At where I stay during my internship, I have a TV in my room.
So instead of buying a pair of stereo speakers, I bought a stereo–composite audio adapter, and plugged my MacBook into the TV.
However, the TV sounds terrible. Fortunately, you can build your own system-wide equalizer on Mac OS X, using Soundflower and AU Lab, both for free. It now sounds awesome.
But there’s still a problem.
I only plugged in the audio cable, so there’s no video. Therefore, the TV thinks that it is not in use and shuts itself down after 15 minutes, and I have to turn it back on every time.
This can be prevented by pressing a button on the remote. That resets the timer, so I have to press the button every 15 minutes.
But I usually forget and suddenly the sound stopped. How annoying.
With Ruby with me, I just fired up irb and…