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Installing applications on XBMC Live is actually much easier than you might think. It does require bashing out some code on a shell prompt, but it's relatively easy. You can access the shell via two methods: directly from the XBMC-live machine or remotely via SSH. See below for the details on both methods.

Before I start the instructions on how to install, I'd like to give a plug for two other applications which pair up perfectly with SABnzbd: NewzBook and SickBeard. NewzBook is an application I wrote for managing my downloads and files remotely. (install instructions | info) NewzBook includes a mobile friendly website that allows you to search for content and start downloading it remotely -- it also includes a web based media player and file manager. SickBeard is an amazing PVR app written by someone else and it heavily simplifies my life. (install instructions | info) Simply tell SickBeard what shows you want to watch and it will automatically go out and search the major indexers and download new versions of the TV shows as they come out. SickBeard can also index all your content locally so it can then download updated / better versions as they come available -- for example, you might have a few episodes in SD quality and you can have SickBeard automatically check for HD versions.

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.

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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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

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