Youtube Scrobbling for Last.fm

I listen to music a lot. My iPod gets scrobbled about once a week, and Banshee, Rhythmbox and even my iTunes setup on my Windows 7 partition is set up to scrobble my plays back to last.fm. I’ve found it’s a really handy site for (sometimes obsessively) keeping track of my plays and favourites between different media players. Then while checking out some new songs on YouTube, it dawned on me that I wasn’t counting those plays.
After a bit of googling, I’ve came up with a solution for Firefox (& it’ll work for Google Chrome/Opera too!)

  1. Open up your add-ons page (In Firefox its “Tools->Add-ons” or “Shift+Ctrl+A”)
  2. Search for an extension called “Greasemonkey” and install it.
  3. Go to this userscript.org script for YouScrobble and click install.
  4. When the GreaseMonkey script install page asks, click install again.

That’s your browser set up to let you scrobble from YouTube! A new “Scrobble” option will appear to the right of the search bar when watching a video, allowing you to scrobble any video you want to your Last.fm profile! Enjoy!

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Ubuntu 11.04 on Acer Aspire One 522

I got an Acer Aspire One 522 recently, for college and general Facebook/YouTube usage on the go. It came with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed, and after getting all the Acer bloatware removed, I gave Windows another 12 hours usage before I went with my initial plan of scrapping Windows and putting Ubuntu on it. (Windows 7 Starter is so locked down you can’t even change your wallpaper – Not for me.) This blog post will document the process of installing Ubuntu and dealing with some of the quirks Ubuntu has with the Acer hardware.

Ubuntu Install Prep:

Seeing as we have no CDROM drive on the Acer Aspire One, we have to make a USB bootable installer. If you already have access to Ubuntu on another system, the usb-creator can be used. If using Windows, a quick google search for “Unetbootin” can get you the software you need to make a USB installer. Follow the prompts, eject your USB drive when done, and plug it into the Acer. You may have to go into the BIOS and tell your Acer to boot from USB. I’m not going to cover the Ubuntu installer (I’m too lazy, and its impressively straight-forward) but a google search can usually find you an installation guide.

WiFi/Ethernet Incompatibility Fix:

The AAO522 has been released with two different flavours of WiFi chipset, Broadcom or Atheros. Mine had the Atheros, so I’m going to cover getting it functional. (For the Broadcom chipset, you just need to install the Broadcom STA Wireless driver from the System -> Additional Drivers section)

To get the Atheros Wi-Fi chipset working, your going to have to blacklist the Ethernet driver. Both Ethernet and Wi-Fi use slightly different Atheros drivers, and they seem to conflict.

  1. Open up Terminal, and type in “sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf”.
  2. Add “blacklist atl1c” to the bottom of this config file, then save and close.
  3. Run “sudo update-initramfs -u” in your terminal, and wait for completion.
  4. Reboot.

Job done… if you never want to use Ethernet. To get the ethernet going now, you will have to blacklist the WiFi driver, “ath9k” instead. To prevent having to use terminal/gedit and manually swap the blacklisted driver all the time, openSUSE forum user Tactususe wrote a script here that I’ve made into a bash script and attached to the bottom of this Blog-post.

Sound Jack Detection:

To get the sound jacks detected, and have the loudspeaker (one, its mono!) toggle off when headphones are connected, we need to tell the Alsa sound-driver we have different hardware than the default.

  1. Open Terminal and type in “sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf”
  2. Add “options snd-hda-intel model=,dell-vostro” to the end of the file. Save and close.
  3. Reboot.

That should have your Acer Aspire One 522 up and running with Ubuntu 11.04. I’ll have a blog post later with details on installing the Proprietary ATI Catalyst Graphics drivers soon, as I haven’t found a combination yet that hasn’t broken suspend/hibernation options.

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Minecraft Ark :)

After spending ages exploring, spelunking, and fighting off random mobs in Notch’s epic Minecraft, I decided to take it easy, start a new world, and built a giant ass Ark!! luckily my world generated with a forest, a huge lake, and tons of ice to allow me to place the foundations. As I built, i made a few screen-shots, attached below. The ark still isn’t finished, but its well on its way. I’ll probably post another blog with images of the complete project whenever its finished.

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