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Users / Re: Fiire Remote
« on: September 06, 2007, 06:24:08 am »
I am getting better with the remote, with that said, I am trying to gain more proficiency in the LinuxMCE codebase. There are a number of UI issues that can confuse some people (some people would think, why do I sometimes have to hit OK instead of hitting the center button?, the consistency of changing the haloed button needs to be dealt with, even though I am now subconsiously flipping back and forth between using the direction pad and the gyro, this is a source of potential confusion.)

also, I do believe that work with a pure gyro-mouse needs to be dealt with, because the Fiire is very much a schizophrenic device.. It is BOTH an IR remote, _and_ a gyromouse, with remote buttons, and gyro mouse buttons.

why am I bringing this up?

Because so much of the appeal of LinuxMCE has seemed to be, the fact that EVERYTHING can be done with the gyro and 3 buttons... Close.  But if that was the case, why did this remote need to have an entire universal remote collided into it? It can be done with fewer buttons, fewer parts, and certainly a smaller footprint, did Fiire really think somebody would treat this thing like their Comcast DVR/learn their other devices remote too?

I'm just posing these observations because I believe this product, while fantastic, needs a good deal of refinement (and another paint job, please please please dear _GOD_ it clashes with everything. If Fiire wanted a remote that stood out from the others, they could have used a number of different shades, but I will take this up with them personally.)


Users / Fiire Remote
« on: September 05, 2007, 05:49:24 am »
Ugh, okay, I just paid $150 for this thing...

it is _NOT_ for people who have less than PERFECT arm control. It is far too sensitive.

Not to mention there are a number of _VERY_ ___VERY___ Brain dead UI SNAFUs... Why should I be flipping back and forth between the center button, and the OK button that's buried on the bottom left to do something as simple as PLAY A FUCKING MEDIA FILE?!

argggghhhh... frustrations are mounting with this system.


Users / Re: MythTV Observations, ugh.
« on: September 05, 2007, 01:19:20 am »
and half of my recordings show up in the grid, but they immediately go back to screensaver..meaning they don't get recorded. This is becoming very aggravating...

Users / Re: MythTV Observations, ugh.
« on: September 05, 2007, 01:14:46 am »
also the lack of being able to deal with the commercial flagging ____REALLY____ is a step down.... ugh, as is the lack of direct ability from linuxmce without circumenting the mythtv stuff to intelligently schedule recordings.... searching for it in the context of the guide really really really REALLY sucks.


Users / LinuxMCE/Pluto vs Crestron/Escient/et al
« on: September 04, 2007, 05:01:06 pm »
How DOES LinuxMCE compare to a fully loaded Crestron system? I've seen and used Crestron, and LinuxMCE has the potential to be so much better than that, of course it was a $100,000 setup, so it wasn't fully loaded..has anyone here actually A/B'ed this stuff functionality wise versus the higher end systems (now I am not talking about all the bugs, believe me, I understand the distinction...)


Users / Re: MythTV Observations, ugh.
« on: September 04, 2007, 01:51:10 am »
I agree with darrenmason.


Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: September 03, 2007, 06:44:43 pm »
and if the thing explodes, it can simply be rebooted from the management console, or even re-imaged. I find less and less of a need to use dedicated boxes anymore.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Better Media Organization / Browser
« on: September 03, 2007, 09:56:06 am »
come on, guys. You have filters.. ____USE THEM___ !!


Users / Re: New update for schedules direct
« on: September 03, 2007, 04:05:51 am »
don't know of anyone else, however I made my change almost a night and  a half ago to add the beta updates site to my hosts file, and no change.


Users / MythTV Observations, ugh.
« on: September 03, 2007, 03:42:00 am »

Okay, the whole MythTV plugin, now that I have working channel changing in, seems a wee bit forced.

There is a definite disconnect between recording the shows, and playing them back, when I delete a show inside the media browser, it still shows up in MythTV's recordings bin. I know the MythTV recordings bin isn't supposed to really be used, however, it is the only place I can see definite text relating to TV episodes (because they show up in the Media view as just "MythBusters", etc.). I know that the file-grid wasn't meant to handle much more than 20 or so characters of text, but having 10 show recordings show up as "MythBusters" can be a bit confusing, that I have to go into each individual one and click on it to see a synopsis.

Just my observations, don't know if any work is being done in here besides the SchedulesDirect stuff (which I still haven't recieved an update request for., even though I have modified my hosts to add the beta updates site.)


Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: September 02, 2007, 05:24:35 am »
I could buy a xen slice and set things up there?


Users / adding new media sub-types
« on: September 02, 2007, 05:09:57 am »
I am curious on how to add new media sub-types via the web-admin if possible (I am guessing it should be possible by injecting the appropriate SQL, but.. would like to see if there is a user-accessible way).. I collect a _TON_ of stand-up comedy DVDs and would like to filter those in the media view appropriately, any ideas?


Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: August 31, 2007, 03:16:20 pm »
I wish I could. However, I would not be able to dedicate as much time to this project as would be needed in these first critical stages. I am currently on the verge of releasing my first research project as Free Software (Niki, a Wiki-web engine based on the results of my research on alternative user interfaces.), and I wouldn't want to let you guys down.

With that said, as soon as that project stabilises (should be a couple of months from now), I would be glad to lend a hand in coding, documentation, helping set up servers, whatever is needed of me.


Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: August 30, 2007, 05:10:29 pm »
Building an eye-candy GUI is all well and good. Visual presentation _is_ important, and given the code-base and the current limitations of the Orbiter, this IS _a_ top priority.

With that said...

I do believe that a great amount of detail needs to be spent on making sure that the existing functionality (and I am talking from the user perspective), works, and works well, remember...this is an appliance, it needs to work as such. I'm not talking about INSTALLATION, i'm talking about AFTER the installation hurdle has been crossed and you're staring at a working orbiter, like making sure that:

* if we go into KDE, Arts doesn't clobber the soundcard, so the orbiter phone will still function.
* messaging breakdown when using a Sony VAIO jukebox (i've literally had the entire DCE router restart even when a rip was in progress, which TOTALLY causes even more bizarre behaviour with the jukebox as you continue using it.)
* button interaction, when I press a button, I want to know i pressed the button, even a simple color change, a blip sound, something.
* making sure all remote types can access all of the exposed UI elements. (Windows MCE remotes currently can't deal with the gesture rose for things like changing channel with the rotating guide,.. the MCE arrow keys are completely useless.)
* making sure auto-detected networked storage devices work

What about sqlCVS?

What about altering remote assistance for our needs?

What about the missing tools so that we can get working NOW?

The important thing to note here is that, yes, shiny interfaces good.. but it's also about the protocols and interfaces, making them cleanly understood.... I for one would like to see a Motorola RAZR (J2ME) orbiter, don't think we can port the Qt4 one to that...

Paul, you say there are discussions started with KDE, Pluto, and Trolltech, is there a public forum so that we can be in the loop? Bring them here, or can we go there?

(yes, I _am_ being a persistent, tenacious, and arrogant bastard. I've seen far too many good projects go up in flames because the developers didn't make themselves communicate on a regular basis.)


Developers / Re: All Developers, please read.
« on: August 30, 2007, 02:58:46 am »
I have posted this to the mailing list, and am send mail to Paul directly to try and get him in on this.

Mostly, I'm just trying to get a response, ANY response, from the developer, as to "This is where we are, this is what we're going to do."


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