TheTVDB Set Up a Fully Automated, Torrent-Seeding Media Center SExpand @macrumpton: Click the image for the full size to see what I'm talking about. Here's a side-by-side shot of Miro and MPC, both playing the same frame of "Pioneer One" S01E01 720p (h264) mkv file. Notice the difference in quality. XBMC and Boxee are comparable to MPC, I just used that for a quick screen shot (not full screen by default). Even if you don't want to go the media center route, and are content with Miro for downloading, I highly suggest you get a good graphics card (if you need one) and a separate program to decode and play back the files. Miro is not comparable to a true Media Center by any stretch of the imagination. Things Miro is lacking: • Good support for remotes and internet/eventserver based control for phones. • Proper databasing (sort by name, aired date, release date, actor, genre, MPAA/TV rating, duration...) • Auto-discovery of missing supplemental media (Fanart, screen caps, cover art, subtitles and lyrics etc.) • Boot as an OS for HTPCs • Media flagging
How to Make the Most Out of Limited Screen Space (and Even Work Better) I have to agree fully, especially for those who are scared of trying - give it a shot, it actually helps. Actively managing your workspace as opposed to just throwing more real estate at it is a terrific way to really find good ways to get things done. Like you, Adam, I was a multi-monitor addict. So I switched at work to a single 24, and found my productivity jump. Another tip I found - I do most of my email on my iPad. Great post, Adam. Now with a 1920x1080+ panel it's really hard NOT to actively manage your display.
Give an Old Laptop New Life with Cheap (or Free) Projects SExpand Click to viewLike a famed race horse or a classic book, you don't just throw away a laptop because it's banged up a little. Even if it seems outdated and underpowered, most any laptop is still small, quiet, and relatively low on power consumption, making it a seriously valuable spare to keep handy—even without a working screen. Create a no-monitor, low-power spare systemP So everything on your laptop runs just fine—except the screen, the most important (and expensive) part. Convert it to a home serverP The idea of a "server" usually conjures images of rack-mounted, temperature-controlled boxes, or at least a desktop system, but a laptop's power-scaling abilities, small size, and built-in screen can actually make for a quietly-great unit. Make a better digital photo frameP Make it fly again with lightweight LinuxP If you're shelfing your trusty road warrior mostly because it just runs ... so ... slow, consider that it's not always the laptop's fault. Extend your wireless coverageP
EZTV - TV Torrents Online Home automation server with router Install the Linux based OpenWRT firmware on the router. The TL-WR741ND instructions can be found here: If you are stuck, start here: After you have a working SSH connection you can proceed. Because of the router (by default) runs the web admin page on the port 80, we need to add a secondary port to serve our custom web site. Download WinSCP, to simply do this through SSH. Set up a new connection: Host name: normally 192.168.1.1 (by default) Port: 22 User name: root Password: what you gave after installation File protocol: SCP Find this file: /etc/config/uhttpd Copy the following into it: config 'uhttpd' 'secondary' option 'listen_http' '81' option 'home' '/HomeAutomation/www' option 'cgi_prefix' '/cgi-bin' option 'script_timeout' '60' option 'network_timeout' '30' And save it.
Most Popular DIY Projects of 2011 2011 proved to be a great year for all things DIY, from repurposed and updated technology to computer building to cool things you can make for your own enjoyment. Here's a look at our most popular do-it-yourself projects and posts this year. P Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Retired Gadgetry into the Technology of the FutureP With the rapid progression of technology each year, it's easy to accumulate a pile of obsolete gadgets that you just can't bear to get rid of. Top 10 Space-Saving Household ProjectsP Whether you live in a tiny apartment or just have too much stuff, there's likely a lot of space you aren't using, like your walls, your ceilings, or the nooks and crannies in your furniture. How to Build a Hackintosh Mini for a Less Expensive, Faster MacP We've shown you how to build a Hackintosh with enough power to rival a Mac Pro, but for those of you who want a still powerful Mac on a budget you can build a Hack Mini. Turn Photo Negatives Into Artsy, Personalized LampsP There you have it.
5 Sites To Learn How To Repair Your Own Computer Here on MakeUseOf, we’ve shared DIY stuff before (5 awesome DIY sites, ThomasNet ““ An Awesome Repository Of Technical Information for DIY Men, 3 Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home). The purpose of this article is to share 5 pages that help more specifically with how to learn computer repair. Have you ever had a problem with your computer and gotten a quote from one of those box stores? If there was any possibility to do some of those PC repairs on your own, and therefore save a few buck, is that something you’d learn how to do? (1) Fixing My Computer… 100% free step-by-step guide If you can get by the pink, blue, and green pastel colors, this site can be a real great resource in you journey to DIY computer repair proficiency. (2) Yahoo Answers Community – Computers & Internet I know, there are many communities out there on the internet that are ready and willing to give answers to your questions for nothing more than a few kudos. (3) LaptopMag.com – 11 Ways to Fix Your Laptop
TagScanner Bluetooth SNES Controller for Android So this is my first instructable... A little over a year ago I was working on my ECE senior design project, which was a bluetooth SNES controller for Android. Shortly after completing the project, I posted a working video on Youtube. Since then I have received quite a few requests for more info or even a tutorial on how to make one. I figured I had put it off long enough, and now I finally got a video together. I apologize in advance for the sub-par production value (I'm no Ben Heck), it was literally my first exposure to iMovie, and I'm sure it shows. Here is the source code for the Arduino, along with my Easymote app from the tutorial (you won't find it on the market) Arduino source: Easymote apk: Here is a video showing my battery operated controller along with playing some Donkey Kong and Zelda on my Touchpad, unfortunately my rechargeable controller was built for a contract and I no longer have it:
CRTC rejects Bell usage-based internet billing plan - Politics Small companies selling internet services will likely be paying for download speed under a decision announced by Canada’s telecommunications regulator. The companies, which buy their internet services from larger established providers such as Rogers and Bell, were fighting an application to the CRTC by Bell to charge more to wholesale customers. The CRTC's decision, announced Tuesday, gives established providers two options for charging independent internet service providers — a flat rate or a rate based on capacity and the number of users. Bell had asked to be able to charge based on the total volume of internet data used by its wholesale customers. The regulator rejected that model. The capacity rate model charges based on the speed of the service — meaning the small ISPs will be paying for the size of the pipe, not the amount of data that flows through the pipe. Clement 'was right' "Our original decision was clearly not the best one. "It's not going to fix the broken telecom system.