I was very excited to see that the OpenELEC team had released version 4.0, based on XBMC Gotham. I read a lot before attempting an upgrade, and I still had huge problems with the upgrade from OpenELEC 3.2.Continue reading OpenELEC 4 upgrade woes
qooxtunes, the webinterface addon for XBMC, is now in version 1.1. Read on to learn more about the new features.Continue reading qooxtunes 1.1
I recently put together an XBMC system to replace an aging Apple TV (first gen). It was my interest in the Raspberry Pi that brought me to the idea of using XBMC, although ultimately, I did not end up going with a Raspberry Pi based system (I use one for other things around the house, but not the home theater).
I thought I’d share some of the decisions I made so others could benefit.Continue reading XBMC: hardware selection
qooxtunes is a webinterface addon for XBMC. It leverages the powerful qooxdoo framework to present the user with a RIA interface that emulates some of the best features of iTunes for library management. It currently only supports music, but it could be extended to handle video and photos.Continue reading qooxtunes
I love the fact that my Airport Extreme can serve as a “poor-man’s NAS” by making USB drives available as Samba shares. But when I wanted to back up one drive to another, I ran into terrible problems. Here’s how I solved these problems.Continue reading Backing up USB-connected drives on an Airport Extreme
When I first added our Apple TV to our Logitech Harmony remote, I included our LCD TV in the device list for the Apple TV activity. Most of the time, we use the Apple TV for music, not for video, and we often use the Remote application on ipod and iphone. So we don’t really need the TV on — but sometimes we do. How could we get “TV On” and “TV Off” buttons added to the soft buttons on the remote?Continue reading Logitech Harmony and the Apple TV
Continue reading Update on Dish DVRs
It’s rare that you do something purely in a software space that renders hardware irreversibly damaged. But somehow I managed to do it with my Philips digital photo frame. 🙁Continue reading Killing a Philips photo frame
I recently did a reorganization of our photo library (approximately 30,000 photos). We had previously been using a centralized desktop computer to store our photos, which we would access via Windows laptops. The desktop bit the dust recently, so I moved the library to a pair of external USB drives, which we connect directly to the laptops (eventually, I hope to move to an inexpensive, low-power NAS solution).
A problem we ran into is that Picasa, our photo management software of choice, isn’t really meant to operate in such a shared environment. Let me detail some of the problems we ran into because of this.Continue reading Advanced photo management issues in Picasa
Continue reading Trouble syncing iTunes and Apple TV