[clug] ANU Lecture Recordings

Tony Breeds tony at bakeyournoodle.com
Tue Mar 11 23:09:06 GMT 2008

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 08:46:43AM +1100, Pilcher, Fred wrote:
> #1 daughter is in her first year at ANU this year. She missed lectures
> yesterday and tried to download them from the ANU's site, without
> success, so called to Dad for help. The system is an abomination. The
> recordings are only available as streaming Real Audio - they can't be
> downloaded, the system doesn't recognose Firefox as a browser, and what
> should be a simple HTML page is so thoroughly java-infested that I
> couldn't but shake my head in bewilderment.

I'm sure this dosn't help you very much but when I was a student at ANU
(2 years ago) the system work fine with my linux systems.

If it's not working now can I suggest you try:
 a) Install something like DownloadHelper:
    In theory this will wade through the javascript etc etc and allow
    you to easily download the .ram (or .rpm) files
 b) If realplayer wont play them off disk then use mplayer to convert
    the realmedia into an mp3/ogg/flac/wav and play that.

Sure it's a pain and AFAICT a major regression on behalf of the ANU wide
information services staff, but it shouldn't be that hard to work around

Yours Tony

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