I’m going to donate my old desktop computer. To be safe, I wanted to wipe the hard drive. I figured an Ubuntu Live CD would do the trick, and I almost got it to work by guessing the command, but I had mistakenly specified the partition (sda5) instead of the drive itself (sda). It worked like a charm. Here’s how I did it: sudo swapoff -a sudo shred -vfz /dev/sda
I’ve cobbled together a pretty good tool for transcoding video in pretty much any format into the MPEG-4 format that iPods play. You have to have the VLC media player installed because it does the actual transcoding. So in other words, I’ve researched a program that was already out there and made an easy wrapper script. Damn I’m smart. Yay modularity! Seriously though, there aren’t a lot of guides out there that are easy to follow.