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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi omxplayer device
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:15:28 am »
Just make sure the GPU/RAM memory split is set to something more sensible...

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: indooratlas
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:34:14 pm »
Not got time for a lengthy reply, but my mentioning my PIR's was an aside that I probably shouldn't of mentioned it due to it's closeness to the topic in hand. PIR's are for my alarm system, Dual Mode, internal & external, also got perimeter covered with door/window alarm sensors topped off with a healthy does of fire/smoke/CO detectors.

JaseP, I think your over complicating what I said I was going to do.. I almost always have my mobile in my pocket, it would be very easy for it to know which room it was in, if I had just used it to turn on music in one location, and then I move to another location, it is relatively easy to process that logic and cause the media to follow me. That's all I'm saying.

I'm not talking about human presence detection, but device presence detection, two quite different things in my opinion.

I'm going to be sticking a tōd on the dog for dog presence detection ;-)


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: indooratlas
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:35:12 am »
There are better Bluetooth technologies for doing this.

One such... Bluemon:

I don't believe Bluemon is a better technology than IndoorAtlas at all for devices that fulfil the requirements. It is however more device agnostic. I actually implemented FollowMe media using Bluemon and MythTV back in 2006.

After I've got qOrbiter onto my Jogglers, location change gestures will likely be one of the first things I look at in combination with interfacing my PIR's into LinuxMCE.


Users / Re: Linux MCE + Plone/Other CMS
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:21:21 am »
If it's a new, powerful server, you could turn it into a virtual machine host. E.g. run Xen, KVM, VMWare, or VirtualBox on it. VirtualBox is probably pitched quite closely to your level of expertise. This way, LinuxMCE could exist as a virtual machine guest, and it would not interfere with anything you installed on the host, or any other virtual machines you might like to run.

There's a number of articles in the wiki that may be of help:


Feature requests & roadmap / Re: indooratlas
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:12:54 am »
I think the major use of this technology, would be to allow a tablet / mobile device to know which room it was in, and automatically show all the controls for that room etc. With so many possible controls available, UI's that instinctively display the most appropriate controls dependent on their context is key. Obviously use of this tech is not to tell someone where they are in their own house.

I'm likely going to do something like this using Bluetooth and WiFi signal strengths. Almost every room in my house will have a Bluetooth dongle of some sort, and a few of the main rooms will have their own WiFi access points. Room movement gestures would be nice. E.g. I've just put music on in the dining room that has French doors leading out to the garden, within 30 seconds I go outside into the garden with the device I just use to turn the music on, my music know's based on my preferences I'd like the music to follow me out there.

I just got my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Xen server up and running last night, so will be installing my live/development/test system on that tonight hopefully. Recently got a HP Touchpad that now has ICS on it so will be getting qOrbiter on that, and trying to implement the above soon enough.


Users / Re: 710,810,1004 or what?
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:36:44 am »
OT.. but virtualise. Install latest Ubuntu Server, throw Xen/KVM/Virtual Box on (that order or preference is based on the running speed of the guest OS i.e. LinuxMCE - no arguments ;-). Install LinuxMCE as a guest, pass through all the peripherals you need for it e.g. USB chipset/devices, Network cards, etc.

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: raspberry pi
« on: June 13, 2012, 03:03:27 pm »
I'm still waiting on delivery! Otherwise it's not like I've got the time personally to develop on it - so posting it to someone else to have fun with sounds like the next best idea!

Feature requests & roadmap / Re: The Leap
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:49:48 am »
Also, 8 cubic feet isn't that big when it comes to a 10' interface.

Users / Re: Android QOrbiter
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:18:18 pm »
Soo, might manage to get this baby up and running in a dev environment soon!

My first job will however be compiling all the Qt goodies for Android x86 ( I'm running ICS on O2 Jogglers )- the agony! A few people have made good progress on this so it shouldn't be too painful hopefully I'll get any patches needed rolled in upstream so that they can include x86 builds on the Ministro package servers.

I noticed Samsung have some cash to splash and wonder if qOrbiter would make a good entry in their apps competition?

Bah - just read the details - the prizes are consumer judged.. i.e. the winner is based on downloads! Ahh well.


Developers / Re: #1438: Make qOrbiter Play Media - Scope request
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:32:55 pm »
Hi guys,

Thanks for the feedback so far. Sorry again for following the wrong course of action. I've been on golgoj4's side of this a few times in the past so know where he and you guys are coming from.  I just didn't know the protocol - nor did I make my intent clear from my ticket comment which is my fault.

Something we did on an issue tracker that we'd opened up to non technical users was to link to "commenting guidelines" around the comment area of the ticket, and also include a confirmation popup when users outside of a certain user group comment. The former is an easy fix, the latter was thought of as overkill but helped greatly ;-)

Anywho - to the task at hand.

Going Android native whilst easier would likely leave some edge cases untouched and also demand the need for wrappers for each platforms native media frameworks. Qt Mobility definitely seems the way to go, especially since it's multimedia API is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac - just gotta back sure the right backends are available. I've got to admit, I've not touched Qt since I plated around with Symbian development quite some time ago!

I still don't understand why qOrbiter needs to be able to playback media - above and beyond previews - but I now seem to remember you saying that qOrbiter was destined to replace the Orbiter code on the MD's - which could answer that question for me. (My memory is terrible!)

Hoping to get qOrbiter up and running on some actual devices this weekend for testing!

Developers / #1438: Make qOrbiter Play Media - Scope request
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:14:09 pm »
Hello golgoj4,

I'm sorry for causing this outburst:

#1438: Make qOrbiter Play Media
 Reporter:  golgoj4          |       Owner:  golgoj4
    Type:  feature_request  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  1004
Component:  qOrbiter         |     Version:  1004
 Severity:  normal           |  Resolution:
 Keywords:                   |

Comment (by golgoj4):

 No, and stop asking. Tickets are not for annoying people to bug me.
 Tickets are for actual contributors. So stop wasting dev time making me
 think you were going to contribute anything usefull. Seriously.

 -tha management

I'm just used to collaborating with colleagues on projects by using comments on JIRA issues when something isn't clear for me or linked to design docs on the wiki.

That said, it was a genuine request for the scope of ticket. Having just finished rewiring my house with structured mains and low voltage wiring, my LinuxMCE installation and development time has opened up.

It's hard to know quite where to invest time hence why I asked about something that excited me, especially when it's being developed on a platform that I'm experienced with (Android and C++).

Soo.. is media playback merely to support previews or some halfway house between an Orbiter and an Android MD?

Thanks for your time,


Developers / Re: New Onkyo device
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:44:12 pm »

Out of interest, what receiver did you get?


Users / Local Lucid 10.04 Package Repo Cache
« on: December 06, 2011, 02:56:58 pm »

I'm going to be getting heavily into LMCE soon after Christmas. I've rewired a house so all lighting control, audio cables, alarm, video, network and usb cables etc etc. are in place.

My problem is my ADSL is capped. I'd like to stay as close as possible to bleeding edge and have read that any changes are causing all the packages to be rebuilt.

Would it be possible to set up a local repo and build the packages on it for myself?

I envisage the process something like as follows set as a cron on my local proxy:

Code: [Select]
svn up
`magic packaging code`

Then I'll be able to just change the /etc/hosts file on my core/md's to point the dns at my local proxy of the packages.

It'd probably help quite a bit for development too. I'd be able to easily switch svn to my own repo and back when testing was done.

Thanks for your time,


P.S. or have I totally got confused about how the packaging works and the package files themselves don't get changed just the meta data, in which case a simple well tuned http proxy such as squid would work just as well?

Developers / Re: libCEC USB -> HDMI-CEC
« on: November 12, 2011, 04:39:55 pm »
Thankfully this new device is significantly cheaper!

Developers / libCEC USB -> HDMI-CEC
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:14:42 pm »
Hi there, long time reader, first time poster,

Typically, having just cabled my house with HDMI & USB to TV points and running back to the loft so I can install TV's and USB IR receivers, I then come across a USB -> HDMI-CEC device. It's from a company called Pulse Eight which seems to be XBMC focussed. I a link on mythtv-users.

There's a library called libCEC and a hardware USB -> HDMI-CEC component costing about £30/$50/€35.

Has anyone come across these devices?

Doing a little reading in this thread about limited buttons over CEC I'm not sure how useful it'll be. But it seems good enough for the XBMC/MythTV crowd!

At a quick glance seems to be able to convert the button presses from the TV remote into LIRC format.. just need to see if enough buttons are passed through to make it worthwhile?


P.S. apologies for lack of clickable links. I'm not allowed apparently!

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