Archive for March, 2004

Sound and remote success

March 28, 2004

All I’d done was plug in the wrong value for the sound ID, how silly of me.

The remote setup is *finally* there. Unfortunately I have to use a pre release version of lirc for it to work, but oh well. I still had to stuff around with the lircd.conf to add scan codes for half my remote’s buttons, and then muck around with Mythtv’s lircrc file to map the keys to something sensible, but now that I know how to do it, it’s not so bad.

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Linux TV 1.1.1 and some Mythtv success

March 28, 2004

I’ve upgraded to the 1.1.1 dvb drivers, if anything, it feels slower :/

On the other hand, after a *lot* of futzing around with the new mythtv channel picker I finally was able to watch some TV (sans sound) through Myth. Why oh why is it so darn hard to import tzap’s channels.conf file into Mythtv, surely someone has wanted to do that before? There’s very little docco out there on either configuration format.

At least I’m learning, through bitter experience, all those things which make a program easier to use. For example, if you spit out a critical error saying such and such isn’t configured, you damn well better mention such and such in the documentation.

Absolution Gap, by Alastair Reynolds

March 26, 2004

This seems to be the last in the series started by _Revelation Space_, wrapping up quite a few characters and storylines, and resolving the baddies.

The chord that rings truest in me about these books is the way the author uses the plots and technology to delve into the human condition; how we get over stuff, how we deal with stuff, right and wrong, what it actually means to be human. One of his favourite themes is how our psyche deals with a technologically stretched life span.

Paycheck

March 25, 2004

This was a lot better than I was expecting, only some of the action scenes were overdone, and the plot held together far better than I was expecting.

What the heck did they do to Uma’s hair! She looked like she’d just gotten out of bed the entire movie.

eight out of ten.

Wouldn’t it be great if..

March 23, 2004

..mythtv would write a blog entry everytime I taped/watched a show!

Holidays

March 23, 2004

I’m in between projects at work, and am taking a couple of weeks off. As an engineer, I feel it important to plan my holiday, so I plan to do a lot of riding, reading, cooking, photography, vdr setup, see some french films, work on iOta, and pick up my guitar. In other words, a lot of cheap stuff that should hopefully be fun.

Modern Dynamics of Open Source

March 23, 2004

I had the pleasure of attending Simon Phipps’ presentation _Modern Dynamics of Open Source_ today; it’s always interesting to see OSS from the other side.

Brain Switch Test

March 13, 2004

Took the brain switch test this morning, consistently scored four switches across four viewings of the test image; which apparently means I’m normal. So there.