Gnome 3.0 - please integrate Gnome-Do

After reading the the Gnome 3.0 announcements (Vincent Untz, Andre Klapper) yesterday and reading The Plan, I don’t really know if I got exited or dissapointed :)

Anyway Gnome works very well for me already (version 2.26) so I guess the limited amount of visible changes is a plus for me after all. But one thing I would like to see integrate and officially backed by the Gnome Team is Gnome-Do. My desktop experience took a great leap forward after getting used to this way of interacting with my computer. I while back I read a very exiting blog post about incorporating Gnome-Do to the very core of Gnome.

Now THAT would ROCK HARD for something to include in Gnome 3.0 :D

Scaleable icon for Pidgin - Gnome-Do

I like my desktop to look good (cool effects not needed) and I’m a heavy Gnome-Do user so it has been annoying me for quite some time that when starting Pidgin it looks like this:


So I started searching Launchpad for a bugreport and actually found 2:

Thos bugs led me to a bug report in Pidgins own trac about the same issue. Which led me to download the source code and an usable svg file which I manually copied to my system:

sudo cp ./pidgin-2.5.5/pidgin/pixmaps/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/scalable/pidgin.svg /usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/apps/

Long story short… now launching Piding from Gnome-Do looks like this:



Hacking Wordpress MU - Part 3

I found the first problem with running this Wordpress installation on multiple domains. The installation generates a .htaccess filen in the installation directory. This won’t work when the blogs are in differet directory levels.

What I did was adding the rewite rules to the virtual host instead… that way all my domains could have different rewrite settings.

I also tried to move the upload directory away from the central Wordpress installation and into the document roots for the different domains. But this seems to be impossible due to a bug in Wordpress MU.

The last issue I found with my solution to the multiple domains with Wordpress MU is that the site admin might not be able to see the blogs on the other domains but if you know the id of the blog you can just change that in the URL and gain edit access to the blog anyway.


The user domain1_admin is site admin for On the domain the a blog with the id 3 is attached. So admin logs in on and uses this url:

The last few issues I can live with… so I wont be experimenting with Wordpress for a while I guess. Hope someone can use this.

converting video to flv with gst-launch

I had quite some trouble finding a way to convert an avi video file to flv. I really wanted to use gstreamer since it had worked very well for me for other conversions in the past. The reason for this conversion was that I had a video on my digital Canon camera (in avi format) and I wanted to publish it on the web using the defacto standard… flash video (flv).

After lots of googling I found FLV Conversion Tips by Brendan Howell so I’m not to take credit for this.

I didn’t want the sound so I removed it from Brendans original example:

gst-launch -v filesrc location=canon.avi ! decodebin name=d  ffmux_flv name=mux ! filesink location=output.flv d. ! queue ! videoscale !  video/x-raw-yuv,width=320,height=256 ! ffenc_flv ! mux.

I my search for a solution I found another link with some gst-launch examples you might find interesting.

phpBB module: WoW raid sign up

Ever since my guild in World of Warcraft first introduced a system for raid sign ups I wished that it was integrated into the forum so I wouldn’t have to login to the forum with one user and the raid sign up system with another (and into the dkp system with a third).

Anyway a little over a year ago I became responsible for the guild forum and looked for a mod for phpBB so raid sign ups would integrate well with the forum. I couldn’t find anything usable at the time so I decided to try write my own phpBB raid sign up mod.

Apart from being fun this little project kept my php skills from rusting totally and I also learned to use Bazaar (a version control system).

Just wanted to blog about it because I think it turned out quite good even though its small. Sure there is room for improvements but hey… the source is there for everybody - change it if you like :D