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MPD through a bluetooth speaker
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-02-25, under the category Computers
Tags: pulseaudio, mpd

UPDATE: be sure to check out my updated entry on MPD!

I recently grabbed a bluetooth speaker, intending to mostly use it with my phone, but I quickly found myself wanting to play my laptop's MPD through it. Today I'll describe how I got it going - and In the process we'll also resolve some issues with the setup described in my other MPD post. The process was pretty straight forward but it didn't just work so I figured I would talk about it a bit here.

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Why I Like Fish
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-02-08, under the category Programming
Tags: zsh, fish

I am of course talking about the Friendly Interactive SHell!

For about three or four years now, I've been a pretty happy zsh user. I had a pretty decent, not-too-complex/customized setup based on a popular framework that bills itself as "minimal", but a recent whim prompted me to check out fish.

The familiarity offered by zsh wasn't enough, though, when compared to the tradeoff of far less config for as much as or arguable more functionality. Intrigued? Want to hear more?

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Style changes -- and new content!
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-01-23, under the category Random

I rolled out a new style for the site a few weeks ago - I've dropped Bootstrap for Skeleton and cleaned up the style in general. I had been relying pretty heavily on Bootstrap for the style of the site, and it gave me what I wanted, ...

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Editing with Emacs: Python - Part 2
Posted by Hristos T. on 2016-09-28, under the category Computers
Tags: python, programming, emacs

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about editing python with Emacs, as well as the start of a series on using Emacs effectively with a number of languages. I'll go into what I use for editing python with Emacs and why, as well as how I set it all up. Let's go!

If you want the satisfaction of putting together a fine python editor, that is also capable of serving as a sophisticated editor for many many other languages, with the added benefit of having at least some control over how it all works, then read on! You just might learn something ...

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MPD for local listening
Posted by Hristos T. on 2016-03-27, under the category Computers
Tags: music, mpd

UPDATE! Check out my other post on MPD to see how some of the flaws of the setup described here are resolved!

Recently, out of a desire to use less memory while listening to music, I've been exploring different ways of listening to music under GNU/Linux. There's a wealth of GUI-based as well as terminal-based music playing itrfaces out there, and I've never really been a fan of most of them. Terminal-based players never appealed to me; I'm not someone who needs to do everything in the terminal and find it limiting for some things.

For a few years now, I've been using (and still really like) Clementine, but the size of my collection (more than 10,000 tracks) causes it to use quite a bit of memory. This becomes a problem when I'm doing other things that are also memory-hungry (virtual machines, games, most anything java) and I start swapping. But what are the options if you want something minimal?

In this (long) post I'll talk about using MPD for local listening enjoyment!

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