Converting rm to mp3

is child’s play with Linux and mplayer.

  • mplayer -quiet -vo null -ao pcm:waveheader:file=”abc.wav” abc.rm
  • lame abc.wav abc.mp3

From Windows to Linux

I finally installed Linux on my laptop and I feel like I have more powers now. Given that the office environment is tightly coupled with Windows eco-system, there is some trouble in getting somethings done like – accessing communicator, outlook, editing documents (ppl may yell if edited in ooffice and sent across). Nevertheless, with Linux, I am getting my personal things done. The very availability of command line gives good sense of control.

When I was at the academia, there was only Linux. No support for Windows. Still we adapted to it for our needs. We used ooffice, we used mutt, pine, kmail etc. for our needs. When I came to the corporate world, there was Windows everywhere. For close to 4 years now, I have been using Windows. I am used to it, I am adapted to it and I need it now to get somethings done. Installing Linux on my laptop is a step to focus away from Windows.

One advantage with Windows is that – the same cathedral makes most of the software that we use – to they are all tightly integrated. We can see and feel it when we use those software – outlook, office, communicator etc. That is one positive factor with Windows environments.


The Elegance and Simplicity of Cloud Computing

A pharmaceutical company describes how they got their job done in the cloud:

“We were recently able to launch a 64-machine cluster computer working on bioinformatics sequence information, complete the work, and shut it down in 20 minutes,” Lilly’s Dave Powers told the magazine. “It cost $6.40. To do that internally—to go from nothing to getting a 64-machine cluster installed and qualified—is a 12-week process.”

This says – users are not interested in buying machines and software, but are just interested in getting their job done in a most efficient manner. Cloud service providers will have business for long.