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Perfect MythTV Frontend on Windows 7 / Vista or Mac Using XBMC

Perfect MythTV Frontend on Windows 7 / Vista or Mac Using XBMC

This is incredible! XBMC+MythTV rock!! I have been trying all kinds of crazy solutions to be able to stream Live TV over the LAN. MythTV does offer an easy way out, but then you are stuck with Ubuntu at all times. Not that I have any issues with that, but I do indulge myself...

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Install Hackintosh (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) Using VirtualBox on Windows or Ubuntu

Install Hackintosh (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) Using VirtualBox on Windows or Ubuntu

If you have been intrigued by the hype surrounding Snow Leopard but could afford buying a Mac to check it out. Here is you chance to do it, that too without having to mess with your existing system as we are going to install it using VirtualBox which now with its v 3.2 offers...

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Consumer Reports Blasts Apple Over iPhone 4

After iPhone 4 catching fire, there are more things for Mr. Jobs to worry about. Here is an interesting report from PCWorld about how Consumer Reports has blasted Apple Over iPhone 4 for a design flaw which causes the signal strengths to decrease to a level that calls drop (given that you were able...

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Install VirtualBox 3.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Install VirtualBox 3.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

VirtualBox 3.2 offers major improvements over the older 3.1 version. Key highlights include native support for Mac OS X server guests, support for latest Intel hardware including core i7, i5, i3 etc and in general improved overall performance. For details look here. You would have already noticed that it doesn’t get updated to the...

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Apple iPhone 4 catches fire

Apple iPhone 4 catches fire

According to BGR (Boy Genius Report), and Apple iPhone 4 caught fire, while getting charged via USB port causing minor burns to the user. Checkout the images and more information from the link given below. iPhone can cause iBurn too! http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/07/08/iphone-4-catches-fire/

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Install / Test Firefox 4.0 Beta in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or Fedora 13

Install / Test Firefox 4.0 Beta in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or Fedora 13

FoxTester extension provides a great and convenient way to install and test Firefox 4.0 beta in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, it also works on other *nix distributions as well like Fedora 13  Goddard  (you might need to disable SELinux as described here) and OpenSUSE. The installation and usage involves the following steps. Step 1: Download...

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Free Blu-ray Ripping in Windows 7 Using DVDFab HD Decrypter

Free Blu-ray Ripping in Windows 7 Using DVDFab HD Decrypter

DVDFab is a well known commercial DVD ripping (decrypter) and encoding software. However, they offer HD Decrypter for free which can be used to rip (backup) any Blu-ray disk to your hard drive after removing any possible protection on the Blu-ray. The software offers several modes for copying the Blu-ray disk, e.g. you can...

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Transfer Ubuntu Windows Dual Boot Installation to New Hard Drive

One might need to upgrade his/her system with a new hard drive. The physical installation of a hard drive is usually the easy part, transferring all the programs and data and setting to the new hard drive is where the things get tiring and repetitive if you do the entire thing manually.It gets even...

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Find Total Shutter Actuation on Nikon Digital SLR

Find Total Shutter Actuation on Nikon Digital SLR

You can get the total shutter actuation on your Nikon DSLR whether you own D70, D80 or D90, or higher end (D300, D300s, D3 etc), this trick should work on all of them. I haven’t tested it on lower end DSLRs like D40, D50, D60, D3000, D5000 etc., but I feel it should work...

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AWN vs Cairo Dock vs Docky: Mac Style Linux Docks Reviewed

AWN vs Cairo Dock vs Docky: Mac Style Linux Docks Reviewed

Mac style docks or launchers have become very popular among *nix users with the increase in popularity of Macs. And unlike Snow Leopard users there are quite a few free options for Linux users. I am going to review three such popular docks. The platform that i am using is Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx,...

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WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe Review

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe Review

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe by Digiarty Software is a Video conversion tool for Windows and Mac OS, which allows the conversion between various  video formats, almost all popular formats out there. The interface is simple and very user friendly, it also support multi-core video conversion to speed up things. Interface has been kept...

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How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

Whether your power supply for the computer failed or your computer got spiked during a thunderstorm or your drives motor is stuck or got busted. Whatever may be the reason you might be needing to manually eject the CD/DVD/Blu Ray drive on your computer (desktop or laptop) to yank out the DVD which you...

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Perfect Desktop Using OpenSUSE 11.2: Post Install Guide

Perfect Desktop Using OpenSUSE 11.2: Post Install Guide

I am assuming that you have already installed OpenSUSE 11.2 on your machine, if not then you can find the instructions for doing so here. OpenSUSE comes with quite a few essential packages already installed by default if you used the DVD installation for it, which is the recommended mode for installation. The goal...

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Restore Grub 2.0 after Windows 7 Install (Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10, 10.04 or 9.10)

Restore Grub 2.0 after Windows 7 Install (Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10, 10.04 or 9.10)

I had Ubuntu 9.10 (this approach works for 10.04 Lucid and 10.10 Maverick, 11.04 Natty as well) already installed on a machine and wanted to dual boot it with Windows 7. Dual booting Ubuntu with Windows 7 already installed is easy, as described here. The reverse of it, i.e. creating dual boot Windows 7...

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Stream Multimedia from Linux Box (Enable UPnP on Ubuntu 10.04)

Stream Multimedia from Linux Box (Enable UPnP on Ubuntu 10.04)

Earlier I had discussed how to steam multimedia from a windows PC to *nix machines. Now I am going to talk about the reverse scenario, e.g. I have a MythTV linux box setup using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (would work for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick too) and I want to share my media library and TV...

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OpenSUSE 11.2 Installation Guide: Give openSUSE a Try

OpenSUSE 11.2 Installation Guide: Give openSUSE a Try

OpenSUSE (then just SUSE) happens to be the first linux system that I ever installed on my own on my computer, way back in 1999. Since then I have been through various *nix flavors, mostly because of the *nix experts around me, Mandrake (now Mandriva), Red Hat, Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu. Off late I...

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MythTV Frontend for Windows with Live TV!

MythTV Frontend for Windows with Live TV!

Update: read this post for using XBMC as MythTV frontend. You have setup a MythTV backend server with Ubuntu as the background or say Fedora, but to be able to watch live TV from all possible frontends you need to install Ubuntu or Fedora on all the machines, either as sole OS or via...

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Cross Platform Software KVM Switch (Share Keyboard Mouse Between Computers)

Cross Platform Software KVM Switch (Share Keyboard Mouse Between Computers)

Synergy is an open source free software that works like a virtual or software KVM switch allowing one to share  one keyboard and one mouse with multiple computers in the LAN. Only requirement is that all these computers must be connected to network. Since Synergy is available for multiple platforms, you can use it...

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Enable Gnome Menu and Pop-up Menu Transparency using Compiz

Enable Gnome Menu and Pop-up Menu Transparency using Compiz

Want to change the transparency of Gnome menu and other pop-up or slider menus? You can use CompizConfig Settings Manger to achieve this. Launch it from the System > Preferences Menu Click on the Opacity, Brightness and Saturation setting option In the Opacity tab click on New to add new rule for managing transparency...

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Enable Closed Caption (CC) / Subtitle on Live TV / Video Playback

Enable Closed Caption (CC) / Subtitle on Live TV / Video Playback

Unlike Windows 7 Media Center application, which only supports closed captions on Live TV (out of the box), MythTV not only supports closed captions (CC) for the Live TV, but it also supports subtitle display for most video formats out of the box (all you need is the subtitle file in the same folder...

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