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Set XBMC to Auto Update Library

After getting XBMC Live installed on my Revo and getting my library setup, I couldn’t find a simple option to have XBMC watch my video folder and automatically update my library. In place of this missing functionality, I figured I would setup a simple timed job to automatically update my library for me every hour.

Before I get started, I should note that there is an option to automatically update the library when the box is booted up which may work for some people. You can find this under System > Video > Update Library on Startup. This option wouldn’t work for me though as I leave my box on 24/7 or at most just put it in a standby state.

See below for the details on how to setup a timed job (cron) to update your video or music library. This consists of installing the xbmc-send application and setting up a cron job (and enabling the EventServer).

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VirtualPC 2007 – Test Machine

As you may already know, I’ve recently been doing a bit of Sharepoint design work. As part of this, we need to be able to test the system in a number of different environments. This is more than just needing to be able to test a number of different browsers, as I’m aware that there are a lot of options out there for installing multiple browsers.

We also need to be able to test different configurations of versions of Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, and a number of other factors. While different members of my team are running slightly different versions of software on their machines, we needed a consistent way to be able to test (and retest) environments. At one point, we had confiscated a number of intern laptops from the previous year and used those to set up the environments. It was somewhat wasteful on a number of different levels and it was also somewhat inconvenient. We set up the laptops so we could remote into them from anywhere on the network, but it still wasn’t the best setup.

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How to Set Up a Home Network

How to set-up a Home Network:

IP Settings:

  1. Click Start and choose Control Panel
     
  2. Click Network and Internet Connections
     
  3. Choose Network Connections
     
  4. Right-click the Local Area Connection and choose Properties
     
  5. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button
     
  6. Tick: Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically
     
  7. Click OK to close the box, then OK on the next to apply the setting.
     
  8. Configure the workgroup settings per the next section.

 

 

Note: If you have a My Network Places icon somewhere, you can right-click it and choose properties in substitution of the first three steps

 

Workgroup and Computer Name Settings:

  1. Click Start then right-click My Computer and choose Properties.
    (This can be done if you have the icon on your desktop also)
     
  2. Choose the Computer Name tab and click the Change button
     
  3. Under Member of: tick the Workgroup option and type in a network name, or leave it as the default.
    (Keep in mind, for your computers to see each other on the network, the workgroup names must all be identical)
     
  4. Click OK to apply the settings, then OK again to close the remaining box.
     
  5. You're Finished!
 start menu - my computer My Computer - Property computer name

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