Andrew's Corner of the Web
This site was established in June 2006 and has run continuously since then, with a hiatus at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014. It is designed to function as a Mathom-house, or storage area for some of the work I undertake and for some resources for my areas of interest. A Mathom-house is a creation of J.R.R. Tolkien and was described in Tolkien's Prologue to the Lord of the Rings: 'Concerning Hobbits':
So, though there was still some store of weapons in the Shire, these were mostly used as trophies, hanging above hearths or on walls, or gathered into the museum at Michel Delving. The Mathom-house it was called; for anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom.
The site will never be more than 20 or so pages in size and will be updated when I have time to spare from my "real life". If you find any information in this site that is of benefit to you I perhaps have accomplished a not insignificant thing.
Contents of the Site
I have had a long sabbatical from the Internet after a personal tragedy. Now that I have returned I am slowly working through this site, bringing some older pages back, editing some others and culling more than few others. My apologies if a page you are after does not appear on this list:
- Urban Myths & the Iliad My sad and lonely effort to counter some common misconceptions about Homer's Iliad. Did you know that Achilles did not die in the Iliad, there was no wooden horse and that in ancient times Achilles was not even really a great Hellenic hero?
- Using Mutt with Gmail This page gives a detailed set of instructions for setting up the Linux email client mutt (together with fetchmail, procmail and msmtp) to receive, sort, read and send email using Gmail as a relay.
- I have had a long interest in constructing syntacically correct web pages and along the way I have constructed a couple of templates for my own use. Here they, still needing a little polishing but perhaps may still be of some use to others:
- One Column Template: This template was used to produce a family history website for my father, I no longer maintain this site.
- Two Column Template: This one I used to produce the website for the slrn newsreader, a site I still maintain.
- Three column Template: This template has so far simply been an academic exercise and needs a little more polish...
- Slackware and Leafnode-2 This page aims to guide users through the installation and initial configuration of the NNTP proxy server Leafnode-2 under Slackware Linux. I no longer use Leafnode-2 being content with slrnpull so this page is indeed a mathom!
- Top 10 Tricks and Tips for the svn MPlayer This page gathers together a collection of the 10 best tips and tricks that I have found either useful or fascinating in my long dealings with the svn MPlayer.
- Rough Justice in the HTML Newsgroups I am a huge fan of Usenet in general and HTML newsgroups in particular. It can be a somewhat robust environment and I have been both amused and horrified to see a form of rough justice meted out upon those who transgress often unwritten rules, less amused when it was meted out upon myself!
- CD and DVD Writing from the Linux Command Line This page aims to provide a gentle introduction to the world of CD and DVD writing from the command line under Linux. Somethng of a mathom now as digital transfer of files via the Internet is taking over from the arcane art of commandline burning...
- While investigating the use of the "Definition List" in HTML, still the most neglected member of the HTML list family, I spent a bit of time creating these three pages which were mostly just a bit of fun:
- abcde: Command Line Music CD Ripping for Linux I will describe on this page how to rip and encode music cds to each of four major music formats: mp3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and MPP/MP+(Musepack) using the amazing abcde shell script. To top it all off I demonstrate how with a single command a music cd can be encoded to all four at the same time! My use of abcde is pretty much over now so yet another page in the Mathom-house.
- Compiling the Subversion slrn under Windows 8 It is perhaps a little bit crazy but this page demonstrates how to install the MinGW compiler and build the development version of slrn and slrnpull under Windows 8.
- FFmpeg and 'Fist of Fury' Backing up a great martial arts movie using FFmpeg and host of other quality Linux programs.
- Slackware 13.37 and "For The God Who Sings" A page where I describe how to download the world's most beautiful radio music broadcast using MPlayer. Do you need some calming and uplifting music? This is the page for you...
About This Site
This site is hand-coded with more than a little assistance from Bluefish 2.2.3 on a home-built AMD FX-8350 system running Fluxbox 1.3.5 on Slackware 14.1. Feel free to contact me using the email address at the base of most pages of the site and I will be more than happy to discuss any issues raised by material on the site. If you are feeling generous perhaps you would also like to assist with the hosting bills for this site, any donations go directly to my Dreamhost account and pay to keep this site going. If not please feel free to utilise this site in any way you see fit and remember: "Have Fun!".