CommandIR II takes the cake

And changes channels flawlessly! As I have mentioned earlier I originally had an IguanaIR device which was billed as 4 IR blasting capable ports. I could never get it to work with more than 2 devices and their support was terrible.

I purchased the CommandIR II, and installed it in an available USB header port on the motherboard. A pull from lirc cvs, a quick compile of the driver (make sure to choose CommandIR under USB devices) had me up and running in no time. I am still using a tuning plugin written by a fellow SageTVer, with a script I wrote to perform the channel changes. All is working great. –b


HD-PVR driver in Linux updated to support AC3

The development tree for the Hauppauge HD-PVR driver in Linux was recently updated to include AC3 support for the device.

“Adds support for AC3 as audio codec. Only available with firmware released
in August 2008.”

This suggests the new driver/firmware has been released but it is not locateable on Hauppauge web site. It should be immenent though. Looks like it is time to re-compile the driver! Point your Mercurial tools here for a clone.

HD-PVR/HVR-1600 32-bit Compatibility fixed!

User trueno on the SageTV forums posted this patch which adds full ioctl support for a 32-bit software package running with these 64-bit drivers in Linux. If you have both devices like I do, I would suggest the following implementation:

  1. ~#>hg clone
  2. ~#>cd hdpvr
  3. ~#>hg pull
  4. ~#>hg merge
  5. ~#>hg commit
  6. ~#>wget -O
  7. ~#>unzip sage64.patch
  8. ~#>cat sage64.patch | patch -p1
  9. ~#>hg merge
  10. ~#>hg commit
  11. ~#>make menuconfig #select/deselect the options
  12. ~#>make
  13. ~#>sudo make install
  14. ~#>sudo reboot

Have fun. In testing HVR-1600s do not throw dmesg errors and I haven’t hooked the hd-pvr back up to Linux yet –b

Mining your data from an iPhone, on the cheap

I was working on an iPhone today whose owner had their computer stolen and a misplaced backup drive. Pulling contacts off is a non-issue but if you want pics or music not so easy. I am writing the steps here more for my memory, but I also hope it helps someone out there too.

  1. Get Senuti. The latest beta supports pulling music from an iPhone.
  2. Get DiskAid to copy off the photos.
  3. Get Keith Wiley’s iPod Photo Reader
  4. Use Automator to convert photos from pict to jpg or whatever.

Of course the steps could use some expansion, but it’s not too hard to figure out. –b

PS – If you just want your data without the hassle and $20 bucks is worth it to you, click here. Their demo will watermark your pics, but you can try before you buy.

Goodbye iguanaIR, hello CommandIR II

After becoming very frustrated with the lack of support from IguanaWorks, I have decided to replace their device with the internal unit from CommandIR.

The Iguana device had been working great when I was running 2 tuners. After adding the 3rd tuner/DCT700 cable box to the mix, I could not get it to work. I opened a ticket with Iguana and I get the impression my issue is not high enough on their priority list to address. As a result I would NOT recommend this company to anyone to do business with.

Stay tuned for CommandIR feedback. I selected their new internal version and am looking forward to the install. I need to have all my tuners operational before the kickoff of the new TV season!


Comchecker Script for Mac and Linux

I have recently updated the ComChecker script to work on the Mac and Linux platforms using the appropriate bash syntax for both platforms.

Download the script or the OS X application below.

ComChecker Script

OS X App

Web View .1

I wrote a little webkit cocoa app to enable you to display a web page
in a single application window. It is not meant to be a browser
although it could function like one in a crippled way. There are no
navigational controls, etc. What got me started on this was AOL’s
release of the new AOL radio channels. The new player is supported in
webkit/Safari so it was very easy. If you use an application like
Airfoil to push audio to Airport Express units, this allows you to
separate the web radio feed from normal browser sounds.

Other options might be a persistent web IM application, web form for
logging info, etc., that you don’t want to tie to a full web browser
and other uses that might happen in it. I removed most of the menu
functions, but preferences work to change the url and window size is
remembered. The default page is my blog site, but I would recommend
checking out as well. If
you’ve never used Airfoil, I would recommend it too.

Grab it here


Conversion to FiOS TV complete

Last night I, sadly, canceled my DirecTV service in favor of the Bundle Three from Verizon. I ended up saving about $100/mo in charges. It is hard to argue with that. Of course doing that required that I re-wire my media server space to accommodate the new VZ gear. I could have used a few more zip ties though. Check out the pic after the break..

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HD-PVR Drivers for Linux

Today is pretty exciting. Janne Grunau has posted his driver source for the new HD-PVR in linux. Now the question is, will I risk WAF points for testing bleeding edge? What do you think 😉


Check out it out via Mercurial at