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[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 11:37:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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more fucking progress.
ubuntu comes with this hyperactive and moderately useless media player called rhythmbox.
So wise is it that when you double click on an mp3 in nautilus it adds that mp3 to the playlist and then starts playing something else.
So fine, I say, fuck it. Let me go back to good old xmms.
Nope. Can't do that.
It's been replaced by more PROGRESS.
Now they've got xmms2, it's client server and it's all the shit because it's got zillions of plugins you can install.
I'm starting to get that same feeling I did when I first started running into trouble with apache's commons-logger. I think the best quote was "It's just a logger for christs sake."

So I stupidly install xmms2 and gxmms2 so that I can actually PLAY something, and nope. xmms2d is not running.
so I run it by hand, not wanting to find out why it didn't start up by itself, and then I try and fight with the fucking client, and I can't get it to load a single fucking mp3.
Jesus christ I just want to play an mp3. How fucking hard is it.
So I find that there's an old repository where I can get xmms, so I sign up and it wants the public key, and I'm having trouble shoving the key into the sources manager... and I'm getting all angry Because All I Want To Fucking Do Is Play An MP3.

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 13:08:21 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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which version of ubuntu?

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 15:32:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm not very enamoured with Rhythmbox either. I usually just play MP3's in Totem (which handles them just fine and is part of the normal installation).

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 16:10:36 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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yeah, but totem doesn't do playlists.
winamp was handy because you could put a pile of mp3s in the play list and it would tell you the total length.
This way I'd know if it would fit on a CD I was going to burn.
Rhythmbox is just curiously ANNOYING.

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 17:46:59 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Have you tried Songbird?

[#] Thu Oct 15 2009 23:27:47 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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I used to like Rythmbox too...but they featured it to death.  It's now so bad it could something from Microsoft.  I've been using VLC.  I have been too lazy to figure out it's playlist feature though

[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 03:19:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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me uses mpd, which is also a client server aproach...

btw, not adding the key to your apt should mainly just end in it telling you it couldn't authenticate the packages you downloaded from that repo.

[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 06:55:54 EDT from Stefan @ Uncensored

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I use amarok (2.something) and moc (mucic on console) if I just need something simple.

[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 10:17:46 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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songbird doesn't appear to be in the ubuntu repositories.

[#] Fri Oct 16 2009 12:03:48 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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You could try Audacious.  When I went back to using Slackware (needed to get back to the root of how things work)... I found that Audacious does a nice job with most of my music.  I think it is in Ubuntu and is a lightweight player with playlists.

[#] Sat Oct 17 2009 14:13:23 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Sombody tell me again how Linux is so much better than Windows.  Like how it won't crash without warning and cause me to lose an hours worth of work on a spreadsheet....

[#] Sat Oct 17 2009 14:16:25 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Crisis averted...I recovered my work.  Still, the whole damn machine shouldn't be crashing.  I think it's Gwibber that is the problem.

[#] Sun Oct 18 2009 14:38:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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songbird doesn't appear to be in the ubuntu repositories.

Nope. It's pretty easy to install though. You just download the tarball from their web site and run the executable inside. No installation required.

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 16:02:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Over the weekend, the wireless stopped working on my netbook. I think someone accidentally hit the wireless kill button instead of the power button when shutting it down. Stupidly, there does not appear to be any way of turning it back on. A quick scan of some web boards revealed that others have had this problem too, and no one has figured out a workaround. Both the Linux and Windows versions of this machine have this problem. Epic fail!

I eventually discovered that by erasing the machine's NVRAM it will "forget" that the wifi has been permanently disabled. But I originally thought that this was a software problem, so I had downloaded a copy of Ubuntu Netbook Remix [] to see whether a fresh OS install would clear it up (it didn't).

But ... UNR is quite a bit nicer than HP's "Mi" netbook Linux, so I'm keeping it.
It has been permanently installed to the Mini's flash drive. UNR looks great, performs great, and makes *very* efficient use of the limited screen real estate on a netbook.

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 16:53:54 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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.... a permanent shut off wifi button?

[#] Mon Oct 19 2009 17:14:55 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea. the RF-Kill switch gave quiet some headaches on both, the eee and the aspire one...

its function and availability varies with kernel version...

its also bad mood to switch window manager, and suddenly (since its control sequences narrow it more than the last WM) the wifi starts to disapear on an irregular base (hit the wrong keys next...)

currently i'm on i3. its most important key: ALT+F switch app to fullscreen on that desktop. verry important if you don't want to waste space with window decorations and shit.

Firefox plus F11 also is one of the netbook-keys to know. plus... Alfred Kaysers mini mozilla theme.

[#] Tue Oct 20 2009 00:22:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeah, it's really stupid. I guess the "RF kill" function is handled in hardware and the software is merely told about it, but coming out of that mode requires software support. Stupid stupid. I may just put a couple of drops of epoxy in the switch so it doesn't get touched again.

And it isn't just a Linux thing either; Windows users are having the same problem.

I sure do love having a netbook to toss around though.

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 09:48:18 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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my ubuntu update thing wants to install a new kernel.
I'm afraid.
I'm afraid it will break my raid setup and I'm afraid it will break my vmware kernel drivers.
What to do...

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 11:33:02 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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i'd say deny the kernel update until you do some research on what the kernel affects and what changes were made.


if it's not necessary then why do it?

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 16:10:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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A kernel upgrade is not likely to break your RAID setup, because the kernel is loaded in non-RAID mode. Your VMware drivers will definitely need to be rebuilt, though.

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