Posts Tagged ‘toronto’

TV Bracket Installation/AppleTV Paolo in Toronto

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Anthony & Michael’s approach at every stage was thoughtful and thorough. They both demonstrated a solid knowledge, and have incredible resolve and insight to see the work through to its conclusion without comprising the quality of their work or being swayed by irrelevancies. They were punctual, reliable, conscientious, and hard working and offer nothing but expert sound advice, solutions and high quality workmanship at an incredibly competitive price. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Audio Amigos to anyone. Thank you Anthony & Michael.

XBMC auto updater from SABnzbd :)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Well, The release of the Beta2 of eden has started a whole mess of work as far as customizing and building libraries… Newer awesome skins (trying refocus out right now.. amazing!). Library stored on a central mySQL server, instead of locally on every device!! (Build one library, and any xbmc install on the network can share the library).

For now, Ill share a simple little addition to your SABnzbd server, that automatically updates your xbmc library when a download is completed or Start 3 downloads, tag the last one to update xbmc 🙂

(tested with eden beta2, and linux)

step 1: under sab config —> folders create a scripts folder (if you haven’t already)

step 2: in said scripts folder, add this text, modify it to match your web server settings. I don’t use login or pw, no idea if they work but I’m sure you could add (xbmc:xbmc@http://localhost:8080/jsonrpc) if you have one. Save it and make it executable (chmod +x) or (chmod 777).


wget -q -O/dev/null –header=’Content-Type: application/json’ –post-data='{“jsonrpc”: “2.0”, “method”: “VideoLibrary.Scan”}’ http://localhost:8080/jsonrpc

step 3: download something and pick the script, mine works 😉 .. sab will give you a good error log if doesn’t…

**make sure your categories work!!


XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta available now!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It took a bit longer than expected due to a few bumps in the road, but we are excited to present the first preview release of what we consider to be the best version of the best home theater software out there.Ladies and Gentlemen, XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta 1 is available to download.The sheer number of new features, platforms, and improvements to nearly every facet of the XBMC experience found within Eden are nearly too numerous to count.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, 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, and much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.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 like the HDMI-CEC Adapter. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.We are also in the process of drastically altering XBMC Live to make it more like a full “Buntu” version of XBMC with massive changes to the boot and install process. That alteration is not quite ready for prime time and, thus, is not available at this time, but our devs are working on it round the clock. Keep an eye out for a more in-depth article on this in the next week or so. The XBMC Linux PPA is also not immediately available, but check back a few days after Christmas. It should be online at that time.Because this is Beta software, you can likely expect minor issues over the course of the next few weeks. For example, you may discover issues with playing movie trailers that may require a manual install of the Youtube addon. If, after asking in the forum and updating to the most recently available Beta, your issue is not solved, feel free to follow the above link to the Trac service and create a ticket with the issue.  As always, when troubleshooting, providing a debug log will be essential to resolving issues.And with that, we invite users one and all to backup your userdata folder which is always a good ideaalso, iOS users, you should follow this link for info on your slightly different backup process, and get to downloading! Downloads may be found here.

via XBMC.

full article from xbmc’s blog @

Arch-linux. media/file server rebuild/overclock/tweak :)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

If you follow along, I’ve been messing around with my server and xbmc setup.. Did a good cleaning, processor upgrade to the qx6850, then went back to my q6600 as it could clock equally as high, at about 20 degrees cooler! That is with a new NOCTUA heatsink and fan combo, them germans always seem to get it right… with mechanical things :/ 3.6 Ghz (9×400 mhz). VCORE- 1.3875V, All this on an Asus P5k-V motherboard, with 4GB of ram running at 2.1V, 800 mhz, 5-5-5-15. Did a little colouring with a pencil to help a vdrop and vdroop problem I was facing, It surprisingly did WONDERS! But still not perfect. This is where quality makes the difference! Bios set at 1.3875, lm-sensors measures it as 1.34. ah well.

Completely reinstalled my OS (arch-linux) That’s been an ongoing process.. takes (me) a while to re-setup a server the way you were used to (or better ! ) and through it all into a fancy lian-li case 🙂 (sooo coool!)

All this for a VERY maginal improvement, but stable, cool, and CLEANER than ever! should be a solid more 3 years out of her.

coretemp-isa-0000 Adapter: ISA adapter

Core 0: +40.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 1: +38.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 2: +35.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)

Core 3: +39.0°C (high = +84.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)


Adapter: ACPI interface

Vcore Voltage: +1.34 V (min = +0.85 V, max = +1.60 V)

+3.3 Voltage: +3.26 V (min = +2.97 V, max = +3.63 V)

+5 Voltage: +5.02 V (min = +4.50 V, max = +5.50 V)

+12 Voltage: +12.04 V (min = +10.20 V, max = +13.80 V)

CPU FAN Speed: 1339 RPM (min = 600 RPM)

CHASSIS1 FAN Speed: 2481 RPM (min = 600 RPM)

CPU Temperature: +46.0°C (high = +60.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)

MB Temperature: +43.0°C (high = +45.0°C, crit = +95.0°C)

Thats under normal load running 2 X sessions (both running gnome3 and gnome-shell, compiz) one running xbmc too. It’s also rather warm in the room right now (24 degrees) things are usually a little cooler running.

1 [||| 3.3%] Tasks: 121, 222 thr; 1 running

2 [||| 2.6%] Load average: 0.05 0.08 0.07

3 [| 0.7%] Uptime: 1 day, 20:00:45

4 [| 1.3%]

Mem[||||||||||||||||| 1032/3966MB]

Swp[ 0/0MB]

no swap space on this install! Trying it out, I dont really have anywhere for swap anyways, and I figure I dont do too much memory intensive. and 4GB should be plenty, if not, im screwed as DDR2 is a freaking fortune??

Hanging a 37″ sharp over a fireplace

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here we are, hanging a 37″ sharp aquous above a fireplace. There was no power or cable above said fireplace, but never a problem if you’re willing to patch and paint! 2 hours to fish the wires, hang the tv, and shelf!