Multimedia

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

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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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Kodi Media Centre with Odroid C2

The Raspberry Pi 3s Ethernet Port is only capable of 100 MBit/s and is furthermore connected to the USB2.0 Chip. For comfortably browsing through Photos of 5 to 7 MB from my mediaserver this is not enough speed. The Odroid C2 comes with a Gigabit Ethernet connection and “more power under the hood” (as we say in Germany ;). It also provideds a much faster Emmc Slot compared to the mini-sd-card of the Pi. Coreelec is a great KODI distribution for the Odroid C2 which is still being maintained unlike LibreElec for the Odroid C2. Download the tar package and...

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DIY Hifi with Volumio and HifiBerry

In case you are looking for a device to play your FLACs heres the ideal solution. Its cheap, it has SUPERB audio quality and it’s fun to build it (DIY 😉 The Software is Volumio a free and cost effective network audio player which has a responsive html interface. It runs on a raspberry pi and different other plattforms (e.g. x86, Sparky and many others). You can attach a 7” Touchdisplay to it and add plugins for Spotify and others. The DAC (digital audio converter) is a HiFi Berry DAC+ Pro. It has integrated dual-domain ultra-low-jitter clocks and gold-plated RCA...

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