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Users / Re: Looks very promising
« on: June 02, 2009, 06:55:48 pm »
Available on ebay from China (buyers beware) for 199USD (or 141EUR) + 55USD shipping

If the people that are selling these weren't power sellers I would totally agree with you, but the auctions I see are from sellers with very good ratings.  The only problem with buying from china on ebay is that sometimes customs takes a little long (sometimes a week or 2) before it actually gets to you.  I have personally purchased dozens of items from sellers in china without any issues.  I would not of even brought it up if it looked fishy.

Users / Re: Looks very promising
« on: June 02, 2009, 05:55:33 am »
Just wanted to let people know these are now showing up on ebay for  about $250-$270 shipped.  I know the price might be a little steep, but these things look so stylish!  ;D

Users / Looks very promising
« on: May 06, 2009, 04:22:46 pm »
SmartDevices a chinese company is going to be releasing a 7" internet tablet for about $132 USD (maybe a little more after importing)
Here is the link on their page:

It already has unbuntu on it so it should be fairly easy to put orbiter on it.  Hopefully this turns out good.

Just sent a hundo through paypal.

I'll try to donate, pm me with some details I guess. 

Users / Re: Forum Charter for discussion - Draft....
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:12:04 pm »
I am in strong favor of enacting this drafted charter now and if any revisions come to mind the community can vote on it.  The sooner the better in my mind.

The only thing I would like to add is that going off topic is not necessarily bad because it sparks creativity.  Punishing a thread for going off topic makes absolutely no sense to me.  When there are good discussions in one thread sometimes that keeps conversations going quicker.  I can understand starting a new thread if the off topic discussion becomes too overwhelming for the original discussion but by no means is a need to punish a member, the thread, or the community. 

Users / Re: NVIDIA TV-out s-video composite cable
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:31:31 pm »
Sorry if I was being rude.  I really don't like being mean.  I was a little offended about being corrected when there was no correcting needed.  I'll just leave this thread alone now and reference back to my previous suggestion.

Users / Re: NVIDIA TV-out s-video composite cable
« on: March 26, 2009, 09:08:48 am »
Most NVIDIA cards can also output the composite over the blue which is weird to me because in the a/v world you mostly do that over the green.  I have used it several times this way in windows on different desktop cards and laptops.  If you don't want to buy an S-video cable you can just try it.  S-Video is a better signal though because it is component but It is hard to see the difference between the two unless you have an image or video on screen with many lines close together going in the same direction.

Users / Re: Touchbook by Always Innovating
« on: March 06, 2009, 08:46:26 pm »
I wouldn't mind having a stab at it but I don't have any suitable hardware.

What kind of hardware would you need?  would something like a popcorn hour work? Or would something different be better?  I might be able to help chip in for some hardware for you.  Just let me know your thoughts.  Thanks

Users / Re: Touchbook by Always Innovating
« on: March 03, 2009, 05:22:54 pm »
probably wont easily work as a MD because of its ARM processor

Users / Re: Few questions about external receivers
« on: September 29, 2008, 10:13:31 pm »
I am not a fan of controlling devices with IR transmitters and found this document on controlling DirecTV receivers through their USB (really just a masked serial) port.  Does anyone know if the channel banner would be or is normally hidden when controlling these devices over serial?

EDIT:  Just adding a link to a resource with a testing tool for reference

My boss has an automated serial system hooked up to his DirectTV box through the usb.  The channel banner is not hidden.  The same thing happened when I worked in some hotels with Crestron systems talking to the hotels' box.

Although on my cable box at home if I push the "select" button after changing the channel the banner goes away instantly.  Maybe you can have it send that command over ir after each channel change to see if it makes it go away.

Users / Re: Purchasing components, are these "linux MCE friendly"?
« on: August 28, 2008, 02:08:03 am »
Motherboard / HD Capture:

I have the processor, Harddrives and RAM from my wife's old computer.

The Gyration GYR3101US Universal Infrared / RF Remote Control will require some set up to get it to function.  This will not function like fiire remote which it plug and play.

The motherboard and tuner should function perfectly

DVD "upscaling" Player
-About a 100-150$ budget... I can put this one off obviously because my current DVD player works.
What am I after here?  I also want this to communicate to LinuxMCE.

I would just use LinuxMCE as your DVD player, it upscales well and it will be more tightly integrated.

Remote or Orbiter
I'd LIKE to have my iTouch act as an orbiter.  I can't find anywhere in the wiki that shows how to set up the web orbiter.  I'm assuming this is just a webpage that I haven't found the link to yet.

Currently there has been no development to get the ipod touch or iphone to work as an orbiter.

Users / Re: Tee PC tablet as an orbiter
« on: August 28, 2008, 01:54:29 am »
Although those tablets on tabletkiosk look quite nice, I think the price is high for an orbiter.  I was under the impression the Tee PC would be somewhere around the $400 range.  The battery life should also be substantially better on the Tee PC then those x86 tablets.  This was another reason for me considering it.  Being able to use the tablet for more then a couple hours without having to put it in sleep.

I just don't know if it will be a very functional orbiter.  Do you think it will lag or have any other serious issues?  I'm planning on trying one out when they are released.  I just wanted to know if anyone thought there would be any trouble.  Thanks for everyones help!

Users / Tee PC tablet as an orbiter
« on: August 22, 2008, 09:41:09 pm »
This tablet looks pretty interesting with a 7" touch screen.  I was just wandering what you guys thought about this little unit.

engadget article
hothardware article

Compatible Products & Services / digital cable
« on: August 27, 2007, 01:56:43 am »
would something like this make is so i could record high def digital cable right to my linuxmce box?  would it even work in linuxmce?  if it doesn't do you think it can be implemented.  It also looks like the card basically supports multiple recording of many streams just off the one card if it is done right.  please let me know what you think because I am very interested in this

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