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.

 

zbench

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

See also WordPress themes at davelevy.info, 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.

blog.davelevy.info V4

The first was at Sun, the second on snipsnap, the third on 1+1’s canned wordpress, and the 4th will be on wordpress at 1+1.

I have chosen to use the wordpress theme, zbench, it’s wordpress.org page is here…..

I have been experimenting with rating and installed and uninstalled the following plugins

comment rating field plugin, comment rating widget, rate, rate this page, rating widget

I finally settled on Vote-it-Up, see also its plugin site, which I comment on at this article on this wiki. It supports up and down, it contains a widget for both voting and displaying popular scores.

I am currently experimenting with tweet-button, which I’ll probably keep and Add This, which I probably won’t this time; I reckon Vote it Up and Tweet are what I want. (I’ll drop addthis because in order to tune it to do what I want, will involve a shit load of programming in languages I don’t know. It used to be easier, but integrating the vote-this-up, particularly given that it may be abandonware, is not something I want to take on. I am interested in offering twitter, delicious, mail, bookmark and vote this up.)

I added the Related Post plugin in June 2013

I added artiss code embed in Oct 2013, see Embedding Code in WordPress

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.

On my blog site, this is available using the following two URLs.

To take control, one needs to study the comments at their wordpress FAQ This looks pretty comprehensive.

You need to create a MySQL database which needed a contract upgrade.

  1. Create a MySQL Database
  2. Create a subdomain and destination
  3. Upload the wp installation to the destination
  4. Create the database connection parameter file

Now to choose a new theme, and I need to discover how to copy my old blog entries to the new version of WordPress.

Moving Content from the old Blog

The new blog is at http://wpress.davelevy.info. Moving content between wordpress blogs is pretty simple; wordpress has an export and import functions however the 1and1 ‘canned’ blog is pretty old and the exported xml file needed some help.

On the advice of 1and1 support, I inserted the following line into the XML file

<wp:wxr_version>1.1</wp:wxr_version>

immediately after the language property in the channel section.

The categories do not come across as assigned to the articles. I may do this by hand.

PHP Versions

This is a parameter on the 1&1 Control Panel to set the PHP version. I set it to 5.2 on 19th Dec. 2012.