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20060925

Multicasting audio with VLC

Filed under: Experiments, Fun — abbe @ 1909

Well, right now I’m leaving for Bangalore. So before leaving I think I should describe my today’s adventure with multicasting audio in local network via VLC. There is an internet radio station that plays cool oldies (of 50s 60s etc.) named MadhurSangeet.com. The problem I’ve is it supports only 15 clients (as of today). So, if multiple users (of my network) all stream individually, also waste the bandwidth of my connection and also the server’s connection. So I thought if I connect one of my computer to the MadhurSangeet.com and can then multicast that stream in rest of my network.

Now, what software shall I use ? First thing that came into my mind is IceCast, but looking into its docs, I’ve found that it doesn’t support multicasting. So then I decided to checkout VLC also. Seeing into docs, I found it supports multicasting. :)

Then I downloaded VLC from Ubuntu repositories, and started it. And then in the Open Network Stream dialog box I found this option Stream output. So there I opted for streaming to an multicast IP address. And then clicked on OK button and it started streaming.

So, after this I download VLC at other clients (in my network) also and gave the chosen multicast IP address and port in Open Network Stream dialog box there. And it worked :).

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20060922

No more Necromedia Flush the Toilet

Filed under: Personal — abbe @ 1118

This is a request to my friends. Please do not point me to any resource which uses Necromedia Flush the Toilet. Since it is proprietary technology, I’m not going to use it anymore.

20060918

FreeDel 2006

Filed under: Personal — abbe @ 1843

FreeDel is one of those favorite events which are closed to my heart. And this year it was special for couple of reasons:

  1. One of my uncle also attended it as they’re migrating their IT infrastructure from properietary world to free software world.
  2. Meeting for first time geeks like सत्यकाम जी, nipra aka निखिल प्रभाकर, Rocky Bhai aka गौरव मिश्रा, उत्सव Handa (the dude who installed FC5 on lappy), Sayamindu (the GStreamer dude), आशीष नेगी (whom I used to meet yearly on every FreeDel ;-) ) etc.
  3. I experienced 2 Mbps connectivity to Internet for the first time in my life :-D. And hey, I downloaded updates of size 637 MiB ;-)
  4. Sayamindu demonstrated how we can capture audio/video from a shell script using gst-* tools.
  5. आभास (the deeproot.in dude) demonstrated their cool deepOfix distro (its under GNU GPL) and also talked about the NRCFOSS initiative (this one is really great effort).

For those who’ve not attended, presentations are available on FreeDel website.

Q0TD

Filed under: Thoughts — abbe @ 1808

जितने कम ग्राहक उतना ही अच्छा

Guess which firm has this policy ? Its indian govt. Well one of my friend Yogesh told me about this. ;-)

20060914

gbye another proprietary protocol

Filed under: Personal — abbe @ 0301

I’m not using MSN protocol anymore, so if any of my MSN friends want to be in touch with me, please chat with me on Jabber (jabber.org). Google Talk (which is also using Jabber protocols), or IRC ( where men are men, women are men, and 14 year old girls are FBI agents ) . The Jabber protocols (or precisely XMPP) has provision for offline messages, but as of now, talk.google.com ( jabber server of Google ) doesn’t support it. Though Google Talk users can add my jabber.org ID in their Google Talk friends list, and can offline message me from their Google Talk account. So, see you on Jabber or IRC. My contact information is available on my webpages.

Sorry for this inconvenience, but now I’m slowly migrating myself to free and open world.

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