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It's kind of obscene how much of a hassle it was to figure out how to get bluetooth and pulseaudio to work properly off of a headless machine.

Finally got the bluetooth speaker playing .opus files off of the headless netbook successfully now, though.  The real question is whether I'll be able to remember the way to navigate the mess next time I want to get it working...
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Within the Geek/Nerd/Dork phylogeny, if playing with computers is "geeking out", am I "dorking out" if I mess around with D&D-style fantasy fiction stuff?
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The very physical manifestation of Sadness: a Tim Hortons with NO DONUTS!
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How long until Google shuts down 3rd-party clients from Hangouts(tm)? (at which point, I completely stop using it...if I wanted a locked-in silo I'd have gone with Apple.)

Some of my 3rd-party clients can still connect, but trying to track down an issue in a new one I'm finding former links to Google's pages on connecting to Talk with 3rd-party clients now just forwards to an awful brochureware page for "Google Hangouts".
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I'm quite confident that the client programs (most recent/experimental kf5 builds of kdetelepathy and kopete) are the problem, as for the moment kadu on the desktop and Conversation on Android are still connecting.

The prompt for the question was that when I went looking for information on connecting with non-Google clients to do some troubleshooting, I'm finding that information seems to have mostly disappeared and only redirects to Google's "Hangouts" page seem to be coming up.

They already cut off server-to-server connections, I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before their Extensions of XMPP-based chat service reach the point where they start excluding non-Google clients.
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Oh, look, Google has somehow RECURSIVELY abandoned Linux users on Google Earth.

Not only is the available Google Earth for Linux a major revision behind (judging by what's getting sent by the download link), but the "Google Earth Pro" that is supposed to be "free" now doesn't exist.  Click the download link for it on Linux and get the previous version (6.0.something) of "GoogleEarthLinux.bin" (instead of a message saying "Huh? Linux? Does anyone use that? We didn't think anyone but us used Linux so we didn't make Google Earth Pro for it."...).
No "GoogleEarthProLinux.bin" anywhere that I can find thus far.

I'm not enamored of Google's services enough to bother with WINE and trying to run the Windows version. I've already abandoned the sadly degrading Google Maps in the last few years.

At this point, I only even have Google on one single Android device now (out of 6 that I still use, now!), and THAT only for Ingress. Given that I've pretty much maxed out on how far I can get on Ingress (a game of mobs, so us rural folks are pretty much up the creek without a plunger for "how many portals can you capture" and "how many times can you 'hack'" and such badges and points...hey, how about a "physical area  covered with fields" badge?) and needing a long vacation in a densely-mobbed urban area, or a year or so of persistent tedious slogging to get to the next "level", I'm not sure how much longer Ingress will even keep the tangled mass of system-slowing Google services on my phone...

(People keep complaining about how "bad" Lollipop is on the 2012 Nexus 7, but it's working great for me...on the Cyanogenmod version sans Google. I think it's all the growing pile of extra Google services and apps that run in the background that cause the problems there.)
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Maybe it works on a ChromeBook.
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Is building something for Android SUPPOSED to be this much of a flaming pile of complicated crap?

I've got a bit of source-code for an older (last updated in 2012 I think) open-source really simple audio recorder app.  I want to add one line and change one line (to add a 48kHz option and make it the default).  Then, I just want to rebuild it and install it on my phone to try it.

I've now just had to download and install about a quarter-GB of crap to try to make a "project" out of this tiny thing and I still can't seem to figure it out.

Mind you, I'm still pretty ignorant of it, but I'm having a hell of a time finding documentation that doesn't assume you either started from scratch in "Android Studio" or have an already-ready-to-build project with all the shiny new "gradle" files (which seem to have replaced ant since last time I build an android app I'd modified - successfully back then...)

Grrr.

Makes me wish Mozilla was serious about getting FirefoxOS available to the general public (and not just a handful of special builds of it for a handful of special devices)...
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That's the one - I just wanted to A)add a 48kHz option and B) make that the default, so I could just plug in a microphone, pop open the app, and hit record. (and have it at 48kHz because that seems to be the "default native" sample rate for just about everything these days - especially cheaper audio hardware/software which apparently frequently resamples everything to 48kHz. The Opus codec's internal processing does the same thing, at least partly for this same reason i.e. so that audio isn't getting resampled by the hardware then re-resampled by the codec most of the time...)

I haven't plugged in the microphone to try it yet, but 48kHz now shows up as an option and is selected by default.

If I get ambitious sometime, I may officially fork that codebase and try to add a menu option to choose where to save the files (it just dumps them in the root of the default storage device right now).
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I've been procrastinating getting the next HPR episode done (Real Soon Now, I swear!) on things to do with old Android-based devices, and just ran into a newly-added map/tracking app in f-droid (a category I have a lot of use for).  Tabulae seems to be a nice raster-style ("map tiles") counterpart to osmand's vector-style maps, and so far Tabulae's tracking and exporting functions seem to work really well.

Now I have to add this one to the episode.
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I do believe I have my klobasnek dough where I want it.

/performs "cookie-monster" imitation with klobasneki...
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Just because YOU aren't cleared for Ultraviolet-chow doesn't make it treasonous, Mr. Sedition...
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I'm making my second batch of klobasneki (assuming I'm spelling that correctly) with a few tweaks to the dough recipe and a change of sausages.

Wish me (good) luck...
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It appears there's no longer any point in trying to submit corrections for portals in Ingress anymore. There;s no way to explain what's wrong with them any more, and lately I find after sitting for weeks or months an automated "eh, whatever, who cares" email arrives to indicate that the fire department will be left in the middle of nowhere or that obviously it's perfectly reasonable that there are two "post office" portals a couple of blocks from each other (and despite the rejected photo, it can't possibly really be a fire department...)

Ingress is really the only thing keeping a foothold for Google on the one remaining Android device that hasn't gone Google-Free so far. Kind of losing interest as the parts that aren't mob-clickfests stop getting attention.
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ya on MDI i have the same thing. i just keep putting in take down requests
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Oh, I forgot to mention:  You owe +Ken Fallon a show.
Yes, you. YOU! There, with the shirt, looking at the computer screen!

Get recording, dagnabbit!

(I don't owe +Ken Fallon a show, though. I owe at least 3 in the near future, because I told myself I needed to produce MUCH more audio this year...)
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I've not actually listened to HPR in over a year, always got a podcast backlog, but I did do a show last year.
I have a big project on the go that I will certainly do a show about.
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Dammit, Google...

What have you got against proper #opus support?

(CM12 snapshot on my Nexus 7 2012 specifically to see .opus files playing in generic media players, and none of them recognize .opus files, including the stock media player..."Supported Media Formats" reference page for Android has still not been updated months later, either.)
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I tried the default "music" player, "Pretty Good Music Player", and "Material Player". All refuse to even recognize .opus. (I originally assumed the latter two, at least, might just need to be updated to know .opus was a valid media type, but the inability of the default player and the bug report linked above make it look like the OS itself still has issues.)

I'm guessing they implemented support for the "codec" but didn't bother testing the codec in actual existing media files. ("Works in WebRTC in Chrome, I guess we're done now...")
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Computer/Microbiology/Food nerd, trying to become an internet media personality and/or innkeeper.
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I worked as a professional computer nerd to pay for my 20-year-long "4-year" degree in microbiology, and then ended up becoming an innkeeper. Funny world. I still have my microscope and actively-used collection of Linux boxen, however.
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This is a reasonably good American-Style "Oriental" fast-food place run out of a converted trailer across from the paper mill. Lots of deep-fried appetizers, chow mein, etc. Prices are a LITTLE high but not too bad, and the portions are fairly large. Not a bad choice locally for quick take-out.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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