[SATLUG] this gadget caught my eye!

Brad Knowles brad at shub-internet.org
Sun Jan 6 21:30:03 CST 2008

I'm not a programmer. That's the fundamental problem with the people  
who take the "just fix the freakin code you damn moron" type of  

I am not a moron, but I can't "just fix the freakin code".

Brad Knowles <brad at shub-Internet.org>

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On Jan 6, 2008, at 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.
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>> Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>
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