Sunday, July 23, 2006

Fix audio output selection in Mac OS X 10.4.x

Okay so thank god I have finally got to the bottom of why flash player, real player and many other apps ignore the default sound output setting and try to select my bluetooth headset. 

The fix is here and here

If an app in in Mac OS requests a sound device but the audio resolution is too high (like 96kHz) instead of changing the resolution of the channel or upsampling the sound or reporting some kind of useful error to the user it simply doesn't play sound or in my unusual case it selects the next sound device.

This was a hard to find fix because most people reported it as sound not playing at all because they only had one output device.

Thanks for nothing Apple ;) hope this is on your lepoard TODO list. Oh yeah thanks to every company that didn't even acknowledge my bug report. Even an automated email saying "we have recieved your report and ignored it" would have been better.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

How to peel cooked potato skin in one shot.

finally the internet is useful. It's odd that I would move to Japan and then only watch Japanese TV on the internet ;). Oh well life's funny like that.

Soldering Videos

Thought I'd finally upload my soldering videos to help anyone learning to solder... (perhaps its an example what not to do ;) )