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Archive for July, 2010

You’re Going to Like This

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

So now that you have this awesome remote control companion, there is still one underlying problem. Your application quits, or you want to run a different app, but you don’t want to whip out a mouse or keyboard, yuck!

Solution: Alauncher

Alauncher is a free lightweight app that does one simple thing; enter some keyboard shortcut, a list of applications popup.

Here is how to link it up with flirc.

Install  the application and head over to the settings. You want to configure a keyboard shortcut. I use ctrl+a

Add some applications you would like in your quick launch list

Now head over to the terminal, and type in:

flirc record_api 1 4

Press the button on your remote you’d like to link with ctrl+a and presto. Your remote control will now bring up the application launcher like the following:

Are there any other app launchers out there for OSX or other operating systems?  Let us know in the comments.

Perfecting Your Media Center Sound

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I’m going to constantly share ways to improve your media center, give all sorts of tips and tricks, and much much more.

Here is a great article from wired (found on lifehacker) which goes into great detail to improve the sound quality of your media center’s surround sound system.

Our Site Is Live!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

It’s been an amazing roller coaster of fun. From learning various programming techniques, sitting in on libusb development discussions, designing cases, designing software, designing websites, designing circuit boards, designing firmware, and marketing research, I have gained some invaluable experience and friends along this awesome journey.

I’m finally there. Cases are being finalized, and software is being fine tuned. So since this once hobby has finally blossomed into a product, I’m happy to be showing off what exists, and not some paper sketch of an idea.

Check out the site, almost everything is live other than being able to purchase the product or download software.

Since there is no way I can possibly test the small differences in the many operating systems this runs on, or the millions of remotes that exist, I’m initially limiting sales of flirc to only 100 customers who can give some valuable feedback to help smooth out any remaining rough edges.

You will get a 20% discount, so sign up to our newsletter to partake.