Rik's Ramblings

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

MythTV -- IR Blaster -- lirc -- Samsung SIR-S300W

Anyone got a good recipe for getting their MythTV box talking to a samsung SIR S300W DirectTV Set-top box?

I've dug-up the following links which are all promising. It's looking like I'm going to need a trip to Fry's to make an ir Blaster.

IR Blaster Circuit

Does LiRC work by bitbashing over the serial port? Is it wiggling the RTS/CTS/DTR lines? Anyone ... anyone ... Bueller ... anyone?




(lirc config file: SIR-S300W)


On the one hand,it's better than a car I suppose, from an environmental standpoint ...

But it would be nicer if they'd done it with a Li-Ion powered motor, and regenerative braking.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tiki Bar TV

What a splendid episode episode 16 was!


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Thursday, May 11, 2006

AWSOME ... ABC.com: Full Episode Streaming

ABC.com: Full Episode Streaming - Flash Player Installation

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gartner defines "PDA" as ...

Licking RIM's botty hole!

Gartner PDA Report for Q1 2006

Or, if you prefer, Nasty piece of useless plastic manufactured in Canada.

Get real! If you add the 581k Treo number to the 459k Palm PDA number then Palm totally wipes the floor with RIMs number. Stick that up your blackberry Mr Gartner.

I'm a little upset right now :'-(

Monday, May 08, 2006

Ben's Birthday Pictures, May 2006

Rik's slideshows:

Video capture card - MythTV

Hmmm, seems my original plan of using the external Hauppauge USB2 PVR has a slight flaw ...

Video capture card - MythTV

Monday, May 01, 2006

I word of advice to the MEDC2006 website!

Dear MEDC2006@microsoft.crgevents.com,


I was planning to come to the MEDC2006, but after visiting the website I’m at a loss for words!


The site it terrible!  I have learned nothing about the conference from visiting your site!


-          Clicking the link for the pre-conference tutorials (http://medc06.vmldev.com/overview.aspx#precon) presented me with a Windows Login prompt!?

-          The Conference agenda (http://www.medc2006.com/sessionschedule.aspx) informs me merely that you will be having 4 days of labs

-          The “Session Catalog” (http://www.medc2006.com/sessionschedule.aspx) informs me that there are 215 items of varying ‘level’.  However it doesn’t tell me when these sessions may or may not be taken, nor what “level 200” might presume about my ability.


The only thing I did glean from this worthless site is that I’ll be $1200 out of pocket if I attend.


Can’t say you’ve inspired me to become a WinMo developer.  


Thanks for saving me $1200.


My advice would be to spend less time on database queries to generate your website and more on constructing pages of useful information.