Nov 25 2015

News - NETGEAR Costumes Arlo

If I'm honest, my first impression wasn't kind to the idea of skins for an Arlo camera, but after thinking on it a bit I've really come around to the idea. One of the drawbacks to the device is that you can have any color you want, as long as it's shiny and white - this changes that. Whether you want a bit more discression, contrast, or just want a nice costume for your camera Smile. Although, I am disappointed that there's no orange option.

Nov 25 2015

News - PSA: AMD Has Retired All Pre-GCN GPUs

If you've been holding on to an older pre-Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU, AMD has finally EOL'd driver support for these chips. It's a bit difficult to determine just from the name of the GPU which set have been put out to pasture due to AMD's bizarre moniker recycling scheme, but the gist of it is that if your card is more than three years old, you're out in the cold. AT has a bit more detail on the breakdown...

Nov 24 2015

News - Plex Media Optimizer

It's not a new idea, but for those with enough of space, it is a good one. Pre-transcoding takes the real-time burden off of your system, which can make a huge difference for slower systems.

Nov 23 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews ASUS OnHub

If you like seeing routers taken apart, you will love SNB's review of the ASUS OnHub. This is a typical performance focused review, but I would have like to see more details on the UX (e.g. screenshots) as, at least from my understanding, it's the main selling point versus standard OEM Wi-Fi routers.

Nov 23 2015

News - Verizon Enables Anywhere Streaming

Looks like the full feature set it available in your home, with a more selective set of channels and DVR'd content outside. Hmmm... I wonder if VPN counts as "in your home"?

Nov 23 2015

News - Ars Technica Reviews ASUS Chromebit

ASUS launched the Chromebit a few days ago, but this is the first review I've seen of the device.  No surprises as far as I can tell from the review. Have a look if this sort of portable computing piques your interest. If you do buy one, get the orange - everything looks better in orange Smile.

Nov 22 2015

News - Another Copy Once CableCARD Player Dips Toe In

Microsoft WMC is dead, done, dusted. But that doesn't mean that HTPC DVR users have to give up on CableCARD, SiliconDust is trying to build a solution, and now JRiver has started a Kickstarter campaign to see if there's demand for a second Copy Once capable solution.

It's day 27 of 30, and they're looking for $100K (which sounds about right) in funding. If you're looking for a modern solution from an agile company with a proven track record of delivering constant improvement in HTPC software this could be $20 well spent.

Nov 20 2015

News - Kodi 16 Beta 1 Released

Kodi has done a fantastic job of never staying still, but release 16 is looking like an especially changeful rev. With DX11, event logging, long press support, and slew of other features. Official betas are generally pretty stable, so I'll be doing the upgrade over the weekend.

Nov 20 2015

News - Get a UK Chromecast for £10

Even though the Chromecast isn't a great standalone media streamer, it certainly does a decent job for a standin. This is even more true when traveling, as long as you also pack a travel router. I wouldn't spend £30 on one of these, but for £30-£20 (Play credit) = £10 the price is just about right for what it does.

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Nov 19 2015

News - Developer Seeks Funding For SageTV Open Source Miniclient for Android

There was a time when SageTV ruled the earth. Of all the HTPC DVR client/server applications it was the most flexible, featured, and my personal favorite. Like all good things, it came to an end after Google bought the company and euthanized the consumer product. We thought it was the end, and it was, until the spirit of FOSS breathed new life into its dusty carcass. No one embraced this change like legendary SageTV community developer Sean Stuckless – who now needs your help to help fund development for an Android miniclient.

I could go on, but it’s probably best to hear it straight from Sean

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