Multimedia

The best in-ear headphones ever !!!1!

As an audiophile, tech-lover and linux-enthusiast I have tested many, many headphones over the last years. The expectations are high. They must: provide excellent sound for listening to music (idealy in FLAC-format) provide excellent video/voicechat features (e.g. good microphone and bandwith of voice codec) for Jitsi, BBB, Teams and the like be compatible to any software plattform (iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS and Linux) be comfortable but have a secure fit, have easy interaction and decent design provide decent noise-cancelling and transparency mode with natural voice loudness (so i don’t yell at the mic as i can’t hear myself) keep quiet...

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Invidious – alternative youtube frontend

Youtube is a great source for music and videos. Nobody will doubt that. However there are “flaws” like user-tracking and annoying advertisement. Therefore Invidious is a great tool. It provides a alternative frontend to youtube without any of the flaws. It can be installed on your own vps. You can find the source on github: https://github.com/iv-org/invidious Please feel free to use my invidous instance on https://video.arvidortwig.de

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Free Mediaserver “Jellyfin”

The podcast Radio Tux reported in August about the mediaserver software Jellyfin. The website can be found at https://jellyfin.org/ The usage is quite similar to Plex but everything is open source and freely available. The features are: Streaming over a webserver with multiple user accounts Streaming of movies, series and music DLNA provisioning for your home network Apps for iOS and Android (even from F-Droid) Plugin for KODI Integration of Metadata databases like musicbrains or moviedatabase to display pictures and additional information On the fly transcoding of music files (nice if you have mainly “huge” FLACs and want to stream...

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DIY Musicplayer for Kids – PhonieBox

With a growing number of children the need for more than one music player is quickly arising. As you know I am fond of free software, so I decided to build something with, tadaaaah: free software 😉 Fortunately there is a great project on the internet: the PhonieBox It is a collection of scripts that creates, on top of a raspberry pi, a music player with an interface for an RFID-Reader, Arcade-Buttons to control volume and skip tracks, and a webserver to upload music files to the raspberrys internal SD-Card. You can also add youtube-links, webradio and even play spotify-playlists....

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Chiptunes / Bit-music Archive

If you are into chiptunes (that old computergame music) I recommend checking out the Mod Archive: https://modarchive.org/ It’s a compilation a of different Mods and XMs (Files in which the 8-bit-tunes come) which can be downloaded and then be played with FastTracker (available on https://16-bits.org/ft2.php) or the XMP Xmod-Player under Android. On Fedora check out MilkyTracker

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Open Source video conferencing Jitsi now available

To make my video conferences private and secure I have implemented the open source video conference solution Jitsi on my website. You can now reach it through https://jitsi.arvidortwig.de It’s open source, based on webrtc, secured by ssl (https) and there is no registration neccessary. I also don’t save any logfiles or anything else. Feel free to use it for you corona-conferencing 😉 The android smartphone app is available on F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.jitsi.meet/

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KODI and Nextcloud

Accessing your Nextcloud Files through Webdav (https) can be quite slow due to the protocol and/or your upstream connection of your nextcloud to the web. It seems to me that if you “mount” the official webdav-path nextcloud is offering into KODI your files are routed through the Internet even when KODI and NC are implemented within the same network. Exchanging the URL with your local NC IP Address and switching to webdav (http) in order to avoid certificate problems is possible but has a negative impact on the speed (i dont know why though). Accessing your files can be done...

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