Xbox One Audio

On my Xbox 360 I use a nice set of over ear gaming headphones. They can connect via 2.5 headphone jack and RCA Left and Right straight out of the Xbox. With Xbox One you can use  HDMI and/or Toslink spdif digital. Now, BF4 is not very conducive to a sleeping toddler FYI, so I had to turn my volume way down or off. Neither of which is good for hearing gunfire or a tank about to run you over.

I found a nice solution on newegg. Its a $15 digital to RCA adapter. Very small, quiet, and uses hardly any power. One issue is that you do not have any control over volume with this setup. In my case the headphones have a volume control, but as far as just getting the sound to RCA it works great.

Optical Coax to Analog RCA Audio Converter With AC Power Adapter US Standard is Designed for Either Home or Professional Audio Switching

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Now Microsoft just needs to get the third party audio working so I can use my headphones mic.

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XBMC Internet Video Streaming – Raspberry PI

I am always amazed at the quality of video that comes out of the PI. Up to now i have just been doing local lan and usb video streaming. I decided to check out how it does with internet video. For those that do not know, their is not a “youtube” app for the PI. So, other than starting up a web browser, this is pretty much the way to go.

Here is a real time video of me installing IGN.com streaming and going through a couple videos. 1080p:

Noob 1.3 Lite multiboot image

Downloaded the Lite version of the new Noob 1.3 raspberry pi image.

Things i like:  Super fast download and super fast copy to SD card. Basically your just getting the NOOB software and NO images. So if you didn’t want to use the raw image or you like the NOOB bootup options but you only want ONE iso type, this is a nice way to go and is probably faster than the full NOOB download.  The multiboot options is super nice too. I haven’t checked to see how much space it gives each os, but as the video below shows it JUST WORKS. So instead of swapping out a bunch of SD cards to try different setups you can have one big card and just choose what you want. Really great. Also, you will obviously always have the most up to date ISO.

What i didnt like: Really really long time to download and install. No way to choose from where you are getting images when you download. I think if speed in setting up is important to you, using lite is NOT the way to go. Your basically trading time for convenience.

Overall i like the new setup and will probably use it from now on mainly as I will no longer have to keep track of and download the most recent images.

Back to the Future Cuusoo Lego Set

Picked up the new Cuusoo Lego set when it was only $35 on amazon. Really great set. Took me about an hour to build it. It also comes with a really nice booklet on the history of the car and movie along with a ton of step by step pictures. I don’t think i have purchased legos since i was in grade school. With my allowance. Crap, now i may have to go get some more…

Amazon store link

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http://lego.cuusoo.com/

XBMC on Model A

Raspberry Model A

I was interested to see if the Raspberry PI Model A board could run XBMC. From looking at the RAM and CPU specifications you may wonder why i am interested in this at all. People have been running XBMC on the previous board which only had 256 megs of ram, so of course it will run. The issue isn’t a ram or cpu issue. It’s the fact that there is not any LAN connections and it only has one usb port. Seeing as i do not have a powered usb hub i could either have a usb keyboard or a wi-fi adapter. Not both.

The solution i came up with was to get it fully setup on the B board and than just move the SD card over.

After installing raspbmc, I attempted to install wicd-curses, which failed repeatedly. I then tried installing the Edimax drivers manually, with almost the exact same issues as wicd-curses. After a little bit of research I found a post that mentioned that openlec has the wifi settings built into the os. So after rebooting to NOOB and copying openlec over I was able to get wi-fi running.

The last step was to make sure i could remotely control XBMC from my iPhone app.

After that it really was as simple as just moving the sd card over the model A and turning it on. Aside from a very slightly increased delay in remote button press to activation, it works really really well.

Only issue is if the wi-fi settings change you lose your remote control to change settings.

Pibow Case in Pictures – Raspberry Pi Model B

Finally received my Pibow case in the mail from Pimoroni.

It’s a case, so not much to say. But it does feel really solid. It was very easy to install “after” i looked up the instructions online. No instructions were included. But once i read them i realized how easy it is to put together and will not need to read them every again. It is a multilayered case with top and bottom plates. Lots of nice holes for air flow and any GPIO cables you would want. Although I didn’t have any issues connecting HDMI or Lan, i could see how some larger non standard cables could be a problem. Over all a very nice and nice looking case. Would definitely purchase again.

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