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UPDATED beeb manual.

I wasn’t happy with the way some of the manual looked so I’ve rewritten parts of it, making the ” y, n, q” questions easier to see and understand. I’ve also added a section on “Timing out” explaining what it means and how it works.

This is a manual update only to version 6.5-2, which is a PDF document designed to be read and used online and not printed out, and shows very clearly how to use “beeb” to download programmes from the BBC.

Updated – 4 November 2014

UPDATED – Beeb Manual – V6.5-2

Update to the Beeb Manual, version 6.5-2, which is a PDF document designed to be read and used online and not printed out. The manual has been updated and simplified, so its easier to see all of beeb’s replies and comments to you.

Dated – 4 November 2014

New Obnam Manual version 1.8.1.

A new version of the manual where I’ve tried to simplify things and make them easier to read and understand.

New Obnam Manual version 1.8.1

The Obnam Manual, version 1.8.1 of 2014, is a PDF document designed to be read and used online and not printed out. It weighs in at 187 kbs but is still very useful. It is a “work-in-progress” so you will see it changing as time goes on. It explains very simply, with sample configurations, how to use `obnam’ for your backups, and how to restore from these backups.

I’ve simplified things like ‘–‘ which is now very easy to see, and changed slightly all the graphics boxes of commands and replies, hopefully making them easier to understand. I’ve also put a whole load of ‘~’ which had somehow been left out. It should make a lot of commands easier to understand and therefore use.

Updated on 14 November 2014.

Updated on 14 November 2014.

UPDATE – The Quick And Dirty Guide To ”Get-Iplayer”

An update to the document giving clearer instructions, along with a couple of screen-shots.

The Quick And Dirty Guide To ”Get-Iplayer”

A not so small booklet showing exactly how to download programmes using “get_iplayer” of just 11 pages, and weighing in at 200kbs. It now shows how to use the web-end and that will download programmes from a list you input.

Version – 1.5

Dated 7 November 2014.

Emacs init from an org-mode file

Recently I’ve been setting up an org-mode file in emacs which holds my entire “init.el” to run emacs from. As its all quite stable now and working well, I’m putting it up here in case others want to try something similar.

 

One thing that you must be aware of is to *NOT* put this file in “~/.emacs.d/” because if you do it will overwrite your basic “init.el” when it is tangled, think ‘compiled’, which starts emacs off!

You also need to put “ob-tangle.el” into “~/.emacs.d/” along with ‘init.el’ so that it all works. Once its all in place, then just start emacs the same way that you usually do, and watch it all appear as if by magic! :)

I use “gnus” to deal with my email, and that configuration is set up right at the end of my “init.org” and quite happily sits there just waiting to be called for use.

When I first started setting it all up, it was very daunting, moving from something that I knew worked, to something that I wasn’t sure about, and neither did I really understand how it would work! But now its been up and running for several weeks I feel quite comfortable with it all.

Yes, it has blown up in my face, with emacs totally refusing to load my setup, and I couldn’t see why not! That required about four hours just patiently going through it line by line, and examining for anything! Typos, missing closing brackets, too many brackets, new command-line errors it was showing me that I hadn’t seen before! I eventually found that the problem lay in a block of code that I’d just put in, and which when commented out allowed emacs to run properly. I learnt then to time-stamp each block of code that I inserted which would help in finding any future problems.

Now, emacs is *extremely* stable, as is gnus, and its working more as I want it to, without so much unnecessary commented out code. I still try out new snippets of code, but I’m far more wary of it, and if it looks like it won’t fit in my scheme of things, then I just leave it alone and don’t put it in.

I hope its useful for you and that you have fun setting it all up. I know that I have and feel much more comfortable  with my setup now

UPDATED beeb manual.

I wasn’t happy with the way some of the manual looked so I’ve rewritten parts of it, making the ” y, n, q” questions easier to see and understand. I’ve also added a section on “Timing out” explaining what it means and how it works.

This is a manual update only to version 6.5-2, which is a PDF document designed to be read and used online and not printed out, and shows very clearly how to use “beeb” to download programmes from the BBC.

Updated – 4 November 2014

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UPDATE – ‘beeb’ is working again!

Beeb is working again with a new ‘get_iplayer’, version 2.90 which
you can get with this command –

–8<—————cut here—————start-————>8—
curl -kLO https://raw.github.com/dinkypumpkin/get_iplayer/latest/get_iplayer
–8<—————cut here—————end—————>8—

and then once you’ve made it executable, and copied it to
/usr/local/bin you need to update your radio and tv caches with
this command –

–8<—————cut here—————start-————>8—
get_iplayer –refresh –type=tv,radio
–8<—————cut here—————end—————>8—

Then you can start using ‘beeb’, and updating its feeds as required.

Removed, as no longer useful as new version uploaded.

Please note
One thing you should note is that if you’ve setup ‘get_iplayer’ to
also work from the command-line, then it uses the same configuration
for saving your files when using ‘beeb’. Which means that
‘get_iplayer’ is over-riding ‘beeb’s configuration. I’m hoping to
sort this out in the next couple of days. And also update two
manuals :)

The Quick and Dirty Guide to ”get-iplayer”

It is still possible to use “get_iplayer” to get TV or radio programmes, but the feeds have disappeared, and its only possible to download one file at a time, at the moment! The situation is very fluid at the moment, but as soon as there is a solution, or a partial solution I will post it here. So here is a small booklet showing exactly how to download programmes using “get_iplayer”.

As the situation is changing almost daily, you can see how up-to-date the file is by its version number and date.

Update on ‘beeb’.

Due to changes at the BBC, ‘beeb’ is no longer able to download any
programmes for radio or tv feeds. This is due to the BBC having
removed the programme data feeds used by get_iplayer. At the moment
there is no fix available, but when, if, they replace the feeds I
will post the fix available here.

I’m sorry for this situation, which is totally beyond my control.

An updated “plank!”

The plank version in Debian Jessie/Sid is a bit old, it being version 0.6.1-1~experimental1
and the plank project has moved on since then. The current version is 0.7.1
which was released on 23 September 2014, and there’s talk of 0.8.0 too.

The url for the packages is http://people.ubuntu.com/~ricotz/packages/plank/
and the packages that I used from that site are –

This has given me a very stable “plank!”

SOLVED! Yesterdays lightdm upgrade broke it!

If you use ‘lightdm’ to log on with and Debian jessie/testing, you *will* have a problem at your next reboot! Yesterdays upgrade of ‘lightdm’ broke the configuration, with bug #762211.

The solution is to do ‘sudo leafpad /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf’ and comment out both of these two lines

Then reboot and lightdm will return as normal.