[SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!

Jeremy Mann jeremymann at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 19:41:18 CST 2008

This device looks very promising. Checking the forums, the Developers
are actively seeking 'hacks' to further the development. One guy made
a powered back pack that he hooks up to a helmet camera to record his
feats on a bike and snowmobile. Another one is developing a way to
hook up a USB camera.

As a previous owner and user of a TiVO, I had one problem with it,
well several problems. It needed a channel guide of some kind to
record. I could never tell it to record for this amount of time. Also,
there was no way of it knowing when a program went over because of
interruptions or game schedules. I missed the ends of several games
and races there were either delayed or ran long.

As a user of a 'hacked' Xbox, this will probably be definitely worth
the investment. I couldn't find what other codecs it supports, but I
can tell you that the Linux Xbox cannot playback mp4 files without
frequent  problems. The 700mhz chip in the Xbox cannot handle mp4 too

Also, just checked and somebody 'hacked' a FTP server and You Tube
video viewer for the OSD. Only time will tell what else the community
will add to the device.

To me this is the culmination of a user developed open source version
of the Linux Xbox.

I want one! ;)

On Jan 6, 2008 7:26 PM, John Chalinder <argiod at bresnan.net> wrote:
> 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.
> >
> > --
> > Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
> > LinkedIn Profile: <http://tinyurl.com/y8kpxu>
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