Media Center Update

I have this weekend completed a new upgrade to my media center solution at home,  replacing the old Silverstone LC-16 based xbmc-live system with a mac mini. This upgrade is largely for aesthetics how ever I have had some other minor success.  the Mac Mini in question is the 2010 model, not because still has the DVD…

XBMC on ATV2 Second Impressions

I have been using XBMC on ATV2 now for a just over a month as the media centre for the main bedroom and it is proving to be well worth the £101 or $99 (Grrrr) for the hardware. Since the initial release Greenpois0n has released an un-tethered Jailbreak.  Which makes life a lot easier; previously…

XBMC on Apple TV 2 First Impressions

My ATV2 arrived today, which I ordered straight away after I header on twitter that the xbmc team had ported to iOS.  Obviously im being a bit bleeding edge here.  However I’m currently watching a 1080p trailer from my nas with zero visible frame drops. XBMC is a bit buggy currently but we’ll let them…

My XBMC Multi Room audio challenge.

Recently I have successfully migrated away from SKY HD and from Freeview+ to an entirely XBMC based solution.  Most importantly this solution currently has a very high WAF .  My setup is built using XBMC live in an overly powerful PC in a rather nice silverstone media center case. My current problem is now I…

XBMC Gmail notifications.

I have this php script currently running on my nas to let me know if I have any new mail.  It works with gmail.com, googlemail.com and google app address’.  I simply use cron to execute the script every 15 minutes. i.e. (0,15,30,45 17-23 * * * php /var/www/checkgmail.php > /dev/null   #Check Gmail) 1: <?php 2:…

Cheaper Better Sonos Alternative

For some time now I have looked upon the wireless multi-room audio solution from Sonos with envious eyes. Mentally purchasing most of their offering many times over. However today by chance I spotted that my setup is better than their offering and a lot cheaper.