SqueezeCommander 0.9.6 released

May 3rd, 2011

After a long time and a lot of hard work, SqueezeCommander 0.9.6 finally arrives on AndroidMarket and on SlideME. :-)

This version contains a lot of changes.

It has a new UI (similar to a well-known iOS app) and many new features.
You can now use Drag-And-Drop in the Playlist and the PlayerServerScreen (to sync/move players).
SqueezePlay/Jive menus do work now, i.e. most plugins will probably work.
If you enter an album, you can now select a default “playmode” (play/add/playnext) that will be used if you tap on an item.

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Wanted: A Google I/O 2011 Ticket

February 18th, 2011

[SOLVED: I was finally able to catch a Google IO ticket. See you in SF!]

Because the registration site for Google I/O 2011 was crap I was unable to get a ticket. ;-(

Therefore, I’m searching for a Google I/O 2011 ticket (either Academia or Regular).
If you want to sell one, please contact me and I’ll buy it for a reasonable price.

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I’d really like to go this year…

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Android: Howto find the hardware MAC address of a remote host

February 7th, 2011

I recently needed to find the MAC address of a remote host in my LAN by its IP address.

Unfortunately, Java/Android does not offer an API to find a MAC address by IP. :-(
The DatagramPacket class does not reveal this information for the source host, either.

But Android is Linux, and hence we can try to find the MAC by accessing the ARP cache information!

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Android Widget for OpenVPN Settings

January 17th, 2011

Hey guys,

I’m using the OpenVPN Settings App for Android to connect to my OpenVPN (big thanks to Friedrich Schäuffelhut!).

It works great, but I was always annoyed about not having a home screen widget, because I use it pretty often.

Therefore, I’ve now added a simple 1×1 widget.
It’s not exactly pretty, but it fits my needs. :-)

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Flattermann / SqueezeCommander on Twitter

January 8th, 2011

flattermann.net and SqueezeCommander are now available on Twitter (@flattermann09):

http://twitter.com/flattermann09

Stay tuned!

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dvd::rip How to solve the “AVI file has no video data” problem in Cluster mode

October 26th, 2010

dvd::rip is a full featured DVD copy program written in Perl. It provides an easy to use but feature-rich Gtk+ GUI to control almost all aspects of the ripping and transcoding process. It uses the widely known video processing swissknife transcode and many other Open Source tools. dvd::rip itself is licensed under GPL / Perl Artistic License.”

It works pretty good and can also make use of multiprocessor CPUs by using the “Cluster Mode”, i.e. you start n nodes on your PC and dvd::rip will do the load balancing.

Unfortunately, some users (including me) have encountered a problem in cluster mode:
The process will stop with an error of “AVI file has no video data” for PSU1 while merging the video files.

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Fix UDP broadcasts on HTC phones running stock firmware

September 28th, 2010

Unfortunately, HTC seems to have broken the /system/bin/wpa_supplicant binary in their stock 2.1 and 2.2 firmware.

Phones running this firmware will not be able to receive UDP broadcasts (sending works fine).

The issue is described on http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=8407

That makes apps that rely on UDP broadcasts, like SqueezeConfig, not working.

Fortunately, if you have root access to your phone, there is a solution!

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SqueezeCommander 0.9.5.1 released

September 26th, 2010

A new SqueezeCommander release has just hit the Android Market and SlideME!

Version 0.9.5.1 is mostly a bugfix release:

  • Added App2SD for Android 2.2+
  • Fixed TrackStat problem
  • Fixed cover art download problem
  • No confirmation dialog when downloading single files
  • Allow downloads to internal storage (“/emmc”), where applicable
  • Fixed WOL config problem/crash
  • Fixed alarm playlist selection on MySB
  • Several smaller bugfixes

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BlackVPN: A global OpenVPN service

September 25th, 2010

Many websites restrict the access to their content by geo IP.
E.g. you cannot access the BBC streams outside of UK, you cannot access Netflix/Hulu/Pandora outside of USA and so on…

The solution to this problem is to use a VPN service that will give you an IP of the country of your choice.

I’ve now tried BlackVPN, a global OpenVPN service, located in the Netherlands.

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New Android App: ZergTimer

September 18th, 2010

I’ve just released a new, free Android App: Zerg Timer

It is a little helper app for Zerg players in the game StarCraft II®.

As a Zerg player, you need to spawn new larva with your Queen every 29 seconds (on game speed=fastest).

I tend to forget that (especially if a battle is going on) and that makes it very difficult to e.g. rebuild my army, because I’m short on larva.

Therefore I’ve created Zerg Timer.

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