Ripping BBC iplayer

For some reason, I wanted to capture a BBC iplayer stream onto my hard disk; it looks like I was planning to use my MAC, and so didn’t because I would have needed to upgrade the MAC OS version to 10.6 or better. Please note I am a BBC license fee payer, although of course the MAC is a laptop.

I found these two URLs

Get iplayer Automator

This is for MACs, it uses a separate project to interface with the BBC site and is basically a GUI. It saves to disk and presents it through iTunes.

Get Iplayer (CLI)

I downloaded it using macports, and had a problem with the format conversions. This took me to rmtpdump.

I installed this using macports. I still haven’t made the –mode flag work which is why I installed the MAC optimised package.



I have decided to use Zbench as my theme for the my revised blog, for which I have a wiki article, called v4

See also WordPress themes at, which deals with the header.php, front pages, read more and category and tag lists.

The two initial problems I have are using the heading tags, and their code style.

I also would like to have the pages having individual comment closure dates, so that I can create an always open guest book, which i believe is possible on this wiki.

I need to check out Child Themes. This will make preserving customisations much easier.

WordPress on 1and1

This is known as the 1and1 blog. Unlike their canned web site this cannot be be dicked around with. They have a bunch of themes, some of which are pretty cool. This article was created in Jul 2012 and revised in Mar 2019 as most of the material is out of date and much of the supporting documentation has gone away.  Continue reading “WordPress on 1and1”