Sunday, January 17, 2016

Network Mounts: Connect Shared Windows Folder in RuneAudio

You can configure RuneAudio to add various sources like Network Attached Storage (NAS), USB storage, and Spotify for music streaming. To stream music from PC with RuneAudio any room in your house, you can make a Sharing Folder for your local network.

Firstly, create a Shared Folder in Windows:
  1. Right click the folder you want to share and then Properties.
  2. Go to Sharing tab and click Share button.
  3. Click on the drop-down list, select Everyone and click Add button.
  4. Set Permission Level as Read for the group of Everyone and click Share button.
  5. Once done, you will see the Network Path of your shared folder.
  6. Turn off Password Protection by go to Network and Sharing Center, scroll to the bottom and expand All Networks, turn off password protected sharing and then click Save changes button.

You can now configure RuneAudio to mount the Windows Shared Folder in your PC,
  1. Open RuneAudio's RuneUI at runeaudio.local
  2. Go to Library > Network mounts
  3. Example of my NAS mounts settings as follows:
  4. Source name: Keyables (The name you want to give to this source. It will appear in your database tree structure)

    Fileshare protocol: SMB/CIFS

    IP address (Specify your NAS address): 192.168.1.XXX

    Remote directory: Keyables

    Guest access: On
  5. Click Save mount button.
  6. Done.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to install Remix OS and run Android on your PC

Remix OS is Android that offers multi-windows multitasking desktop environment, something you don't normally see on any Android devices. The best part is, it is free for download and can be installed in most of the PC.


Remix OS is based on the Android-x86 project. However, Remix OS makes the installation so simple compared to how I install Android-x86 in USB flash drive in few years ago. Remix OS for PC is currently in Alpha version still the OS looks solid and very promising. As long as you have 64-bit CPU and supports USB 3.0 flash drive (writing speed of 20MB/s), it will run smoothly on your PC.

Here's the steps how to install Remix OS:
  1. Download Remix OS for PC here and extract the file.
  2. Insert a USB flash drive to your PC.
  3. Open Remix OS USB Tool and click Browse button to choose the Remix OS's .iso file.
  4. Make sure USB Disk has targeted the correct USB flash drive. Click OK to start the installation.
  5. After the installation has completed, click Reboot Now.
  6. Press F12 during the booting process (power-on startup).
  7. Select your USB flash drive to boot Remix OS.
  8. Choose Guest Mode or Resident Mode to start Remix OS. (Guest Mode doesn't save your data for next boot up; Resident Mode will save your data)
  9. Choose Remix OS language.
  10. Click Agree.
  11. Connect to Wifi.
  12. Done.

Overall, I like the clean design of the Remix OS. The Remix OS user interface is less likely an Android smartphone, instead it is more on a true Android PC and that is whole point why Android-x86 project exists.

Anyone who doesn't have PC supports USB 3.0 flash drive like me, you may still try out the Remix OS with USB 2.0 flash drive. Remix OS will still run smoothly in Guest Mode in USB 2.0 flash drive. The OS only become sluggish in Resident Mode because of slow USB writing speed. Patient is needed during the one-time installation in Resident Mode especially when in the middle of installation message showing "Initialize Data Partition, please be patient...".

Now some screenshots of the Remix OS 2.0.










Sunday, January 10, 2016

Configure Spotify in Raspberry Pi RuneAudio

RuneAudio, the headless music player turns Raspberry Pi computer into a Spotify server with Music Player Daemon (MPD) control. It works pretty much everything like the Spotify player even though its Spotify client is still experimental in version 0.3-beta. So you can view the song title, artist,album artwork, and control playback of Spotify track in the RuneUI web interface.


The configuration of Spotify player in RuneAudio is very simple however you must have a Spotify Premium account. That is a requirement by Spotify for allowing music streaming on other devices.

Configuration:
  1. Enter address http://runeaudio.local in web browser to access RuneUI.
  2. Go to Menu > Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Features management.
  4. Turn On Spotify features. Insert Spotify username and password. Click Apply Settings button. You should see a notification shows the Spotify player has been configured in RuneUI.

Start Spotify player:
  1. Go to Library > Spotify.
  2. Select Spotify in the Playback source.
  3. You will see all your Spotify playlists. Add them to Queue and play.
  4. Done. Enjoy the tracks.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Pixite's Union photo app is free via Apple Store app

Apple is giving away free copies of Pixite's Union iOS photo app, which retails for USD $ 1.99. It is an elegant image blending tool that lets you create superimposed, silhouetted, and double-exposed photos.

Pixite explains how the app works:
1. Load a background image, solid color, or transparent layer
2. Load a foreground image, solid color, or shape
3. Efficiently erase areas of the foreground image using Union’s palette of intuitive, user-friendly tools
4. Adjust the position and size of the foreground image to reach desired composition
5. Make color adjustments on the background and foreground so they blend seamlessly
6. Save your work in full resolution and share your work with friends

To grab your free copy,
  1. Open the Apple Store app, tap the Stores tab and scroll to the most bottom and then swipe to the right until you see the Union app icon page. Note: If there is no Union icon, go to the Account tab > Edit country to Australia. Now you should be able to find free Union app page.

  2. Tap on the Union app icon and tap "Download now for free" for free code.

Below is an example picture which I merge BB-8 droid from Star Wars into a scenery view of UTAR Kampar with just a few minutes of editing.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Unable to access RuneAudio via web browser? MultiAP Isolation could be the cause behind

In case your web browsers can't access the RuneUI via Wifi after finishing setup RuneAudio in Raspberry Pi 2, connect the wireless router and Raspberry Pi with LAN cable and enter http://runeaudio.local or IP address of RuneAudio (Wired connection). If RuneAudio is accessible via wired connection, you have to take a look at your wireless router's settings.

MultiAP Isolation could have blocked RuneAudio wireless connection
MultiAP Isolation or Access Point Isolation is a wireless router features that provides an additional layer of security for users of the hotspot by preventing connections between devices in the network. That says, keeping the devices in the network to be invisible to each other.

MultiAP Isolation is less important in home network unless you have a number of visitors that connect your network frequently.

How to disable MultiAP Isolation
For D-Link wireless router, go to Setup > Wireless > Wireless Basic > unchecked Enable MultiAP Isolation and then click Apply button.


The steps are more or less the same in other wireless router's Wifi settings. You may have to check the availability of this features on the wireless router user guide.