[SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!

John Chalinder argiod at bresnan.net
Sun Jan 6 19:26:27 CST 2008

OK, so with the company's invite to modify it; get one and make it over into 
the machine you want it to be. Sounds like that's the whole point to this 
device. When you're done, share your experience and design with the rest of 
us. Tell us how you've improved over TIVO, and what the cost difference is. 
This thing reminds me of the way I cook with prepackaged meals, such as 
Hamberger Helper: I use it as a base to cook up what I want. This unit looks 
like a damn nice base unit that can be molded into many neat devices. Let's 
see what you can come up with.

On Sun, 6 Jan 2008 18:12:13 -0600
  Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org> wrote:
> On 1/6/08, Borries Demeler wrote:
>>  Here is a new Linux gadget reminiscent of TIVO and reasonably priced.
>>  It has all the right connectors, and entirely open source. Can record
>>  to microdrives and USB drives, and does all of this in mpeg4:
> No, it's not really like a TiVo.  It's more like a VCR or DVD recorder, in 
>that it lets you play and make digital copies of the output from these kinds 
>of devices.  Like old-style VCRs, you can program it to record at certain 
>times and to use the external IR blaster to control a TV or cable box, but it 
>doesn't have it's own cable or satellite-like TV Guide service (so that you 
>could set it to record certain shows whenever they come up as opposed to just 
>recording certain time slots on certain days regardless of what might 
>actually be showing at that time), and it's not networked in any way so that 
>you can play it back from a client of your choice.
> It doesn't integrate any storage, either.
> So, take an old-style VHS VCR.  Strip out the tape drive and replace it with 
>a card reader for a few different types of removable cards, as well as a USB 
>port so that you could plug in external hard drives. Take the rest and 
>re-implement pretty much exactly as-is using open-source software on top of a 
>Linux OS, and give the user some control over what video format to use at 
>what screen size and what bit rate.
> That's a Neuros OSD.
> Myself, I really want those other features that TiVo can bring to the table.
> I want an 100Base-TX Ethernet port, as well as 802.11g/n wireless 
>networking, so that I can watch my shows from whatever local or remote client 
>I may choose to use.  I want a TV Guide service, so that I can set it to 
>record my favourite shows whenever they come on, on whichever channels they 
>come on.
> I want it to have some intelligence to say that if I have scheduled 
>recordings for Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek TNG, that I might 
>also like Star Trek DS9, or Star Trek Voyager, or Stargate SG-1, or any of 
>various other SciFi shows.
> I also want the thing to be able to use network storage as well as local 
>storage, so that I can have a half-dozen Neuros OSDs in the house, all set to 
>record various different shows at various different times.  I want a central 
>console where I can control all those devices, and to make use of a new 
>device I can just plug it into the network and I'm done.
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