Archive for July, 2007

Sony launched VAIO TP1 Living Room PC

Sony VAIO TP1 Living Room PC

Sony launched VAIO TP1. That Living Room PC is stylish and features 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 300GB 7,200RPM SATA hard drive, dual-layer DVD writer, ATSC / NTSC TV tuner, GMA 950 integrated graphics set, and HDMI / DVI / VGA outputs, a 4-pin FireWire connector, audio in / out, four USB 2.0 ports, Memory Stick / SD slots, 802.11b/g. You can own all of this together with Vista Home Premium for $1599.99. IMHO I’d exclude Vista and would try Linux with MythTV 🙂

[via Engadget]

Building the ultimate Linux-based music server

DIY HD audio system
If you’re music lover and Linux folk that article from is definitely for you. Here the author explains how to build your own ultimate music server. It’s cheaper then similar commercial products like Sonos but it offers more functions and can be expandable easily.

In brief, the system core is EPIA EX-1500G included a wide range of A/V outputs. Additionally, we need NAS – it was chosen Infrant NV+, and control panel – here is we see Nokia N800. Nokia770 is also can be used but it doesn’t support Rhapsody well. The article contains a lot of pictures and code snippets to help you build media server fast and easy.

I already posted about another DIY home music system based on Linux. It also uses Nokia770 as control panel. So, now you have a choice.

LinuxMCE 1.1 RC1 is released

LinuxMCE logo

Yesterday the release candidate 1 of LinuxMCE 1.1 is out. According to release note all known issues of beta 2 were fixed. So, you can download (from Torrent, as all previous releases) and try it. Please, submit all found bugs to help LinuxMCE developers come to stable version faster.

I tried to install Linux MCE 1.1 Beta 2 but during installation IP of my PC was lost. As result of that the installation failed. It happen “because LMCE uninstalls knetworkmanager in place of arping midway through the installation.” There are actually two ways to solve it (thanks to gazlang):

  • re-boot and re-start the LMCE installer when it loses connection, then it’ll go all the way through;
  • install arping before starting the LMCE installer, reboot first and make sure you are still connected to the net.

Ubuntu Home Server

Ubuntu Home Server

Recently I discovered Ubuntu Home Server Project. As project creators say:

Ubuntu Home Server (UHS) will be an edition of the Ubuntu operating system which allows users to administer their home network. With Ubuntu Home Server you will be able to store all your music, songs and pictures in one central location, to access your files over the internet and to backup all the computers in your house.

So, hopefully we’ll have a good alternative to Windows Home Server. Especially, Ubuntu has the most attractive user interface IMHO. Also, we should take into account that recently open source home automation system Plutohome was ported to Kubuntu. I can see the good tendency that two great software product for home are concentrated on the same OS.

New Integra DTR-7.8 THX Ultra2 A/V Receiver

Integra  DTR-7.8 THX Ultra2 A/V Receiver

Recently Integra has introduced the its new DTR-7.8 THX Ultra2 Certified A/V receiver. The 7.1-channel home theater receiver features HDMI v.1.3a compatible switching, onboard decoding for the latest lossless and HD audio formats, and an extensive suite of multizone/multisource and system integration control features. For integration with home control systems the DTR-7.8 includes an Ethernet port, bi-directional RS-232, RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) system control integration over HDMI, three programmable 12-volt triggers, dual IR inputs, and three unique assignable IR code sets. Thanks to Ethernet port the receiver can be easily controlled from Network-based control systems such as E-Control and AMX Device Discovery. And this is a really good feature!

The DTR-7.8 features three HDMI inputs and one output. So, it seems suit for a complete high-end home theater installation. It is fully compatible with HDMI v. 1.3a, including 1080p and Deep Color™ 36-bit video signals. It also features onboard decoding for the Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio lossless audio formats specified for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray disc formats. It includes superior quality Burr Brown audio DAC’s for all channels, and a trio of 32-bit DSPs for all processing.

The Integra DTR-7.8 is now available from Integra dealers with a suggested retail price of $1300.00.

[via CePro]

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