La Blogotheque (a.k.a. Take-Away Shows)

Last week I made a great discovery on the net (at least great for me), a music video blog named La Blogotheque (http://www.blogotheque.net/ – french) – a.k.a. Take-Away Shows the English version (http://www.blogotheque.net/takeawayshows/).

What makes this site so great?

These guys have a concept of meeting new bands (or not so new) and take it to the street, recording the video in one single shot. What is even better is that the results are amazing, the songs are actually better than the originals most of the time. The bad, there’s no way to buy all that unedited, fresh, and great material. You can download the video during the next week after publish date.

Give it a try, you will not regret.

best!

La Blogotheque (a.k.a. Take-Away Shows)

Texinfo: Writing Plain Spanish

After a few weeks of researching we finally decided for Texinfo as our technical writing platform of choice. But before we did the switch, there was a serious complain about Texinfo: The inability to write plain spanish!!!

For us results really odd to write @’a for an a with accent, we still prefer á. So we found a workaround from Vladimir Támara (http://www.geocities.com/sl_edu_colombia/soluciones/vladimir/linux_esp.html), that used sed to replace all accents in our original texi file.

So here’s the howto:

Step 1

Create a file called encodetexi.sh (or name it whatever makes sense for you), and put the following bash code in it:

#!/bin/bash
sed -f <b>encondetexi.sed</b> $1 &gt; tex/$1

This script will encode your accents to the formal Texinfo way with sed, and put them in the subdirectory tex/ (don’t forget to create it or change the script to handle the new subdir creation).

Once created give execute permitions to the script:

chmod 775 encodetexi.sh

Step 2

Create a file named encodetexi.sed which contains the substitution patterns for sed. Here is the content of the file:

s/á/@'a/g
s/Á/@'A/g
s/é/@'e/g
s/É/@'E/g
s/í/@'{@dotless{i}}/g
s/Í/@'I/g
s/ó/@'o/g
s/Ó/@'O/g
s/ú/@'u/g
s/Ú/@'U/g
s/ñ/@~n/g
s/Ñ/@~N/g
s/ü/@\"u/g
s/Ü/@\"U/g

This will replace all accents, tildes, etc. from our original texi file and create a well encoded file in tex/ subdir.

Step 3

Now plunge your texi files in plain spanish, use accents and tildes at will.

Step 4

Run the script (again, make sure you got tex/ subdir):

$ encodetexi.sh your_file.texi

Final thought

Funny… after revisiting this post it would make much more sense to be written in spanish :|

Texinfo: Writing Plain Spanish

Ubuntu (Gutsy): Change Default Keyring Password

I changed my user password in Ubuntu, everything was OK until the next time I booted my Linux box. Keyring Manager was asking me for a password (as my wireless connection needed stored WPA password), immediately figured out that this was caused by the password change.

The problem is that Gnome Keyring manager doesn’t have an option to change the default keyring password. So, if your user password is changed, every time you log in Keyring Manager will ask for the password you supplied during Ubuntu’s installation (awkward).

Due the lack of password change in Keyring Manager we need another application: Seahorse. To install type the following:

$ sudo apt-get install seahorse

Once installed open it (Applications -> Accessories -> Passwords and Encryption Keys), and then go to Edit -> Preferences menu. Select GNOME Keyring tab and change the password to match your actual Linux user password.

Keyring Manager

Ubuntu (Gutsy): Change Default Keyring Password