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Developers / Re: Developer Conference - April 5th
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:20:24 pm »
Hi all,
I'm hoping to join this saturday as well. 
Tops of interest for me center around getting started in the effort and how the development structure goes.  Development setup overview, graduating code to the build etc.  I would also love to help with documentation afterwards.

Ah yes, I remember having that issue in FF.  That is very unfortunate.  One more reason to hate DRM I guess.

I agree this would be something I would like to see in the future as well. After the core packages have settled though.

Users / Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:03:40 pm »
tkmedia has been successful running 1080p with this board as well as some of his own tweaks to the xorg.conf file in the 0710b4 release.  You can speak with him directly on the IRC if you have additional questions.

I have the same board but was unable to get it working in 0710b3.

Users / Re: Abit An-M2HD Motherboard
« on: March 28, 2008, 04:28:06 pm »
danielk22 said the setup is usually very driver dependant, you would prolly have the best luck asking the ALSA folks. \

seth said that as far as I know, Linux can only do video over hdmi currently, there was some discussion of this in the knoppmyth forums

@PeteK, whatever you find I would like to know as well for my future refrence.  Please either post back here or in the wiki.

Users / Re: Abit An-M2HD Motherboard
« on: March 28, 2008, 02:34:01 pm »
I have thus far been using the external sound ports.  But then again I'm also going to an old receiver that only accepts RCA jacks, while the HDMI goes directly to the TV. tkmedia has been hacking up this board quite a bit dealing with the graphics.  Perhaps he also know something about the sound as well.  I'll ask around today on the IRC and get back to you on that.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: cheap touchscreen as MD/Orbiter
« on: March 27, 2008, 04:24:03 pm »
what kind of dimensions on the LCD itself.  The case if... horrific  ;D But perhaps it could be built into something else if your price is right.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Advanced Lighting Controls
« on: March 26, 2008, 10:25:59 pm »
Guys - I've created this walk-through for the setup.  Please let me know if it passes the test, what additional data I have left out perhaps.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Advanced Lighting Controls
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:19:59 pm »
I see, thanks for the clarification

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Advanced Lighting Controls
« on: March 26, 2008, 08:47:30 pm »
to answer your question, I've just implemented ddamron's suggestions successfully.  I set the ramp rate manually on the device (a dimmable switch) and then turned the lights on and off with my md.  They did adhere to my slowed ramp setting.

As for the command chaining.  I found that chaining perhaps too many changes together (lights off/on/off/10% and text to speech) caused my movies to kick out when initially run (the setting was applied to the scene set for movies to start)
After removing some of those commands the movies played as they had initially.

Developers / Re: This Community will Fail and LMCE will be forgotten.
« on: March 20, 2008, 05:06:15 pm »
There are some very good points in there actually.  Perhaps I can put them in a more even tempered way.

LMCE is always pushing the envelop in terms of it's functionality.  The two I've been paying the most attention to have been the java mobile orbiter and the insteon lighting controls, which have made some incredible progress do to the work of these members.  But there is seemingly more of a concentration on those efforts than making the current functionality better.  I mean, if you were doing this for fun, as I think we all are, do you want to work on the cool stuff or would you rather work on something cool and cutting edge?  I'm sorry to say, but if I was jumping in... I wouldn't be working on the screen saver too much either  :-X  At least not until I did some really cool stuff on that orbiter right?

There is a lack of structure and process here, that's unfortunate.  It's also unfortunate that it's so high profile to be here.  If we were talking about "yet another remake of the same old idea" I don't know that people would care so much about their specific wants not being met.  They would have a long list of products to compare and pick and choose the ones that work best for them. 

I honestly think one of the biggest things working against us is the fantastic "demo" video which makes everything look so easy and right out of the box.  It might work just as well as demonstrated, but for an incoming user the expectations get set too high on the stability and functionality of the product.

Is LMCE cliquish? Perhaps not enough.  I work on cars, as seemingly many do here (yes, that's a bit odd actually) and it's like someone stepping into your shop midway through a rebuild, when you finally have a running car, and telling you that you're seat covers need work.  Or that you have a scratch on the fender that perhaps you didn't notice before.

Users / Re: Why I left LinuxMCE for MythBuntu
« on: March 19, 2008, 12:51:38 am »
I think another issue is that some things which current users might think of as just "common sense" don't come through to others.  Documentation is always the first thing left by the wayside, and it become increasing hard to document, alongside even, when you're not entirely sure that the fruits of your labor are going to pay off in the end.

now this is my opinion and no one else's but I think that c++ is also an inherently complex language.  multiply that by the incredibly large feature and hardware set we have here and then add in the variable of a decentralized development team and you'll see what a feat it is to get something like this to market.

Users / Re: Why I left LinuxMCE for MythBuntu
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:15:05 pm »
I feel that the only change on this forum we really need is an additional yawning smilie for threads like these...
lol  ;D

I actually really enjoyed this post.  Yes, there was some bashing, but he also made some very good points about the frustrations that I have encountered as well.

Hari is correct in saying that if MythBuntu is going to fit the bill... then use MythBuntu.  I want LMCE to work because I want all the things that MythBuntu doesn't have.

I started in the late pluto days using some hardware laying around and found very limited success.  When I made the switch to LMCE I did my homework and invested wisely, although cautiously, and that seems to have been to my benefit.

I had some family over last night and we all sat down for a movie the first time together.  Everyone was very impressed with the setup and especially the lighting controls (thanks ddamron).  My girlfriend of course had to ruin it by telling them all about my swearing tirades and frustrations.  But when it came down to it, I was still glad that I had spent my time here.  When things break she still gives me crap about it and I need to remind here that this is not a finished product yet. 

Users / Re: Designing LinuxMCE home
« on: March 18, 2008, 04:11:48 pm »
I've been doing the same for my house.  I've spent a pretty modest amount I think at under $1k (us) for the core and a md.  I didn't have anything to start with however and it looks like you do. 

I'm running insteon right now instead of x-10 (it can work backwards with x-10 devices though that's still under development by ddamron).  I would recommend if you're adding anything new in that regard to spend the extra cash and go insteon.

I have a fiire remote as well.  It's good, but it's a premium price imo.  My next remote will probably be a cheaper gyro instead. 

Going in stages is nice and sneaky.  it's like requirements creep.  You sell them on a low cost job and then sneak in these little gotchas (and there WILL be gotchas).  lol, so you've got the right idea :)

Thanks guys for your views on the nokias.  I'm glad to have some real world use to balance the "sales pitch" on them.

Users / Re: Designing LinuxMCE home
« on: March 17, 2008, 06:28:37 pm »
I'm going to focus on the webpad/panel portion of the question, but even so I think that can be a little bit of a complex question.  It comes down to some specifics on what you want, there really is set list of hardware to choose from for this.

that being said, I'm personally taking a look at nokia's n800 and n810 tablets as a possible solution to the web pad.  I think the size of that screen would work for me, it may or may not for you.  For the panel you may consider a regular lcd and a small pc.  It depends on your space and budget, but it will also require you to do a lot of initial research to make sure that the device you're looking at is going to work.  (imho, that's the worst part)

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