So Ya Wanna Use Windows Media Player for Ogg, Huh?

I don’t know why… but it CAN be done! Thanks to Kelly, a faithful listener, who shared this with me! Windows Media Player in Windows… which we will call WiMP from now on (I love that one, Kelly!) will play Ogg IF you install a codec for it, available here:

Directshow Filters for Ogg Vorbis, Speex, Theora and FLAC

So there you go… you can use WiMP and cruise on with patent-free media! Hoo-rah!

By the by… I just tried it, and it works! Kinda cool, actually! Don’t get me wrong, of course, I STILL prefer VLC Player… it is free, it is Open Source, and it is NOT Microsoft!

Update Your OS for Daylight Savings Time

This year Daylight Saving Time is not at it’s normal time. The government changed the dates. Hooray for them! Anyway, your computer doesn’t know what the government has done (aren’t you glad?) So… for your computer to correctly automatically change the date as it has always done for DST, you need to apply some updates.

First of all, if you have Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows 2000… tough! They are no longer supported and you are hosed. (Actually, just turn off the “automatic update feature” on Daylight Savings Time on your machine and set the time manually!) If you have Windows XP, Service Pack 1, then upgrade to Service Pack 2! If you are at Windows XP, Service Pack 2, then do the following:

Go to:

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

Choose “Custom” and select “Windows Update (KB931836).” Apply it and reboot! NOTE: If you have already been doing regular updates… you MAY have already applied this one! If it doesn’t “show up” in the list as available, you probably already have applied it!

If you are using Microsoft Outlook, you will need to update it as well… Outlook has a separate update called “Time Zone Data Update Tools for Outlook Calendars.”

More info on that is here:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931667

And, of course, if you have Microsoft Windows Vista… it is already “up-to-date” with the change, and you are “good to go!”

If you are running a flavor of Linux or FreeBSD, then check out this article:

Update Linux and FreeBSD systems for new Daylight Saving Time settings

Bottom line, you need to be sure that your machine is up-to-date with it’s latest patches before Sunday!

Ouch! WordPress Hacked on Their Own Site!

This is one reason it is not smart to do an immediate upgrade as soon as one is released! I like to “hold” back on upgrades to things like my WordPress Blog. It turns out that if we had upgraded to WordPress 2.1.1 as soon as it came out, we would have been in danger of having malicious code in the site! So, hooray for folks tracking these things down!

WordPress Code Subverted on Its Own Server

“Users who have downloaded the 2.1.1 version of the open-source blogging platform WordPress should upgrade all files to 2.1.2 immediately, since they could include a security bug injected by a cracker who gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, according to a release posted on WordPress’ site on Friday. WordPress received a note on the project’s security mailing address Friday morning regarding ‘highly exploitable code,’ the release said. After investigating the issue, the WordPress developers found that the 2.1.1 download had been modified from its original site. The Web site was taken down immediately for further forensic analysis. ‘It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file,’ the release continued. ‘We have locked down that server for further forensics.'”

Geek Software of the Week: Free Mp3 Wma Converter

I know, I know… ANOTHER MP3 and WMA to Ogg Vorbis converter!?! Yep! When I get on a crusade, I get rather focused, huh? This one is from Koyote Software, just go to the link below, then choose the option for the “Free Mp3 Wma Converter.”

Koyote Free Mp3 Wma Converter

“Free Mp3 Wma Converter can Convert all your mp3, Wma, Ogg, AAC, M4a, mp4, Ape, Flac, Wav files :

– Mp3 to Ogg, Mp3 to Wma, Mp3 to AAC, Mp3 to Wav …
– WAV to Mp3, Wav to Ogg, Wav to AAC, Wav to Wma …
– Wma to Mp3, Wma to Ogg, Wma to AAC, Wma to Wav …
– Ogg to Mp3, Ogg to Wma, Ogg to AAC, Ogg to Wav …
– AAC to Mp3, AAC to Wma, AAC to Ogg, AAC to Wav …
– Ape to Mp3, Ape to Wma, Ape to Ogg, Ape to Wav …
– Flac to Mp3, Flac to Wma, Flac to Ogg, Flac to Wav …
– M4a to Mp3, M4a to Wma, M4a to Ogg, M4a to Wav …

You will be able to convert you Itunes music library (m4a format) to mp3, wma, ogg, etc…

Free Mp3 Wma Converter can now rip CD Audio with Free CD Ripper !

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Podcast #78 – The “Very Boring Podcast” Edition

Dr. Bill Podcast – 78 – (03/03/07)
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Dr. Bill does another podcast too soon! So… some re-tread Geek Culture! Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie with “How to Buy a Computer!” A promo for Bwana.org Radio! Scott sends me a new graphic header for the Blog! Remember that Ogg is not a caveman! Ogg Vorbis – a totally open and free audio format… which will probably replace MP3! Download the VLC Player! The Geek Software of the Week = winLAME! Not Windows is lame… but winLAME! Not much else going on… so there you go! Time travel paradoxes and such… The Bunny Game… the Gamemaster spanked me on the high score! Somebody sent me an e-mail… Dr. Bill does an e-mail search… David in the U.K. writes me! Dr. Bill converts someone to Ubuntu Linux! I’m outta here!

Finally… the Dr. Bill, “Ogg is Not a Caveman!” Podcast (#77!)

Dr. Bill Podcast – 77 – (03/01/07)
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How to convert physical Windows systems into virtual machines to be run on a Linux desktop! Weird Flash game – make the cute widdle bunny jump from bell to bell, and get a high score. OK, weird. Microsoft slapped with $1.52 billion payout in MP3 suit brought by Alcatel-Lucent. Do we move to Ogg Vorbis? What IS Ogg Vorbis? Vorbis is an open source, lossy audio codec project headed by the Xiph.Org Foundation and intended to serve as a replacement for MP3. The Democracy Player version 0.9.5.2 is out! I moved the web site to LightTPD – security, speed, compliance, and flexibility – all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a web server; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments. More Ogg to come! (Note: I am “retrofitting” the older episodes to have Ogg versions as well!)

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