Thursday, October 19, 2017

LINE timeline video download

If you live in Japan you'll probably be using LINE to chat with everyone.

Here's how you can download movies from your timeline (your android won't let you without rooting it...).

You'll need:
1. chrome or chromium
2. the chrome line app? (maybe not needed)
3. some html/javascript knowledge?

This is what you do:
1. Login to your LINE account using the chrome LINE app
2. Click on the timeline icon on the app, this will take you to somewhere like
3. Login to the timeline screeen
4. Do Ctrl-Shift-J to get the javascript console

5-a. You can inspect the DOM html code until the vid you want is highlighted, and click until you find the "video" html tag, then just copy paste the src attribute's value (an mp4 vid url)

5-b You can also just get all the vids in the page by typing the javascript:


 if it's only one, then


should give you the url for the vid, you just copy paste this

6. paste in browser's omnibar and start downloading!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

downloading torrents in GNU/linux (magnet URIs)

Torrents have changed so much...

Nowadays they're greatly distributed in magnet:XXX-looking URIs.
Check more about that in
I guess it's better than getting lots of torrent files.

Anyway, to be able to open and use these files, here's my favorite torrent client and how to use it.
It's utorrent!

1. Get the utorrent server (it's a server because you can actually access it from the internet too, or your LAN, but you can just use it on localhost as a normal client).
2. cd to wherever the file "utserver" is, and run "./utserver -settingspath &"
3. login to http://localhost:8080/ (user = admin, blank password by default)
4. click the chain looking icon to add a random torrent URL and you're done.

For non GUI related stuffs I liked aria2c, but it stopped working... lots of data are now being encrypted and everything, kinda going out of the original scope of a bittorrent client, which has some good and bad sides.

Anyway, have fun with utorrent.

Monday, August 7, 2017

common lisp getting drakma working from default install

Basic clisp setup to get drakma working

drakma is a lisp html client.

I'm using GNU CLISP 2.49.

If you just try to install it with the default asdf and quicklisp installed under it on debian 8 it won't work...

1. Install asdf's latest version (I have 3.1.4) 
This means just downloading the source, and doing make mostly.
2. load your new asdf every time by adding it to your ~/clisprc.lisp
something like
(load "/yourhomedir/bin/lisp/clisp/asdf/build/asdf.lisp")
3. Install quicklisp
This is mostly downloading the install file, and doing 
(load "/yourhomedir/bin/lisp/clisp/install_ql/quicklisp.lisp")

4. Then you're ready to install drakma
(ql:quickload :drakma) (drakma:http-request "" :connection-timeout 'nil)
(in common lisp you need the :connection-timeout 'nil thing or it won't work... that's not very nice)

And you should be getting something the requested page on stdout:

...!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC \"-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN\" \"

debian change display output interface from vga to dvi

Updating your X output interface

I have an nvidia video card, and I'm finally switching from VGA to DVI... I didn't even know I had that port till a few days ago.
I'm not adding a new display for dual/triple display, but just switching the cables for the same one and only display I have.

1. Plug in the DVI cable to your monitor and video card.
2. When you do the xrandr command, you should be seeing something like:
$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 1440 x 900, maximum 16384 x 16384
DVI-I-0 disconnected primary (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
VGA-0 connected 1440x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 410mm x 260mm
   1440x900      59.89*+  74.98  
   1400x1050     74.87  
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
   1152x864      75.00  
   1024x768      75.03    70.07    66.00    60.00  
   800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25  
   640x480       75.00    72.81    65.99    59.94  
DVI-I-1 connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   1440x900      59.89 +  74.98  
   1400x1050     74.87  
   1280x1024     75.02    60.02  
   1152x864      75.00  
   1024x768      75.03    70.07    66.00    60.00  
   800x600       75.00    72.19    60.32    56.25  
   640x480       75.00    72.81    65.99    59.94  
HDMI-0 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

3. Here you see the VGA-0 (your current display), and DVI-I-1 (your new one) are connected.
The only thing to do next is:

xrandr --output DVI-I-1 --auto

4. Your monitor should blink for a moment. Then you're probably ready to go! Disconnect your VGA cable, and if you still have something on your screen, it's working, yay.

5. Disconnect your old VGA cable, and give it a good burial.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

fixing B-frames ('packed B-frames') vids

mplayer warning

[mpeg4 @ 0xb7411fe0]Video uses a non-standard and wasteful way to store B-frames ('packed B-frames'). Consider using a tool like VirtualDub or avidemux to fix it.

You'd get this warning, and video wouldn't be playable (it'd be super slow in the video stream, while the audio is OK).

Suggested fix

ffmpeg -i input_vid.avi -codec copy -bsf:v mpeg4_unpack_bframes   output_vid.avi

(didn't work, still was super slow)


You'll need: avidemux, ffmpeg

1. convert file to avi (mine were in ogm format)

ffmpeg -i $INPUT_FILE -codec copy $OUTPUT_FILE

2. separate audio

ffmpeg -i $INPUT_FILE  -vn $OUTPUT_FILE

3. open the avi file on avidemux -> choose audio -> disable sound tracks

4. merge audio and video in one final vid

ffmpeg -i $VID_FILE -i $AUDIO_FILE -codec copy -shortest $OUTPUT_FILE

You can then just remove all remaining files created during the process and just the one on step 4. It'll still show the warning, but the video will be watchable (it was for me at least).

Sunday, November 15, 2015

SSLError: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed (_ssl.c:581) fix on debian 8

I'm using:

Debian GNU/Linux 8
Python 2.7.9
openssl 1.0.1k-3

Using python (pip) to access https stuff, I got the error
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/", line 122, in main
status =, args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/commands/", line 40, in run
pypi_hits =, index_url)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pip/commands/", line 54, in search
hits ={'name': query, 'summary': query}, 'or')
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1233, in __call__
return self.__send(self.__name, args)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1591, in __request
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1273, in request
return self.single_request(host, handler, request_body, verbose)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1301, in single_request
self.send_content(h, request_body)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1448, in send_content
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 997, in endheaders
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 850, in _send_output
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 812, in send
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1212, in connect
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 350, in wrap_socket
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 566, in __init__
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 788, in do_handshake
SSLError: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed (_ssl.c:581)

Quick fix (can or cannot work... and not to be permanent as not
verifying the certificates is not very smart)
In your code, do:

import ssl
ssl._create_default_https_context = ssl._create_unverified_context

Permanent solution

rmdir /usr/local/share/ca-certificates (was blank)
ln -s /usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla /usr/local/share/ca-certificates
sudo apt-get install ca-certificates # in case you don't have it already
sudo update-ca-certificates

# the new files will be sym-linked here:

That fixed it for me at least.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

emacs image-dired mode fixing "Thumb could not be created" thing

Ah, emacs's dired-mode... if you don't know it, do "C-h r m Dired" on your emacs right now (do Image-Dired instead for image dired mode too).

You need to have a few extra packages for image manipulation installed, but it's like the only descent/realistic way to manage (a large number of) image files I know...

"Thumb could not be created  for file ..."

This error can be annoying. In my system with:
GraphicsMagick 1.3.12 

If you have all the necessary packages and all, then probably it's because of the "strip" option used by default by image-dired-mode to make thumbnails/resize original files.

Adding this to your .emacs file should fix it.
(setq image-dired-cmd-create-thumbnail-options "%p -size %wx%h \"%f\" -resize \"%wx%h>\" jpeg:\"%t\"") ;; remove -strip option
(setq image-dired-cmd-create-temp-image-options "%p -size %wx%h \"%f\" -resize \"%wx%h>\" jpeg:\"%t\"");; remove -strip option
;;(setq image-dired-external-viewer "/usr/bin/xzgv");; a viewer I like, just in case you're interested

As an extra advice for image-dired noobs, having a 3 window emacs frame is probably the expected thing for having it working. One for dired-mode, the other for the thumbnails of image-dired, and the other for the larger preview/original size pic.
It let's you add comments/tags in an emacs exclusive "database" file, so you can manage/search for images pretty easily and fast.