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Logitech 1100 Review

Filed under: Linux Hardware — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:30 pm on Monday, September 9, 2013

Logitech 1100So, for my birthday two years ago, I got a Logitech 1100 universal remote. I figured having recently having a birthday it was a good time to review the unit since I’ve been using it for a while. Besides, the last post about the Macbook has been on the blog for FAR too long.

I wanted a remote that could control all my devices, add new devices at will and was easy to use. At first, my opinion was that this device is awesome, and thought of all the endless possibilities. In reality I haven’t got to use the device for all the cool stuff I imagined, but it does do a rather good job at what it was designed to do and what I set it up to do. The device its self is a touch screen (not the new multi-touch ones we’re used to) and has a few buttons. You set up activities through the software, select them from the touch screen where it then turns on the devices in the sequence you wish and gives you a touch remote and assigns the 8 physical buttons to whatever device you choose.
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MPlayer Installer

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:54 am on Monday, December 3, 2007

The current MPlayer Installer script that I uploaded to this site had a slight problem.

mplayer_setup.sh: line 9: rm-rf: command not found

I have fixed the spacing issue and re-uploaded the file.

Once I had done this I tried reinstalling again just to make sure it works and found out that it doesn’t work any more. The reason being the MPlayer package has been removed.

That being said I am going to be working on a new version of the Slackware Mplayer Installer but the first priority is to make the installer work. I will be swapping the essential codec pack to the all codec pack bundle. Then I will be working on making the installer more user friendly.

Hang tight, I should have it fixed soon. Once it is, I’ll make another post.

Slackware 12 – MPlayer Setup in 3 Easy Steps

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:46 am on Thursday, September 6, 2007

I made a quick installer script that will install MPlayer 1.0rc1 with the essential codecs pack and the Firefox plugin on a new installation of Slackware 12. With this script you should be able to get MPlayer set up on Slackware 12 in 3 easy steps.

1. Download The MPlayer Installer that I made (Right click Save Link As).
2. Change to root user and run the MPlayer Installer OR run the MPlayer Installer with sudo as followed:

bash-3.1$ su root
Password:
bash-3.1# sh mplayer_setup.sh

OR

sudo sh mplayer_setup.sh

3. If everything installed smoothly you can remove the mplayer directory and all files inside it. If it failed then all you need to do is (as root) removepkg on all of the .tgz files and do a rm /usr/lib/codecs/*.

Firefox should be restarted after the script has run. Test Firefox by going to various media sites, one I like to use is Apple Trailers (Because of the quality and speed). If you could contact me and let me know if the installer worked or failed I would appreciate it.

Line by line breakdown of the installer:

mkdir mplayer; cd mplayer;

Creates the mplayer directory and moves into it.

wget http://www2.linuxpackages.net/packages/Slackware-12.0/X11/MPlayer/mplayer-1.0rc1-i486-1goa.tgz; installpkg mplayer-1.0rc1-i486-1goa.tgz

Gets the mplayer-1.0rc1-i486 package from linuxpackages.net then installs the package

wget http://www2.linuxpackages.net/packages/Slackware-12.0/Library/mplayerplug-in/mplayerplug-in-3.45-i686-1amg.tgz; installpkg mplayerplug-in-3.45-i686-1amg.tgz

Gets the mplayer plug-in for Firefox and installs it

wget http://www4.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-20061022.tar.bz2

Downloads the essential codecs pack from mplayerhq.hu

tar xvjf essential-20061022.tar.bz2; mv essential-20061022/* /usr/lib/codecs; rm -rf essential-20061022

extracts the essential codecs package to one of the directories MPlayer looks for codecs in and removes the directory.