Archive for June, 2010

yaVDR brings XBMC and VDR to your HTPC

yaVDR logo

Linux distribution yaVDR – yet another VDR, offers XBMC version integrated with VDR – Video Disk Recorder. Because, as you may know, XBMC lacks PVR functionality. Moreover, yaVDR supports hardware acceleration VDPAU from the box. It allows to playback HD video even on Atom processors using power of nVidia GPU.

The latest version of yaVDR, announced yesterday, is based on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. It looks very promised because contains two the best in my opinion open source software XBMC and VDR in one distribution. I read before about integration VDR and XBMC but it needed too many manual work to setup such solution. With yaVDR that procedure became much easier. Even for ordinary users.

Open Source iPad X10 Home Automation Controller

QEES Combi Dimmer

Quite interesting project was found on the AutomatedHome site. Its goal is provide open source solution for iPad to use it as X10 controller. It uses Shion, PHP and AppleScript as software part and CM15Pro to communicate with X10 devices. User has a nice looking web interface to configure system and manage devices. That project will be available for download soon.

[via AutomatedHome]

ASRock Vision 3D HTPC

ASRock Vision 3D HTPC

ASRock recently announced its new product – Vision 3D HTPC. It supports 3D thanks to NVIDIA GeForce GPU and sports USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4 out, 7.1 audio and Blu-ray drive. The Vision 3D HTPC looks like Mac Mini except the front panel. Vision 3D HTPC has there USB ports and cardreader (personally I like Mac Mini clean front panel much more).

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