When I wrote about Usenet and Sickbeard a while back, I got many e-mails
that I had broken the first rule of Usenet: don't talk about Usenet. I'm a
sucker for freedom though, and I can't help but share when cool programs
are available. This month, I switched from Sickbeard to NZBDrone for
managing my television shows.
My 2006-vintage Sony Bravia flat-screen "Full HD" TV has Linux inside. I can tell
because it comes with a two-page printout of the GPL, included almost as a
warning. "Watch out", it seems to say. "This TV comes infected
with freedom." Not
that it's worth hacking: you can make breakfast in the time that passes between a
click on the remote and a change on the screen. more>>
The folks over at http://www.iheartubuntu.com recently put up a challenge to
the Linux community to get Netflix to work natively under our beloved
OS. Thankfully, Erich Hoover stepped up to the challenge and patched
the Wine Project in a way to allow Firefox/Silverlight to be installed
and actually work with Netflix's DRM'd Silverlight!
Plex always has been the Mac-friendly offshoot of XBMC. I've never considered using an Apple product for my home media center, so I've never really put much thought into it. Things have changed recently, however, and now the folks behind Plex have given the Linux community an awesome media server. more>>
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