Tech Notes

This is a collection of notes on technical matters. You can also find slides I have created for presentations on technical matters in the Presentations subdirectory.


The mencoder utility is part of the MPlayer application. MPlayer is a media player popular with users of open source software with a stunning lot of features and support for a very wide array of video and audio codecs, while mencoder is an MPlayer component that provides video and audio encoding and transcoding capabilities.


SSI stands for "Server Side Includes". It's a means of embedding directives in Webpage markup for the server to execute before sending out the page in response to an HTTP request (presumably from a Web browser). SSI's syntax is very simple, and it isn't terribly powerful -- it is by no means a "programming language" in any meaningful sense of the term. It just serves much the same purpose as the simplest uses for something like PHP.