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Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Amazon FireTV and Flirc

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Amazon left out IR on their fire TV, but Flirc came to the rescue. TonySKI got a flirc for his firetv and spent the time to put together an awesome tutorial to help others. Be sure to check it out. Thanks so much Tony, who was also thanked with a plethora of free goodies for my sincere gratitude in helping the community.



Apple Script to Dropbox

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

I try to get the most out of my media server which doubles as my webserver. I use it to stream videos, for web mount hard drives, and since it’s always on, for downloading torrents.

Here is a handy Apple Script I created which automatically moves your downloaded torrents to your dropbox folder. Set up your torrent application (I use transmission) to automatically watch the dropbox folder for new torrents.

The end result, I download a torrent on any of my macs, they automatically start downloading on my server.

Here is the apple script code:

Drop this in /Library/Scripts/Folder Actions/

Then on both your Desktop and Downloads folder, right click and select Folder Action Setup…

Then select the apple script you saved this as in /Library/Scripts/Folder Actions/


I’ve actually had quite a bit of time getting this working on my latest laptop refresh. I believe the problem was due to permissions, however, I’m including a copy of the script that seems to be working. Please report problems and remember to replace the locations to the ones that pertain to you.


Lifehacker Echo

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This is a great little article on lifehacker.

Shows how to embed a media center into your furniture while discussing how to minimize the disturbing sound that comes from fans.

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.