Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TI MSP430 FRAM Experimenters Board

   I saw the TI MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenters Board on HackaDay and ordered it minutes later using the coupon code MSP430_FRAM to cut the price in half to $14.50. I got free shipping and wasn't charged any taxes, and I also ordered a couple of 20pin MSP430G2452IN20 free sample chips to use with my Launchpad.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nvidia VDPAU and HD Video in Linux

   If you're using Linux and want to playback high definition video your best bet for decoding high bitrate H264 video has long been to use an Nvidia video card with VDPAU. A few months back I upgraded my desktop with a new hard drive and a clean 64 bit install of Ubuntu, but VDPAU was broken on my system and because of my 5 year old CPU I had difficulty playing back H264 videos without slowdowns. I finally got around to installing up to date packages for the Nvidia driver, VDPAU libs and SMplayer, which fixed the problem. Here's a quick overview of how to do that.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

XBMC4XBOX - XBMC for the Original Xbox

   I've been running XBMC on my modded original Xbox for around 5 years now, and I've used it nearly every day to watch shows like Hak5, as well as my ripped DVD backups. The XBMC project stopped supporting the old Xbox to focus on improving their media center software for desktop OS's. I understand why they ended support for the nearly decade old Xbox, but I use mine so often that I was glad to hear the XBMC4XBOX project released an updated version of the media center software.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Flash Physics Game for Android Prototype

   Recently I abandoned a project I had been working on because I simply got tired of it. I wanted to make a physics-based puzzle game for my Inspire using Adobe Air for Android and while I've managed to build a prototype of sorts I've given up on doing anything more with it for now. I might come back to it later, but I just got so sick of working on it I decided to throw it out onto the net as it is.