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Rotting Fruit In My Car

I recently have acquired an ipod classic (80gb) for use with the head unit in my car. Up until now, I had been my Rockbox powered Clip+ through an aux jack. And while this works decently well, it was kind of a pain to navigate to different songs/albums while driving due to the small screen size of the Clip+. I also have a Clip Zip with Rockbox installed but, while it does have a slightly larger screen and more storage, it hasn’t been very stable for me. Especially when using a microSD card with it whereas the Clip+ has been rock solid. So yeah, I now have a crApple product in my possession. :( The main reason I wanted the ipod was that the head unit in my car is ipod compatible, meaning you can plug it in and control it with the head unit. Plus, using the Clip+ through the aux jack on my stereo meant having a cord hanging off the front of it. And while I could mostly tuck the cord out of the way, it still got in the way at times. This particular stereo has a cable out of the back that you plug the ipod into,…

Simple Editing of the Simple Last.fm Scrobbler

I recently installed a GNU FM instance to scrobble my listened tracks to. Over the past four years, I've mostly used last.fm just for the data collection to see what my listening habits are like. And considering I like to control my own data, GNU FM is a perfect fit for me. The only issue with running your own GNU FM server is that client support is really lacking. While you'll find quite a lot of last.fm clients, a few libre.fm (which is powered by GNU FM) clients, there aren't many that support a personal server. For the most part though, this isn't an issue for me. I use MPD for the majority of the time and the client that I use (mpdscribble) allows for personal servers. The other times that I listen to music, I generally use VLC or the native Android music player (Apollo on Cyanogenmod). If you dig into the settings in VLC, you can easily point it where ever you need to. However, with Android, I couldn't find anything that would work for me. The only option that I found was to add an entry to my hosts…

Ending 2012 with Freedom

My 2012 new year resolution was this: And while I haven't completely killed off my google account, I have further reduced my dependence on google. A few things that I've done to help this along with some other items to help my web independence: Killed off my G+ account Installed MediaGoblin for public sharing of photos (and videos when I haven't broken that feature) (also killed off my DeviantArt account) Installed Zenphoto for private photo sharing Started using Fastmail for my email, along with a local Roundcube install to access it Installed SimpleID as my OpenID provider Set up a Seeks node Started actually using my Owncloud for my contacts and calendar syncing Setup an XMPP server for IM Installed Tiny Tiny RSS for my RSS feed aggregation Installed a Libravatar instance (replacing Gravatar) Installed GNU FM (may eventually replace last.fm) Damn, that's a hell of a lot of stuff! I was busy. ;) I do have my gmail around but, it isn't being used so much for anything other than for my Android device syncing…