After following the steps in my XBMC Live Drives Mounted as Odd IDs article, wherein the user modifies the label of the drive and sets it to be recognized as part of the fstab process, I found myself occasionally seeing the message that indicates that Ubuntu can't find the drive. I found it frustrating that I would occasionally reboot my XBMC setup and the Seagate USB harddrives would have issues until I power cycled them.

With a bit of quick research, I found that there is an option as part of the fstab setup called nobootwait which lets the operating system continue to boot up even if the drive isn't present. In order to add this option, take the following steps.

Open the fstab file in your favorite editor:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Modify the line for your hard drive to add the nobootwait parameter:

UUID=1234-5678           /media/SeagateHDD              ntfs-3g defaults,umask=002,gid=users,nobootwait               0 0

That's all it should take. Next time you reboot, the system should skip past the waiting screen ("S to Skip").

During the normal operation of the diNovo Edge keyboard, the battery light on the top of the keyboard will indicate the battery status of the keyboard:

  • The light will remain off during normal use, indicating more than 10% charge remaining.
  • A single red light indicates the battery level is critical and will require recharging.

During the charging operation of the diNovo Edge keyboard, the battery light will indicate the battery charge status of the keyboard:

  • As the battery recharges, the light will blink green.
  • When the battery is fully charged, the light will be solid green.

If the light is not on or it is blinking red on the charging cradle contact Logitech Customer Care for your region.

After installing Windows 8 on one of my test computers (a Panasonic ToughBook  CF-19), I noticed that I had lost my option to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8. The new bootscreen for Windows 8 is really nice - it has the metro look, it's touch friendly, and it's mouse friendly - but it didn't automatically add a boot option for my Windows XP installation which was pre-existing on the computer.

Here's how you can dual boot Windows 8 with a Windows XP option.

  1. Boot into Windows 8
  2. Navigate to the traditional Windows Desktop
  3. Open a file explorer window
    I find the easiest way to do this is just to click the folder icon from the start menu
    1 - Taskbar - File Explorer
  4. Navigate to the "Computer" option
    The easiest way to do this is to click the Computer option in the left side of the file explorer
  5. Click the "System Properties" button in the ribbon at the top
    2 - File Explorer Properties
  6. Click "Advanced system settings" in the left pane
    3 - System Info
  7. In the Startup and Recovery section of the window that pops up, click the "Settings" button (on the Advanced tab of System Properties)
  8. Change the "Default operating system" option from "Windows Developer Preview" to "Earlier Version of Windows"
    4 - Properties5 - Startup and Recovery
  9. Click Ok to close the settings popup, then click Ok again to close the system properties menu
  10. Reboot and you should be presented with an option to boot into Windows XP (Earlier Version of Windows) or into Windows 8 (Windows Developer Preview).


When reading RSS feeds in Outlook 2010, I was always bothered when images were automatically downloaded. When reading feeds in my RSS reader, I prefer to focus on the content rather than an image. In particular, I've noticed that a number of RSS feeds are now including very large images in their RSS feeds which caused me to have to scroll a full page-length before I was able to read the content.

Outlook has an option to disable image downloads in RSS feeds, but it was a bit tucked away. Here's how to enable the feature:

It's here! I've finally published my first Windows Phone 7 App. If you're a previous reader of my blog, you may have noticed that I'm avid XBMC supporter. I run XBMC on several machines in my house including a Linux based HTPC and on Apple TV devices throughout my house. My company recently started piloting Windows Phone 7 devices and I wasn't happy with the XBMC remotes that were on the market (or their price!) so I decided to write my own.

The first version of XBMC Remote for Windows Phone 7 includes the core capabilities for browsing your library and controlling your XBMC box. If you have any suggestions, comments, or problems using the app, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out XBMC Remote on the Marketplace (the one by BoshDirect). The app includes a fully-functional 15 day trial and is the lowest priced XBMC remote on the market at $1.49

  • View and search movie library and select for playback
  • View and search albums and artists and select songs
  • View and select TV shows, seasons, and episodes
  • Remote control your XBMC
  • View movie, tv, and music artwork (fanart, posters, album covers)

*Sorry for the low-framerate video - I need to re-record it on a better computer.

Note that XBMC Remote is a libary browser and remote control. It does not stream videos or music to your phone.

V1.0 ("Taco"):

  • Requires XBMC Dharma (10.0).
  • Tested with Pre 11 (Eden) -- subject to change
  • Movies, Albums, Artists, and TV shows are cached to device for fast viewing and searching
  • Initial movie, music, and TV viewing and remote control functionality
  • Panorama view for movies
  • TV Show Wide Banner view
  • Artwork cached to device for fast viewing (on second load)


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