OMG A Real Podcast Feed!!

Hey we FINALLY have a feed for your podcast machines and a kinda working website!
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Skype for Windows on Linux using Wine

Please note, I’m using a newer version of wine than whats available by default.
Head to for details on upgrading your version of wine.

To install Skype for Windows on Linux x64 using Wine:

possibly need winbind installed, dunno
rm -rf .wine
WINEARCH=win32 winecfg change to windows 7
#for nvidia closed drivers might need: winetricks orm=backbuffer glsl=disable
WINEARCH=win32 wine SkypeSetupFull.exe
–setup will crash/exit
cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\Skype/Phone/
WINEARCH=win32 wine Skype.exe /username:your_username /password:your_password
–skype will probably crash the first time you run it

its randomly crashing when i didnt use WINEARCH=32, trying 32 now, i have no idea, ill open comments later

How to listen to an old boiler

At work we have an old steam boiler heating system that was original to the building. A short time back, I installed a cheap IP camera (30 bucks) to watch the steam gauge (the main air handlers run on steam while the radiators run on just hot water) to monitor when we could ‘dump heat’ into the building. It’s old and sometimes has trouble getting started for whatever reason. This camera also has a microphone that I could listen to using something such as MPlayer. I made a script to ‘listen’ to the boiler room every minute for 4 seconds and analyze the audio to determine if the boiler is on or off. Since its old and fairly loud, it has been pretty reliable so far… Check out the script below that runs in cron every minute:


* * * * * /path/to/boiler-audio > /dev/null 2>&

boiler-audio file:



/usr/bin/mplayer -quiet -dumpstream -dumpfile $DUMPFILE http://192.168.x.x/audio.cgi &
sleep $TIME
kill $PID

AMP=`/usr/bin/sox -t .wav $DUMPFILE -n stat 2>&1 | grep "Maximum amp" | cut -d"." -f2`

if [ "$AMP" -gt "300000" ]

echo `date +%r` > $BOILERTIME

Drunken Ramble Part 2

So, we had a bar full of people having a good time, and in walks a new Captain Buzzkill. Not what I normally see, this is the new kind that once she opens her mouth, I can read her entire life’s story. It’s Single Mom. And Single Mom hasn’t been out among adults since the New Year, and proceeds to dominate every conversation around her kid and her problems as if nobody else in the whole damn bar matters. Really? ! Just because you haven’t been in public for ten weeks, how does it become all about you? And none of us can take on another topic, even so much as shoot a game of darts, or dice, without you chiming in? Did you not notice that people left the damn bar because they’d rather go home than listen to you whine? My god, if your life is that bad, no wonder your man left you. And with that, gimme another damn beer! !!