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February 17, 2013

Thermos.sh v3.1a

Just a quick update before I head to bed. Thermos.sh v3.1a is available for download. With my new computer now up and running (of which there will be pictures of that soon), some improvements were made to the gawk code. So if your sensors program returns two virtual devices and four core temperatures, script now supports multi-core devices. I forgot to include the Physical ID device temperature in v3.0a, so I uploaded v3.1a.

I've got quite a bit of stuff to do including some volunteering with a couple of local organziations. Rest asure, I'll be doing a lot of stuff this year.

In the meantime, if you use Last.FM and are using Ubuntu or Debian, why not check out Last.FM's new scrobbler software for Linux. I've been using it for the past week and it is fantastic! It's got a couple of bugs going on with it like you can't open it using any of the GUI icons, but if you type into the console lastfm-scrobler & (include the ampersand so that it runs in the background), it works great. The other bug it has is that it doesn't seem to recognize my paid subscription, so if you skip ten songs on a station, you won't be able to skip anymore songs for another ten minutes. Fortunately, all you need to do is change stations to get a new set of ten skips immediately and change back to the other station. This is great, because for some reason, if you listen to just a couple of comedy albums on your personal station, Last.FM will pick out nothing but comedy tracks, most from a lot of comedians that aren't as funny.

As much as I like the late Mitch Hedberg, Last.FM can't seem to find Richard Jeni, Chris Rock, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, or a young Eddie Murphy. But it will find all sorts of other crappy comedians to play so that it doesn't play any of the industrial music that I tend to like way more than comedy tracks.

I'd move towards Spotify if it didn't try to coherse you into listening to mainstream music and if it didn't cost $9.99/month compared to the $9 I spend every three months for Last.FM. But it is good to see the Last.FM folks engage in software development. Perhaps when they are done with this project they can improve upon the random track finder. I think the problem with the one they have is that they don't use a seeded random number generator. C++ programmers should know what I'm talking about.

That's all the news there is to fit for the moment. More later.

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