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How To: Download Children's Programs in a free format from YouTube

It seems a lot of children's educational shows have been posted to YouTube. It isn't up to me to decide if them being there is a violation of someone's trademarks or copyrights. If they are there, I can use youtube-dl to download them.

Want "Magic School Bus" season 1? Many distros provide a package named youtube-dl. I went to wikipedia and looked up the Magic School Bus episode titles for season 1 and then I searched for those on YouTube. Then I made a text file and put in the URLs like so:

youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBp68rhT_Sg'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkqSapSsLvc'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeV7BtP18N8'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tCXnvTnzZc'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaf59CuWFuQ'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z91RU4wBm8'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idEEIXsqPYA'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmuMh0FavfE'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mIxsGlNhhc'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=670eR6_UOFA'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOKB6B6ROZE'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta34lJ_G54A'
youtube-dl -f 43 -t 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFV5Y9ljyBg'

Don't forget to chmod 755 that text file and then you can run it from the commandline. I hope you have some disk space. Each episode is about 130 MB or so. You'll get the webm flavor. Most everything on YouTube is available in several flavors including webm.

I haven't looked for all of the other episodes yet but will soon. You can also find a lot of episodes of PBS' Arthur show. My 6 year old really likes that one.

The quality of these videos is not really that great when played back on a computer monitor with high resolution or an HD TV... but playing them on my Nintendo Wii (with Homebrew's WiiMC application over a samba share) on a standard def. TV, they look just as good as anything else. We do not yet own an HD TV.

youtube-dl is a fantastic program and it can even download complete YouTube channels and/or playlists.


Review: LinuxFest Northwest 2012

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The end of April... is LinuxFest Northwest time in Bellingham, Washington. This was my 6th year attending and it was their 12th annual conference. As usual, I took my camcorder along and recorded all of the presentations I attended.

Unlike last year, where I was all by myself, this year I was lucky enough to have three other Montanans with me - Gary Bummer from the BozemanLUG, Warren Sanders and Andrew Niemantsverdreit from the BillingsLUG.

We all carpooled with Warren driving and for that I thank him.

Program Guide (PDF)

Continue reading for the complete review.

Videos: LFNW2012 ownCloud Part 2

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Michael Gapczynski's ownCloud - Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way

This was the second part of a two presentation series. I missed the first part so make of this what you will. Michael primarily talks about the PHP programming interfaces to ownCloud.

Direct link, right-click save as:
LFNW2012-ownCloud-Michael_Gapczynski.webm (159.5MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Meet Fedora

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Robyn Bergeron's Fedora talk.

As you may know I'm a big Fedora fanboi and I really enjoyed meeting and listening to the new Fedora Project Leader talk. Robyn found out the projector in the room was dead but that was ok as she wasn't planning on using slides anyway. I really enjoyed the frankness of her talk and can see why she was picked to be the new FPL.

Direct link, right-click save as:
LFNW2012-The_Fedora_Talk-Robyn_Bergeron.webm (233.1MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Teaching Linux and SysAdmin via Distance Ed

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David Mandel's Teaching Linux and Linux System Administration as Distance Education Classes.

I arrived right as the talk was starting and during the first minute or so I am franticly setting up the camera. Sorry about that. There is quite a bit of interaction between David and several audience members who also teach Linux in an academic setting. I teach a Linux SysAdmin class myself and enjoyed this. It was on the later track on the second day so it was allowed to run a bit long. Enjoy.

Direct link, right-click save as:
LFNW2012-Teaching_Linux_via_Distance_Ed-David_Mandel.webm (361.4MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Software Patents: What You Can Do

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Deb Nicholson's Software Patents: What You Can Do.

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LFNW2012-Software_Patents-Deb_Nicholson.webm (394.4MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 High Availability for MySQL

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Max Mether's High Availability for MySQL.

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LFNW2012-MySQL_HA_Solutions-Max_Mether.webm (304.6MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Linux LVM Advanced Topics

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Will Sterling's Linux Logical Volume Manager Advanced Topics.

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LFNW2012-LVM_Advanced_Topics-Will_Sterling.webm (244.4MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Krita - Digital Graphics for Real Artists

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Oscar Baechler's introduction to Calligra Krita

As you may be able to make out from the poster image, Oscar is running Krita on Microsoft Windows 7. He wanted to show the new 2.4 release and had trouble getting it for his preferred Linux distro and had to settle due to time constraints.

While Oscar is fairly new to Krita, he is a very skilled and experienced digital artist and didn't take long to adapt to it (1 week). With his Wacom tablet, he makes it look easy. Room conditions and video resolution / quality make it hard to see some finer details so make sure to have your own copy of Krita active so you can play with it as you watch, pause, watch this video.

Direct link, right-click save as:
LFNW2012-Krita-Oscar_Baechler.webm (307.5MB)

Videos: LFNW2012 Intro to CrunchBang

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Larry Cafiero's Introduction to CrunchBang.

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LFNW2012-CrunchBang-Larry_Cafiero.webm (280.8MB)

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