Accessing shared music from Fedora on iTunes

At work, I have my music collection on my Fedora desktop. At times I’ve wanted to access this library on my Mac Book Air but have been unable to do so given they are on two separate subnets (and DAAP is a broadcast protocol). The solution was Network Beacon.

In short:

  1. Ensure your DAAP server is accessible. For Rythmbox, enable/configure the DAAP Music Sharing plugin (be sure to click the ‘Share my music’ checkbox for the plugin).
  2. Make sure port 3689 is open on your Linux firewall if necessary.
  3. On the Mac, download and install Network Beacon and configure a new beacon thusly:
    1. Beacon Enabled: Yes
    2. Service Name: [string of your choice]
    3. Service Type: _daap._tcp
    4. Port Number: 3689
    5. Enable Host Proxy: Yes
    6. Host Name: [full hostname]
    7. IP Address: [duh]
  4. Now you should be able to open iTunes and see the DAAP share appear in the SHARED section. Note that Network Beacon must remain running for iTunes to see the remote share.

Note that if the machines were on the same subnet you should be able to skip Network Beacon entirely and just enable the DAAP Music Sharing and punch the hole through the Linux firewall.

cygwin does not like UNC paths in %PATH%

For the past few days I’ve been troubleshooting agonizingly slow SSH login performance into cygwinized Windows Server 2008r2 clients. And when I say slow, I mean 1+ minutes to bring up a prompt.

I finally narrowed the problem down to the machines having UNC paths in the system’s %PATH% environment variable (and thus inherited by the cygwin environment). Despite the UNCs being valid and accessible, cygwin was not happy about having them present. Removing them from the system %PATH% and bouncing the CYGWIN sshd service reduce the login times down to a more modest 3-4 seconds.

I’m unsure if this is isolated to the version of cygwin being used, Windows Server 2008r2’s interaction with UNC paths, or some combination thereof but the solution was simple once I figured it out.

Pea-Pickin’ Cake

The story goes that my great-grandmother, Grandma Timian, use to make this on hot summer days when folks were out in the fields. I’ve no clue if that’s true or not, but the cake is refreshing and delicious on hot days!

Pea-Pickin’ Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 11 oz can mandarine oranges & juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Bake in 3 layers at about 330 degrees for 20 minutes — do not overcook.
  3. Cool completely before icing.


  • large box instance vanilla pudding
  • 16 oz can crushed pineapple & juice
  • large carton cool whip
  1. In mixer, combine pudding mix, pineapple.
  2. Add cool whip and mix well.
  3. Use icing to layer between the 3 cake layers, on top, and the sides. Be forewarned — it’s going to get messy! Cake must be refrigerated.