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New Shipping Service Coming

February 14th, 2017 by admin

It’s not a secret how much I’ve been unhappy with USPS. Quite frankly, USPS has it’s benefits, it’s cheap, but it’s not reliable. International shipments are where things really fall apart. There are notices all over the website and customer emails, international shipments take anywhere from 3-8 weeks. Why? Because of customs. USPS first class has the lowest priority through customs, and it’s held up for weeks, sometimes 2 months. It’s not fair to customers, but I’ve been stuck between a rock and a hard place, until last week.

I’m partnering with DHL-Express E-Commerce where domestic reliability will triple. On top of that, International shipments will also dramatically improve. I’m told international shipments take anywhere from 4-8 days. We’ll see if we hit those marks when we enter into the program, however, I’m confident as I exclusively use DHL-Express for all distributor international shipments where speed and reliability is unmatched.

Rates should also decrease as well. Sounds to good to be true, we’ll find out if it is.

GUI and Firmware Updates

February 13th, 2017 by admin

Been pretty busy fixing bugs and pushing updates.

It’s pretty important at this point to grab the latest version of the GUI and update your second generation flircs. I’ve fixed a number of bugs, as listed below

Firmware

  • fix stuck key syndrome
  • Better NEC repeat support
  • fixes issue when host wakes from sleep (still needs work)

GUI

  • ability to show firmware differences between version_x and version_y.
  • NVIDIA Shield addition
  • XBOX remote should not have go button
  • New OS icons
  • fixed an issue with windows upgrades
  • fixed very rare occurrence of firmware getting stuck in the bootloader
  • disable advanced settings for gen2 devices, not supported yet
  • better support for semantic firmware versioning
  • better logging
  • support for loading gen1 configs on gen2 devices
  • lots of bug fixes

Updates are coming regularly. As soon as I solve the last firmware bug, which is the present on waking up from sleep, I should be on to the new features. Make sure you sign up to the news letter or follow us on twitter for announcement to those.

One more thing, Fuck Donald Trump, his corrupt cabinet, and every fucking republican defending him. They look incredibly stupid, keep doing it. I can’t wait until the traitor gets impeached.

Happy Flirc’ing.

Flircs Shipped and Software Posted

December 8th, 2016 by admin

Just in time for everyone to get their gorgeous new flircs, the software has been updated to a new major release, v2.0.0

While everything generally will look and feel the same, there are substantial changes under the hood. The GUI and Firmware will be refreshed very frequently, and in doing so, I am looking to hire someone that can help with the front end and push forward new ideas/products.

One of the most exciting new features about the new Flirc is that it we no longer need any windows drivers. No more bullshit with windows and zadig, it’s just going to work. This was done by using a custom HID device and sending data over Report IDs. But it’s so much cooler than that. Months were spent architecting a solution that is abstracted away from the hardware and away from the physical transport. What this means is that we can send packets and data to a device, regardless of weather the physical transport is USB, Bluetooth, Wifi, Serial, I2C, etc. The device just needs a supported stub, and everything just works.

Below is a snippet of some firmware code. This is just awesome. Before, when we wanted to talk to the firmware, we’d have to hijack a bunch of USB crap and everytime we wanted to add a new command, it would be a ton of work on both the host and the device. The below essentially instantiates a command called get version. Every time a new command is received on the device, the handlers are iterated through, and run if found, run. The best part about all of this, is that the code below doesn’t care if the USB packet handler called it, or some other transport. Why this is important will be clear down the line as we release new products.

The new flirc and software fully embraces this philosophy of portable code. The entire firmware is architected using a modular approach. All the code that makes flirc, flirc, is done in ANSI portable C, completely done outside the notion of the hardware that it’s running on. The firmware was over a year of planning and can run on hardware outside the processor chosen. We can switch on a whim’s notice if needed.

I will also be working on solidifying and publishing the API, and fixing up various aspects of the site that have been lagging.
Just a note, that the sparkle self updater on mac is currently broken. I currently believe this is due to an incompatibility in Sierra, and I will need to update the embedded library. I will be looking at this shortly.

Also currently not up to date are the statically compiled linux builds. These will be posted within the next 24 hours. The ubuntu, linux, and mac releases are all the latest. Write in for any trouble here:

http://www.flirc.tv/contact

Uninstalling Dymo Label Web Service

November 21st, 2016 by admin

I just re-installed the dymo software recently. Maybe I didn’t notice the install package question, but after rebooting, I got a funny icon on my menubar called Demo Label Web Service. I searched around and couldn’t find out how to remove this since it didn’t show up under the startup services in user accounts.

So after searching a bit, I found the culprit and thought others would find this useful. Open a terminal and type the following:

sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.dymo.dls.webservice.plist

The app is still on your computer, however, it won’t automatically run after every reboot. Completely fucking obnoxious that they don’t allow you to disable that anywhere.

The Kodi Raspberry Pi Case

June 22nd, 2016 by Jason Kotzin

It is with great pleasure that I get to announce the addition of a new joint venture with one of the most important players in the media center industry, Kodi. We began talking in 2012 after the launch of my first product, Flirc. After they wrote an article about flirc, my relationship with the board members soon strengthened as I was praised for one of the best accessories for their media center software. Their praise was received with great honor, I made flirc specifically for Kodi, and to receive that feedback from the team itself was incredible after years of hard work.

We have built a great relationship with the team, and the Kodi Raspberry Pi Case was a natural step in our growing relationship together. It’s with great excitement to announce a limited edition Kodi Raspberry Pi Case, which is available today from our store, and customers outside the US can get theirs at our partner, The Pi Hut located in the UK.

Flirc USB will also be on sale for 25% off only through our site to celebrate the launch. I look forward to many more ventures with Kodi. Please check out their full press release and don’t forget to watch the great video that Nate put together.

Big thanks to Nate, Franz, and Martijn for their help, patience, and collaboration over the past 6 months in nailing this to perfection. It was a pleasure working with them.

Kodi is the registered trademark of the XBMC foundation and Flirc was granted permission to use their logo.

Kodi Assembled

Flirc Amazon FBA in Canada

June 1st, 2016 by Jason Kotzin

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog, and that’s going to change this year. Huge transformations coming to both the company, products, and roles. I’ll say more about this later as well as what’s been happening behind the scenes.

That being said, this announcement was a significant effort. Flirc is now a registered to do business in Canada, and as such, Flirc products are live on Amazon.CA as part of their prime program.

Here is a link: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=bl_dp_s_web_2404990011?ie=UTF8&node=2404990011&field-brandtextbin=FLIRC

No more waiting 6 weeks for US shipping, and enjoy all the benefits of purchasing on Amazon.

Pay by CC and Checkout with Amazon

August 8th, 2015 by Jason Kotzin

The amazing folks at Tower House Studio did it again. In the past two weeks, they have implemented and deployed two more checkout options. Checkout with amazon, a really cool plugin that allows users to login with their amazon credentials, and select their amazon saved CC. Almost as awesome as checking out on amazon’s website. It’s proven to be really popular, with an average of 50% of all users using amazon’s checkout method.

Also, a long time coming, we now have an option to checkout with a credit card. Pay with credit card directly in checkout, no need to go to Paypal’s website anymore. People have been asking for this and I finally buckled down and got a merchant account with 360 payments. Paypal is still there as I imagine a lot of international customers will want this.

I’ve been terribly busy coding away on the next big product. It’s getting there, but still needs quite a bit of time. Stay tuned.

Tower House Media

Checkout with Amazon and New Blog Design

August 4th, 2015 by Jason Kotzin

Quietly released was our new blog theme that closely matches our new beautiful website design. Extremely happy with the refreshing design by Malte and the execution by Towerhouse Studio.

Also released is our new checkout with amazon plugin. Very excited about this one as it makes the checkout and payment process super easy. Thanks Towerhouse Studio.

New Website

June 23rd, 2015 by Jason Kotzin

It’s been a very long time coming and a ton of work, but I’m really happy and proud to be revealing the new website design.

I ton of thanks to the people who made it possible. The amazing artist Malte in Germany who has transformed a vision into an amazing artistic show case of creativity. And most importantly, the talented coders at Tower House Studio, who helped realize Malte’s vision into the functional website you see today.

The design and work has been going on for 7 months. Yes, 7 months. A number of designers came and went which unfortunately this pushed the reset button on the code written. But I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

There is still quite a bit to do, a number of bugs to fix, and a number of improvements that you will see over the next 3-4 weeks. A few are:

  • new checkout methods (amazon checkout, accept credit cards directly)
  • visual improvements
  • flirc specific page
  • distributor login/pricing
  • affiliate login and account access
  • and finally sdk and partnership programs
  • matching looks for the blog
  • matching looks for the forum
  • matching looks for the support website

But this is really the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been working countless hours on new things.

 

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale. 35% OFF

November 23rd, 2014 by Jason Kotzin

Along with releasing a new product, I’m going to have some huge sales over this week for the holidays. Thanks everyone for the constant support and feedback and helping me make a better product.

For the entire weekend, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, Flirc will be 35% off. Make sure to tell your friends, I’ll be doing this until supplies last. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and my wishes to you guys and your families.

Black Friday Sale