Posted on October 8th, 2011
So, I love using VLC Media Player on both Windows and Linux to watch media. However, VLC doesn’t have a built in tuner for my DVB-T device (in my case a Gadget Geek USB HDTV tuner). This meant that if I wanted to watch DVB-T broadcasts in VLC, I needed to manually enter the frequency and bandwidth. What a bunch of fail.
So, what was needed was a manually crafted playlist in XSPF format that could be opened easily in VLC. Some quick searching on Google didn’t yield one, so in the spirit of being a true alpha nerd, it was time to roll my own.
Some more searching, on the Whirlpool forums, yielded the frequencies and programs needed for the XSPF playlist, and some quick reading of the VLC wiki yielded a primer on the playlist format. Win.
So, without further ado, I am pleased to present to you my awesome DVB-T VLC playlist for Melbourne / Geelong free to air channels. You’re welcome
DVB-T VLC Playlist for Melbourne / Geelong free to air channels (XSPF, 5k)
Posted on October 7th, 2011
Ada Lovelace Day has come around again, and although Donna Benjamin was profiled in brief for last year’s post, this year I’d like to dedicate several more virtual column-inches to covering her achievements and notability as an inspirational woman of technology.
Service as a mentor, guide and trusted friend in producing open source events
For many years, Donna was instrumental in making the Software Freedom Day celebrations in Melbourne happen. Countless hours of unpaid time were devoted to organising, herding, negotiating, liaising, encouraging and motivating the diverse group of open source enthusiasts around Melbourne and Victoria to come together. This culminated in 2010 in Melbourne’s Software Freedom Day event being recognised as one of the best in the world. While a strong leader in her own right, Donna went one step further. Through actively mentoring others, she has nurtured nascent talent in the community, ensuring that similar events in the future are more sustainable, and draw from an emerging field of willing and capable minds.
This is no more apparent than in her role as ‘ghost’ to the current linux.conf.au organising team (Disclaimer: of which I’m a member). Her insight, knowledge, reflections and practical demeanour, built from the success that was linux.conf.au 2008 have put the team on a very strong footing indeed to be able to deliver January’s event. Her passion, energy and dedication are also echoed in Drupal Downunder coming to Melbourne in 2012.
Donna is also a respected speaker and conference presenter, spreading her passion for open source, open knowledge, open education and open culture.
Digitise the Dawn
Donna’s trumpeting achievement in the last year or so however lies in her successful spearheading of the Digitise the Dawn campaign. In a matter of weeks, Donna’s efforts had raised over $AUD8000 – enough to have the archives of Louisa Lawson’s ‘The Dawn’ newspaper digitised in Trove and made available for researchers – a significant step for women everywhere.
It is Donna’s drive, passion, enthusiasm, willingness to give of herself and ability to genuinely nurture others that make me respect and admire her so much. Thank you, Donna.