So since getting my Samsung Nc110 netbook I have been running Arch Linux on it.

Arch has been a lot of fun, building the entire system from scratch and delivered me a highly customised Linux install with loads of battery life and bleeding edge application versions.

However it has had its problems.

Python3 as the default has been problematic I really wish that we could call python2 python and call python3 python3.

Also being at the bleeding edge has its dangers like the time that an update broke my external video out.

However the main issue has just been the amount of time required to support things. Every so often a pacman update would require substantial work to get it sorted, always well documented but just time consuming.

So while running Arch has been fun it is becoming impractical as my netbook is increasingly my main computer so I need something more stable to use instead.

So I am going to use this opportunity to have a look at different Linux distributions.

So with a bit of luck this blog post should appear inside Facebook as well as on my personal blog at .

Like many I was very annoyed when Facebook killed its rss import but this Facebook app functionality is far more considered and developed.

Of course some of you may consider this noise so my apologies.

I suspect that the launch of the WordPress / Facebook plugin is coinciding with Google I/O where I suspect we will see G+ API’s announced.

After having switched to Emacs and eventually allowing OrgMode to take over my organisation it only made sense to explore what other things I could do with Emacs.

So one idea I decided to explore was using OrgMode to update my various WordPress blogs that I keep or maintain on behalf of

Using org2blog found online on github at and the xmlrpc interface built within WordPress; it turns out to be easy to do and very powerful.

I am hopeful it will allow me to sustain my blogging more but will have to see as the javascript add to WordPress toolbar button is very effective in terms of starting blog posts though I find the web interface to messy to work with.

Today while recording a WWDC Special episode for TheAudioPodcast I forgot to turn on my recorder so I had to extract the audio from the youtube video. ffmpeg makes it really easy,

ffmpeg -i movie-source-file.mp4 audio-target-file.mp3


So it will come as no surprise to most readers that I am a big Linux fan, in fact the only thing that stops my using it exclusively is a driver issue.

There is a good interview with Linus on the BBC site at the moment which is interesting to read. His remarks about the GPL working on selfish grounds is quite interesting and not a view I have considered before.

I find the slight dig at RMS and the GPL3 a little distasteful though.