||[Dec. 27th, 2003|12:00 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
Wahoo, I got what I wanted for XMess! A Gamecube! I promptly ran out today to buy all the stuff for it, including a Wavebird. The reviews are right, it's the first wireless controller that got everything right. Responsiveness, bulk, reception, price, it's all good. I got P.N.03 and the old Ocarina of Time demo disc for it (fucking Best Buy didn't give my folks the new Zelda demo disc). Planning on Skies of Arcadia Legends next (the whole reason I wanted to get a GC), then Crystal Chronicles, then MGS- The Twin Snakes. Anyone else have a GameCube and want to recommend something for it? I'm probably going to get a GameBoy Player for it, but I didn't know they were the same price as a GBA-SP... I might just get the SP instead. Also, the folks came down to visit, and it was pretty pleasant. I cooked XMess dinner with my mom, did a pretty good job at it, too. It was mostly a two-day session of "lookit this thing I have mom & dad, my life is cool! I turned out pretty good, didn't I?" I also drew up a revised plan for my dad's home theater, he might just actually buy it this time. Finally, I get to build that HTPC... I think I've got it all worked out, from getting the program guide imported from XMLTV, to how to scale input from cable/recordings/DVDs to his projector's native resolution, to hardware concerns. I decided that just using an ATi AIW would be less convoluted than a separate capture card and output card, since they handle their own scaling well enough without dScaler, and they're supported by ShowShifter. I'd like to give him an HDTV-decoding card, but the integration of recording functions and system control is flimsy, and he doesn't get HDTV signals in his area anyway. It's going to be a real joy and a half getting the Pronto remote to control ShowShifter, ATi's FM tuner and DVD-authoring software, the projector, and the obscure-brand reciever. I'm going to use gIRder to do it, which means tons of painstaking manual configuration. I'd love to just use the Pronto's IR sensor to learn the ATi card's remote's signals but hrm... It looks like ATi made their remote RF and not IR. Smart call, jizznozzles.
UPDATE: ARGH! This whole PVR thing changes way too fast. SnapStream just released a new version of their software that does everything ShowShifter does, plus commercial skip! Not to mention it handles the Remote Wonder II beautifully, which means no Pronto (adds cost), and no gIRder configs (saves time, makes the install a lot easier). Back to the lab again...
FURTHER UPDATE: For the love of fuck... The only thing the Remote Wonder won't do is control the reciever volume and projector power (yes, the projector and reciever only have one thing you'd want to control, the rest is controlled by the PVR). I'm going to have to use gIRder just for these two things. Oy Vey. Wait, wait, yet further research says you want to leave your projector on all the time, it handles it's own lamp shut-off. So you'd only want to control the reciever power (whoops, forgot about that) and volume by the Remote Wonder. I think I might just make my dad use two remotes. Waaah.