Yesterday at Hannas request I gave her an apple and a hug for her birthday. It turns out Hannas brand new pink iPod shuffle doesn’t play well in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn despite what a superficial google scan might tell you.
Jump straight to the summary if you are impatient….
I tried to add songs to it with Rythmbox, Banshee, gtkpod, gtkpod-aac all these applications could add songs but none of them played (and yes I first converted my precious ogg files into mp3)
It turns out the device needs to be initialized on a windows machine with iTunes installed, so off I went to hunt for windows machines, luckily I realized that I have not yet formated a windows partition on one of my laptops so I was off to a good start. After that I tried to add songs to the iPod again with these various programs and while I could add songs some songs played and others didn’t and when I removed songs they dissapeared from all the programs but still played in the shuffle. Aaaargh and frustration.
As I was trying to install iTunes in crossover office and realizing that the version that works with crossover is to old for the shuffle I was ready to toss the thing and jump off a cliff when I found this little python script. Thank God for hackers! It is a tiny script that sits on your iPod and when you copied the mp3 files over to your shuffle in any directory you like with any name you want, you just run the script and viola
presto working iPod shuffle.
- Initialize (or restore if you allready have stuff on it) the iPod shuffle in iTunes on a windoze machine
- Copy all the music you want in mp3 format (get SoundConverter with ‘apt-get install soundconverter‘ if your files are in other formats) to your iPod shuffle in nautilus
using any file structure that makes sense to you
- Copy in the rebuild-db.py script to the root of your iPod shuffle and double click it in nautilus (and select run)
- Eject your iPod shuffle and enjoy your music
As much as I try to deny it I am a true geek in all the senses of the word, and I have tried to keep technical (IT) blog posts of this blog andkept it all on a secret blog out there but alas, time to cave in and show my true colors so I have now migrated http://olterman.homelinux.net into this blog under the category techspeak.
This weekend I have been home sick and have had some time to geek out with my computer, I started out with upgrading to the new Ubuntu release Edgy, and with a brand new install I am happy, after that I went to fix Angelinas computer wich used to be a debian/freevo hack and installed the brand new GeexBox 1.0 with wich I am duly impressed it’s a no click no worries media powerhouse!!
So here we are all geeked out, now if I can only make a new geexbox theme…
So I have had the privilige to spend a day tweaking my computer, since I had to spend some time upgrading the office XDMCP server to Dapper!
And OMG! I have always been a sucker for Eyecandy so I have been waiting for e17 but now I sense that even Gnome and KDE can compete thanx to [[XGL]] and [[Compiz]]. With the power of a simple apt-get install I now have all the fluff available to osX users on my ubuntu box, hardware accelerated eyecandy running in openGL on my desktop…. It is a dream of swanky wobbling and zooming windows, not to mention running GL screensavers as your wallpaper for the ultimate eBling.
But it is not all fluff, the scale function lets you imitate the osX right upper corner function where you get to see all your open applications spaced out on your desktop and you can choose wich one to bring to the front.
If you have an invidia card, or a newer ATI go for it right away get the sweet phatz!
oh and heres the howto.
So today I made the plunge on my main machine, I have been running dapper for a while on my laptop but I just felt it was time to upgrade my desk. So here we go, I am now running Dapper on my main computer, and provided the next week goes smooth I will be upgrading the server at the Salvation Army headquarters that is serving thin clients to the whole office.