July 2011 Archives

I've been battling with this for awhile now, using every possible peferences/control program and tweak that I could find on the Intertubez, but I still can't seem to make it work.So here's what I'm trying to do:

I have this fancy receiver that supports DLNA (and now, via a free firmware upgrade that I got, AirPlay). I know that it works via both of these protocols, as Windows Media Player and my HTC Thunderbolt can stream to it without an issue. Once I got and applied the firmware upgrade, iTunes can use it as well (I'm sad to admit I actually have all these things to try, but this isn't a confessional.... :) ).

The problem is that I can't seem to make PulseAudio work to stream my Fedora audio output to it. Being that Fedora is what I use most of the time, I see this as something of a limitation :). I've mucked around with the PulseAudio configuration for days, and can't seem to make it work for anything (and now, I don't even have working sound through my locally attached speakers for some reason...)

I've got a "pactl list" up if anyone wants to peruse it to see what I've done wrong. Clearly, this appears to be supported in PulseAudio, so I'm sure that I'm just Holding It Wrong(TM). I'd be happy for it to work either via DLNA or AirPlay.
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Have blog software with security vulnerabilities just isn't cool, mmmkkkaayyy? So I upgraded MT to 4.37 (yes, I know 5.1 is out, and I fully intend to upgrade, but I wanted the path of least risk right now). Let me know if you see anything weird.
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Thoughts on Google+

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Figured I'd jot down a few thoughts on Google+ since I've been playing with it for a few days now. The first problem with it is that it's invite-only for now. With a "ordinary" Google product (say when GMail was invite-only, or Music is right now) that's not too much of an issue - the usefulness of the product doesn't depend on how many people are using it. With a social network, the usefulness of the product is DIRECTLY related to how many people use it.

Very often on Google+, I feel like I can hear the echoes in the valley walls. As for the actual product, once it gains traction it will be awesome, I think. The concept of circles is, I think, revolutionary. Yes, you can do the same thing with Facebook groups. But how many people do you know that have actually done so? Google just makes this so easy, and front and center to the entire user experience, that it forces you to do it and think about what you're doing (though I do have to admit to dropping most everyone in the "Friends" circle, and I think lots of other people probably do the same). You can define as many circles as you

There's also the concept (that I haven't tried yet for lack of equipment - but I might go buy a webcam after posting this) of a "hangout" which I think is basically enhanced group video conferencing, but not having used it, I really can't comment on how good or bad it is.

For all of you Android phone users, there is a native Google+ app, which is very well integrated into the Android user interface - you'll see Google+ show up as an intent provider all over the place (i.e. when you share stuff, Google+ shows up as a place that you can do that). Also, optionally, all video and camera operations on the device will be automatically uploaded to a private Picasa album (which I think is pretty cool).

I'm not sure how the invite situation is working out, but if you're not on Google+ and want to be, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

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