Legacy Hardware loses flagship application

Five years ago I mod­ded my first Xbox to cre­ate a Media Centre. The soft­ware I ran, and still run is the über awe­some XBMC (for Xbox Media Cen­ter).

But now it seems that the days of using my ori­gin­al Xbox as a media cen­ter are numbered — the developers are stop­ping work for that hard­ware plat­form.

So now there will be no updates, no new ‘offi­cial’ fea­tures or bug­fixes for what has become the corner­stone of my enter­tain­ment sys­tem.

And this means that I’d bet­ter start look­ing at a replace­ment that offers:

  • Mul­ti­me­dia play­back
  • Huge lib­rary of media codecs
  • Nat­ive net­work aware­ness for Win­dows, OSX and Linux shared drives
  • Simple and easy-to-use inter­face

But I’m in no rush. My ori­gin­al mod­ded Xbox­en still run the last build of XBMC just fine. And will likely con­tin­ue for some time. But now I know, the days are numbered. Some­thing else just got added to my todo list. Lucky for me it involves tech 🙂

Still wondering why people follow me on Twitter

Last year, I wrote a couple of posts explor­ing the reas­ons why people fol­low me on Twit­ter:

Well a year has passed since I did that basic research, and Twit­ter has been ‘improved’ in the mean­time — revised ReTweet func­tion, Lists, new desktop and mobile applic­a­tion, etc.

So it’s time to ask that ques­tion again. In the last year, I’ve doubled the num­ber of fol­low­ers, but since I did my last bit of research, I’ve not asked them why they fol­low. Time to rec­ti­fy that.

Start­ing tomor­row, I’ll go back to the pro­cess I used to gath­er the first bit of data — a return fol­low and DM to my new fol­low­ers — some­thing like this:

thanks for fol­low­ing me. This is NOT an auto-DM, I’m live :)and track­ing ‘reach’ and was won­der­ing why you ‘fol­low’ me in Twit­ter?”

I’ll let it run for a few months, and come March, I’ll ana­lyse the data again, and con­trast the res­ults with last year’s.

But in the mean­time, if you already fol­low me on Twit­ter, please feel free to send me a DM with your answer to the ques­tion “Why do you fol­low me in Twit­ter?”

Things to do with your new iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone

Black Fri­day has come and gone, and you’ve likely got a new gad­get, gizmo or toy — I’m going to assume it’s an iPod Touch or iPhone — which is a per­fect oppor­tun­ity for me to dig into my archives and pull out a few posts that may help you and your new baby.

So, these are from the archives, but did I miss any­thing? It’s how I use my iPod Touch, but what do you do with yours — maybe some­thing I should look into or try on mine? Let me know…that’s what com­ments are for 🙂

From the archives: April 1, 2003 — Networking — what’s it all about…

I’ve decided to take a look back at some of the con­tent I’d pub­lished pre­vi­ously. This ran­dom, ongo­ing ‘fea­ture’ titled From the archives will let me review older posts, and maybe add new insight that only the dis­tance of time can provide.

Today’s inaug­ur­al item is par­tic­u­larly timely as we head into a reces­sion with its accom­pa­ny­ing employ­ment dearth. What’s inter­est­ing about this post is it’s also one of the few times that I delved into audio…this post was a tri­al at pod­cast­ing 🙂

Net­work­ing the key concept for the Not-work­ing. Get out, and find out who can help you out. People like to help, just don’t put your net­work mem­bers on the spot by ask­ing them for a job, they’ll be uncom­fort­able and it’s quite likely that they don’t have one.

Instead, let them help you out. You work your net­work to get con­tacts in the industry you want to work in. Your net­work is large made up of fam­ily mem­bers, friends, co-work­ers, cli­ents, neigh­bours every­one you know and they want to help.

At the time I was also look­ing to take my blog­ging to the next level, cre­ate con­tent that added more value than simply repeat­ing what oth­ers were say­ing online.

That think­ing has helped me since then.

So, what do you think? Would you like to see more from the ‘archives’? Let me know by leav­ing a com­ment below.

Image courtesy atomicjeep

Hello there…

Wow, my first post on an ancient blog: red-5.info, which you can find at Archive.org

March 05, 2003

Hello there…

Wow, after play­ing with a very cranky serv­er, read­ing a whole swack of online doc­u­ment­a­tion, and swear­ing a lot…I stumbled upon this excel­lent tutori­al. Now to fig­ure out tem­plates.

Pos­ted by Brad Gri­er at March 5, 2003 10:30 PM

I grabbed this post and dumped it into the blog so I can find it again some day 🙂