Lync 2013 April Client Update


Microsoft have just announced the latest cumulative update for Lync server 2013 update for the Lync 2013 client.

Edit: Turns out this is actually a client patch, which wasn’t telegraphed too well when the patch was first announced, hence the confusion. Regardless, it’s an impressive list of fixes which you should consider testing in your lab before deploying to your users.

There are a number of fixes and feature additions, including fixes to desktop sharing, speeding up of network recovery after a loss, and the addition of a button which displays when a user is connected to a backup pool which will display what features are going to be lost.

Check it out here.

Passwordless Logins with OpenSSH


I don’t know about you guys, but typing my password in whenever I want to get to one of my home servers is… well, it’s damn annoying. Thankfully there’s a way to export your private keys so when you log in to a computer you trust, you can have this act as your authentication mechanism – because you have a preshared key, the target server won’t bother asking you for a password.

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The simplest and lightest shuffling music player for Linux


First, install MPG123, a super simple command-line media player:

aptitude install mpg123

Then fire the following (or save it as a script):

find /path/to/your/mp3/files/ -name '*.mp3' | mpg123 -Z -@ -

Find will pull a list of mp3 files in the specified folder, randomize them, and push them in to mpg123. Control-C will skip tracks and Control-Z will kill.

Props to Daniel Howard for first posting this here

Mapping network folders to Windows Libraries


Say you’ve got a network share with all your music on it. Adding it to a Windows 8 library so you can access it from Windows Music seems like it’ll be simple, right? Well, not quite.

Mapping the network drive and attempting to add it gives you this error: Image

This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed. Well, that’s helpful. Continue reading

HP Touchpad: WebOS 3.0.5 removes all patches


If you’re anything like me, the recent update to WebOS 3.0.5 was something exciting, as it proves our beloved platform isn’t going the way of the grave just yet. But if your experience is like mine, you updated and found that your touch ripple was back, your smoothness patches were gone, and everything was back to it’s pre-patched sluggishness.

Well, before you pull out the doctor and restore to 3.0.4, you can try adding the old patches feed and reinstalling them. The patches will run just fine until the new ones are written and released for 3.0.5, and you won’t have to put up with a vanilla touchpad until then. Continue reading

HP Touchpad: Muffle System Logging IPKG Error


After the recent 3.0.4 update to HP’s Touchpad, the Muffle System Logging patch was being broken, and was unable to be updated or removed. I found it irritating because I had to manually update all the other patches one by one instead of using the ‘update all’ button.

Here’s how I fixed it:

1. Fire up Preware, and press the drop down option in the top left hand corner of the screen marked Preware.
2. Select Saved Package List. This is a list of all the packages you have installed on your Touchpad.
3. Press the update button to synchronise this list. A notification will appear in the top right to say that the list has been updated successfully.
4. Press the back button to get back to the main screen of Preware. Tap in the search area at the top and search for Emergency.
5. In the returned list of packages, tap “Emergency Patch Recovery” and select Install. This patch will remove all custom Preware patches and updates, then ask you to reboot your Touchpad.
6. When your Touchpad starts up again, all your patches will be goneski. Not to worry, though – you don’t have to reinstall everything manually since you updated your patch list earlier.
7. Fire up Preware and select Saved Package List again.
8. Press Install All. Preware will reinstall all your patches and ask you to restart Luna.

You should now be able to install the new version of Muffle System Logging.

Problems downloading iOS?


I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m using iTunes on Windows or if it’s because I’m with a shitty ISP, but every time I try to download iPhone software I get an error saying that the network connection was reset and the update bombs out.

Instead, I had to directly download the software from Apple’s download server, then hold shift (or option if you’re a mac person) and click on restore. It’ll ask you where your software is you want to use,  and restore from there.

You can even install older versions if you want, although you might need to downgrade your iTunes as well.

iOS 4.3.3:  iPhone 4 (GSM)iPhone 4, iOS 4.2.8 (CDMA)iPhone 3GSiPad 2 WiFiiPad 2 GSMiPad 2 CDMAiPadiPod touch 3G and iPod touch 4G

iOS 4.3.2: iPhone 4 (GSM)iPhone 4, iOS 4.2.7 (CDMA)iPhone 3GSiPad 2 WiFiiPad 2 GSMiPad 2 CDMAiPadiPod touch 3G and iPod touch 4G

iOS 4.3.1: iPhone 4 (GSM)iPhone 3GSiPad 2 WiFiiPad 2 GSMiPad 2 CDMAiPadiPod touch 3G and iPod touch 4G

iOS 4.3:  iPhone 3GSiPhone 4 GSMPad 1iPad 2 WiFiiPad 2,2 (3G AT&T?)iPad 2,3 (3G Verizon?)iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G

iOS 4: iPod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 3G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4.

iOS 3.1.3: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs.

iOS 2.2.1: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, iPod Touch 2G.

iOS 1.1.4: iPhone, iPod Touch.

Airvideo on Ubuntu the even easier way


For those of you who don’t know what Airvideo is, it’s a little piece of software which runs on a server in your home and allows you to watch videos on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad both in your home via WiFi and when you’re out and about on a 3G network. It transcodes video (including MKV) into something your iDevice can play, then streams it out at the ideal bit rate for the available bandwidth. The server software is free, and the client software is available on the App store for around $2, which is a phenomenal bargain considering what it does.

A while ago I wrote a howto on installing the Windows version of the Airvideo server on Ubuntu using the Wine environment, because the Linux version of the Airvideo server was a little… well, confusing.

Since then, I was contacted by RubioJr (Gracias, Rubio!), who has put together a PPA (a list of packages) to allow Ubuntu and Debian users to enjoy a super simple installation method of Airvideo, without the need to install Wine. Continue reading

The iPad 2 doesn’t seem faster


A lot of people have said that iPad 2 doesn’t seem appreciably faster than iPad 1.

Has anyone stopped to consider that it’s probably because the apps you’re using are still written for a single core device?

The same thing happened to computer users when dual core CPUs were released – sure, you could run more programs concurrently, but since each program only used a single core, until they, and the underlying operating system, were rewritten.

A more direct analogy might be the retina display on iPhone 4 – it took a while for apps to be rewritten to support it natively instead of just doubling their pixels.

I’m willing to bet that iPad 2 will go through a similar process – for the time being things will feel the same, or at least a little snappier (as mail, spotlight et al will use one core while your app uses the other).

As apps are rewritten to support multicore and iOS 5 is released (which will no doubt boast better multicore performance), iPad 2 should feel like it is speeding up.