Archive for May, 2011

Linux Releases

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Linux has been a fun treat. I am a little baffled why this was so much work. Creating a .deb file was not as simple as I thought it was going to be. To get what I needed to get done, I actually downloaded several existing deb files, like putty, and unpacked them and examined the various files inside.

Once I got it, I created a script to generate a deb file for me, but it still needs work.

I’m a huge fan of static linking. There are several programmers who make the argument, it will bloat programs and it isn’t good practice. I say, Pfff!

Flirc as a static compile in linux, is 8.6 MBytes. What is it when it’s not a static compile? About 1 MByte. So what are the downsides? My server is going to send more data. It will take up more space on client computers. What is the upside? I don’t have to deal with dependency nightmare that is arguably the major flaw in Linux. Worth it…

I’m still having issues with libusb, so I I currently have two binaries. A 64 and a 32 bit. They have been posted on the Linux Downloads Page.

Check out the bottom, add the repo to your source.list file and get automatic updates. Please remember to send me feedback.

Welcome Eric!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

It is with great delight that I welcome a close friend of mine to the Flirc team, Eric Schlaepfer. Eric is without a doubt, one of the most talented engineers in the valley. His accomplishments speaks for themselves as he graduated top of his class, is one of his companies top engineers, and has a wealth of knowledge that only a select few could ever hope to obtain in a lifetime.

He recently won a 555 timer contest put on by Jeri Ellsworth with one of the coolest circuits I’ve seen (and still don’t understand).

Check out his blog Tube Time where he has several personal projects that are works of art. He will also be at the Maker Fair, make sure you stop by his booth.

Eric is joining us as the Chief Technical Officer, and his work will be seen shortly with software updates that will be posted soon.

Windows Beta GUI Available

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The downloads section has been updated to include the new Windows GUI. The software is packaged in a beautiful installer that installs the driver, CLI, and GUI with minimal effort. A special thanks to Eric, one of the brightest engineers I know and I’m happy to be working with him.

The Linux GUI will be available shortly.

On Sale Now

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The purchase link is active, if you have trouble ordering because you are outside the US, please contact me via the support website.

Also, please contact me and let me know which OS you are running, which media center application you are going to use, and how you heard about flirc, and you will receive our beta testers discount code.


Coupon code: b3ta_t3sters

Night of Assembly

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Assembled the first batch of production units. Everything went smoothly, yield looks pretty good.

Head over to the support page and shoot me an email for a personal invite for a beta tester link where we are giving a hefty discount.