I’m not dead

Mostly. Sorry for the downtime, it should be sorted. First, php-fastcgi ate a dick (what a surprise) – adjusted some things and it seems to be coping. Second, buyvm dns decided to die, too…. go go gadget googledns!


Just a heads up, Dreamhost has finally gotten too mediocre for me to ignore anymore. I’m fed up with the myriad issues, and will be migrating to a VPS, so don’t be surprised if the domain goes down for a period of time.

If you’re reading this now, then you’re on the new server!

Saver2 Update (1527)

Those who updated earlier may need to update again; there was a critical bug in the first version of the patch which caused pandora one accounts to be broken

This update fixes the 64kbs mono mp3s that pandora has been sending from being skipped constantly resulting in silence/ads.
It may help with 42 seconds of silence. It may not. It will help with the client spazzing out and skipping a lot of tracks. Also updates tor.


NAudio: Fixed hardcoded MP3 channels
Client: Enable ad fetching
Client: Added silent song/ad warning
Client/Ctrlstream: Added facility for mono upmixing
Client: Fixed move song bug
Client: Fixed auth error for pandora one users
Saver2: Added known issues screeen prior to live help
Installer: Update tor, if present
Tor: Binary update
Tor: geoip update

ZZJ’s Barn Door Tracker

Figured I might as well post this here too – I’ve been working on a barn door tracker build for astrophotography, and finished up the full write up a few days ago. Here’s the link to that. First shot is to the right, but unfortunately I’ve not had time or weather to get more than a crappy attempt at the Pleiades.


Regarding the pandora skip issue: I need one of the 64kbs music MP3s that pandora sends – I think this may be a cause of the skip problem. A work around may be to use aacplus mode rather than MP3, but I have not tested this.

PSA: Pandora Ads

Pandora is now playing ads along with silence when you hit the skip limit. There’s nothing I can do to fix this, as it’s all on their servers. Only advice I can offer is to skip less, and possibly use alternate accounts. Not much else can be done. If you run into it, a different account may work, but otherwise wait a few hours and it should begin working again.

TI-84 Color Review

I required to purchase a TI-84 series calculator for one of my classes (can’t use Ti-89), and ended up with the Color TI-84 that was recently released. Long story short: Take your TI-84 and bolt a color LCD and a cellphone battery onto it. You are now the proud owner of a TI-84 Color.

Read full review after the break. Saver2 update in the works.
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%exnfo% and station playlist fix update

Just deployed update. I had intended for this to be optional, but everyone will be prompted to install it unfortunately as it’s over a month.

11/23/2012 1.5 build 1511 (optional)

Optional build that fixes station playlists and %exnfo%. I was told slacker saving was not working, but I have been unable to replicate the issue (working fine here). If you have relevant data, contact me on IRC.

Client: Removed some unused code
Client/Pandora: Fixed stations sniffing - this is why station playlists and exnfo were not working

Mac OS Security Stuff

Project tangentially related to a class, maybe it will be useful for others.

Was bored in class, messing around on my mac, ended up finding the restricted user account settings on my macbook & messing about with them. They’re actually very competent; they make Fortres look like a wimp. So, I got thinking, it’d be nice to have my laptop automatically switch into this passwordless, highly-restricted account and then give me the option to log back in to my main account. They can dismiss the dialog, but all they can do is internet, ms office, music, and chess. No control over system settings aside from wifi network.

The account is set to auto-login and to hide my account if it isn’t logged in, this combined with an EFI password renders my macbook into a kiosk for anyone who isn’t me. They can do basic stuff, but nothing that will harm the system or compromise my data.

See the entire readme after the break.

Download: http://ridetheclown.com/downloads/userswitch-lock.tar.gz
Not responsible if you maim yourself or your system.

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