How to convert videos for the VTech Innotab 3 on Mac and Linux via the terminal

Innotab 3 Photo

I picked up an Innotab 3 for my son’s 3rd birthday, and one of the selling points for this, aside from being a rugged (hopefully) kid-proof tablet, was that I could encode his favorite movies and put them on there for him. A Google search yielded tons of how-to videos on this subject, but the problem with them all is that they’re either not free, only for Windows, or some convoluted single-purpose bloatware. That being said, I took it upon myself to solve the problem. Continue reading “How to convert videos for the VTech Innotab 3 on Mac and Linux via the terminal”

Logitech Solar App on Mountain Lion

If you use any of the Logitech solar keyboards on the Mac, you’ll sooner or later find out that Logitech provides this really cool application that lets you see how charged your keyboard is, but additionally, the amount of light (in lux, approximately of course) that the solar cells are getting. While the application is awesome, it does have a minor issue: it runs a service which does not terminate with the application, and writes several lines to your log every second until the keyboard hits a timeout. Not only is this wasteful of system resources, it also will fill up your disk with meaningless log entries. Fortunately, the fix is easy since your Mac provides all the tools you need:

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