Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
- Go to the Yahoo Pipe's Flickr Contacts Faves Page
- Fill in the fields for your flickr name, # of photos to include for each contact and then input either "contact" to show one feed item per contact or "fave" to show one feed item per favorite.
- Press "Run Pipe"
- Select "Get an RSS" at the bottom of the page
Alternatively, the RSS feed is immediately accessible by
- copying the link below:
- Change "alias" in the link to either your flickr NSID or photostream alias (what follows http://flickr.com/photos/ in the address bar when you go here)
- Change "5" to the number of favorites from each contact to include in the feed
- "Contact" unchanged to display one feed item per contact, or changed to "fave" to display one feed item per fave.
The end result is an RSS feed with the most recent favorites (standard is five photos each) for every contact you have set up in flickr. Pretty cool - especially if your contacts have similar taste or interests in photos. Below is a snapshot of the resulting rss feeds taken from GoogleReader:
mx-500 on left & mx-600 on right
Universal Remote Control Inc. began their company making OEM remote controls. They make remote controls for many, many devices some of which you may have used before. My Time Warner cable box's remote control was even made by them.
Layout of the remote:
The feel of these remotes is great. It fits in the hand very nicely and you can reach the volume, channel, fast forward, rewind and "mouse pad" all near the remote users thumb. The remote features 45 hard buttons,a fully customizable LCD screen (always on) with ten hard buttons assigned to those LCD functions, and a nice five-way mouse (thumb-pad). The remote supports ten devices which should be enough for most looking in this price range. You can really make any button do whatever you want it to and I have mine set up so you can basically get to almost any function with no more then two presses of the key. The remote is big - over nine inches long, but it really does feel good in your hand. To power the remote, it requires four AAA batteries which are included. Other hard buttons on the remote include play, stop, pause, fast foward, rewind, chap skip, record all the numbers, guide, menu, exit, info and three non-LCD macro buttons.
I won't bore you with the details of setting up the remote, but I will say it takes a little time to get everything set up just right. There's no internet or PC connection so you do everything right on the remote itself. The remote comes with a pretty large database of IR codes for home theater devices, but I used the learn function for many of my devices so I could make everything just the way I wanted it. I then created several macros including one that turns everthing on, makes sure my HTPC software (Beyond TV) is focused, sets all devices to the proper inputs etc. I set up several other macros as well. Once you get the hang of it, it's not too difficult.
Backlighting - There's a button on the side that lights up all the buttons and the LCD so you can see everything on the remote in the dark. You can turn it off with another push of the button or it will turn off automatically after a short amount of time (configurable in the setup menu).
Cloning - If like me, you have two MX-500 or MX-600 remotes, you can clone all the settings and codes from one remote to another. This made it nice for me since I have so many similar functions on my HTPC setups.
Range - The MX-500 is an IR-only remote, but it has incredible range compared to most remotes. I was able to use it as far as 50 feet as long as there was little or no walls or doors blocking the way. The MX-600 is even better as it uses RF technology and an RF receiver so that it can be used throughout the entire house. You can also place the components anywhere behind doors or in cabinets without problems. Since I use a cable modulator in the house, I've been running my HTPC located in the living room from my upstairs bedroom using the MX-600 remote - I can't begin to tell you how excited this made my wife athough it can be a problem when you are looking for the remote control in the living room :)
You can get the MX-500 for about $76 and the MX-600 for about $117 on sale at Amazon right now. I also use girder and the usbuirt to control my HTPC along with these remotes. The combination is just perfect for me. Bottom line I highly recommend both of these remotes. If you have any questions about either remote, let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Wii Fit actually looks like it might have potential. Check the preview video out below:
Credit: NintendoFanBoy for the blaster story
"it's been a while since HTPCnews.com has been online and fully
operational. Hopefully some of you will find your way back this way over
time and see that it's back online."
Monday, July 09, 2007
First it is important to explain what the sensor bar really does in the first place. The sensor bar doesn't really "sense" at all. Instead, it emits infrared lights from the right and left side of the sensor bar. The wiimote "reads" the infrared from the sensor and sends that information via bluetooth to the Wii console and thus tells it where the Wii remote is pointing. Thats about all it does. The cord going from the Nintendo Sensor Bar to the Wii powers the IR lights on the sensor bar.
This is the bottom of the wireless sensor bar. The compartment for the AA batteries is found here.