Friday, March 20, 2009

Team Mediaportal and dynamic IP

At the moment the computer I'm running Team Mediaportal on gets a new dynamic IP every couple of days so the Mediaportal looses track of the TV Service.

My hack to get around this is to manually stop the TVService; update the SQL table with the server information with the computers current IP; then manually start the TVService.

Monday, March 2, 2009

OpenLayers and Google Maps

Here is my attempt at using the Google Maps API through OpenLayers as presented at

Unfortunately, that didn't work as planned so on to the next hack...

Team Mediaportal and Schedules Direct plugin

Picked up a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 card at Circuit City. Since they were "discounting" for their going out of business sale with tax it was the same price as most online vendors. I plan on eventually building a MythTV box but for the moment I'm using it under Windows XP using Team Mediaportal with a Schedules Direct plugin. The plugin that worked for me can be found here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Places I've been...

States I've visited in the USA

create your own personalized map of the USA

Countries I've visited

create your own visited country map

OpenWRT supported 802.11n routers

The OpenWRT project is making strides on recent 802.11n capable routers based on AtherosA9100 chip sets.

As mentioned on Slashdot some of the less expensive routers that use that chip set:
  • Planex (PCI) MZK-W04NU, 32MB RAM and 8MB flash, USB port, 10/100 Ethernet
  • Trendnet TEW-652BRP, 32MB RAM and 4MB flash, 10/100 Ethernet
  • Trendnet TEW-632BRP, 32MB RAM and 4MB flash, 10/100 Ethernet
  • D-Link DIR-615 revision C1 (ONLY!), 32MB of RAM and 4MB flash, 10/100 Ethernet
  • TP-Link TL-WR941N WR941ND, 32MB RAM and 4MB flash, 10/100 Ethernet
Could use these for some interesting projects. Maybe a Kismet Drone (or see here)? Or how about a WiFi robot that implements SRV-1 Control Protocol ?

The Planex MZK-W04NU looks especially interesting since it has a USB connection. It's current status is discussed on the OpenWRT Forums.