Category: Misc Technical

Configuring an Infrared Remote Control to Control RuneAudio Archlinux (without needing LIRC)

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

Configuring an Infrared Remote Control to Control RuneAudio Archlinux (without needing LIRC)

Introduction

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog article, I have started using a brilliant Raspberry Pi-based music player called RuneAudio (which uses Music Player Daemon – MPD – at its heart). I have this connected to a home cinema system,

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LIRC configuration file for Sony RM-ADP090 remote control

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

LIRC configuration file for Sony RM-ADP090 remote control

Recent Linux kernels include support for infrared remote controls and so the requirement for LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control) has been diminishing, but nevertheless some systems still use it. I was doing some work with LIRC recently and I couldn’t find a configuration file for

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New version of my Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

iOS Misc Technical

New version of my Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

A while ago I released an updated version of my Sudoku Solver iOS app. As well as solving regular Sudoku puzzles it can Sudoku puzzles ‘with a twist’ (where there is a ‘twist’ of nine shaded squares which must also contain the numbers one to

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ID3 tag incompatibility between iTunes and Linux – and how to fix it

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

ID3 tag incompatibility between iTunes and Linux – and how to fix it

Introduction
I recently set up a Raspberry Pi-based music player based on Rune Audio. At its core it uses Music Player Daemon (MPD) – but I found that MPD wouldn’t read the ID3 tags on a lot of my music tracks. After some investigation I

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Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

I have recently had some fun setting up a Raspberry Pi-based music player – in fact it took me longer than I was expecting: it took a while to find a music player that I was happy with, and I also found that the tags

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VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

Misc Technical

VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

I had been running VMware Workstation version 14.1.7 on my Windows 10 laptop quite happily, until after a recent Windows update when I attempted to run a guest virtual machine I got an error ‘VMware Workstation cannot connect to the virtual machine. Make sure you

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My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

Misc Technical

My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

I recently succeeded in putting my Sudoku Solver iPhone app on the Apple App Store, so if anyone’s interested you can find it just by searching for ‘Vaughan Harper’ in the App Store app on an iPhone. It does include the capability to solve Sudoku

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Reflections on just how strong passwords really need to be…

Misc Technical

Reflections on just how strong passwords really need to be…

I’m sure we’ve all heard that Bill Burr, the man who wrote the book on password management while working at NIST, has changed his mind about the password guidelines that he devised. “Much of what I did I now regret,” Burr, who is now retired,

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Challenges with Audi music interface and MP3 ID3 tags…

Misc Technical

Challenges with Audi music interface and MP3 ID3 tags…

Earlier this year I bought a 2016 Audi A3. With any new car one of my top priorities is being able to play music: the car has two SD card sockets so I dutifully copied all of my music collection to a 64 GB SD card

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How to export list of list of Tagged songs from Shazam (iOS 9/iTunes 12)

Misc Technical

How to export list of list of Tagged songs from Shazam (iOS 9/iTunes 12)

I was surprised to discover how upset I was recently when I went into Shazam on my mobile phone and discovered that for some reason all of my Tags had been wiped. I had been travelling and heard some interesting new artists that I’d been

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