Jun 03 2013

Blog - Ceton Echo vs Microsoft Xbox 360...A Blogger's Perspective

Since the Ceton Echo came out last November, there has been a lot of comparison and pricing justification to see if it is a better alternative than the Xbox360 or previous extenders. Through my experience with both in the last 4 months, I would like to give you my experience of the two from a consumer point of view. I myself already owned the Xbox 360 and it was O-K. I had a previous SageTV HD 200 extender and that was and still is the best extender I had ever used. My reasons for buying the Echo was to have a better user experience, to have a second extender and to have the possibility of Netflix and other streaming video apps in one device. Yes, their proposed future technology was an influence. If it worked well enough, I wanted to take my HTPC box, put it somewhere in the house that was out of sight and out of mind and have it all be ran by extenders. My set-up currently includes a gutted Acer computer sitting in an Nmedia box that has an AMD Athlon dual core 3.2 processor, 4 gigs DDR2 ram, Nvidia GT430, InfiniTV4 PCI, LG blu-ray/HD-DVD drive with a clean Windows 7 install 32 bit. Everything is wired directly to the LAN with CAT 5 or higher through a Verizon Fios Gigabite router using 50/25 gbps.

First off, my needs for a true media center extender involves TV tuner cards with DVR ability with the addition of being able to stream your movies, music, pictures and videos. Now, the reason that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the Xbox-360 was that it can be a bit sluggish. It did not play main stream media such as VIDEO_TS, MKV’s and other similar containers.  It wouldn’t fast forward or rewind unless it is in a Windows Media format and I would have to pay $60 a year for a Live Gold membership so that I can watch YouTube, Netflix or VUDU on it.

May 30 2013

Blog - Phoenix 2 for Sage TV Now Available!

While SageTV may have been acquired by Google, this has not put much of a damper on a very active user development community. New tools and plugins are still being released for SageTV all the time. The latest new release is Phoenix 2, a sleek, streamlined, and very responsive new user interface that takes advantage of the existing metadata and fan art features provided by the Phoenix APIs while still allowing the ability to build custom content libraries using your own filters.

Phoenix Landing Zone

Mar 07 2013

Blog - Quick Look at Standout Designs Haven 72" TV Stand

Over the holidays, my wife and I purchased our first home and one of the first things that we realized was that we would need a new tv stand because of the awkward location that our tv would be in. For quite a while, I have had my eye on Standout Designs. I just never had the exuse I needed to buy one of their stands until now. 

Yes - I know. I'm horrible at lighting a shot taken with my iPhone. I couldn't figure out how to get a good picture with light coming in behind the tv. I told you it was an awkward place to put it.

Over the holidays we ordered their free wood samples and found one that was the perfect match for our other furniture. Then it was a couple of week wait for the stand to arrive. 

Which it did. On a giant truck. I was very happy to have splurged on the lift gate shipping option. The tv stand is heavy. Very, very, heavy. This is why you hire movers kind of heavy. Helping lift it off a 55' trailer would have been a bit much. If you have stairs, you will definitely want the white glove option.

Unpacking went smoothly. Everything was in great shape. Here's a picture of the stand from the back.

You can see the nice large fans. They spin extremely slowly so that you can't hear them and do a nice job of venting heat from the stand. There's a temperture sensor built in so that you can have them auto on/off or just switch them to on/off all the time.

Jan 03 2013

Blog - DMZ + HSS CES Meetup

We'll have some boots on the ground at this CES 2013, if you'll be there too make sure to stop by the DMZ + HSS CES 2013 Meetup. I will be.

 We’ll be meeting in the Marriott Courtyard Bistro lounge at the Courtyard hotel immediately across the street from the convention center. If you’ve attended CES before, you know what a hassle it is to grab transportation once the show floor closes. So skip the mayhem and spend an hour or so with Dave McCabe, Josh, and Richard. We’ll be less than a 10 minute walk when you leave the convention center.


Dec 31 2012

Blog - 2012: Looking Backwards and Forward

Well, it's that time again, 2012 is almost completely behind us. As with every year, there is a lot that's happened in the home theater world, some good, some not so good. We'd like to take a moment to reflect upon everything that happened and narrow down some of our favorites--what did we love most, what disappointed us most, and for 2013 what are we looking forward to. Hope you enjoy!

2012 Things We Loved 
  • Ceton Echo & Ceton Companion
    4 Watts and a Media Center Extender that will actually be supported. Frequent updates continue to make the experience better & better.
    • "having a solid media center platform that wouldn't require me to run a dedicated HTPC and have to support it day in and day out."
    • "I love the ability to quickly scan for new show premieres and manage my Windows Media Center using the Ceton Companion wherever I am."
  • Cases, Cases, Cases
    It's been a great year for HTPC chassis, from tiny to huge, there has been passive low profile cases from Streacom and Wesena, and then Fractal Design and Lian Li have made some great larger cases to suit your needs. For the HTPC being dead, there sure are a lot of options to build your own!
  • Dish Hopper 
    It would take A LOT to get me to give up the convenience of CableCARD + HTPC, but the Hopper is a step in the right direction. Not only because it provides a decent amount of storage, but also because it's the first mainstream DVR solution that makes ads optional - something that we've enjoyed for years. Of course the studios objected, so litigation is pending, but it's nice to see some MSO validation for something so critical to how my family consumes TV.
  • Rasberry Pi
    This diminutive DIY computer has stirred up a ton of interest in the maker community and among hobbyist developers. The Raspberry Pi has been pressed into service for arcade cabinets, custom routers, and even a supercomputer, but one of the most exciting applications has been to turn the Raspberry Pi into an XBMC-based media streamers. The next version of XBMC will come with official Raspberry Pi support, and with projects such as Xbian, Raspmc, and OpenELEC all in development to provide a turnkey XBMC solution, a fully-capable XBMC streamer can be had for the price of a Roku.
  • Home Automation Products
    "Growth in affordable, simple and low-power home automation products that can be controlled from any computing or mobile device."


2012 Disappointment
Nov 10 2012

Blog - How-To: Setup Symlinks for your Parallels Virtuals

Hi all, I thought I would start a series of off-topic random blogs.  If you don't like off-topic content sorry, but feel free to ignore :).  I also apologize for typos, grammar, etc...these are quick 5 minute blogs.

A little background...lately I do the bulk of my development on a MacBook or MacMini. It offers the best of all worlds, at least in my humble opinion. Very stable hardware, a stable operating system, a good collection of free or cheap essential software (Adium, iTerm2, FreeRDP, HomebrewGrowl, Sublime Text 2) along with useful native applications like Mail. I digress, my essential software may be a different post.

I do the majority of my work using Sublime Text 2 (even in Windows using MSBUILD in lieu of VS.NET) and iTerm2 but I also need access to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Fedora 17 for different builds. While I have different build slaves running on my Hyper-V 2012 server I also use Parallels Desktop for Mac so I can be self contained. This is great but a few tweaks can really make it a powerful yet simple development environment, and that brings me to the point of this blog post.

Using symlinks, both in Windows and Linux, you can simplify management of common config files like .gitconfig, .ssh, .bash_profile, etc. Parallels does a lot of the work for you so we'll start with that. If you haven't already, install "Parallels Tools" on your virtual machines. You can do that from the Virtual Machine menu.

Parallels Tools

Aug 28 2012

Blog - ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 - Refresh Rate Issues

ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 Refresh Rate IssuesWe lauded ArcSoft when it added automatic refresh rate switching to a beta version of TotalMedia 5 as they moved us closer to the standalone player experience, and while the feature has been fleshed out significantly since then (it's optional now) there's one thing that they've never really gotten completely right with the implementation - the frequency selected for 24p content. I don't want to get too far into the weeds (those unfamiliar with 24p should start here) so we'll just stipulate that almost all Blu-ray sourced content, including 3D, is actually 23.976 frames per second (FPS) and players should therefore select 23Hz for proper output from a HTPC. The problem here is that in the original implementation ArcSoft made the newb [but completely understandable, having done it myself back in the day :)] mistake of tying 24p to 24Hz when selecting the refresh rate in the original implementation. Later realizing the mistake, an INI setting was introduced to correct the behavior, but unfortunately the engine doesn't universally respect the setting leaving 3D playback broken.

Jun 25 2012

Blog - Congratulations Jace & Rob Wright - Winners of the Ceton Father's Day Contest!

Congratulations go out to Rob Wright, winner of the Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB Tuner, and Jace, winner of the Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe tuner!! I'll be sending an e-mail to both of you to confirm shipping address. 

Thank you to all who participated! Hope everyone had as much fun with the responses as we did reading them!

Jun 15 2012

Blog - Contest - Win a Ceton InfiniTV4 USB Quad External Tuner


Two contests at once, has Missing Remote lost their minds?!?! Yep! But our loss of mental capacity is your gain!

For those of you that are still slacking, you still have time for the Father's Day sale from Ceton! In honor of Father's Day Ceton is currently running a save $30 when you buy two InfiniTV4 (USB or PCIe) over at Amazon.

Generously, they've provided us a USB external model to help you (or your dad) have an awesome way to celebrate paternity via a give away here at Missing Remote. Thanks Ceton!

Buy From Amazon


We have made some changes, so please READ all the rules.

Jun 11 2012

Blog - Contest - Win a Ceton InfiniTV4 PCIe



Ceton InfiniTV4 PCIe

In honor of Father's day Ceton is currently running a save $30 when you buy two InfiniTV4 (USB or PCIe) over at Amazon. Generously, they've provided us a PCIe model to help you (or your dad) have an awesome way to celebrate paternity via a give away here at Missing Remote. Thanks Ceton!

Buy From Amazon


We have made some changes, so please READ all the rules.

To change things up, we've also added several other methods to increase your chances of winning by adding more entries possible.

The only requirement to enter is to reply and answer the following:

  • What are the top three shows you and your dad enjoy (or would enjoy if you had a InfiniTV 4)?

Add your comment below to enter, plus you can gain up to two additional entries to increase your chances of winning:

May 25 2012

Blog - Disney Movie Club Redux

So just about a year ago I wrote up an article on how to get 10 Disney BDs for about $13 each.   A year later shows you how slow the BD market is as Disney has lowered the commitment to just 3 more movies at the regular price and allows you to knock off one of those in the original offer for 8.95.

Mar 14 2012

Blog - InfiniTV on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Have a Ceton InfiniTV? Testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Check out the new Ceton blog post InfiniTV on Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Don't have a Ceton InfiniTV? Buy one from our Amazon store via Smile

Disclaimer: I think most know this already but I work for Ceton and this is a shameless plug. But hopefully it is still helpful to any brave enthusiast willing to risk death threats (it happens, I know) from their significant other by using a "Consumer Preview".

Feb 21 2012

Blog - 2011 Fall TV Conclusions

In a previous blog, I lamented the new fall season of television programs and laid out my intentions of not watching any new shows until they proved themselves.  I actually broke down and recorded a couple of new shows, but have yet to watch any of them.  I also spoke about what I was still watching.  Particularly, I had a pretty scathing review of Ashton Kutcher's acting and his character on Two and a Half Men (Charlie Sheen actually seemed to agree with me <scary>).  I may actually need to rescind my comments and I'll explain why.  I'm also interested in what people thought of the fall season.

Feb 07 2012

Blog - Lilyhammer - I Hope This Is The Future


Netflix has provided over the top (OTT) video streaming via its "Watch Instantly" service for quite sometime, but until yesterday there was little to fundamentally differentiate that service (besides convenience, and the need for high-speed Internet) from a trip to the video store or the mailbox. Introducing original programming changed that - moving the company in a more interesting, welcome, and potentially disruptive direction.

Jan 04 2012

Blog - I'm Getting a New (sort of) TV

While I already got my Christmas wish and have been loving my new Silverstone GD05B. What I really wanted, but just didn’t have the budget for, was a new and bigger TV as my 32 inch LG 32FZ4D-UA wasn’t really the ideal size.Well thanks to a failing color wheel and dimming light bulb my wish has come true.

While visiting my in-laws over the holidays I asked my father in-law if his 50 inch Samsung DLP (HLN507WX/XAA) had always had that high pitched buzz. He responded by saying that it had only recently started but had progressively been getting louder, however he wasn’t really sure what was causing it. Some quick searching on the internet revealed that the likely culprit was a faulty color wheel. Rather than fixing it himself, however, he decided to get a new TV and off of my advice went with a 55 inch LG Infinia 55LW6500 3D TV.

Thus I have now become the proud owner of a slightly used 50 inch DLP in need of a new color wheel. (and light bulb as the picture is getting dark) Once the parts arrive from amazon (color wheel, light bulb) I will be following this guide to replace the color wheel and barring some major catastrophe will have an almost new TV once complete. I think the only person in my house who won’t be happy with the new TV is my cat Hobolochito as he will lose his favorite perching post.

Jan 01 2012

Blog - Home Theater Sound Tips to Remember

Home Theater Sound Tips To Remember

You may be happy with all aspects of your home theater…except for the sound. If you haven’t been completely happy with your sound, that’s okay. There are plenty of sound tips that can be used within your home theater to ensure you have the best sound possible. Best of all, the tips provided aren’t going to cost you much (if anything at all).

Look at the quality of your music

When you have a well-engineered recording, it’s going to make all the difference in the world with sound. If you are downloading or streaming music, be sure you are looking at the sound quality. There are some sites that provide ratings for sound quality so you are never wasting your time or money on poor quality sound. You also want to look at the compression of your own music files. 90 percent of the sound quality may be ripped away when you burn a CD, leaving you with a sound you aren’t happy with.

Also keep in mind that to get the best audio when watching TV you will also want access to the most HD channels possible.  DirecTV is one source that you should review as in addition to a wide coverage of HD movies, they also have a huge amount of HD sports channels.  Check out if you are interested in picking up DirecTV.  Currently you can also get three free months of HBO when signing up.

Place your speakers prominently

The speakers are providing the sound for your system, so you have to set them carefully about the room. The smallest angle can dramatically affect the sound. Front speakers should face the room directly or angled inwards slightly toward you, the listener. The center channel should be above or below the TV. Surround speakers need to be facing straight or angled toward you as well. Don’t hide them behind anything as it will muffle the sound.

Dec 26 2011

Blog - 2011 Year in Review

Another year is about to conclude, and I wanted to take the chance to highlight some of our most popular articles throughout the year. Real life sometimes gets in the way of reading the site, so hopefully this will help if you might have missed a certain special review or guide. Feel free to contribute what YOUR favorite article has been.

Here are the top 10:

  1. How to Enable Concurrent Sessions in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM
    No real surprise here. Still our most popular guide to date, showing you how to get multiple logins at the same time on your Windows 7 box without having to kick off a user.
  2. Intel Core i3-2100T and DH67CF Mini-ITX MotherboardIntel Sandy Bridge: Core i5-2500K and DH67BL Motherboard / Intel Core i5-2400S and DH67GD Micro-ATX Motherboard
    I combined these reviews from Andrew since I think they deserved to share the top spot. Sandy Bridge was truly revolutionary and was great news for all us HTPC enthusiasts. Even 11 months later, these boards are still solid.
  3. How to Watch TV without Cable
    Examining all the various non-traditional cable TV options available for watching your favorite television programs, without having to pay a fortune.
  4. Beginner's Guide to HTPC Software
    Taking a look at what software exists for use on your HTPC as your media center. This category is more than alive as some of these interfaces have become so beautiful you almost want to just sit at the home screen and drool. Maybe that's just me.
Dec 23 2011

Blog - All I Want for Christmas v3, by MissingRemote Staff

Now 3 years strong, our tradition continues. In the first year of our list, we saw some good, some bad ideas. Year two was a lot of the same. Let's see how everyone feels about our staff's wish list for 2011 Christmas time!

Andrew van Til (Babgvant)

In my case it reads a little better backwards Smile

  1. The AVR-3311 didn't find its way under the tree last year (or the months that followed), mostly because with the the AVR-1909 still performing well it was smarter to add surround sound to the secondary viewing location via Mike's choice - the Yamaha YSP-2200.  With more 3D Blu-ray titles trickling out, and my kid's increasing demands to "watch it in 3D" it's getting more cumbersome to connect up another HDMI cable to the TV on movie night so I'm hoping to solve the HDMI 1.4 problem this year.
  2. For that reason my wish list is just getting a number bump to the 125W Denon AVR-3312.  With support for Audyssey MultEQ XT, 0.05% THD, and built in Ethernet providing IP control, firmware updates, DLNA and access to some audio over the top services it's has all of the good stuff that put the AVR-3311 on last year's.  Adding in an extra HDMI port and a slightly more modern look; I can't complain too much about the wait.


George Schmauch (Skirge01)

Dec 09 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 21

I'm happy to say that after weeks of work (I can't believe that it actually took that long.  I'm so ashamed) I have a frontend that works very nicely.  I should have posted this a few days ago but I've been happily enjoying my new setup.  For the most part it's been working great. I have really been enjoying the quick suspend/resume.  This is the first time that I've been able to get it to function properly on this system.  It's much nicer than the 2 minutes or so it used to take.  Anyway, I noticed that I have a couple of button mismappings on my remote - commercial skip forward and backward are swapped.  Easy enough to fix.  

I haven't had a chance to test out DVD and BluRay playback.  I can report back when I've had time to do that.  I don't think I have BluRay setup quite right yet but if I get DVDs to playback reliably I'll be a step up from my old setup.  It used to work on my old frontend (an installation that I had before my previous setup) but then when I upgraded to what I was previously working it was very hit or miss and I eventually gave up and hooked up a dedicated DVD player to the TV.

I think that my HD playback has gone up a notch in image quality as well from this upgrade.  The new drivers (and possibly the underlying video rendering system) seem to be allowing me to run a much smoother playback.  In the past, high speed panning scenes (football) would have a tear in the middle of the screen but I haven't seen it since the update.  Audio continues to work well - optical out to my receiver; that TV doesn't have HDMI.

In the end I'm very satisfied with this upgrade.  I have everything working as well as or better than my previous setup with the sole exception of Mythweb which I still need to setup.  But that'll be for another day.  For now, I'm going to go back and play with my newly functional toys.

Dec 04 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 20

So, there was one more enhancement that I decided to make to the frontend before putting it back into service.  While I was looking into getting the suspend function mapped to a button on my remote, I ran across this page on the MythTV wiki.  While the command shown for suspending the PC didn't work for me, I did like the idea of adding an entry on the main MythTV menu for putting the computer to sleep.  That way, if for whatever reason the frontend was being controlled by a keyboard or remotely, it would still be possible to put the system to sleep easily without the remote.  I was able to follow the instructions pretty much as written but changing my theme for the one in the example.  The only thing that was different was that I needed to make a second entry for the button icon.  When the icon is highlighted the icon was supposed to stretch to fill a slightly bigger box but without this second entry there was no stretching.  As a result, all of the icons shown after were offset from their tile outline by about 5-10% and it looked pretty bad.  So I found the place to put the second entry (an exact copy of the first entry, just in a different spot in the code), restarted the frontend app and away I went.  Everything looks great, and I have a new sleep icon.  

So, now I think that I'm really ready to put the system into use.  Until then, enjoy.  I know I will.

Dec 03 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 19

Today was spent primarily on cleanup work.  Most of the time was creating the lircrc file for MythTV to use, which maps the remote control button codes to commands within an application.  Luckily for me I had a backup of the lircrc files that I had been using before the upgrade.  The only problem is that all of the button names changed with the update of LIRC. So instead of "Play" I had to change the config file to act on "KEY_PLAY".  They standardized all of the names on me.  So most of my time was spent figuring out what the proper name was for all of the buttons on my remote and mapping those to the correct commands in MythTV.  

Once that was done I had all of the functionality that I had in my previous install. I figured, however, that as long as I was doing this I might as well go for gold.  There were two scripts that I had found and tweaked early in my MythTV days that I was never able to get working on my previous installation of MythTV.  The first script cycled the MythTV frontend application via a button press - so if it hung I could kill the app and if it crashed and died I could restart it.  The second script suspended and woke up the computer via a button push.  I was able to wake up the frontend via a button push but was not able to get suspend to work prop ferly; every time I wanted to watch TV I would have to wait for a minute or two while the frontend booted.  Annoying, but luckily my wife was very tolerant on this problem.  As luck would have it, the frontend cycling script only needed a couple of tweaks to get it running.  The suspend script ended up using a completely new power management interface to get suspend to function properly as a user and not root, but luckily someone had already figured out how to do it and it was a non-trivial matter of Googling to find the solution.

Dec 01 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 18

So today I was doing a bit of stress testing of the frontend system to make sure that it was ready for me to put back into use.  It turns out there were still a couple of bugs to work out.  You may recall from this blog post that I ended up using Fedora 15 with KDE as the desktop environment.  It turns out that under certain circumstances there is a problem with this setup using 100% of one of the CPU cores.  I happen to run into this situation.  I didn't notice it right away since it's a dual core system and the other core is sitting idle most of the time but I did setup the system monitoring widget and noticed that one of the cores was completely pegged out.  Running top showed me that it was "plasmadesktop" that was hogging all of the resources.  A quick Google search showed me that this happens to people running the version of KDE that comes with Fedora 15 and newer.

It sounds like this happens when a system wakes up from suspend and is running multiple "panels" - the bars at the top and bottom of the screen - and various widgets.  Basically, this is resolved by disabling or removing the various widgets and panels that were added in addition to the original ones.  Since this is a dedicated frontend I removed everything that I had added, including the system monitor that I added that found this problem in the first place.  Once this was done I put the system to sleep a couple of times and made sure that I did not have high CPU usage when it woke up (or a couple hours later).  It seems like removing the panels and widgets took care of the problem for me.

Nov 30 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 17

Well, it turns out that I'm a moron.  Apparently everything was pretty much working for me already.  I had all of the pieces, I just didn't put them together correctly.  After days of work I finally have LIRC recognizing my remote inputs properly.  Basically what happened is that I configured the startup script for LIRC to load the correct driver for my IR receiver with the correct device and the correct parameters.  I had the correct config file being used to interpret the key presses correctly.  I had it all.  The problem was that I was doing all of my testing by launching the LIRC daemon from the command line instead of via the startup script that I had configured so none of my tweaks were being taken [facepalm].  Needless to say, after verifying this by running the command line with all of the correct parameters and then again verifying by rebooting the system and having it launch automatically, the remote control is now being properly identified and controlled via LIRC.  I can now launch irw and see all of my key presses as they happen.

At this point there seem to be only a few tweaks left to make before the system is ready for use again.  First, I need to setup the MythTV frontend application to automatically launch at login.  Next, I need to make MythTV always appear on top of the screen; it is currently being covered with the top and bottom panels of the window manager.  Finally, I need to configure the LIRC configuration file to interpret the button presses and pass them to the various applications, like MythTV.  Once I've got that in place, I think that all of the major components will be in place and I can put the unit back into service.  Yay.

Nov 26 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 16

I guess I got a little distracted today.  In doing some of my research for using LIRC with my iMon IR receiver that is part of the Antec Fusion 430 Black case, I ran across a couple of web pages that discussed getting the LCD screen working with LCDProc.  So that's what I did today.  Now when I go through the MythTV menus my LCD screen shows the menu entry that's highlighted.  If I have a show open it'll tell the name of the show and the description, the progress bar, and other stuff like that.  If nothing important is being displayed it will show the time.  It works very well in my opinion.  That's one thing that I never got working under Ubuntu.  The LCD screen was just glowing blue but not displaying anything, not even the time.

In other news, I was playing around with mplayer some today and found that all of the transport controls work there just fine.  What is going on with LIRC and MythTV?  I've even tried to create my own lircd.conf file using irrecord.  I found another program similar to ir-keyboard that I mentioned yesterday, called evtest.  It also recognizes all of the buttons on my MCE-emulating Harmony remote.  There must be something simple that I'm missing...

Oh well, time for bed.  More work to do tomorrow.  It seems like I'm so close but can't quite get to where I want to be...

Nov 25 2011

Blog - MythTV Reloaded - Day 15

I've done a bit more research into this remote control thing and found a couple of commands to use for debugging.  First is ir-keyboard.  If I run ir-keyboard with no options it will show me what device is found, what protocols it is capable of and which one(Drunk it is using.  In my case the output looks like:

Found /sys/class/rc/rc0/ (/dev/input/event5) with:

        Driver imon, table rc-imon-mce

        Supported protocols: RC-6

        Enabled protocols: RC-6

        Repeat delay = 500 ms, repeat period = 33 ms

In addition, I can run ir-keyboard -t and it will put the IR receiver into test mode.  Every time I press a button on the remote it puts up the codes and key names that it decodes.  According to this, everything it being seen properly and should be working.  I guess it's just an issue with the handoff to LIRC that's the problem.  I'm a step closer but still confused...

Again, I can say that the hardware is working fine and it's a software config issue that's holding me back.  Now to figure out what that is...

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