When a local Currys closed down, I made the mistake of buying a Humax
I've never liked it - it takes forever to start up from cold and lights
the same red led to show both "off" and "recording". Utterly stupid
design and just one of the weirdly incompetent human interface
Because whatever incompetent body that replaced the BBC in transmitter
site planning (Ofcom?) excelled themselves, we are now plagued by a
relay for BBC Wales nearby and in line with and thus much stronger than
Winter Hill. This makes tuning up any TV apparatus a nightmare. This may
or may not be relevant.
When setting up a programme to record, within the last few weeks the
Humax has now started deciding it will record the Welsh channel as well
as the English. So I've been having to go through and delete lots of
Today when trying to set up to record tonight's political debate (we
look after even older people than us) it decided that it couldn't record
the Winter Hill channel because it already had two channels set to
record. Having scrolled through all the channels in the recording
schedule and finding nothing pre-programmed, it occurred to me that the
clash was with the two BBC Wales channels (HD and SD?) in the list which
it was waiting to set up. Accepting the only option of deleting the
English recording and allowing a Welsh lets it record, so we may be OK.
I wonder if anyone else has seen anything like this and whether there
may have been a recent over the air software update that has caused it.
Or is it my finger trouble?
2000T. The delay in finding it was because I don't want to disturb or
brave the old ladies in the lounge and couldn't immediately locate the
manuals on my backup server. That's another thing I need to improve.
I use a PC equipped with a Hauppage USB TV tuner.
Running linux and Kaffeine.
I can record as many stations simultaneously as I have USB dongles to
tune the multiplexes to
Recorded videos are (edited with openshot to remove the adverts and)
stored on my headless domestic server (linux) (built from a scrap PC
gifted to me by my PC supplier, as it was obsolete and unsaleable) which
runs minidlna so the smart TV can 'see' the whole 500GB video library.
I have no DVD player.
DVDs are ripped on as PC as soon as they are bough, by Handbrake, and
stored on the server.
There is now just one remote and a TV screen connected by mains
networked plugs (WiFi proved unreliable for all te streaming I do) in
the living room...
It turns out that this is about the lowest box count and remote count
Mindlna does audio too. and so does the TV.
I must get a hifi amp to add to it all.
If you have a desktop PC,and a smart TV then getting the dongles aint
expensive, and building a server out of an old XP machine (needs little
CPU or RAM, just serious disk) is cheep.
And you then have a permanent online library of ALL your DVDs, plus the
functionality of a TV recorder that will do as many channels as you add
dongles up to the five that represent all the UK muxes in general.
And its a heck of a sight easier to set up recording schedules with a
mouse and keyboard than a sodding remote.
To ban Christmas, simply give turkeys the vote.
That sounds very interesting, although I have doubts about it being
appropriate for the circumstances here. SWMBO can just about stop and
start playback of recordings once I have them all set up and ready. She
won't use any sort of computer and the smartphone I got for her remains
I might fire up a Linux machine and have a look at Kaffeine. I assume
that when you refer to usb dongles in the 3rd para, you are meaning
dongled usb tuners?
Correct. Hauppage do em for normal digital TV and a new one that does HD
There's several different TV player for linux. MeTV, mythTV XRDBC VLC.
from memory. Maybe even that ghastly pile of turds Totem
For me I prefer everything - computer data, pictures music videos - all
on the server where I can auto back them up and use a TV to play the
multimedia or PC, and a PC to edit the personal data stuff
In fact you could using a wireless keyboard and mouse simply use the TV
as a monitor for that server, although I think you would need speakers
Of what good are dead warriors? … Warriors are those who desire battle
more than peace. Those who seek battle despite peace. Those who thump
No,. there is nothing to be done on Apple. Thats 'take it to the apple
Windows is what it is. You cant really configure it much.
You certainly cant BUILD anything useful with it easily.
Building a NAS style home server out of an old XP tower with some extra
disk is really a lot less challenging than installing a toilet.
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a
kind word alone.
On Mon, 5 Jun 2017 20:45:39 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
Where is my stalking net cop Clive George when we want him?
Here TNP goes again, bringing Linux advocacy to a group that looks
like he would rather keep his heavily biased thoughts to himself?
Cheers, T i m
On Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:14:55 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
<snip> >Linux is the one OS some people do diy.
Linus certainly did. ;-)
Especially if one is into programming.
The thing (that some of the Linux geeks can't understand) is that I'm
not into programming and never have been. Ok, I've done a bit of BASIC
on the PDP11 we had a 300 baud model link to when at college and on my
ZX81's, Spectrum and BBC B, but it became very apparent very quickly
that I was better with a soldering iron than I was with a keyboard.
I have done a bit of (very simple) programming on the Arduinos and I
'like' the way you interface with it (unlike the BBC micro:bit that is
a bit weird) and it is a buzz when something works, but I don't really
have to time, interest (and therefore) attention span to actually make
stuff that anyone else might consider 'good'.
Because so much of the Arduino stuff is already out there as examples
or to download, I have found that whilst I can generally make all the
different hardware modules work, I can't make the programming work to
tie all the hardware together nicely.
Like I was working on a project with a mate that could fade up and
down his marine fish tank lights with one set controlled over a
bluetooth link. We had the (LED) lamps controlled nicely, the BT link
working and, the RTC module set and displaying the right date and time
on an I2C linked LCD display, it was just that I didn't have the
skills (or time / interest to learn them).
Luckily I have a mate who is a very good programmer who is happy to
Teamviewer into my PC and pull all the modules together. He doesn't
know much about electronics so is happy for what I can show him in
Cheers, T i m
I think the right answer is a function of what you expect / have to
get involved in, so in that respect (and for me and many worse than
me), dealing with Windows is about as far as 'most people' care or are
able to 'diy' on an OS.
Basically, most of what 'most people' are expected to deal with (in a
technical sense) is typically done via the GUI. That means it can be
managed by solutions often found by trial-and error.
With Linux and it's greater reliance on the CLI to do such things (and
with very little that would be intuitive to anyone who wasn't a
programmer or used to dealing with such systems), it is less easy /
likely for anyone to fix something using trial-and-error, rather than
the '1000 monkeys' solution.
This is coming from someone who built his first IBM PC/AT clone
running MSDOS 5 and OS fairly familiar with editing a *couple* of
startup batch files and using a few basic CLI commands.
Part of autoexec.bat was to call Automenu.bat and it was all pretty
well menu based from then on (for me at home and the 35 users I looked
after on the PC's and LAN I built and installed at work).
Installing and maintaining several DOS's ... CPM, OS2, Apples OS / OSX
and NOS's like Windows 3.11, Lan Manager, Netware and NT Server,
offered very little in the way of preparation for installing and
Maybe if I'd ever had to work on a mainframe or a Unix machine over my
40 years in IT support, Linux wouldn't have appeared so different /
Cheers, T i m
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