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  • Offline music

    As crazy as it may sound, I have CDs, I still buy them and, above all, I love listening to them <3

    At home we don’t subscribe to online music services, and while I still listen to the radio a lot, I still love & always enjoy my favorite albums.

    So I don’t have a portable CD player, and I also really want to be able to listen to my music from my smartphone, but without being subscribed to any streaming service. So I opted for a very manual, home-made solution, which works great!

    Play CDs

    Basically, you need a CD player to extract the music, and I’ve got an old Apple USB CD/DVD player that still works just fine! I plugged it into my SteamDeck, and searched the web to find out how to wake up the beast and make it swallow a CD.

    I’m keeping this information carefully – I couldn’t have done it myself without the help of the Internet!

    First of all, I create a text file somewhere, which I named 60-apple-superdrive.rules, into which I copy and paste the following lines:

    # Apple's USB SuperDrive
    ACTION=="add", ATTRS{idProduct}=="1500", ATTRS{idVendor}=="05ac", DRIVERS=="usb", RUN+="/usr/bin/sg_raw /dev/$kernel EA 00 00 00 00 00 01

    Then you need to go through a few command lines to :

    • disable readonly on steamOS
    • copy the file to the right place so that it is taken into account by the system next time
    • install the sg3_utils package
    • trigger the tool
    • hot-activate the device
    • before re-enabling read-only on steamOS
    sudo steamos-readonly disable
    sudo cp 60-apple-superdrive.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/
    sudo pacman -Sy sg3_utils
    sudo udevadm trigger
    sudo sg_raw /dev/sr0 EA 00 00 00 00 00 01
    sudo steamos-readonly enable

    And now, thanks to the magic of Linux, Apple’s disk eater is going to wake up and swallow some CDs!

    Extract audio tracks

    To do this, you need an application capable of extracting tracks from a CD, automatically finding information on the Internet to name the files, and compressing everything into the desired format! I chose to entrust this mission to Asunder and compress my tracks in FLAC format. Obviously, the storage folder is that of my personal Nextcloud.

    Screenshot of Asunder

    Enjoy music

    And finally, all you have to do is enjoy the sound! Any application capable of playing audio files will do. I haven’t yet found the « perfect » application for my Smartphone, and I’m still testing several, but for my SteamDeck it’s already been found: Lollypop.

    Screenshot of Lollypop

  • Less is better

    As I wrote in a previous blog post, I’m very keen to free up some time to move forward with my « springbok.social » project, in parallel with the permaculture activities my partner and I are carrying out at home.

    So, I’m going to decommission g33ks.coffee <3 to reclaim its resources and my time that I was devoting to its administration.

    Then I negotiated with my employer to get a part-time job. From July 1, I’ll be working only 80%, i.e. 4 days a week.

    This gives me 1 extra day to devote fully to my personal projects. I’d already been able to experiment with this format with my previous employer, and I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. There’s no doubt about it, in my job I’ll be more motivated and I’ll be more efficient in my tasks and in the value I can bring. I’m also taking advantage of the opportunity I’ve been offered to become Lead of the team I’m working with, which ultimately means I’ll be working at 80% but keeping 92% of my current salary.

    On the other hand, I’ll also have more time to experiment, learn and discover new things, whether it’s around my springbok project and the Rust language; or on the cultivation of our agricultural plot; or anything else that will make me feel better on a daily basis at all levels.

    By the way, my partner has also obtained the same flexibility from his employer: he’ll be working at 80% from January 1 for 85% of his current salary. We’ve chosen to take Fridays off, so the 2 of us will be free to organize our 3-day weekend to enjoy our adventures together <3