The admin’s of streamlive have changed syntax and made changes to the mobile version of site, now we need a user agent switcher extension to access it. I have another simple workaround which i’m not going to post here, if anyone is interested hit me up on twitter or leave a comment. To re-enable the mobile version of site, install this User Agent Switcher Firefox Add-On and set it to use either Android or iOS #Cat&Mouse
[Update] I am noticing that m.streamlive.to (the mobile version of site) now points to streamlive.to (not mobile). Once you have found your desired stream, in the address bar delete the www and replace with an m.so we get the mobile webpage.
Since the livestreamer plugin for this site is broken, here’s a way to watch all streams from streamlive.to in your favourite media player, firstly click <– hyperlink find a stream you like, click it, you will see a player, right click player and highlight/click ‘copy video location’ like so .. Then open a new tab and paste in the video location URL from your clipboard to the address bar ..
An .m3u8 playlist file will begin downloading, normaly to /tmp, simply open it with your chosen media player [In Firefox preferences you can also set your player as default handler for the mimetypes(MP3 audio) (streamed) (audio/x-mpegurl)M3U8 filertmp
Stream will then begin playing in chosen player automagically]
I have tested this using firefox in Linux and OS X, thats all folks .. another nail in adobe flash coffin.
P.S To have it work in Windows we need to create our own .m3u8 playlist file see this older blog post.
I have been using Archlinux now for around four years, and contrary to popular belief Archlinux does not break often due to it being bleeding edge and running the latest and greatest software out there, in my experience it’s quite the contrary, like most forty somethings i started my computing escapades in the late 80’s running BASIC on an old BBC micro, then ofc when windows 93 came around i became a ‘windows user’ right up until around 5 years ago, i found myself having to reinstall windows at least once per annum ( sometimes much more than once ) i got fed up doing this and spending maybe 40% of my computing time ‘scanning for and fighting with malware’ so like many other power users i ‘ditched Windows in favour of a proper UNIX like OS’ . I started off with PCLinuxOS which i found to be a great distro with an awesome welcoming community who taught me lots, back then i found KDE to be buggy and would break occasionally so when i felt confident enough i decided to shop around and attempt to find a linux distro that suited my needs.
After a year of distro hopping mostly amongst the ‘user friendly’ distros i found those kind of distros would often break after updates, also some tend not to trust the person sitting at the keyboard ( one or two don’t even give the user sudo by default ) this might be great for some but not for me, i’m a control freak as far as my OS is concerned, again i found myself having to re install more often that i would like..
I also have OS X Mavericks installed on this PC and i must say in my opinion it’s much better than Windows due to the fact it too is UNIX so it lets me run many of my favourite command line commands/programmes. Although in comparison to Archlinux i find it to be a tad clunky but it does have some superb applications, parallels springs to mind, if BSD or Linux wasn’t a thing i’d prolly use OS X as daily driver.
Enter Arch ( which has lived up to it’s name of being one of the strongest structures known to mankind )
After attempting to install Archlinux 2 or 3 times in Virtualbox i felt i was ready to install it on metal, the install is different from others wherein it’s not a graphical installer with buttons / progress bars etc. The install is all done from the console, it may look difficult to the novice but it’s really not. This is when i learned of standalone window managers and decided to forget about big complex full blown desktop environments like Gnome & KDE, i experimented with window managers and i was amazed by how small ( some only 2 meg ) configurable, and simple (not to mention blazing fast) they were, i used openbox for the first year, during which time i became aware of tiling window managers, the rest as they say is history. I soon became the stereotypical Arch user, with my tmux sessions, dotfiles and obligitory tiling WM.
Of course this method of computing is not for everyone, Arch or even linux in general is geared towards enthusiasts and power users, the masses don’t seem to care that the software they use on a daily basis runs code that keeps tabs on them, the recent hoopla with Volkswagen shows what kind of sculduggery goes in ‘proprietary’ code, sadly it’s often geared towards the advantage of the programmer, or the company who pays the programmer, the users needs and desires are secondary, anyways i didn’t mean to go into RMS mode, just thought i’d mention.
Archlinux has lasted longer on /dev/sdX than any other OS i have used (and i’ve used a few) in all those years i had only one issue where the proprietary nvidia driver got updated and xorg did not ( well not until a few hours later ) i was left without a graphical environment ( which was actually a learning experience which stood me in good stead as i now run a headless server on a raspberry pi) however at the time i was in panic mode without my GUI, as i do not game i have since purged the nvidia blob in favour of the open source GPU driver which has given me zero issues.
Currently my main box hex boots ( have i coined a new term ? ) it has 6 internal drives with the six OS on seperate HDD’s (Windows10, OSX Mavericks, FreeBSD, Arch i686, Arch X86_64 and another Arch on a wee 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Blade thumbdrive which runs Arch Testing Repo’s ( i don’t code so this is how i try & give back to the community) whilst on the subject of the Archlinux community i’d like to take this opperchancity to dispel those accusations that archers are elitist, mean and unhelpful (being told to read the wiki or a manpage does not equate to elitism) it’s how things are done over in Archland, teach a man to fish and all that, spoon-feeding newbs does not happen, personally i think those sort of claims and accusations stem from inexperienced Manjaro users and their ilk.
heres a couple of tips i would give to any Linux users
1. Don’t use proprietary graphics drivers unless you game or use the computer for other GPU intensive tasks, the open source drivers have gotten much better over the past few years and are very capable. The proprietary drivers often cause problems.
2. Don’t use a session manager like lightdm, slim, GDM, KDM etc. Login via TTY and start x with the ‘startx’ command. I have found these login managers to be troublesome. It’s really simple to login via above method and to choose DE or WM using ~/.xinitrc
3. Experiment! try new DE’s WM’s don’t settle for the most common ones just because they are just that. WM’s will cause less problems and are often much faster. I guarantee if you try all available WM’s be it tiling or floating you will find one that suits your needs better than the common DE’s. There’s no excuse, WM’s like DWM require zero configuration and are ready to go out of the box.
Thanks for reading. if you Agree or Disagree with my musings feel free to leave a comment.
I figured i would write a tutorial for my Windows using brethren showing them the awesome livestreamer and how to go about installing and using this awesome bit of kit. Livestreamer allows us to watch a number of streaming services in VLC or any media player you choose, which is great as it does away with the need for flash, those who bother to check out livestreamer will see a marked improvement in video quality and the RAM footprint and CPU cycles are drastically decreased in comparison to when using browser to view streams.
The Windows installer can be found here the installer includes a compiled version of Livestreamer (that does not require an existing Python installation) and RTMPDump for viewing RTMP streams. It will also generate a default config file all that requires editing is just the #player line, remove the # comment and point the player line to your players .exe like you see in my .livestreamerrc (line 12) it would also be wise to ensure the line rtmpdump= points to the newly installed rtmpdump .exe (line 19 on my .livestreamerrc) the default directory for the .livestreamerrc is C:\Users\cirrus\AppData\Roaming\livestreamer. Once you have done that, then that is us finished, easy huh? now we want to find some sites which livestreamer has native plugins for, i will list a couple …
+ You Tube
To play the streams in Windows we open up the cygwin terminal (if installed) or the command prompt / powershell and simply type ..
livestreamer url of stream best
livestreamer http://vaughnlive.tv/1crime best
The chosen stream will then open in your chosen media player.
Livestreamer is in my top 5 applications and it is multi platform so Linux OSX and Windows users can benefit, see here for more info on livestreamer .
I tend to watch the crime stream often so i created a .bat file by opening notepad, pasting in this one line
livestreamer http://vaughnlive.tv/crimecentral best
save file as crime.bat and viola we have just created a shortcut to that stream, that might be handy for those who don’t like command prompt or powershell.
Long time followers of this page may remember back in March of 2012 i did up a hackintosh on an old Dell 620, that was my first foray into the macworld and i came away not overly impressed, Snow Leopard reminded me of Gnome2. Recently i went back for another look at OS X after cooking up a hackintosh which runs the OS Mavericks, read on to find out how this Archlinux refugee fared in the adventure.
Firstly i went to my favourite torrent site and searched for ‘ OSX USB Install Intel’ i ultimately came away with this . For anyone wanting to follow my steps ( i will give a tutorial of sorts as one or two folk on G+ asked me to share the magic sauce) this would be a great time to go and find out what hardware your PC is running, If using lolWindows then there is a free app named Speccy and if using Linux then you probably know how to find out what hardware your box is using. Specificaly take note of the Soundcard, GPU and the NIC (network interface card) make and model. My machine has an ASUS P6T SE mobo and an Intel i7 920 and an ATI HD4870 GPU Audio is Realtek ALC888/ALC1200, NIC is RealtekRTL8111, i will link to the appropriate kexts and a DSDT for that specific HW below.
Once i had my list of hardware i set about writing the newly downloaded image to a little 16Gb Sandisk USB stick, i was ofc using Linux so i used the ‘dd’ method. Having formatted the USB stick to FAT32 filesystem i began to write the image, as root i cd to dir where image resides then ran this command replacing ** with the USB drive’s assigned letters
(never dd to /dev/S**1 etc. no partition numbers, always to root of device)
i renamed the downloaded file ‘OS X 10.9 Install USB.raw’ to simply osx10.raw
dd if=osx10.raw of dev/s**
Simple shell script for MPD now playing, using xcowsay to define image
(any image can be used)
#!/bin/bash OSD=$(mpc current) xcowsay --at 800,20 --font=CaviarDreams --monitor=1 --image=/home/cirrus/djtux.png "MPD Now Playing" "$OSD"
edit the –at switch to define where on VDU image shows
and ofc edit the –monitor switch to define which VDU
see here for moar indepth configuration options
To have the script execute on MPD song change,
add this 1 line to ~/.ncmpcpp/config
execute_on_song_change = ~/path/to/xcowmpd.sh
Alternatively if not using ncmpcpp simply execute this script alongside mpd,mcp [edit to suit]
Here is some more of my simple shell scripts where xcowsay could be used opposed to notify-send
I recently took a trip into the world of OSX , after being a windows user for over a decade and being a linux user for maybe only 1 year i wanted to see what OSX would serve me up , simply so i could make an informed decision when asked about my OS preferences opposed to going by what blogs and friends say about OSX i wanted to see for myself …
To install OSX was a breeze using Kalyway 10.5.2 generic install , i tried later builds 10.5.6 from ideneb and iatkos but the installs would hang or bootloop , so i found kalyway 10.5.2 to be best for the older hardware in the GX620 , after install i had dual screens full res 1920×1080 off the bat and i had audio too from usb and speakers ( i had to use onboard AC97 as the kext for my audigy2 soundcard just wouldnt play ball) Audio was however a tad flaky , on occasion it would sound tinny and if i was say dragging a window or opening an app the audio would stutter and pause and sometimes drop out alltogether. But for the most part it worked reasonably well.
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