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The Fat Aussie Barstard Blue

Blue YouTube Videos!

I’m using the Linux distribution Fedora 16 on my primary home computer at the moment. I don’t particularly like the GNOME 3 interface, so I’ll probably change to Linux Mint with Cinnamon shortly, but I’m stuck with this rather stupidly designed mess in the mean time. In fact I was about to change today before I found a fix for a very weird problem, blue skinned people on YouTube videos!

That’s right, you heard it correctly, the people on YouTube videos were blue, just like this one of The Fat Aussie Barstard here.

The Fat Aussie Barstard Blue

The Fat Aussie Barstard Blue

At first I thought it was some kind of joke from The Fat Aussie Barstard, as he is a bit of a character on YouTube. However, I played another video on YouTube and sure enough that also had a person with blue skin!

When I was using my Macbook Air yesterday I received an update for the Adobe Flash Player, so I had also updated my Linux Fedora 16 PC to the latest version (Adobe Flash Player 11.2). This seemed to be the cause of the problem, as other videos played through VLC  or Media Player were fine.

After a bit of googling I found a solution that has worked for me. You need to turn off the “Enable hardware acceleration” option on the Adobe Flash Player Settings window.

To do this, right-click anywhere on the video and select “Settings” at the bottom of the menu. You should then see the following window appear on top of the video where you need to de-select the check box option.

Adobe Flash Settings

Adobe Flash Settings

Once you have done that just reload the page to get the video playing with normal skin tones!

The Fat Aussie Barstard Normal

The Fat Aussie Barstard Normal

I’m not sure who is to blame for this latest example of why Linux distributions are NOT ready for the desktop. With this problem all the other idiotic choices that have been made for GNOME 3 it seems that RedHat only wants people to use Linux on servers and tablets!

I tried to compare the CPU utilization of a 1080p YouTube video with the hardware acceleration on and off, but when I had hardware acceleration on the video playback went completely haywire!

At least there is a quick and easy way to get YouTube videos with a blue tint back to normal, but there should be no need to fix such a simple problem in the first place. Clearly there was not enough testing before this update was pushed out!

Renaming a File Starting with “-” or Dash on Linux

I accidentally created a file named “-C” on one of my Linux servers when using the tar command. I was hitting my head against the wall for a while trying to work out how to use the mv command to rename the file to something more meaningful.

The problem is that the command line thinks that the “-C” is an option for the mv command, so you’ll keep getting an error like this:

-bash-3.2# mv -C archive.tgz
mv: invalid option -- C
Try `mv --help' for more information.

Even if you try and use quotes or the escape character it will still process the characters after the dash as an option to the command.

The solution is to tell the command that you have finished passing arguments by using double dash (“–“). Alternatively you can also use the full path to the file or “./-C”

-bash-3.2# mv -- -C archive.tgz

Hopefully this will help someone else who is looking to rename a file starting with “-“.

NAS Server Photos

Here are some photos of my server that I built in 2007 to help with hosting my old web site, store backups from work and home, as well as allow me to keep up to date with Linux.