I have been LPI certified

I’m now Level 1 LPI certified. The certification consist of 2 exams (BX-0101 and BX-0102). It was quite a troublesome process.

The first exam was in Jutland which is a three and a half hour trip each way in car. The sum-up before the exam was crappy, mostly because of the EXTREAMLY crappy preparation material. Anyway I managed to pull myself through with 560 of 890 points and 500 was required for passing.

The second exam was due to take place two and a half week later. But they had some troubles with their systems so the exam was rescheduled. To bad - this time the sum-up before the exam was really good. Well two weeks later I was on it again. This time I just went right on to the exam. Some of the questions was really wierd but that must be expected from a multiple choise/certification exam right?!? This time I did alot better: 650 of 860 possible points and the passing rate was 500.

MP3 encoding with Sound-Juicer

Countless times have I struggled with MP3 encoding under Linux. I seems for an eternity now. Every single time I had to fall back on the same #¤@?-ing console based ripping with abcde. And if it hadn’t been that abcde is a great ripping tool, the pain that this problem have caused me wouldn’t be describable.

Well now for the good news…. Sound-Juicer finally works (using Sound-Juicer 2.10 from Ubuntu Hoary)! First I had to install the gstreamer8.0-lame package to encode audio to MP3 (gstreamer8.0-mad is needed for playback).

Then i ran gnome-audio-profiles-properties and created a new profile with the following values:

Profile name: CD Quality, Lossy
Profile Description: Test
GStreamer Pipeline: audio/x-raw-int,rate=44100,channels=2 ! lame name=enc
File Extension: mp3

Profile description and name is up to you. Dont worry, even though you have 2 profile with the same name i.e. “CD Quality, Lossy”, Sound-Juicer will tell the difference between them because it also displays the extension.

I cant remember which package provided gnome-audio-profiles-properties.

Update: Glad to see this info actually helped people out there on the Ubuntu forums :-D

A slick portable DVD/CD drive

I have been looking for a portable DVD/CD drive to add the only function my laptop dosn’t have. Thought it was on purpose I bought it without a DVD/CD drive. I rarely have use for such a drive and I wanted my laptop to be as small as possible (Debian is installable with an USB key). At home I could use a CD-burner but again this is only a function a rarely use and until now have managed to deal with in alternative ways.

But now I’m thinking of installing Ubuntu on my laptop and for that I need a CD-drive. I could borrow one at work, but I think the time has come to buy one myself.

I have found this slick AOpen drive which I think would look good besides my IBM X40 :-D

I have also found some addinional pictures of the drive in the 3D Game Man forum.

WINE repository for Debian (Ubuntu)

Today I found this Debian repository for WINE. I’ll try install WINE from this one and test if I can get Pirates to work. Stay tuned!!

Debian package with my wallpapers

I have been battling with Ubuntu to create a Debian package with my wallpapers from Debian Art.

I ran into a bug which I was a log time to realize. I have reported it in the Ubuntu Bugzilla.

Well finally I got the damn package created and you can download it from here.