{ Brett Farrey }

Web Developer. Bass Player. Occasional Blogger.

Category: Techie

Sony Handycam DCR-SR45 importing MPG files into iMovie

I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to import files from my Sony DCR-SR45 into iMovie. I found a free tool that makes it VERY easy to do. I just import the files from the camera to a folder, and then I use Handbrake to convert the files to a different folder. I didn’t change any settings in the software…it was just stupid easy. I was then able to just drag the converted video files into iMovie.


Your Google AdSense account has been disabled, but here’s some free money.

I honestly don’t know what I did to get my AdSense account disabled. I never clicked on my own ads, and I never really made much money with AdSense. I got a check from AdSense the same week I got the notice below, which I later found out from my bank Google had cancelled the check. Thanks for the $10 penalty.

Ironically, I got a gift from Google Places the same week. They sent me a little bowl with mints in it, and they gave me $100 for AdWords advertising.

I get the sense Google is too big, and their customer service seems to have gone down the drain. Anyway, thanks for the free money.


After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we’ve taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting


The Google AdSense Team

Step One: Getting Rid of Cable

My wife and I have been wanting to get rid of cable tv, and replace it with something else. We pondered getting the Dish Network or DirecTV, but we decided to try and save some money. We still want to be able to watch some of our shows, so we’re looking into some other options; one of those is trying to watch local channels using an antenna. I got an antenna today, hooked it up, and I’m shocked at the excellent picture quality. I’d say most of the channels actually look much better than the channels on Charter, especially the ones in HD. We currently don’t have HD through Charter, so aside from losing some channels we can’t watch online, I’m chalking this up as an upgrade. Step one is complete. The next step is finding a way we can watch the rest of our shows.

A day in the life of a Star Wars AT-AT

I always wanted a toy AT-AT when I was kid, but never got one. Thankfully, I had plenty of other Star Wars gear to keep me happy. I thought this was a pretty awesome video using of stop motion….

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Making of AT-AT day afternoon

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Top 10 Moves Apple Should Make

10. Improve Keyboard and Mouse Technology – My issue with Apple, and just about every other hardware company, is the keyboard and mouse technology has been stagnant. Apple needs to quit being so damn stubborn and offer a three-button mouse. Why do I say three? Well, I need to be able to right-click and I like to use a top button for Expose’.

I didn’t realize how bad their keyboard is until I tried to switch from my G4 PowerBook keyboard to the Apple keyboard. It looks cool, but it might the klunkiest keyboard I’ve ever used. I want less action on my keyboard so there is less between the point of pushing a key, and the key issuing the command. Kensington has keyboard that uses scissor switch technology that feels like laptop keyboard, but has better spacing. Apple should follow their lead and come out with one of their own, and ditch their embarassingly awful keyboard.

9. iTunes for Linux – I understand they probably don’t want to give people another reason to choose Linux over OSX, but the Linux community is clammoring for iTunes. Apple dominates the mp3 player market, yet they’ve shut out an entire community of Linux users. Let’s not forget, the Linux community will have their way, one way or another, so resistance IS futile.

8. Port OpenOffice – I think Apple should partner with OpenOffice and help them develop the software and port a version for OSX. I’m not a big fan of pre-installed software, but I think they should also consider pre-installing, or at least make it easy for users to install it themselves.

7. Open Source Bundled Applications – Apple bundles some nice software on their computers, so why not make them open source? I say open up these applications to the community, and watch the them get better.

6. Servers – Apple has failed miserably at the server market, and the cost of their servers is a big reason not to even give them a chance. Why spend all of that money on a Apple server when you can run a Linux on a Dell for half the price? I think Apple is putting too much effort into making their servers look cool. Who cares? The server is probably going to spend it’s life in closet anyhow.

5. Gaming Console – Apple is in the hardware business, right? Apple should come out with gaming console where games can not only be played on their console, but also played on their computer. Over time, Nintendo and Apple would end up being the top two consoles, easily beating out Playstation and XBOX.

4. Wireless iPod – I’m tired of hooking up a cable to my iPod to transfer music. Also, if I could ditch this FM transmitter, I’d be a happy man. Apple should have incorporated Bluetooth into their iPod a long time ago so users can transfer music and play music on their Bluetooth compatible home/car stereos.

3. Games – They need to get back into the gaming market. I have a ton of friends that wish they could switch to a Mac, but are stuck with Windows due to their love to play games. They should try and partner with some of these gaming companies and start creating some of their own games. Gamers also want like their hardware, so Apple will also need to put out a powerful machine that gamers can easily upgrade.

2. Affordable Hardware – I love Apple hardware, but I don’t care what anyone says, their hardware is too expensive. If Apple wants a bigger piece of the pie, they must lower their prices. If I were to buy a Mac-mini, by the time I upgraded it so it has at least a gig of ram and a 120 gigabyte harddrive, I’m over $1,000; and I still don’t have a keyboard, mouse, or monitor. Enough said.

1. Run Microsoft Applications – I say, “Forget bootcamp!” I want to be able to stick a Microsoft Office installation cd into my cd-rom and install office. Apple has the Windows API, so I say, “make it happen”, and watch Microsoft’s stock dip down to 15. If Windows games could be installed and run flawlessly, GAME OVER! I, and many others, would never use Windows ever again.

libjpeg not found while compiling PHP

How many times have you seen this error when compiling PHP? It absolutely drives me insane! I don’t know why, but when I stumble upon this error, I fix it, and then never document it. And, I’ve found little information on Google about this error message:

configure: error: libjpeg.(a|so) not found

The problem I run into is I forget two steps of the installation after “make install”. So, here’s what I do, and it seems to clear up the problem….

<meta name="GENERATOR" content="OpenOffice.org 1.9.129 (Linux)" /><meta name="CREATED" content="20060605;15271500" /><meta name="CHANGED" content="16010101;0" /><br /> <style> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>JPEG-6B INSTALL</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">tar ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äúzxf <a href="http://www.ijg.org/files/jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz">jpegsrc.v6b.tar.gz</a></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">cd jpeg-6b</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">./configure –prefix=/usr</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">make</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">make test</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">make install</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">make install-lib</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">make install-headers</p> </div> </div> <!-- /post-inner --> </div> <!-- /post --> <div id="post-42" class="post post-42 type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-technology"> <div class="post-inner"> <div class="post-header"> <h2 class="post-title"><a href="http://www.brettfarrey.com/2006/02/12/portable-apps/" title="Portable Applications">Portable Applications</a></h2> <div class="post-meta"> <p class="post-author"><span>By </span><a href="http://www.brettfarrey.com/author/brett/" title="Posts by Brett" rel="author">Brett</a></p> <p class="post-date"><span>On </span><a href="http://www.brettfarrey.com/2006/02/12/portable-apps/">February 12, 2006</a></p> <p class="post-categories"><span>In </span><a href="http://www.brettfarrey.com/category/technology/" rel="category tag">Techie</a></p> </div> </div> <!-- /post-header --> <div class="post-content"> <p>I’m taking this Java class at MATC, and the guy sitting next to me asks me if I’ve ever heard of <a href="http://portableapps.com/">portable apps</a>. I said “no”, so he proceeded to show me. Basically, portable apps are applications that you can take with you and run on a seperate device. In this case, he was using a USB memory card, which almost all of the students have these days.</p> <p>He browses to his USB drive, executes <a href="http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/browsers/portable_firefox">Firefox.exe</a>, and it starts flawlessly. It seemed to open just as fast as the version of Firefox on his computer.Why would you need a portable app? Well, the main reason for him, is he’s a student, and Firefox saves all of his browser information and settings; such as, homepage, history, and most importantly bookmarks.</p> <p>Another portable app he uses is <a href="http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/chat/portable_gaim">Gaim</a>, an instant messaging client. Now, this was even cooler than Firefox. I can live without my bookmarks, but he had Gaim setup with all of the different user accounts from various messenging clients like AOL, Yahoo, and MSN. He executes Gaim, and he immediately see who’s online, and who’s not.</p> <p>Is this the future of applications? Will we someday be executing applications from our iPod or some other portable device? Now, what I think would be cool, is if these applications were cross-platform, meaning they’d run on any operating system. I want to be able to login into any type of machine, have all of my documents, mp3’s and applications setup the way I like them; and I want it to be fast, reliable, and wireless.</p> <p>Portable apps are definitely coo., but their future is somewhat hazy with online applications in the near future. Online applications would, for the most part, be cross-platform, but my main concern, is will it be reliable? 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