Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Intel Nuc is a great Media Center Computer

Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK The Ultimate Media Center Device

  • i3 Haswell Processor
  • Intel HD 4400 GPU
  • Micro HDMI
  • 15W peak power usage
 What is required to get it working:
  • TV or Monitor with HDMI
  •  Laptop Ram
  • Mini PCI express slot for a SSD based storage 
Total Cost:
  • NUC - $300
  • Ram 4GB - $60
  • 256GB Corsair SSD - $150
  • Total:
    • ~$550 + TV/Monitor

Essentially the processor is an Ultrabook processor in a different form factor. So you get the performance of an Ultrabook, but for much much cheaper.

The Intel 4400 HD GPU is capable of playing most games on low-medium settings:

So after setting up Netflix, ftp server, VLC media player, windows file sharing, snes/n64 emulator. You get a complete media center that is capable of playing movies, games, music off of a local network, while also being capable of playing most games on low-medium settings.

One big bonus for using such a power efficient device is that the peak power usage is 15W and standby is around 2-5W, so your electric bill will not go up by much -- even if you keep the device on all of the time.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amazon Kindle 3.3 Sound Output FFMPEG

The following command is great for creating sound files for the Kindle:
ffmpeg -i 8bp027-04-nullsleep-playful_panda.mp3 -ar 8000 -ac 1 -acodec pcm_u8 panda.wav

Play the sound with the following:
aplay /tmp/panda.wav

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Compiling Linux kindle 2.6.26-rt-lab126 armv6l for Kindle 3

Device Supported

These instructions are specifically for the Kindle 3, the kernel version on the original device must be exactly: Linux kindle 2.6.26-rt-lab126 after the 3.3 firmware update from Amazon.

ARM x64 Cross Compile Toolchain

I found and extracted the arm-2008q3 code sorcery tool-chain. (This one is older and most certainly compatible with the kernel verison)

Linux Kernel Source

Get and Extract the linux-2.6.26-lab126.tar.bz2  from Amazon sources (under Kindle 3) Kindle_src_3.3_611680021.tar.gz

Apply kindle-3.3-kernel-buildfix.patch
patch -p1 < ./kindle-3.3-kernel-buildfix.patch

Generate .config file
make imx35_luigi_defconfig

Modify the following config setting to the following

Setup Build ENV
export ARCH=arm
export CROSS_COMPILE=/home/thomas/workspace/arm-2008q3/bin/arm-none-linux-gnueabi-

Build Script
echo "=============Making make"

echo "=============Making uImage"
make uImage

echo "=============Making modules"
make modules

echo "=============Making modules tar at linux-2.6.26-rt-lab126.tar.gz"
make targz-pkg

echo "=============Making modules.dep"
depmod -ae -F System.map -b tar-install -r 2.6.26-rt-lab126 -n > modules.dep

# replace /kernel with /lib/modules/2.6.26-rt-lab126/kernel/
echo "=============Applying /kernel directory remapping"
perl -pi -e 's/kernel\//\/lib\/modules\/2.6.26-rt-lab126\/kernel\//g' modules.dep

echo "=============Outputing uImage, modules.dep and tared modules into ./export directory"
mkdir ./export
cp arch/arm/boot/uImage ./export/.
cp modules.dep ./export/.
cp linux-2.6.26-rt-lab126.tar.gz ./export/. 

Flashing Kernel on Kindle

SCP the ./export folder contents to /tmp/. on your kindle
Extract linux-2.6.26-rt-lab126.tar.gz to /lib/modules
Extract modules.dep to /lib/modules/2.6.26-rt-lab126

chmod 644 /lib/modules/2.6.26-rt-lab126/modules.dep
/test/flashtools/luigi/update /tmp/uImage

Friday, March 21, 2014

How to Setup Perforce Merge p4merge with git in OSX

1. Download P4V.dmg (Perforce Client)

2. Copy the p4merge.app to your /Applications directory

3. Then run the following commands:
git config --global merge.tool p4merge
git config --global mergetool.p4merge.path /Applications/p4merge.app/Contents/Resources/launchp4merge