Arista Transcoder

I just found this in Ubuntu Software Center and it looks pretty cool.  I used to use pspvc but it hasn’t been updated since 2007… So this looks promising.

  • Presets for iPod, computer, DVD player, PSP, Playstation 3, and more
  • Live preview to see encoded quality
  • Automatically discover available DVD media and Video 4 Linux (v4l) devices
  • Rip straight from DVD media easily (requires libdvdcss)
  • Rip straight from v4l devices
  • Simple terminal client for scripting
  • Automatic preset updating

Tor on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx

Since Lucid Lynx is still in beta, tor isn’t packaged up at yet but there is a PPA!

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sevenmachines/tor

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install tor vidalia privoxy firefox-torbutton

To start it up with a vidalia:

Applications > Internet > Vidalia

Click on settings and add privoxy to the proxy “/usr/sbin/privoxy”

Stop tor in Vidalia and make sure privoxy is down.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy stop

Add “forward-socks4a / localhost:9050 .” (without quotes) to the bottom of: /etc/privoxy/config

$ sudo /etc/init.d/privoxy start

Start tor backup either command line or through using Vidalia.