These days many people blog but it can be quite time consuming.
It's also a pain having to format the blog so it's readable and
then you probably need to attach photos or some form of images and
then of course there are links/URLs. The free version of Notecase
really doesn't have any formatting capabilities but it works fine.
There is an easier solution which can be done offline and the
entire blog is a single file, yes a single file and this includes
all of your photographs. Have you heard of Notecase? Yes you say,
but isn't it for note taking?
It is used for note taking but it can do a lot more. When you
attach an image to notecase it is converted to base64. What this
means is the image is converted to a special type of text so the
photo is embedded into the single text file. The Notecase file is
also HTML compliant so it can be read in a browser, nice huh.
Here is a simple example.
Recently I have been playing with a couple of lightweight
browsers, dillo (329k) and netsurf (882k). Obviously they don't
have all the bells and whistles of the larger browsers like
Chromium, Google-Chrome, Firefox and Seamonkey, but they do a
pretty good job. Because of their limitations I have created a web
page that works fine with both of these browsers. http://smokey01.com/text/
A little while ago I was playing with various multimedia
components. Some included USB TV devices, Multimedia software and
Networking. I recently found the urge to re-examine my previous
research and have settled on what I consider to be, functional and
My aim was to watch and record TV on my computer, watch Netflix
and stream local movies and music to various TV's and devices
throughout my home. My distro of choice is Fatdog64 which is
There are a number of good multimedia systems available for Linux.
Some I reviewed are: MythTV,
Kodi, Serviio and TVheadend. I found all are
very good products but opted for TVheadend as it suited my
requirements the best. It was simple to compile, setup and use.
USB TV receivers vary in price from about $10 - $50. I bought mine
on eBay for about $10 with free postage from China
and it works great providing you have a good antenna connection.
The small bundled antenna is not much use unless you have a very
strong signal in your area.
TVheadend is a great package and I found it really easy to compile
on Fatdog64-702. It creates an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) that
you can directly watch or record programs from. Your recording can
be recorded in various formats however, encoding on the fly can be
heavy on your processor. I use the default .TS format which works
fine in VLC or Videostream. The files are a bit bigger but storage
space is cheap. TVheadend also allows for multiple TV Tuners so
you can record many programs at once. TVheadend is a server and
you access the interface via your browser.
This is a device that converts your
dumb TV into a smarter TV. Basically it's a wifi device that
allows you to connect to your wifi router. The device plugs
into a HDMI port and power can be supplied to it via a USB
port or power pack which both are included. I bought mine at
JB HIFI for $39. This device is normally controlled by an app
that can be installed onto an iPhone, iPad or android device.
Simply download the app from the app store and follow the
To view Netflix I use Google-Chrome. The latest can be downloaded
directly from the official site here.
The one I am currently using is google-chrome-47-x86_64.sfs.
I prefer to use SFS files rather than install the package into my
main system. To manage Netflix download the Netflix app to your
Local media are files located on your computers hard drives. It's
all very nice being able to watch movies and listen to music on
your computer but it's actually way better to watch local movies
on your big screen TV. To achieve this all you need do is add two
extensions to google-chrome. One is called google cast the
other is Videostream. Google cast manages the connection
between your computer and TV. Videostream manages the video from
your computer to the TV. You need to have Videostream installed on
both your computer and phone. The best thing about Videostream, it
allows you to stream many different video formats. I have
successfully tested it with: mp4, avi, m4v, mpg, mpeg, mov, flv,
wmv, ts and ogg.
Networking with Samba
It's also possible to watch videos
across your samba network. In Fatdog64 you need to turn on
Samba in the control panel under System>Manage Servers and
Services> then start samba. You also need to share a folder
so the videos can be seen. You will need to edit smb.cong file
which is located at /etc/samba. By default the shared folder
is set to /root/spot/downloads. You need to change this to the
location of the files you wish to share.
There are many apps available for your iPhone or android. One
of the best I've come across is ES File Explorer but you will
also need to install the ES Chromecast Player plugin. The
downside is it can only stream a limited number of formats to
Chromecast. The only ones I have been successful with are mp4,
m4v and webm. This is why I prefer Videostream.
Leave a message if this was helpful.
Jamesbond and kirk have released fatdog64-702rc
and as usual it looks pretty good.
ETP released DLNA
Tahr64 Pup on 26 Nov 2015.
peebee has updated LxPupSc.
stemsee built a new Wheezy here.
666philb has updated tahrpup64
Also the 32bit
LazY Puppy is developing an interesting project called T.O.P.L.E.S.S
FatdogArm by jamesbond here.
on an Android phone (galaxy s3)