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13Mar/1585

LG HomBot 3 WiFi Mod

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Last year I bought a LG Hombot Square robot vacuum cleaner. After 3 months of use I'm still very satisfied. But now it's time to bring this device to the next level. After spending some time on Google I found that the LG vHomBot Square 3.0 has a different name in other countries.

After searching this names I found a German forum (http://www.roboter-forum.com/) with many active LG HomBot users (subforum: http://www.roboter-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?72-LG). One of the topics describes how you can add WiFi functions to the HomBot. That sounds interesting... (after translating the text, the last German school class dates from 15 years ago...).

So to help English speaking readers I translated the text and added some pictures and videos so you can add WiFi to your own HomBot (or whatever it is named in your country...).

Disclaimer: Be aware that all these steps are at your own risk! There will be no support from LG and may void your warranty.

24Jan/1412

XBMC MySQL doesnt work after upgrade to Synology DSM 5.0

Yesterday I've upgraded my Synology DS 410 to DSM 5.0 BETA. After the upgrade all packages are working but when I started my HTPC XMBC was unable to connect to the MySQL library on my DS. It turns out that MySQL is replaced by MariaDB. All databases and users are available in MariaDB and I can access them with phpMyAdmin, but not remote from XBMC.

Update: The issue is resolved in an updated package of MariaDB (version 5.5.33.a-0013). Changelog;

Whats new in version 5.5.33.a-0013:

  1. Fixed an issue where MariaDB cannot start.
  2. Now binds to all network IP addresses in addition to localhost.

I've resolved this problem by making a configuration change within the MariaDB package, the default config doesn't allow remote access. Take the following steps to alter the configuration;

21Feb/1324

IPKG Bootstrap installer for Synology DS

Some users like to run software programs on there Synology DS which are not available in the package center (Synology repro, or any other). To install software you may need ipkg (or the Itsy Package Management System). ipkg is not default installed on your Syno so you have to do that yourself.  On the Synology wiki there's an article which describes the process of installing ipkg, but many users are having trouble with this guide.

So I thought, I'll write a guide on how to install ipkg on your Syno DS. After some research on the internet I found a different, much easier way to install the ipkg package manager...

5Feb/1338

Share your XBMC 12.0 library on a Synology DS (or other NAS)

As follow up of my previous post on how to share your XBMC library on a Synology NAS with XBMC 11.0 (Eden) I made this guide based on XBMC 12.0 (Frodo). In this post I'll guide you to the process of moving your XBMC library from your HTPC (or Apple TV or RaspPi) to the Synology DiskStation. So why do you want this? Well a centralized library brings multiple advantages like being able to stop a movie or TV show on one device and continue watching it on another one. Also the watched-state of your media is distributed across your devices.

1Feb/131

Just pre-ordered the Ouya game console

Today I've pre-ordered the Ouya gaming-console. For those how aren't familiar with this piece of hardware check out the introduction movie;

So why did I ordered the Ouya? Well I'm not so interested in the gaming features but more in the capability to run the XBMC media center on it. There're several XBMC developers involved with the development of the Ouya hardware and software so when Ouya comes to the public in April 2013 I'm expecting it to come with the XBMC release for Ouya.

So why yet another hardware solution at my home to run XBMC (besides the Zotac HTPC and my Raspberry Pi). Well the Ouya is very low priced, for only $99 you get;

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • one USB 2.0 port
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button) and a touchpad
  • OS: Android Jelly Bean

And it looks very nice;

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Also interested in getting your Ouya, pre-order it before February 4 to get it in April!

Website: http://www.ouya.tv/
Ouya on Twitter: https://twitter.com/playouya
Ouya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ouyas
Ouya on Google+: https://plus.google.com/101870372356034764386/posts

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