
MythTV, Personal Video Recorder (PVR) software for Linux.
Both talks are on multimedia, and both talks promise to
be lots of fun.
Globally, sources of Internet-based audio are growing
steadily. In addition to music, there's a
variety of news, science and spoken word entertainment.
The sources vary from mainstream commercial and
public radio stations to Internet-only stations
and amateur 'podcasters'. They employ a wide variety
of formats and protocols. Tom's talk will provide an
overview of these sources, and describe an ad-hoc body
of software that converts them for use in home stereo
systems or portable music players.
Alex will talk about MythTV
the homebrew Personal Video Recorder (PVR)
project based on Linux. He'll cover the features of MythTV including
support for multiple simultaneous recordings, its distributed
architecture allowing multiple recording machines and multiple
playback machines, HDTV support, MPEG4 compression, automatic
commercial detection/skipping, automated program guide retrieval, a
music module, DVD playback and archiving, game emulator frontend, image
viewer, SIP phone module, etc. Alex will also cover his home
configuration, including Knoppix based distribution, KnoppMyth
and the hardware chosen for his MythTV box.
Tom Cargill is a consultant and long-time FRUUG Executive
Committee member. His bio can
be found at
Alex Hsia is the senior network engineer at the NOAA-Boulder Network
Operations Center. Alex has been at NOAA since 1995 and prior to that
was a Unix systems administrator for a division of the Air Force
Research Laboratories at Wright-Patterson AFB.
This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing
Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects
Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.
At our January meeting, Gary Koenig talked about new
Power Line Carrier (PLC) technology and how it overcomes
many of the problems with X10. Also on the home automation
topic, Alek Komarnitsky gave a quick overview of his
christmas light Webcam hoax.
Announcements, presentation slides, and
writeups for past meetings are available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive.
We have two meetings on software development and testing
lining up for May and June. In May we're planning a talk on
the Linux Trace Toolkit, a way to see what your software
is *really* doing once it's running. In June we're
planning a meeting on test-driven development.
We'd like to do more meetings like this one, with short
presentations on interesting technologies that FRUUG
members are working with. If you are working on something
that you'd like to give a 20-minute presentation on, please
contact one of the Executive Committe members at the meeting.
We have lots of new books from Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall PTR
- PHP-NUKE Garage
- Sendmail Milters, A Guide for Fighting Spam
From O'Reilly & Associates, Paraglyph Press, Sitepoint, and
Syngress this month, we have:
We have a copy of Intrusion Detection with Snort to give away to a FRUUG
Library Merit Badge Holder, just click on the link in the
News column at the FRUUG Web site.
- Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL
- Google Hacks, Tips & Tools for Smarter Searching
- Head First Servlets & JSP
- Java Threads
- Illustrations with Photoshop
- Learning PHP 5
- Managing Security with Snort and IDS Tools
- Photo Retouching with Photoshop
- Small Websites, Great Results
- SQL in a Nutshell
- Wireless Hacking
You may check out books using your business card as your
library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books
are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.
Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts
on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly &
Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.