Archive for January, 2007

Turn Your Sony PS3 into a MythTV PVR


After running Debian on PS3 it’s time to turn it into PVR. Here is a list of its additional components: MythTV and a Plextor ConvertX PX-TV402U, a pretty nifty little box that has a TV tuner, a variety of video inputs for handling cable and satellite broadcasts, and support for MPEG-1/2/4 and DivX compression. You’ll also need some Linux drivers for that PX-TV402U, and a couple of patches to help the driver work on the PS3.
Hoverer, I don’t see any practice reason to do this hack. Because if you want to make sure you never miss a recording, you have to keep your MythTV running all the time, meaning you can’t play PS3 games. It’d be much more sensible to create HTPC instead.

[via PVR Wire]

Brief introduction of HDMI

HDMI Design

New standard of TV – Hight Definition Television needs a new universal interface between video source and TV. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a good candidate to do it. HDMI is the first uncompressed all-digital interface that carries audio and video signals, and is backwards compatible with the video-only digital interface DVI. It was founded by major electronics manufacturers, including Hitachi, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and others in 2002. Since that time 3 version of the interface was released. Read more information in the article “HDMI: Past, Present, and Future” on Den Guru site. It might be useful to understanding a digital TV endency.

OrigenAE HTPC features 1080p LCD

OrigenAE S21T

Most of modern HTPCs feature built-in VDF of LCD display. It displays useful information and it gives a possibility to embed IR port there to avoid using an external one. But OrigenAE, well known producer of cases for HTPC, decided to hit HTPC fans with S21T which includes 12.1-inch motorized touchable LCD that touts an 1920 x 1080 resolution, and just might beat out the actual TV sets this beast will end up connected to. The rest features are:

  • one piece 5mm aluminium front & sides
  • 1 x 120mm exhaust fan (pre-installed)
  • 2 x 90mm intake fan (pre-installed)
  • 1 x 120mm optional extractor module
  • front media bay, USB hub, audio & firewire
  • matched optical drive bezel
  • removable motherboard tray
  • rubber isolation hard drive screws
  • optional MCE & IR Trans module
  • support for up to 10 hard drives

I have no idea what is an advantage of this case but I suspect that the price should be extremely hight! So, if you find some reasonable solution for your HTPC S21T is definitely not right choice.

[via Engadget]

Maemo Development VMWare Appliance


As you may know recently Nokia released new version of its internet tablet – N800. So, Maemo community already prepared a new version of its SDK – Maemo 3.0 Bora. It’s easy to setup Maemo environment using Vmware. Just download Ubuntu Browser Appliance Virtual Machine and free VMWare Player and follow to this instruction.
Thanks to Kon Wilms who already prepared and published ready to use Maemo Development VMWare Appliance (1.05 GB, Bit Torrent). So, have a look and use it.

Sychronization between MS Outlook and Plutohome

Plutohome Logo
Well, Plutohome development team announced a tool to synchronize contacts from Microsoft Outlook and Plutohome telecome database. This functionality is implemented on the Windows Orbiter side. So, after installing WinOrbiter you’ll able to transfer your contacts to the Pluto.
Basically, it isn’t a good way, IMHO. I’d be much better to retrieve contact information from the vCard-file.
I suspect that all modern email clients support this format. I understand that most of people are Windows users. So, that’s why Outlook synchronization was implemented.
Anyway, I’m going to create a simple Perl script which will parse vCard file and will insert appropriate information into pluto_telecom database. Stay tune!

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