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After installing the latest version of XBMC (9.11 repack), I noticed a lot of the small issues I was having with previous builds were fixed in this version. Pretty much everything could be handled via the configuration interface, but I found that I couldn't keep the crossfade option enabled, otherwise I would get a 'failed to initialize audio device' when trying to stream the audio via HDMI and moving from track to track.

I quickly googled the issue and found a recommended solution on an XBMC.org thread, but the blog post they linked to was having a database connection error. I found a google-cached version of the website and figured I would post a copy on my blog as well in case other people are looking for the solution.

If you are having trouble getting XBMC to read the IR commands from your remote from within Windows, I would highly recommend trying IR Server Suite which required little to no setup and got my XBMC setup reading IR signals from my MCE remote in no time.

The remote control (IR system) I purchased was the following:

AVS Gear HA-IR01SV Infrared Certified MCE VISTA Remote Control

I noticed that the traffic coming from search results for 'IR Server' were starting to increase on my other blog post about 'Cheap HTPC with XBMC and IR', so I figured I would add a few more details to this post.

Often times when modifying applications or building themes for applications, it may be necessary (or at least part of the requirements) to remove objects that contain links to important parts of a page that you would normally use. For example, you may not want login links displayed on a site that is primarily a read-only site, but you'll still need some way to login to the site.

Because I often need access to certain parts of a sharepoint page which have the links removed, I'm going to start building a short-list of links I commonly need to manually use.

Action URL
Login /_layouts/Authenticate.aspx?Source={sourceURL}
Logout /_layouts/SignOut.aspx
Site Settings /_layouts/settings.aspx
Change Masterpage /_Layouts/ChangeSiteMasterPage.aspx
Masterpage Gallery /_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx
View All Site Content /_layouts/viewlsts.aspx

While browsing newegg the other day, I saw a nifty little gadget called a 'nettop' by the name of 'Revo'. A nettop is essentially the desktop version of it's cousin, the netbook. Similar to the netbook, the nettop is designed with lower power consumption, small footprint, and low cost in mind. Surprisingly, the Revo nettop (or Acer Aspire Revo AR-1600 as it's formally known as) makes a decent Home Theater PC (HTPC).

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I've been posting a lot on the NetworkedMediaTank forums lately since I recently developed an application for the Popcorn Hour (and Optware/other devices) that improves the management of Usenet related functions.  The application was originally intended to simply grab all the bookmarks from a users Newzbin account and queue up those NZBs to be downloaded by the users usenet application (NZBget by default).

This means a user no longer needs to go through the manual process of downloading an NZB and uploading it to their Usenet client -- which means they would either need to set up an elaborate web-interface setup (such SABnzbd+) or would need remote access to their usenet client in some other fashion. The user can now simply login to Newzbin and bookmark the item. Newzbook takes care of the rest of things and starts the download automatically on its next pass.

The application has now expanded to include a number of other functions such as a mobile friendly Newzbin search and NZBget interface. You can find more details about the application on my googlecode page or on the NMT forums.

I should note that I do not give out Newzbin invitations to anyone I don't know and I strongly do not condone piracy.

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Name: Joshua Lyon
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