Posts Tagged ‘linux’

Raspberry Pi… ummmm apple TV, move over!!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

What’s a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.

READ MORE : FAQs | Raspberry Pi.

**from the xbmc wiki: XBMC can be compiled now to run on Raspberry Pi, but no stable binary is has been released yet from Team XBMC

XBMC Awww shiiiiiiiiiiitttt. EDEN (v.11) is finally stable!!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012


It’s been over a year in the works and today we are excited to announce that XBMC 11.0 is finally ready and available for download. You can find XBMC 11.0 here.

XBMC 11.0 Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin), massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, movie set scraping, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service with geoip lookup, and much, much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.

The new Confluence
In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices. We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.

Beyond XBMC 11 for Windows, Linux, OSX, and iOS, we are also happy to announce XBMCbuntu Final.

XBMCbuntu is very similar to past versions of XBMC Live. By default, the user boots directly into XBMC, and if he/she chooses, he or she will never see the underlying OS. However, unlike Live, XBMCbuntu is now built upon a full LXDE desktop environment, which has a web browser (Chromium) with a fully updated (and updatable) version of Flash built-in and a GUI package manager ready to install and update all of the normal Ubuntu programs a typical Linux user might use. The user may now toggle between XBMC, which auto-starts, and a normal desktop if he or she chooses. And, perhaps most exciting for many users, XBMC will now be upgradeable, both from command line and from the GUI package manager, without fear of crashing the XBMC experience.

Naturally, those users who do not want to see the desktop will never need to. When you boot your computer, you will be booted directly into the XBMC homescreen, just as you are right now. The only clear difference is the new power underneath the hood. Those users who have already installed the Beta version of XBMCbuntu can upgrade to final using the apt-get upgrade commands.

There are truly an incredible number of updates and improvements between Dharma and Eden. But don’t take our word for it. Download XBMC 11.0 Eden now.

OK.. now, THIS is a computer!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

I’ve seen some nicely built systems before, Hell, I’ve built some pretty sweet systems before… but this guy! he goes allll out! AMAZING..

Only disappointment is the OS 🙁


Thats no mac!

Cooler Master Forum • View topic – Scratch Build : L3p D3sk – FINISHED ! High Res pics.

Air play

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

All I have to say for now is wow!

Apple has outdone themselves once again with AirPlay, were already setting up some cool systems for very low cost with some apple tvs and airport expresses! A few friends and I even have our Linux machines receiving AirPlay audio and video! And there are already plugins for xbmc!

I can only imagine the amount of little docks, and amps/receivers that will be AirPlay receivers!! Not too mention it sure does make iTunes/remote combo pretty powerful. Play music from any computer to anywhere in the house you have an AirPlay receiver! All from your iphone or itouch!

On top of it all, with airvideo, the ability to stream ANY video from my server, over 3G or wifi, and stream to a friends/customers tv, is truly amazing!!

Give us a call for some cool system improvements that won’t break the bank! More to come soon!

Batch photo editing, The Linux way

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

I had a folder of *.CR2 files (raw image files from a canon camera) as my camera gives me the option to shoot in raw, jpeg or both simultaneously. No need to capture both anymore and waste precious space on your memory card with this little trick.

First things first you need DCRAW (for me a simple yaourt -S DCRAW), check your distributions package manager

Then navigate to the folder where your raw images are.

for i in *.CR2; do dcraw -c -a -w -v   $i | cjpeg -quality 100 > $i.jpg; done;

that will take every *.CR2 file in the directory, make a full quality *.jpg copy, ready for the web, media programs and more!


Temperature Graphing!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I’ve been working on a neat little project using Dallas Semiconductor DS18S20 temperature sensors, to monitor select areas in my home, and graph the temps as the day goes on. The graphing is done by a SUPER powerful program called RRDTOOL.  The second phase of this project is taking the average readings over a 3-5 minute period and controlling heating or cooling devices in the general vicinity to achieve a more stable temperature. In other words its a very fancy thermostat 🙂

The very last phase will be jamming all this hardware into a little network device, programming some firmware/software and some vigorous testing. After that, we’ll be ready to sell and install these devices for anyone looking to take control of temperature (and humidity).


Keep checking in for updates, or feel free to email me ( for more info or if you can lend a technical helping hand 🙂 In the meantime,  here is one of the graphs. It is all 20 sensors, mashed onto one graph, this is good to see how certain changes in temperature affect certain areas in your home.

Here is a graph of the last week
 Here is a graph of the last day

Hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma with articulation and floating shelves

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are hanging a 54″ panasonic plasma on a double arm articulating bracket, with 3 floating shelves underneath. 2 hours all is said and done with minor remote programming, and a temporary DVD hook up, until a blu-Ray player is purchased.

View PATH variable

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

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