Multimedia application

by Mike Linnen 9. January 2004 21:49
Multimedia application

I have an old PC that isn't really doing anything so I decided to make it into a multimedia PC for my home entertainment center.  I looked around a little bit to see if there are any freeware applications that will handle this application.  I found Freevo and MythTV.  Both of these applications are Linux based which is ok for some people but I am a .Net developer so I wanted a Windows .Net solution.  I haven't found anything that is written in C# so I decided to start my own for now to see how far I could take it.

Here are some things I want to do

  • Play MP3
  • Play My Home Videos
  • Slideshow pictures
  • X10 Home control
  • Speech and Voice recognition
  • Record TV Shows
  • Monitor Home Security
  • Get News feed with speech
  • Weather reports
  • RSS Aggregator
  • Internet Radio
  • Home Wiki
  • Audio/Text Message center
  • Allarm clock
  • Play Games

I started a Home Automation Wiki Wiki to keep notes on my progress.

 

CachDependency is neat

by Mike Linnen 7. January 2004 22:06
CachDependency is neat

I just finished a bug in the FlexWiki project that had to do with the System.Web.Caching.CacheDependency object.  What a cool object!  You can tie a cached item to a collection of files.  When one of the files is changed the cached item is cleared.  I did not relize the System.Web.Caching namespace had such an object. 

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Finished FlexWiki enhancement

by Mike Linnen 7. January 2004 06:35
Finished FlexWiki enhancement

I finished an Xml Transform enhancement for the FlexWiki open source project late last night.  I plan on using this feature to extract XML configuration information from the integration and test servers that run multiple instances of a web application.  It is always painful to keep the documents up to date on what versions of the software are installed on the machines.  Now I will be able to navigate to a wiki page and display the information.

This is the second enhancement I coded for the FlexWiki project.  The first enhancement allowed a user to restore a previos versioned page as the current one.

I plan on contributing more to this project as time allows.

 

 

 

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I'm a geek

by Mike Linnen 6. January 2004 07:45
I'm a geek

My commute to work has extended to almost 60 minutes at times here in Phoenix Arizona.  Nothing good seems to be on the radio anymore either.  So today I grabbed one of the .Net Rocks internet audio talk shows and burned it to CD.  The ride into work was a lot more informative:)  You can also get the shows from MSDN Hosted .Net Rocks.  I think I will be doing this more often.

 

 

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Wiki on my Palm

by Mike Linnen 5. January 2004 20:48
Wiki on my Palm
I have been using MegaWiki on my Sony Clie for about 2 weeks now and I love it.  It allows you to do WikiWikWeb like mark up in any text field on a Palm OS device.  I currently only use it for organizing my memo pad notes.  It makes navigation between notes a snap.  Now I can use my PDA as a note taking device when I am in a remote location without my computer. 

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Made up my mind on blogging software

by Mike Linnen 5. January 2004 13:48
Made up my mind on blogging software

I have tried several blogging services and software packages and I finally decided to use .Text on my own web site.  I felt I had more control over what I wanted to do with my blog if I used my own site and a package that came with the source.  So far I really like .Text and I can't think of anything I would change currently.

 

 

Slow Stick Flight

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 20:59
Slow Stick Flight
I took to the park today and flew the Slow Stick.  I had a 2 cell Lipo powering it.  It flew about 15 minutes before I had to call it a flight.  It sure is nice using Lipo power packs over nicads.  The weight differance allowed me to use half throttle and still climb.

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New webhosting service

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 13:30
New webhosting service

Well I am in the process of moving over to a new webhosting service.  I used to use Flarehosting but I changed to WebHost4Life.  The new service is cheaper and provides more capabilities.  So far I am very impressed with the service.  The control panel used to configure your web site gives you a lot of capabilities.  I now have subdomain capability without additional cost. 

.Text configured as multiple blog on webhost4life

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 11:43
.Text configured as multiple blog on webhost4life

I now have .Text (version .94) configured for multiple blogs on WebHost4Life.  It wasn't too hard to do but took a little digging around.  I wanted it to be set up as a subdomain so I could have other applications on my main domain.  Once I get around to it I will add the steps it took to configure .Text to the new DotTextWiki.

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Mike Linnen

Software Engineer specializing in Microsoft Technologies

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