Play back of blu-rays with VC-1 encoded video on a Linux (and Windows) PC

Unfortunately, it seems the VC-1 video codec is poorly supported on both the Windows and the Linux platform. Windows Media Player did not want to give me anything but sound. VLC was able to play back the video, but it has a lot of “micro stuttering”. On Linux with XBMC and other media players, I […]

BankID and Java plug-in in Firefox on Ubuntu Part 6

BankID is unfortunately pretty poorly supported on the Linux platform, or there are at least several issues with it. I have sorted out some of them before, but it seems the latest version of Firefox created some new issues. My problem was that when trying to use BankID the browser crashed when logging in (after […]

Ubuntu – synchronizing the clock over the Internet using NTP

I have had problems with the clock on one of my Ubuntu computers. The NTP (Network Time Protocol) service is supposed to take care of synchronizing the clock, and the GUI has settings for this. However, and but it did not work (Ubuntu 11.10), as the clock was constantly delayed. The fix was simple, (re)installing […]

BankID and Java plug-in in Firefox on Ubuntu Part 5

I have previously written about getting BankID to work on a Linux/Ubuntu computer. Even though BankID worked on a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 with OpenJDK, it seems to work best with Sun’s Java implementation. This post will guide you through installing Sun’s JRE and removing OpenJDK. First install Sun’s java implementation. I installed it […]

The Olympics: NRK, Linux, Firefox, and Silverlight/Moonlight

I have previously written about my efforts to see tv (NRK) over the Internet on Linux. While working on my thesis I had to watch a bit of the Olympics (as a distraction). Luckily, NRK streams most of the events over the Internet. Unfortunately, they have decided to use Silverlight version 3 to stream content […]