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Linn DS Alarm Function

Update 2014 - An alternative to this is available on GitHub which uses Node.js and should be cross platform. Linn DS Playlist and Alarm Server

Switching the radio on in the kitchen in the morning is a low priority amongst setting table, pouring cereals, carrying children, etc. The Sonos has an alarm clock facility which allows you to switch on the radio at a set time avoiding hassle of starting a controller.

When I upgraded to my Linn Sneaky DS, I no longer had this function, though the remote control made it easy if I forgot to take my phone downstairs with me.

Last week I decided to figure it out. I have a Linux machine which runs Ubuntu and runs all the media servers, backups and network shares. I decided to investigate how to control my DS from the command line.

Conveniently, the DS can be controlled via a web api, so after reading the docs and a few examples I was able to switch off and on and change source via Postman (Chrome REST client).

I then set about writing a curl…

Asus AT37N7A-I Nvidia ION Linux Configuration

I've been using this excellent motherboard for about 2 years, it has now been disassembled as I had less of a need for a silent PC in the living room after retiring my use of MythTV.

 I had Ubuntu installed on this PC and during its lifetime was subjected to many performance tweaks. Rather than delete this work, I've decided to put the files online for other people to use.
Sound I wanted digital sound over the HDMI cable so it can be played by either my TV or AV amp; I've played back DTS HD with this configuration, my TV had issues with some sample rates which is why the rate is configured explicitly.
asoundrcpcm.!default front pcm.analog-hw { type hw card 0 device 0 } pcm.analog-hw-formatted { type plug slave { pcm analog-hw rate 48000 } } pcm.digital-hw { type hw card 0 device 3 } pcm.digital-hw-formatted { type plug slave { pcm digital-hw rate 48000 } } pcm.hdmi_softvol { type softvol slave.pcm digital-hw-formatted con…