Monthly Archive for February, 2008

OLPC XO and ASUS Eee PC SD card performance

A number of people have posted to the OLPC Community Support mailing list asking which Secure Digital (SD) cards work with the OLPC XO laptop. I happened to have several SD cards around so I benchmarked these cards with the XO laptop and also with an ASUS Eee PC. For further comparison, I also tested all of the cards with a Transcend Multi-Card Reader M3 on my Dell Latitude D800.
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TEDTalks download script and MythTV metadata

I have been watching TEDTalks off and on since a friend of mine introduced them to me a couple months ago. They are videos of presentations done at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), an annual conference that “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers”. I would highly recommend browsing through them if you have a minute; there is some really good food for thought (and action) in there. All of the TED videos are licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND (Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works) license, which allows them to be freely redistributed as long as they are not modified.

To make them more accessible to me, I downloaded all the TED videos and put them on a computer running MythTV. Read on for details on how I did it and links to scripts that will automate the process for you if you have a MythTV setup or if you just want to download all the TED videos.
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