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 30 or so pages in size and will be updated when I have time to spare from my "real life". Some pages are more mathoms than others on this site but if you find any information 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.
- abcde: Command Line Music CD Ripping for Linux I will describe on this page how to rip and encode music cds to each of the major music formats: mp3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WavPack, Monkey's Audio (ape), Opus and MPP/MP+(Musepack) using the amazing abcde shell script. There are several other pages associated with this one:
- abcde: Downloading Album Art... Demonstrating a new function of abcde 2.7 and later where album art can be selected and then be either automatically or semi-automatically downloaded.
- Using qaac under Linux... This is a page that aims to promote and facilitate the use of the great AAC/ALAC commandline encoder qaac under a Linux environment. It also demonstrates how to use qaac from within abcde.
- Using fhgaacenc under Linux... How to use fhgaacenc under Linux to produce high quality AAC-LC files as well as HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2 files. And of course how to utilise the power of fhgaacenc from within abcde :).
- 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 quite content with slrnpull so this page is indeed a mathom!
- 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. Something 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 four pages which were mostly just a bit of fun:
- Sock Puppet: A warning to all who have been active on Usenet of the dangers of sock puppets!
- Troll Warning: Another warning to Usenet folk this time of the very real dangers of trolls.
- Spam: A warning message for spammers, feel free to send a spammer this link.
- Custom 404: This one warning message doubles as the custom 404 message for this site.
- 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.
- I have been involved with Ubuntu for a long time now although my primary desktop has been Slackware for some years. Collected here are some of the guides I still actively maintain:
- Running irssi under the latest release of Ubuntu This is an older guide that started on the Ubuntu Forums on December 14th 2008. Tested and running nicely under Xenial Xerus.
- Compile vlc-git under the latest Ubuntu release... Again this is a guide that came from the Ubuntu Forums and it was a direct inspiration from compiling vlc under Slackware. First published on the Forums on February 4th 2010 it is perhaps my most ambitous guides.
- Build the svn MPlayer under the latest Ubuntu release This is a guide that I have been running in various guises on the Ubuntu Forums since September 24th 2007. Rewriten recently for Xenial Xerus.
- Using slrn and slrnpull under Ubuntu Linux This guide dates from June 16th 2007 and will stay up to date although Usenet is fading.
- Compiling the git slrn under Windows 10 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 10.
- I have dabbled in html and css for many years and even now I love dabbling in web site creation although I have long learnt that content is more important than presentation. Listed here are some templates that I have created and still tinker with:
- Single column flexible This is pretty fully featured template that I created for my father's family history site, which I have not maintained for several years.
- Two columns flexible I used this template for the slrn website which I still maintain, even though Usenet is slowly sinking into the background. It is a nice solid template IMHO!
- Three columns flexible This template is on my list of things to do and is the least developed of my templates. Nevertheless the bones are there so feel free to take it and develop it further...
- FFmpeg and 'Fist of Fury' Backing up a great martial arts movie using FFmpeg and host of other quality Linux programs.
- Slackware 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 1.3.7 on Slackware -current. 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. For those who are interested in such things my PGP Public Key is here.
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!".