Saturday 24 December 2005

DVB Freeview Tuner

Got an aerial guy to come and fit a decent wide-band aerial, which made all the difference. MythTV automatically scanned for and found loads of free TV channels - Woo!

Now I can do picture in picture as well as recording 2 channels at once or watching one channel while recording another.

It's not quite clear how it chooses which tuner to use and the <C> key doesn't switch between them as I expected it to.

It's still way cool though and the quality of the Freeview programs is substantially better. The tuner card just saves the demultiplexed M-PEG stream straight to the hard disk rather than re-encoding the video that's already been decoded by the NTL Cable box.

The only other problem so far is that I can't play back the Freeview video files on a PC using MythTV Filters. Guess I'll have to do a little codec research.

Wednesday 7 December 2005

Useful Mozilla Extensions

Development Extensions

JavaScript Debugger
Absolutely essential if you're doing any serious JavaScript coding (do not be fooled, JavaScript is a very cool OO language)

Web Developer
Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

Live HTTP Headers
View HTTP headers of a page and while browsing.

Handy for Blog/Wiki Editing

Spellbound Spellchecker
Spellchecker for web forms.

required for above.

Useful Browsing Extensions

Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via

Google Images Re-Linker
Jumps directly to the full-size image on

Regular Expression Find
This extension adds regular expression capacity to the page find dialog.

Image Zoom
Adds zoom functionality for images

Outputs an alphabetical list of either extensions or themes to a text, vB code, or HTML file. Used to generate this list ;)