Blogging
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 reasonably simple.

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 Linux.

Multimedia Software
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.

TV Tuner
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
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.



Google Chromecast
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 directions.

Browser
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 phone/pad.

Local Media
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.

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News
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 to 6.0.5.
Also the 32bit version.

LazY Puppy is developing an interesting project called T.O.P.L.E.S.S here.

FatdogArm by jamesbond here.

01micko's Slacko64-6.3.0
Slacko-6.3.0 32bit

gjuhasz Puli 6.0.4

Puppy on an Android phone (galaxy s3)