Just make Handbrake work.. Ubuntu

Used HandBrake for years but wanted to start reducing the DVDs on the shelves, then realised support not there to rip normal DVDs by default… you need to install what’s needed to decrypt them.

Theses links good for background

so in short:

get the latest Handbrake

sudo apt-get install handbreak

get the DVD encoding bits from VLAN

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg
sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg

and not sure if you 100% need this, but for good measure

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2

then you should be good to go. All of a sudden those DVDs you couldn’t “Open Source” with with Handbreak now open. For us, with only one DVD/BluRay player in the [front room of the] house is going to change things so much because we like everyone, stream from anywhere!


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Radio 6 Shaun Keaveny Three Wise Brians from Christmas 2017

I really liked some of the chat from this broadcast so saved some of the good bits here

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Where are we going?


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Movember 2016

Have you noticed that I look a bit different lately? I’m growing my moustache for 30 days and it’s not just a bold fashion statement. I’m doing it to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, and I need your support. Please make a donation to my moustache!







Update: 6th December

This is the transformation witnessed at our house on Saturday night:

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Yes, this is what everyone has had to put up with for the past month!



What’s that under his nose you ask? it became affectionately known as the squirrel.
Scarily, some started to think he suited it!


There was a point to it of course, and that was to raise sponsorship for a cause that isn’t often highlighted, if you can support it too please see my Mo space

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Half size bath in #Wissant for #tripadvisor as the #Stig

Reviews of Hotels, Flights and Holiday Rentals

This was a very small bath in a hotel in Wissant, France we stayed at. I very much doubt this picture will appear on our review.


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Cycle To Work Day 2015

OK, no surprise here, I’ll be cycling to work (as I do every day!) but next week I’ll be going that little bit further as I’ve convinced Helen to join too by promising I’ll get her to Victoria and back.

We’ll go in via Morden Hall park and as many quiet routes as I can find then stop for a pint on the way back in Balham. I’ll definitely avoid Vauxhall.Cycle To Work Day


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Return to the Ionian

In July 2015 we chartered Sirius, a Bravia 37 in Corfu and explored Paxos and Anti Paxos.

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