Welcome to Auroran Runner Tuesday, November 21 2017 @ 05:39 PM EST

Going to Cloud

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I'm not sure what I'm doing with this site. Last time I got it up and running was when I got my desktop computer running it to Canada. Power supply was broken.

I ran this site on top of Ubuntu running VMWare hypervisor running OpenBSD virtual machine. So basically this site was ran on OpenBSD running Apache http server for about a decade.

Then for whatever reason I decided to move this to GoDaddy hosted website. I kept all my other services and web sites still running on the virtualized OpenBSD. I havent been really writing here anything, except on what this site is running on top of.

So, I will keep this habit going on, and only write about what platform this site is running on.

Been a while

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This site has been down for a few months after the power supply broke. The server running the site was in Finland and well, I live in Canada, so it was hard to fix. I got the server finally to Canada, and yesterday I went and bought brand new shiny power supply. Seemed my initial diagnostics about failed power supply was correct indeed, since everything seems to work after I got it replaced. Except all domains I had running are still maintained by Finnish ISP, so still some more work to do.

Asterisk GTalks

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General News While upgrading my Asterisk from 1.2.x to 1.4.x I noticed that long waited support for Jabber and Jingle is finally available to use. This means, that I am not only able connect through Asterisk to any Jabber server, but I am able to route calls from SIP phones to GTalk accounts and vice versa. Basically I am able to make and receive calls from my Nokia E70 to and from GTalk accounts with no additional S60 software. If I am using WLAN, calls utilize the WLAN connection. If there is no WLAN available, I am still able to receive GTalk calls through GSM network and make them through 3G.

Rip mp3 files on Red Hat WS 5.1 using Sound Juicer

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General News I really do hate the fact that to be able to either listen or encode mp3s you have to do plenty of extra work to get it done almost on every Linux distribution. Although my home machine running Ubuntu rips mp3s just fine after I spent hours to find out how, my ThinkPad running Red Hat WS 5.1 I use at work still didn't.

Best solution would be not to use mp3 for anything. We already have ogg and other free formats. The problem is, that although these free formats are supported on Linux distributions out of the box, on most portable digital audio players they are not. All my E70 knows about ogg is that it can not eat it, so it wont.

Quick and dirty way to get Sound Juicer to rip mp3 files on Red Hat Workstation 5.1 (Tikanga)...

Radiohead - In Rainbows disc box delivered

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General News I thought I was getting this for xmas, but I had to wait couple of weeks more to get it. The box includes two albums both in CD and vinyl formats. I got In Rainbows right after it was published as mp3, so I knew half of what I was getting in more touchable format.

Now I got also the bonus disc which has eight tracks I haven't heard before. I been listening it all day and I got to admit, it's much better than I was expecting. First track continues where Video Tape left us. Radiohead could have released these albums as double album and it would have worked perfectly. Well, that's what they actually did, but only for those who bought the disc box.

Syncing your audio files with Amarok and Nokia E70

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Amarok comes by default on most Linux distributions. Amarok is great audio player and keeps your music organized as well. I have found Amarok very useful not only at home but also at work, since sometimes it's hard to concentrate to do any work when there's all annoying background noise on office. I feel better listening music when silence is not an option. On the road, on airplain for example, I like to listen same albums I do at home and work, but on long flights my laptop battery wont last long enough, so I have found listening music with my E70 a better solution. That is why I actually bought decent head phones which also blocks outside noise quite efficiently, so I'm able to relax better.

Accessing files on bluetooth phone with Linux

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There are many ways for transferring files between your Linux laptop or workstation and mobile phone over bluetooth. I have Nokia E70 and I wanted to be able to mount both my 64MB internal memory card and 2GB external memory card over bluetooth link. That way I'm able to access files on mobile phone by using command line tools or graphical file manager.