New web host

If you’re reading this, then the DNS changes have successfully propagated and you’re loading this page from my new hosting provider, NearlyFreeSpeech.net. I’m dropping Site5 like a bad habit, and will soon be free of uncool mainstream shared hosting relatively soon. Although Site5’s control panel software went through a major revision recently, it was still clunky and awkward, especially for MySQL and hosting multiple sites on one plan.

Convert video with subtitles to MP4 for iPhone/iPad (preliminary notes)

By now, we know of a few requirements for viewing video on iOS (iPhone/iPad et al.). The video codec should be H.264 or another “standard” MPEG codec, and the audio should be AAC. AC3, as far as I know, is not supported. That’s all fine and dandy, but subtitles have been one of the trickiest things to get working on iOS.

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Command-line snippets for processing scans

I originally wrote this in 2009 as a cheatsheet for processing black and white scanned sheet music. It’s a collection of tips for converting and processing scanned images to ultimately get a nice, high-quality PDF that you could archive.

The programs convert and mogrify are part of the ImageMagick suite and the program pdfimages is part of the Xpdf suite.

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