Seth Wisely said

November 10, 2010

received my Boxee Box this morning am less than thrilled and as usual amazon could not be bothered to pad ALL SIX faces of the internal ELECTRONICS item

Filed under: burning money = pointless pain, hardwares — Seth Wisely @ 15:58

October 16, 2010

Western Digital TV Live Plus HD is rebaged junk — if your time is worth nothing and you’ve never used XBMC you might be happy with it

Filed under: burning money = pointless pain, CIO, hardwares, overview, underdeveloped — Seth Wisely @ 21:17

REBADGED junk is doubly offensive, western digital!

“idiot proof” network browsing “feature” relies on workstation elected Master Browser be powered otherwise zero results in network browse [workgroup].  That leaves two HIGHLY entertaining options:  power the master browser workstation, or manually force a master browser election.  Oh, the joy!

The fix?  return it for a refund.

Oh, you want a work around?  Other than the two super awesome above?  Yeah, sure.. merely install software you really don’t want: media server THAT plays well with rebaged junk.

Western Digital TV Live Plus HD is pointless pain.  If you’re the idiot at which it was targeted you are likely blissfully pleased with it.

Until the firmware allows one to specify the UNC path for shares this gizmo is dead opposite convenient.  shipping firmware 1.03.26_B  (the B and functionality suggests beta) but as shipped firmware ‘by definition’ is no longer beta let’s call it beta_plus.

Western Digital TV Live Plus HD failures:

  • cannot specify network share UNC path
  • idiotic reliance on Master Browser
  • NOT dlna certified
  • GUI during video playback is poorly conceived, time consuming to navigate, and less than informative
  • file deletion cannot be accomplished via the playback interface, but only the file management setup in options
  • ‘less complicated’ remote is less than useful further requiring fighting more gui levels
  • IR remote (vs RF of popcorn)
    • I wasn’t thrilled with the popcorn either
  • no in-video audio sync controls
  • less than ideal passive cooling
  • error messages? nope. failures fail silently.
    • no read permissions on network share? video playback error is ‘filetype not supported’. sooo helpful
  • fast forwarding fun!
    • itty bitty numeric indication of fast forward speed
    • because of its inanely small size it is difficult for many to identify that maximum fastness has been achieved .. because the IR remote is less than satisfactory about a third of the time the command never reaches the box [unobstructed 10 foot corridor]
    • 16x is not fast enough.  Re-transcoding to increase I-frames while not sensible is briefly tempting
  • no obvious way to spoke a video to a specific time.  Want to begin watching at 1:02:19 ? Too bad.  Enjoy the fast forward “speed”
  • before I return it I hope to confirm that it chokes on 1080p high bandwidth videos since in their brilliance it does not sport gigabit ethernet
  • I’ve already been burned by Netflix bait-and-switch “all the movies you want”
    • netflix motto is actually “all the movies WE want YOU TO RECEIVE”
    • $9/mo netflix for nowhere near a reasonable number of movies I want
      • I certainly don’t want any in shoddy transcode streams
    • For $8/mo  I can access the storage array that predates the interweb and gopher
    • no conspiracy actual months of testing to confirm — especially entertaining is loading one movie return envelope with multiple movies and watching how ‘slowly’ each ‘arrives’ in the warehouse… variably hmmmm
  • boot times? there are no moving parts.  why does booting take so long??
  • USB is a thought step in the right direction for the low end market.  No esata? fail
    • no forward thinking USB3? the cart must lead the donkey to UFD
    • boxee box also fails to offer esata
  • I haven’t bothered playing with the music features.  I don’t want to be disappointed again.
  • screen saver cannot be tied into image galleries (locally or online) 😦
  • FTP client? nope, happy shiny dlna instead
  • sigh
  • yes, rebadged.  read the wd press release:  ‘provides’ NOT ‘developed’
  • on a side note: why do home NAS boxen not FULLY implement Sata?? DIY sata nas to achieve port multiplication (scsi daisy chain spill over) .. but no commercial embrace of port multiplier in home gear?  fail!

It was not a plus that amazon fulfillment did not bother to pad the shipping box.  Since boxes tumble all six faces must have padding.. duh?

western digital SSDs are ALSO rebadged.  Will those suck, too?

Seth Wisely said: WD TV Live Plus HD is even more annoying than the Popcorn Hour C200 at one third the cost

October 1, 2010

1Watt portable class IV laser?

Filed under: hardwares — Seth Wisely @ 21:42

a mere $300, or the cost of an unimpressive popcorn hour C200:

445nm (blue)

http://wickedlasers.com/lasers/S3_Series-105-37.html

September 22, 2010

eye-fi questions.. from the silence perhaps a hopeless wishlist?

Filed under: CIO, cloudy, hardwares — Seth Wisely @ 16:50

The only care i would consider is the Eye-Fi PRO X2 as I want ad hoc. Eye-Fi has crammed in some wifi goodness into the vast emptiness of an SDHC card.  It’s another kind of “unlimited” storage, but at the obvious expensive of device battery life.  It supports all those great AP crypto schemes almost.. but there are some questions I haven’t seen asked, and when asked by myself or others in RL or net peer groups an eerie NON-responsiveness from the EyeFi hoard.  :[

mmm dot 11 n ad hoc.  What’s the range there?
vpn? ssl or the other masochisms?

push to Amazon S3 or other cloud?  But preferably Amazon S3.

raid in one plastic box?  you already make creative use of the empty space, let’s be sure there are no foobared photos.

android application?

Sure, the droid, 2, x, its kin, and other AOSP have needlessly expensive wifi hotspot but I would much rather push camera, audio, video over the handset to stay inside the “unlimited” flavor of data.   Let’s not route through the dee ewe en host, alright?

Seth Wisely said:  obey

elecard tries hard with everything-center: HD media, voip, interwebs browsing, bill pay, and makes sandwiches

Filed under: hardwares — Seth Wisely @ 13:45

Elecard iTelec STB 820-10

http://www.elecard.com/products/iptv-solutions/stb-itelec/820-10.php

“hybrid Set-Top Box for IPTV and DVB-T” though the “elegant” claim might be a wee bit of a stretch

Don’t miss the “reach feature set”

(not an endorsement)

problematic is AVC (x264) support constrained to Standard Definition

  • MPEG-2 and AVC/H.264 video support for highest possible video quality
  • AAC audio support for CD quality audio
  • MPEG-2 TS, RTP and RTSP, UDP multicast protocol support
  • Resolution up to SD

Even the lackluster, disappointing waste of $300 popcorn hour C200 claims internet browsing of certain sites in a less than functional way, the elecard claims on tv bill payment via interweb browser.

  • Playback of streams delivered over HTTP makes watching video from YouTube, Facebook, etc. possible

Replace your ATA with the elecard STB?

  • VoIP services (SIP, RJ-11 phone jack) with user-friendly GUI

eech, no.

But if you act now you can have this abiguously hard- software encoder, for free:

http://www.elecard.com/products/iptv-solutions/codecworks/codecworks.php

Seems like software requires rackspace.. hmmm

sandwich not included

Seth Wisely said: even boxee box falls short of the mark

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