You know I said I need a front end for MPlayer ? well it appears it has one(ish) but not be default.
I had to recompile using the --enable-gui option on the ./configure command and download some skins from the website (lots to choose from) then unpack the the skins into the right folder and tell MPlayer to use them, eggs sell lent !
I finished reading Hacking Linux Exposed, a VERY worthwhile book, looking at all types of hacking/cracking with extensive detail on how to do it, strictly for testing purposes obviously ;)
If you remember back to a while ago I was trying to get a free phone from t-mobile, well I now have a free phone from O2, a Samsung V200 or Matrix phone. This is a serious bit of kit that came with (in the box not an extra) a spare battery, hands kit, charger, data cable and software. The phone itself is very compact with a basic LCD on the outer case and then a high definition (128x128x65k) bright color LCD on the inside, it also has a camera and uses 40 channel polyphonic ring tones, sweeet. the software is a very welcome addition with easy uploading of images from the phone and equal ease for downloading ring tones and images from the PC, but it also allows easy management of phone numbers and schedule items, not to mention access to all sent/received calls and SMS messages.
Only thing is it is only Windows, speaking of which, I needed a nine pin serial connection for the data cable and my laptop has non so I bought a cheap converter from http://www.maplin.co.uk only to find the CD was dodgy, the Linux machine had no problem reading it, and I re-burnt it with no hassle.