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Guide to building a Home Theater PC – Part III

On the previous article we’ve set up the basic settings for the OS and set up MediaPortal as media frontend solution for our HTPC. This time around I’ll cover all the tools required for the perfect movie and tv show download automation. The downloader: SabNZBd SABnzbd is an Open Source Binary Newsreader, incredibly easy to use, and works practically everywhere. It makes Usenet as simple and streamlined as possible by automating everything. All you have to do is add an .nzb. SABnzbd takes over from there, where it will be automatically downloaded, verified, repaired, extracted and filed away with zero human interaction. (more…)

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Guide to building a Home Theater PC – Part II

After going into a detailed Home Theater PC assembly, it’s now time to delve into the most important aspect of the HTPC experience: the software. You can have the biggest rig on earth, but if you’re still on DOS, it doesn’t do much to you. So this second part of my guide will cover all the essentials to get you up and running in style with the best free/open source software available. Starting with the OS, since I’ll be covering a windows HTPC solution, I recommend using Windows 7. Either version will be ok, since we won’t need any specific (more…)

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How to fix Onkyo SR875 display malfunctioning

It’s been 9 months since my last post. Guess wedding preparations and side projects took more than their share of my free time. It’s hopefully all about to change now, since I now bear the wedding ring and it’s time to go back to the roots! Just before going on honeymoon my Onkyo SR875 AV Receiver’s display ceased to work. Other than not seeing the usual info on the screen, the receiver worked fine. Of course this little big issue got me worried since the warranty period is over and I would need to take it to the nearest servicing (more…)

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Guide to building a Home Theater PC – Part I

Background As a home cinema enthusiast and casual player, I always fed the idea of having a high quality surround system on my living room. That opportunity presented itself when both me and my fiance decided to buy our first apartment about two years ago, so long before that I started envisioning and planning on the best possible configuration. When our building reached construction phase, my goal was to setup a 7.1 audio channel system. Issue is, unless you are a lucky enough to have a home-theater-friendly wife, you are in for tough resistance. So there were several things that had to be thought (more…)

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Blog productivity with WordPress for Android

Just installed WordPress blogging engine Android app into my Dell Streak tablet and this is actually the first run. After a quick 2 min sweep, on a first glance, it seems the very basics are there like post listing, comments and stats. One thing I quickly noticed was that on the Posts tab, I had no way of immediately distingwish between published and draft content. That is something I value due to the amount of drafts I can have at a given time, like the present. In terms of editing, it lets you do html with no preview, add photos (more…)

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Google+ users can now crosspost with their WordPress blog

A WordPress plugin has been released by software developer Daniel Treadwell, called Google+Blog. With this, users will be able to easily and quickly cross post their posts from Goggle+ to also be published on their blog. This happens automatically and should save users a lot of time as they will not have to do this manually anymore. It is great for keeping your blog followers in the loop, especially if they do not have a Google+ account themselves. You can download the plugin online easily, after checking your e-mails or surfing http://www.partypoker.fr/… There is a free version which features a (more…)

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Tip: Apple iTunes x64 Direct Download link

At the time of this writing, Apple iTunes download page doesn’t display a direct download link for the application, even if you are unable to download using the current window popup download system. To make things worse, if you head on to the support page, Apple provides you help disabling eventual popup blockers instead. So, getting straight to the point, for those who require a direct download link for the 93Mb Apple iTunes x64 setup file, here’s the link: http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes9/061-8727.20100722.Cde32/iTunes64Setup.exe For clumsy connections this would be a welcome addition for download managers with resume download support.

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5 Great Advertising Networks For Publishers

In this article, I’ll be reviewing 5 different advertising networks that can help you monetize your traffic. If you’re either a novice webmaster or an ad tycoon, there’s enough for everyone.

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Guide to 3D display technology

For those who are still having questions regarding the new 3D technology affecting movies, games and apps, I’ll leave you with two links I found useful in explaining what this emerging technology is all about.

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Get WordPress theme image path

A quick tip on how to get the current wordpress theme image path when referencing images on your theme php or css files.

That’s all there is to it. The bloginfo(‘template_directory’) function will return the current theme path, and appending the “image” folder positions you right folder.

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