Monthly Archives: November 2008

The UK Parliament

The arrest of Damien Green is frankly astonishing…. it is so astonishing I actually wrote to my MP asking that he shows some backbone.  So I’m probably on a list now as being a subversive element…. oh well.

When you have Michael Howard, Tony Benn, David Blunkett, Ken Clarke all agree then the sky really is falling….

If you are really bored you can read what I wrote: MP Letter 29th November 2008


Streaming Music Accross the Network using Ubuntu

Recently I set up a proxy server and enabled printer sharing using the groovy atom based mini itx box I put together a few weeks ago and now I feel like more of a man 🙂

This week I decided that it would be a good thing to have it storing and sharing the music that I (and my lovely wife) have bought and ripped from CDs on the local network.  Technically illegal but morally I think quite justified – after we did buy all those CDs.  For the record I strongly believe that the copyright regime needs to be modified for the digital age but that is an argument for another day….

Anyway it turns out doing this is fairly straightforward, so here is how I got music streaming from my Atom Based ITX box working.  The key thing is to use mt-dappd, which is available for Ubuntu so simply:

sudo apt-get install mt-dappd

then you need to edit the configuration file:

sudo gedit /etc/mt-dapp.conf

The only thing I changed in this file was the line referring to the Music store:

mp3_dir = /var/Music

This is setup as Samba share for users with a valid login on the server so you can rip on client computers and copy to the server as required.

Then on the client computer (a laptop running Ubuntu Interpid Ibex) you run Rhythmbox and navigate Music -> Connect to DAAP Share.  In the dialog box you put in: servername:portnumber which is my case was as I’m not man enough to have set up a DNS server yet….

Then the music server appears in Rhythmbox, curiously no songs appeared in it until I ran: sudo mt-daapd -f but perhaps I should just have waited a few more minutes.

Anyway that is about it – a one line config file adjustment and you have streaming music!

Keyboard Shortcuts for Desktop Effects in Ubuntu 8.10

Dear Reader,

Through a process of trial and error (as there doesn’t appear to be any documentation that I can find) I have discovered the following cool shortcuts.  These are with an integrated intel wireless chip and System -> Preferences -> Appearance set to “Extra”.

  • CTRL+ALT + Left or Right Arrow Keys: switch virtual desktops
  • Windows Key + E: zoom out to see all virtual desktops at once
  • Windows Key + Tab: switch between windows in an attractive manner
  • Windows Key + N: Change the current window to reverse colours
  • Windows Key + M: Change the whole screen to reverse colours
  • Shift + Alt + Up Arrow: Activate a window picker

If you know of any others then please let me know…

Edit: After a bit of digging it appears what you need is the CompizConfig Settings Manager. If you install this through Synaptic (or wherever) then you can customise the appearance of your desktop as you wish.