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RaopX, an open source airport express client for Os X

A friend and I have just started to work an open source AirportExpress client for Os X. The client is based on raop_play version 0.5.1, and has the working title RaopX. The original raop_play let’s you stream audio files from your computer to your AirportExpress base station. RaopX will instead let you stream audio from any application you’ve got on your Mac to the AirportExpress. The initial version will stream any audio that comes in on the default input device of your mac, and will depend on the routing functionality of e.g. Soundflower to achieve the desired functionality. The goal is to have no dependencies to other applications in the end, but we’ll have to see how things progress as we move along.
The project is currently in it’s very early stages, but the status as of today is that we’ve modified raop_play so that it compiles and run’s on Os X and incorporated an input audio queue so when routed through Soundflower we’ve got audio through to the AirtportExpress.
The hard part still remains though. RaopX still plays files, so everything coming in is stored to a temporary file before being sent to the AirportExpress. In other words: we still have a very long way to go.
Updates will be posted here reporting our progress so check back soon.

How to move your home folder under Os X

When installing Linux I always create a separate partition for my home folder. The main reason for this is that a reinstall of the operating system does not necessarily have to affect my home folder. On Linux this is a very simple task done during the installation process, but Os X does not offer the ability to do this during the install. Never the less it is still a simple task.

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Make your own custom theme for Os X Leopard

Ever felt a bit tired of the same old Leopard desktop? Yesterday I started to fool around to see what possibilities Apple has left “open” to the users to change with out too much hastle. The result of this research is that it is not much, but a few tweeks to the dock and menubar made my desktop brand new and now with a “Gears Of War” theme. This is a summary of what I did.

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Maybe Apple has come a bit further, but…

I have to admit that OS X probably is a lot more user friendly than Linux for the average end user, and that most things just tend to work. I think that especially over the past two or three years, since the open source community really started to get their eye up for Apple’s operating system, the platform has gotten more and more attractive.

Last night, even though I still prefer linux over OS X on my systems, I decided to install Leopard on my iMac. It was just to many minor issues with streaming audio and video with iTunes running in WINE (or Amarok with raop_play) and uShare. In addition to function as a sort of media server my iMac has a subversion server running and also some cronjobs going for backup reasons. I thought that moving over to OS X would be a simple task completed in a couple of hours. I was sorrily mistaking.

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