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61  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Twonkymedia Problems on: January 08, 2010, 12:14:36 PM
I put the wiki page together (quickly I admit), feel free to update it/enhance it.

The problem is, everyones setup is different.   I won't advise having your database on ANY flash device (either NAND or SD) as it does write very regularly to it, as it keeps things like play histories and dynamic playlists.  It's really worth relocating the entire appdata directory to the same filesystem that shares your media (HDD) and setting the contentbase parameter, as most peoples problems occur because the mediaserver scanner is trying to scan non media files...

for example:   contentbase=/mnt/media

and then the web UI will show the top level directory as /mnt/media rather than /  It also means it's impossible to add silly stuff outside the media directory to the database...

Also, there is a blacklist of directories than the server scanner will igore:

Code:
/proc
/dev
/sys
/lost+found
/var/preserve
/var/cache
/var/db
/var/local
/var/tmp
/var/opt
/var/run
/var/nis
/var/lib
/var/spool
/var/games
/var/lock
/var/log
/var/yp
/usr/etc
/usr/share
/usr/lib
/usr/libexec
/usr/local/share
/bin
/etc
/lib
/sbin
/srv
/tmp
/boot
/opt
/Program files
/Windows
/I386
/Drivers
AppleDouble

Also watch out for following symlinks (which it does not do by default), to enable this, set followlinks=1

The INI file is UTF16 format, which can be hard to edit, as things like nano and pico don't do UTF16.  It's sometimes easier to set the configuration via the web interface.  Any variable in the INIfile can be set by using the following web RPC call:

http:\\<your-server-ip>:9000\rpc\set_option?<parameter_name>=<parameter_value>

For example:
http:\\<your-server-ip>:9000\rpc\set_option?contentbase=/mnt/media

To view the current value:

http:\\<your-server-ip>:9000\rpc\get_option?<parameter_name>
62  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Competition to the plug? on: January 07, 2010, 10:17:24 AM
Marketing has it's place. The job of Marketing is to sell crap to the unsuspecting public.

Precisely.  Anyone with any ounce of common sense will put the spin/hype/fud aside and pick a product based on REAL values (price, performance, build quality, features and specification),,,
63  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Competition to the plug? on: January 07, 2010, 03:16:17 AM

The iPod and then the iPhone made it because of the user interface. You can still go out there and buy cheap (<$75) media players from China. The UI sucks. You have to be a near Linux Guru to encode any media to play on them. The UI... really sucks. iPhone/iPod integrates directly with iTunes store. People can easily (and legally) get their media. I have no problem finding the latest Torrent/NZB, loading it up in rTorrent or SABnzbd+, scping it to my Mac. Dragging and dropping it onto my cheap media player. There is no way in hades I'm going to have my mother do that. Her iPod shuffle + iTunes is easy enough for her to figure out.

The Wii brought gaming to EVERYONE. My aunts and uncles who have never touched a gaming console in their lives got up and bowled with us at Thanksgiving. They played tennis and even some of the more advanced 'group' games.


But isn't this just marketing people TELLING people that what they are doing is new and exciting?  Look at Nintendos stupid marketing tricks of drip feeding supplies, so consumers kill each other to buy one (they must be good, right, because nowhere has them...).   The reality is however, that the Playstation2 was doing EXACTLY what the Wii is doing today, TEN years ago, with the EyeToy camera and motion tracking.

Same really for the iPod/iPhone, yes, they might have a good UI, but everything else about them sucks badly, their PRIMARY purpose, music in the case of the ipod and making calls in the case of the iPhone, they are both horrid at (the sound quality of the iPods in particular, which cheap Chinese players regularly outclass them in).

As for the UI, again, Apple have such a foothold, people don't bother to explore alternatives.  Creative, Sony Walkman and iRiver all have great speedy UI, and do exactly what they neeed to, no more, and arguably because of that do it better than Apple.

I just get annoyed when marketing wins out over tech.  In my ideal world, the products with the best technology will always succeed, and marketing would not be needed at all.
64  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introducing wpanel, an interactive shell for your plug in a browser and more... on: January 06, 2010, 11:19:46 AM
0.91 working well for me here using lighttpd  Nice work!!!
65  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introducing wpanel, an interactive shell for your plug in a browser and more... on: January 06, 2010, 01:26:07 AM
Processes still not working for me, but not sure if it updated, as it still reports 0.90.
66  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New plug computer 3.0 on: January 05, 2010, 02:31:58 PM
Doesn't sound very Plug form factor....   Seems it's heading more to SFF server...
67  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What packages you running? (Debian/Ubuntu users) on: January 05, 2010, 01:17:26 AM
I've not had too many problems, and because package counts are generally very low on Shevaplug compared to full server and desktop installations of Debian/Ubuntu, the chances of package problems is greatly reduced too.

I do a full update every month, and don't think I have ever encountered a problem.   Running old versions of packages comes with their own problems too.   Transmission web interface failed to work at all on Opera for me, on the Lenny "stable" distro, but works fine in the "unstable"...
68  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introducing wpanel, an interactive shell for your plug in a browser and more... on: January 05, 2010, 01:14:31 AM
You should just need to do:

chmod ug+s wpanel

On it and it's owner / group should both be root, that should be all that is needed as far as I know.
Cheers
Kevin


Thanks, that fixed it.  My only problem, is the Processes tab does not show anything.
69  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introducing wpanel, an interactive shell for your plug in a browser and more... on: January 04, 2010, 04:52:31 PM
Got it displaying a logon using lighttpd, but I can't log in.   I also can't find setuid and setgid on debian.  Anyone know what package they come with?
70  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introducing wpanel, an interactive shell for your plug in a browser and more... on: January 04, 2010, 03:48:19 PM
Don't suppose you have a binary?  I don't want to install a c++ compiler just to try this out...
71  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What packages you running? (Debian/Ubuntu users) on: January 04, 2010, 12:30:47 PM
Debian-Lenny on a 8gb SD card. There are a couple that I compiled an installed manually, not on this list.. Like Transmission.. apt-get got me version 1.22?!? I downloaded 1.76 and compiled/installed it myself.. Wink

That's precisely why I opted for Debian Squeeze rather than Lenny, as the packages in Lenny are so out of date...
72  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Competition to the plug? on: January 04, 2010, 12:26:57 PM
However Apple will spend lots of money on marketing, and consumers will then buy whatever crap Apple want to sell them regardless of how good or bad it is, in comparision to competing products.

I have long since worked out that best technology or best value does not mean best sales any more, if you have pretty adverts and comes with a "uban chic" created by the manufacturer, then you can sell sub-par stuff to the mass market consumers that are too stupid (or lazy) to bother to explore alternatives.   Many examples of this (iPhone, iPod, Wii, Xbox360 all inferior to their counterparts, but sell well due to advertising/marketing/virual marketing/astroturfing)
73  Linux Stuff / Linux distributions / Re: Do you still need to install the SheevaPlug Installer if you just bought a Plug? on: January 01, 2010, 09:38:07 AM
As mentioned, you don't have to.  However this is some big benefits from doing so.

1/ You get the latest kernels from sheeva-with-linux.
2/ It converts the plug to UBIFS, which boots significantly quicker.
3/ You can if you wish, install the root filesystem to SDCard if you wish.

74  General Category / Success stories / Re: get_iplayer on: December 31, 2009, 08:29:02 AM
Hi, can you elerboate how to use this?  What do you get at the end of it?  Unencrpyted files for streaming on the home network?  Does it support the HD iPlayer streams? 
75  General Category / General Discussion / What packages you running? (Debian/Ubuntu users) on: December 30, 2009, 01:05:32 PM
Out of curiosity, what packages are people running on their debian plugs?  It's really simple to do a package listing of installed packages:

Code:
dpkg -l |grep '^ii' > InstalledPackages.txt

Mines attached (and uses 50% of NAND, with /var on SDHC)

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