Change Default Windows Audio Device via Command Line

I just had to share this!

I use 3 different audio devices (Speakers, Stereo Headset and a 7.1 Headset) for various different applications. While Windows is now relatively smart about how it sets the default device when detected, it still requires removing / adding the device.

I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if I could just create a script that I could execute before running certain applications that would allow me to set the audio device automatically. Most search results provided links to third party macro / hotkey applications which was not what I was looking for. Looking deeper I came across a gem of an application, AudioEndPointController by Dan Stevens.

This application lets you list the audio output devices attached to the computer and can also set the default output. Using shortcuts to call the executable, I can parse the audio device number of my choosing, and the default device flips, simple as that. Chrome plays well and any audio playing (Youtube etc) will immediately switch over. Firefox (for me) requires a restart.

I Googled for images of my headphones / speakers and converted them to .ico files so I could have graphical shortcuts on the start bar. I used http://www.convertico.com/ to convert them online. Works great!

Compulsory – yet tiny image:

Audio

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The Windows 7 Burger from Burger King

Went to Akihabara again today. Turns out they are still selling the Windows 7 burger. Initially they were only going to sell it for seven days.

The Windows 7 Whopper is basically a Whopper with seven pieces of meat. It wasn’t much of a challenge for me, as I have no problem with my usual order of a Double Whopper and two Double BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers. Surprisingly however, there were at least three other Japanese people eating the burger. One small girl had eaten about a quarter, and seemed to be writing about it in her notebook.
The other two had divided it into two and were eating it with a knife and fork.

Other than the fact that it is the Windows 7 Whopper with seven pieces of meat, there is nothing special about this burger.

Forgive me for the quality of the video. My wife does not know how to set the video quality on her phone.

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OSX Tiger on HP DV1610TN

I have spent over two days playing around with OSX and managed to get it running on an external USB2 drive connected to my new laptop. Tiger is so much prettier than windows, but alas, as it wasn’t made for wintel machines not everything works. I did manage to get the on board sound, video, on board network and most things working. What do not work are the Intel Wireless, DVD Video, Microphone and on board Camera. I’m not complaining tho, it’s a great operating system. For those of who might be interested in doing the same, head over to osx86project (Google it) and have a look. 3 Months to go until I leave for Japan and I have yet to organize anything yet :) . I will probably get around to contacting IRD regarding tax etc sometime next month after I find out where I will be working. Also as I have yet to hear back from jet about where I will be working, I haven’t been able to sort out my visa. All in due time.

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