Bluetooth Speakers and Squeezeslave

The setup serving audio in our kitchen was pretty conviluded and had a few too many cables jammed into a cupboard: A thin-client with powered speakers, attached to a wireless access point set to client mode. I picked up a newer set of powered speakers that came with a 30 pin iPod/iPad dock – so I looked online and found an attachment for the iPod dock that converts it to a Bluetooth audio receiver (similar to this), so you can connect with any Bluetooth enabled music device (phone, laptop, etc.). I have a laptop (Media Director for LinuxMCE) hooked up Continue Reading →

LinuxMCE/Ubuntu Vlan tagging with Cisco Switches

The server I’m using for my LinuxMCE setup has the 1 NIC so I’ve been using eth0 and eth0:1 (eth0:1 is a virtual interface for eth0) for internal and external. It works fine, although not ideal to have 2 broadcast domains running on the switch ports. By using Vlans  I can designate the devices that have access to which interface. This gives a closer configuration to having 2 cards without the need for an additional NIC. Considerations I read that not all NIC drivers support Vlan tagging. The one I used:  Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5723 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10).To Continue Reading →

New Server Arrived

To summarize, we were away for 4 weeks and all computers (including server) were turned off, this in turn saved us about $70 off our power bill, so with that, and the average 380-400W of power the server uses I figured a smaller server would pay for itself in no time. Firstly I looked at getting an ITX mobo, then buying RAM, CPU, CASE, etc.. Turned out to be cheaper to buy it as a complete system or buy them second hand. So I bought it as a package, and the one I ended up buying was HP ProLiant N40L Continue Reading →

Linuxmce 10.04 Install

The newish beta of Linuxmce 10.04  (Lucid Lynx) has been out since early 2011. It was a forced upgrade because the support for 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) stopped. Yes 10.04 is still a few versions behind the most up-todate version (of Ubuntu), but it it the newest long term support release (LTS), meaning that it will have support for about 3 years, and 5 years on the server version (not used here). The first round of testing was done with VMware server, to answer simple questions like: Does it install well; By that, I mean does it install using the scripts provided Continue Reading →