Thursday, February 14, 2013

Houdini Rigging

I am generally pretty sad with the number of free tutorials about Houdini rigging. Thus, I have started a series of them on youtube. They aren't polished or even really planned out before hand. Really, they are little more than just stream of consciousness, but they have information, which is the important part. If you are interested in certain topics relating to Houdini rigging, post a comment and let me know what you want me to cover next.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Creating an ISO image from a CD/DVD on Unix

Hey, it has been a while since I last posted anything. I apologize to some of you since this post is going to be rather techie/geekie. It is more as a reminder to myself about how to do this than anything else.

Earlier today, I was furiously trying to find a utility on Linux to take a CD/DVD and create an ISO image from it. I was coming up dry and was feeling a bit frustrated until I stumbled onto this website. Once I read it I felt like a complete moron. Why did I feel so stupid? One of the great things about Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and pretty much every other OS descended from Unix is that everything is a file. Literally everything. And I had forgotten that disc drives (including optical drives) fall well within the category of "everything".

Thus the way to create an ISO image from a CD/DVD is as simple as running the following from the terminal:

    cat /dev/cdrom > /home/user/path/to/image.iso

That's it. Simply redirect the output of CD/DVD device into a file. Easy, right?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010