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Jun 11, 2018 12:42:24 iTunes Star Ratings macOS app
By: Eric

Here is a little menu bar app to make it easier to set a star rating on the currently playing iTunes track. I made this because I use star ratings heavily to organize my music, and have a lot of tracks without ratings.


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Feb 19, 2018 19:16:49 How to Build Brick Cars: Detailed LEGO Designs for Sports Cars, Race Cars, and Muscle Cars
By: Eric

How to Build Brick Cars: Detailed LEGO Designs for Sports Cars, Race Cars, and Muscle Cars
Months ago I tracked down Peter Blackert after browsing his Flickr gallery so that I could get his plans for the Pontiac Fiero and Chevrolet Corvair. This was prior to his book coming out on Amazon. Anyway, the book is out and it is totally worth the money.

How to Build Brick Cars: Detailed LEGO Designs for Sports Cars, Race Cars, and Muscle Cars

Here is my Corvair build.

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Feb 10, 2018 02:36:26 Amazon Echo Dot using Apple HomePod for audio.
By: Eric

Amazon Echo Dot using Apple HomePod for audio.

It's possible to configure a CHIP or Raspberry Pi to act as a Bluetooth Speaker and AirPlay audio to a HomePod. This would enable you to play any Bluetooth audio source to a HomePod.

For the Next Thing Co. CHIP - I flashed it to boot into Debian Linux - and installed the following from GitHub -

CHIP Bluetooth Speaker - This is a script that turns your CHIP into a Bluetooth audio receiver. Among the packages this script installs is Pulseaudio which you can configure to output the system audio to a named (fifo) pipe. (Check out the Pulseaudio section here)

forked-daapd - This will AirPlay audio to a destination you select via a web-interface. It can read and auto-play a named pipe of audio when placed in the music library directory.

There are some issues with audio delay which I hope to work out.


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Aug 27, 2017 14:51:12 Where are the pocket digital TVs?
By: Eric


I suppose with smartphones in every hand, nobody has the desire for a pocket digital television. A television that can pull a digital over-the-air signal with no need for internet. The other day I decided I wanted one to take to football games and didn't find much of a selection. I did finally come upon this RCA 4.3″ Portable/Pocket Digital ATSC TV which is only $70 new, and ordered it. Looking forward to testing it out!

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Feb 28, 2017 19:24:55 Cheap authentic iPhone accessories
By: Eric
empty iPhone box PRO TIP: If you are in need of an authentic iPhone charger, lightning cable, and earphones - search for empty iPhone box on eBay. A lot of folks list their iPhone boxes for sale and include all the original accessories. Cheap.

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