Category Archives: Random

Pulseaudio Microphone Loopback (Listen While Recording)

I got a new headset today that features two 3.5mm audio jacks: one for the headphones, the other for included boom microphone. However, when plugging in said device and using it with the headphones on, I find it rather difficult to use VoIP applications (like Teamspeak) when I can’t hear my own voice. What’s needed is a microphone loopback, so I can hear myself through the headphones while I’m talking. Here’s how.

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Adventures in Administration: USB Extension Cables over Cat5e Ethernet

While working as an admin you come across some unusual requests. We have a conference room at work where we’ve been requested to have a fixed-position USB webcam, but they want to locate the usb cable approx 25+ feet away. They’ve also requested not to have a lot of running cables in the room, so this means also hiding the cables away in the wall. This would also mean some kind of adapter/extension cable. Looking around online, you can buy USB extension cables (some powered), that run 50-ish feet, but they’re usually in the $40+ range. I’m cheap, so I wanted a viable alternative.

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Stop Online Censorship Before It Begins.

Via FightForTheFuture.org: Want a window into the minds of our opponents?  Former Senator Chris Dodd — head of the Motion Picture Association of America — says that China censors its Internet, so we can too: “When the Chinese told Google …

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No Timezone Redirection for Non-Windows RDP Clients?

As I previously mentioned, we’re rolling out some Fedora-based thinclient-like devices in our warehouse that boot up, connect to wireless, and then immediately start a full-screen FreeRDP session to our 2003 R2 terminal server, which is situated on the GMT timezone, with the “Allow timezone redirection” Group Policy option set. We run an (Windows-based) application on there that is central to the manufacturing process, that also relies on access to correct timestamp information, which is must pull for multiple timezones based on the host client that is connecting. That’s where the issue is.

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Free Google Plus Invites (Seriously)

This has probably been beaten to death around the web already, and just about everyone and their brother is already on there, but I keep hearing on podcasts and the like that invites are still hard to come by. Seriously? …

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