Music in the Air, music everywhere

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A friend recently turned me on to one cool application that let’s me listen to synchronized music from all my networked devices at the same time.

This is likely one of the coolest software enhancements I’ve made to my home listening experience in a long time. Continue reading “Music in the Air, music everywhere”

eeePC Netbook Ubuntu mod and a bit of fun

As you can see, I’ve managed to get TweetDeck installed on my languishing eeePC 8G Netbook.

Originally we’d picked the eeePC up as a light web browser, but found the native Xandros OS a bit weak.

Time passed and we’d not had time to really explore the potential of this little guy…until now.

First off, the OS needed a rework. I was considering a TinyXP (stripped down) Windows XP install, but decided against it for a number of reasons.

Then Easy Peasy was released. It’s a fork of Ubuntu Linux, optimized for the requirements of the netbook’s smaller form factor (screen, keyboard, wifi, etc).

Cutting to the chase, the Easy Peasy installation went perfectly, following these instructions.

Then, to make this refreshed netbook work for me…it needed TweetDeck (the ultimate Twitter client) which runs on Adobe AIR. Ubuntu and Easy Peasy don’t include AIR, but lucky for me there was a simple walkthrough which I’ll summarize here:

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Download the file from here using the wget command:
    http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/1.5/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this command:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this command:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

So this means we simply browse to the TweetDeck download page, click on the Linux Version, and select ‘install with AdobeAirInstaller’ when prompted by the operating system.

Poof done! TweetDeck now installed and the eeePC netbook can now play with Twitter like the big boys.

It’s tiny, cool, and giving me an administration headache

Recently we’d picked up an ASUS eee PC as a replacement for my ill Compaq R3200. Well, not really as a replacement. You see, anytime we start looking into a hardware purchase, Tess and I review our need for the purchase.

To make a long story short, I’m inheriting her cool little Dell M1210, and she’s taking the eee PC, after I get it configured…hence the headache.

  1. Wireless networking — it seems that the native Linux installation (Xandros) has challenges. It manages wired networking fine.
  2. Can’t find SMB / Windows workgroups — I’ve got 5 or 6 other wireless devices easily finding my server, but not this one…yet. I’ve not tried it wired yet…that’s next.

But those things aside, it is a very cool little unit, with many possibilities. Out of the box it’s a more-than-capable web surfing and basic office box, using standard open source applications. Of course, I want more 🙂

Currently I’m looking into setting it up to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP. This will enable greater compatibility with my home network (I hope) and with other networks. We’ll see.

As for the somewhat ill Compaq? Since it’s the backlight that’s gone, I’ve plans to convert it to a Windows Media Centre box.

Latest Ubuntu release unleashes my laptop

As some of you may know, my household server and my ageing Compaq Presario R3230CA laptop both run Ubuntu. Well imagine my surprise when the latest upgrade to Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn) activated the dormant WiFi hardware. Previous Ubuntu versions didn’t support the Broadcom 802.11g wireless, but judging from my happy results, the Feisty Fawn release does!

Woot!

I’d been keeping Windows on the system to support my WiFi, but now, I can actually nuke it and run this puppy purely on Ubuntu. Sounds like an interesting experiment.

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