The story of the kangaroo

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HTML5 video

There is a nice article about HTML5 video: http://diveintohtml5.org/video.html

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XMBC, Lucid and PulseAudio

After I have upgraded our media PC to Ubuntu 10.4 (Lucid Lynx) audio stopped working in XBMC. Upgrading to the latest XBMC ubuntu packages from PPA didn’t help. After some experimenting, I have figured out that pulseaudio had to be started. I have the XBMC session file (/usr/share/xsessions/XBMC.desktop), and it turned out that it simply starts xbmc-standalone, which in turn starts pulse-session. But only if it exists. On Lucid it does not.

Fortunately we can use pulseaudio –start instead. So I just modified the startup script and now it works fine.


For the records /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone before:
#!/bin/sh
if which pulse-session; then
pulse-session xbmc --standalone "$@"
else
xbmc --standalone "$@"
fi

And after:
if which pulseaudio; then
pulseaudio --start
fi
xbmc --standalone "$@"

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Links 2010-05-06

Reading material 😉
– http://blog.drinsama.de/erich/en/20100504-facebook-tracking-via-like.html [en]
– http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-timeline [en]
– http://index.hu/tudomany/2010/05/06/meghataroztak_a_kvarkok_tomeget/ [hu]
– http://fedor.blog.hu/2010/05/06/a_lo_tulso_oldala_1 [hu]
– http://www.portfolio.hu/cikkek.tdp?h=1&k=3&i=132686 [hu]

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Links 2010-04-30

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Fine tuning FS

During the flight I mentioned in my last entry, I realised that I had forgotten to install and setup some stuff. So I installed them today. These were:

  • Service Pack 3 for the Flight 1 ATR 72
  • Latest navitational database for the ATR 72, available from navigraph.com

I also had to set up my microphone. It wasn’t easy. Windows 7 detects two microphones for some reason. I had to disable the first one in the list. Furthermore I had to increase the volume to 100% and boost to +20.0 dB (66%). We tested the microphone with a fellow pilot so now it should be ok. 🙂 By the way, it was the same pilot as yesterday, let’s call him BCY007 Lotfi 😉

The engines were too loud, so I changed the sound settings as well. First in the ATR 72 configurator. Ambient sounds are set to 50%, everything else is set to 90%. Unfortunately, I cannot hear some less important sounds using these settings, but I cannot set the ambient sounds higher to 50%, otherwise I get a terrible noise in the cockpit.

I have also changed the Flight Simulator sound settings as follows: 2, 30, 20, 10, 80, 80. As you see I have set the engines to very low. Now it’s fine. I can still hear them so I notice how the engines react on changing the throttle.

Finally I did a short flight from EIDW (Dublin) to EINN (Shannon), and everything went fine.

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