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Help Wanted / ***CLOSED*** Videoconferencing
« on: May 08, 2009, 01:46:31 am »
Hellp all,

Does anyone know how (or if) the videoconferencing feature works on LinuxMCE?

BTW, is there any way to integrate VMukti into LinuxMCE or is that part of the development path? Just asking.

Developers / Re: VIdeo from IP Cameras
« on: March 31, 2009, 03:41:20 am »
Realizing that I am amongst coding legends and gods, I bow humbly to ask a couple of simple questions about this:

Does streaming TV shows and movies use the same methods as colinjones described, as with IP camera streaming? Can something that mimics TV/Movie streaming be implemented with the IP cameras to capture more than a single frame at a time? Possibly concurrently, so as not to exclude cellphones?

If it's not possible or practical, I digress.


Users / Re: HD Cable Boxes and HDMI
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:37:38 am »
I doubt this works with IVTV, but it's worth the investigation:

Makes for a very neat installation and unencumbered means of capturing your HD cable/HD satellite tuner. Some others are talking about this card's possibilities, but there are a number of obstacles that must be overcome first:

One step is that ALSA now supports HDMI passthrough in Linux:

Now all we need is a dependable driver for this card in Linux, stable compatibility with IVTV, and a general defeat of HDCP that governs its playback, and we're set! Hopefully we'll get a breakthrough soon...

Developers / Re: Calling all UI Designers for new Basic Skin
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:23:05 am »
Back to the original point, are we talking about theming, or something else? The examples that have been shown here all seem to have the same basic framework--left to right menu succession distinguished by different colors for each "function path". Are we designing buttons shapes? Different progression layouts? New icons? Color themes? Button arrangements and groups?

Basically, what do we want this new UI to do differently that it doesn't do (or do well) now?

Developers / Re: Calling all UI Designers for new Basic Skin
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:15:29 am »
Point taken. Just trying to think up a possible solution that could span over several devices in a single shot. Thanks for the feedback.

Developers / Re: Calling all UI Designers for new Basic Skin
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:43:18 pm »
Then wouldn't that require a bit of planning of which buttons would be placed where on the interface? Buttons that are close to the edges would fan out inwardly. Buttons aimed at the center of the screen would fan out evenly. If a sub-menu would take up more space than there were spaces available, then I would get worried.

Is there a sub-menu that would take up more than, say 8 spaces?

Even if that were the case, couldn't the sub-menu be broken up into smaller pieces by anchor (corner or compass direction) or even sub-menu A and B?

I'm not trying to refute the answers given, I'm just trying to exhaust all possibilities. Just don't flame me.

Developers / Re: Calling all UI Designers for new Basic Skin
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:35:09 pm »
@krys: Good catch. That could be a problem if the icons aren't big enough. In the same breath, if they are big enough, successions will only be able to go so deep before the screen boundaries are hit.

@jimmejames: That's exactly what I envision for touchpanels. Something a little different for OSDs.

@tschak909: You don't think this interface is usable? Why isn't it (more than "I don't like it")?

Developers / Re: Which Virtual Machine?
« on: December 15, 2008, 11:31:51 pm »
I'm actually using Kubuntu 8.04 w/ 2GB RAM.

Developers / Re: Calling all UI Designers for new Basic Skin
« on: December 15, 2008, 10:59:40 pm »
How about a pie menu that starts, and is based in a corner instead of centrally on the screen? It would be more consistent with the pie menu idea, keep the media-up-front concept, take up less space, and would be easier (of sorts) to navigate because the boundaries of the viewable screen are clearly and consistently defined (the edges of the screen). Also, being that every screen on the planet has four corners, this could give way to specific button arrays the perform specific functions, such as top left = media, top right = automation, bottom left = computing and internet, bottom left = technical. You could even use compass directions to get more use out of the screen (top, left, right, bottom). The only issue is that a pie menu doesn't give much room for text, and would be very icon-heavy to be useful.

To think of it, another perk could be the ability to call up these menus without a touchscreen, such as a phone using its dial pad to navigate. The same numbers could be reused for successive sub-menus because each menu layer would function as its own ?entity? (I don't know how to fully describe that one... please forgive me). It would function much like dialing a normal phone number. In order to go back to a parent sub-menu, a 'back' protocol can be used ('Last' or 'Back' or even '8' on a remote control or phone, left arrow on a keyboard, right click on a gyro mouse, etc. TPs would be able to initialize parent menus from sub-menus directly because they would still be visible.)

For OSDs that use gyro mouse functions, when you hover over a function, its text description can show in a status display, as well as its corresponding dial-in number for use with a remote of cellphone.

I may be barking up the wrong tree, but I was just thinking over the pie menu idea and was inspired by the application's screenshot. I do think it can work, but there would need to be some rules in place for it to be practical.

I'll be posting some graphics on what I have in mind in a few hours, don't worry.

Developers / Which Virtual Machine?
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:23:42 am »
I am setting up to attempt a new UI version, but I know that HADesigner is a Windows application. All of my programming machines run Kubuntu. I've tried Virtualbox (not OSE) but it runs very slow. Is there a better program that I can use to run my Windows apps?

I'm looking to have the fastest running virtual machine and need some feedback on if VMWare, or Win4Lin, or Xen is the fastest native solution for virtualization. Any suggestions or applications that I missed?

Thank you for your blessing Thom. I shall begin immediately. I will attempt to take on the UI first.

I've been extremely interested in LinuxMCE since version 1.1. I even built my own rig (which I intend to expand) and run it in my home now. I want to be able to eventually offer this system to a number of people and organizations whom are looking for this kind of solution, but have to settle with less function and value for more money.

I'm staking my claim here. I want to be able to contribute as much as many of the gurus on this forum. I'm willing to invest in both myself and this team in order to get to this goal. I have a number of ideas to offer, and will back it up with blood, sweat, and tears to help this team reach its Holy Grail!

I have 10 years experience in home automation design, project management, and installation. I have worked for companies that have both a worldwide presence and local reach. These companies have ranged in focus and niche from lighting, to audio, to home theater, to marine. I have been published in my industry's (home automation) and adjacent industry (homebuilders) magazines several times. I specialize in documentation, back-end process development, marketing, and interfacing between parties (client to integrator, integrator to subcontractor, subcontractor to client, etc.).

I have run a business for 8 years, but see a better option to diversify my income, so money is not my goal here. I have 10 years military experience--4 year USMC active duty as a grunt, and 6 years USAR as a Drill Sergeant. I know how to make a plan, foresee obstacles, issue orders, and supervise.

I am a quick learner, thorough thinker, and an enthused scientist when it comes to technology. I don't just believe in this, I live it.

Please bless me on my educational way to becoming a part of this team, and helping us create a better product that fits my vision--the perfect combination of electronic entertainment, home automation, and computers. I want to do this!

Respectfully submitted,


Users / Can the Embedded Orbiter be used as a speakerphone?
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:25:55 pm »
Other than the obvious applications (through your TV/stereo), I was wondering if this was possible as an alternative to a phone per se at the bedroom via a Chumby, or as a video entry doorphone using one of these: or one of these:

Plus a tethered version for the kitchen could be used in a high-end solution using this:

Any concessions out there think this is a good or attractive idea?


Users / Re: Are these Cisco Phones compatible?
« on: October 31, 2008, 03:05:57 am »
What about the wireless version of the 7970? The CP-7921G-A-K9? Can it work with the basic phone functions? Can it work with the Orbiter software?

Users / Re: LinuxMCE on Playstation 3
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:42:51 pm »
Or you can upgrade the hard drive altogether and increase the swap partition on the hard drive...

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