Monthly Archives: May 2005

iTunes Sharing from a Linux Server

In the space of only few days from the first time she tried it, the other human in the house came to expect that she’d be able to use iTunes on her PC to listen to the music collection stored on mine using the music sharing feature.

The downside of this arrangement is that shutting down iTunes on my computer denies her access.

The solution was to install mt-daapd (sexy name, isn’t it!) on a linux box I’ve been putting together as a home file server and move my library to the linux machine. Whenever I add music it shows up in the shared library in short order and without further human intervention.

At this point, this seems better than the alternative of telling her to use the iTunes library via a file share since iTunes doesn’t automatically detect new files. The downside is that iTunes doesn’t let you add tracks from iTunes sharing to a playlist.

I used “this article”: as a starting point. I was able to avoid compiling it because the latest debian package available works properly. The flipside is that I had to compile howl, because the packages are appearantly no longer in the Ubuntu Universe (whatever the hell that means).

*Update (9/10/2005): It seems that iTunes 5 has changed the network sharing protocol and broken mt-daapd. Fortunately, there is a new version out:

Home – mt-daapd project site
mt-daapd 0.2.2 has been officially released today. This version is primarily to fix iTunes 5 compatibility problems.

Currently, only tarball and debian “sarge” packages are available, but SRPM and Fedora Core packages will follow shortly.

20 Questions

I just received a little novelty gadget called 20 Q (aka 20 Questions Handheld Game. It’s probably no suprise that it plays 20 questions. What is a bit suprising is how good a job it does for a ~$15 device. More suprising to me, is that it uses a neural net that’s been in training for 17 years to do it.

Learn more on “Cool Tools”:

Arrested Development Advances!

Yeeeeee-fuckin-ha! | 05/16/2005 | Fox saves `Arrested Development’

Arrested Development is one of just a few shows I seek to watch, and when it kept getting pre-empted last season for various programming stunts, I thought it was going to go the way of past favorites like Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks that received similar treatment on their way to cancellation.

And so, it was a pleasant suprise to see they’d been picked up for a full third season.

I’m so happy, I might even watch some of the commercials.