Tag Archives: IT

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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Windows 8 Developer Preview – First Impressions

I don’t think this site could be considered Windows-centric by any means. The majority of articles I post tend to lean heavy on Linux with a smidgen of Mac OS X thrown in for good measure to stir the pot. However, I …

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OS X Lion Upgrade – Slow Terminal Login

I recently upgraded my work laptop to OSX 10.7 (Lion) and I found that suddenly my Terminal.app was extremely slow to run each instance of /usr/bin/login. Painfully slow if you do any amount of work on the command-line. It didn’t matter if it was opening the app the first time, or just a new tab within an existing window.

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No Java Runtime by Default in OSX Lion

I upgraded my work mack to OSX 10.7 Lion today, and, to my surprise, there was no Java runtime installed. When I went to launch the .jnlp from our KVM device, it alerted me that there wasn’t one installed and, if I wanted, it would find and download one for me.

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