Converting 96kHz 24-bit FLAC to OGG with ffmpeg

Lately my son Robin asked for Peter Gabriel’s song The Tower That Ate People in a car. I like OGGs, although recently it may have been pointless with MP3 patents being expired. But 15+ years ago it was an obvious choice for me, especially because most encoded MP3 files had also clearly cut out high … Continue reading Converting 96kHz 24-bit FLAC to OGG with ffmpeg

Building Windows VirtualBox machines

I started this post in January originally, but after a couple of paragraphs I realized I’m writing a more generic post - Believe in build automation. Now you know why I believe in automation and we can get straight to it. I’m a Linux guy, I’d rather work with Linux, I always prefer UNIX/Linux on … Continue reading Building Windows VirtualBox machines

Last three years with software

Long time ago I decided to blog about my technology struggles - mostly with software but also with consumer devices. Don’t know why it happened on Christmas Eve though. Two years later I repeated the format. And here we are three years after that. So the next post can be expected in four years, I … Continue reading Last three years with software

Making Windows 7/8 work again

OK, kinda questionable title, as Windows somehow works after install (and reinstall). But I have some additional professional needs. I don’t want to edit system properties in a single line, I want proper command line - preferably bash - and when at it, I’d welcome many Unix text/file utils too. I want proper console that … Continue reading Making Windows 7/8 work again

Releasing to Maven Central with Git on Windows

Originally I wanted to write about two problems. I think both were somehow related to interactions between Maven, Git and GPG on my Windows. But because I didn’t document it both on time, things got lost. So this will be only half of the story. Short version? Don’t mix various gpg on your PATH. If … Continue reading Releasing to Maven Central with Git on Windows

Personal Log (2): Leaving Linux, buying guitars

Not that I write continuation of the personal log every time Federer wins a Slam title, but after dramatic final of the Wimbledon it really happened. (Just another instant classic after last year final? :-)) Fifteen and counting so it seems. I wanted to confess that I stopped using Linux on my computers. I still … Continue reading Personal Log (2): Leaving Linux, buying guitars