X.org modeline for Panasonic TH-50PX80A

Sure, the brochure says your panel runs at 1366x768. But pick a 1366x768 mode in X, and you'll get a two black bars on either side of the image.

Turns out the panel actually is 1384x770. Go figure. Here's a modeline for your media centres:

# 1384x770 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 47.82 kHz; pclk: 86.84 MHz

Modeline "1384x770_60.00" 86.84 1384 1456 1600 1816 770 771 774 797 -HSync +Vsync

Hollandaise Sauce

2 egg yolks
80 grams butter melted
60ml vinegar
3 peppercorns
1 teaspoon lemon juice (or one squeeze of a wedge of lemon)

Put the vinegar and peppercorns in a small pot and bring to the boil. Immediately reduce the heat and let simmer until it reduces to half (it won’t take very long). Take off the heat and let it cool

Fraiche Prawn Pasta

500g green prawns (shelled and deveined)
Lots of garlic (about 3 cloves is good), finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
Olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 slices bacon, diced
1 tin of tomatoes
1/3 cup white wine
A fistful of basil, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons crème fraiche
Parpadelle, cooked al dente, to serve

Three reasons Kindle trumps iPad

Apple's recently announced a new gadget for fanboys to jump at. The "iPad".

It's really the bastard-child of the Apple family, with no market segment to fill. An unimaginative name, with an unimaginative design (it's literally just an oversized iPod Touch).

So what's the iPad supposed to be? A glorified ebook reader? If that's the target market, then here's three reasons to buy a Kindle instead:

Dell sold your email to spammers

Ever wonder why you get so much spam in your inbox?

Next time you give your email address out to a company, think what they might do with it. Dell, for example, sells your email address to spammers to make a buck.

Most of you already know I obsessively create a new email address for each organisation I deal with. This serves two purposes:

Using mencoder for Nokia N85/N95

This took a while to figure out.

I wanted a generic command that would resize the video to 320x240, regardless of whether the source was in widescreen or not; and if widescreen, then crop only the middle section out.

Note that the original framerate is maintained. You could probably save some more space by dropping the framerate to 15 or 20 fps.

If you want to save more space, try dropping the audio bitrate, and adding :vbitrate=500 to lavcopts.