Archive for November, 2007

HDTV Guys

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

What do you do with a Mac Mini, assorted software and a very large DVD library? Why, you build a home entertainment network of course. And to show you just how easy it can be, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell walked listeners through it step by step in the HDTV Guys podcast last March. After the podcast we received lots of great feedback from listeners who got turned on to DVDpedia and its full screen view. Most of that feedback found its way into version 4 of DVDpedia and its redesigned full screen view: filters, multi disc/episode launching, switching collections and a details view. In response to that the HDTV Guys did another podcast about their move to version 4 of DVDpedia on their Mini Video Server. Once again, the feedback was great (including multi-page annotated PDFs that we are still working our way through) and quite a few people have taken Ara’s and Braden’s idea and implemented it in their own home.

Lethal Weapon Full Screen Details

For version 4.1 we have taken care of the more frequent requests from HDTV listeners: inclusion of the summary in the details view and multiple lines for the starring information. We had to keep something for future versions so multi-row browsing petitioned by Ara did not make it into this version. We had mentioned to the HDTV Guys that we’re testing out scrolling to make long summaries fit on the details screen. Turns out that reading text that’s not sitting still takes Jedi powers.The biggest request though was customization. Users wanted different information in their details: some wanted just the summary, others were missing the aspect ratio and video format and some didn’t even want the title as they can tell from the cover image. So there was only one solution: let the users choose the fields and their order. Twenty different fields or 550 summary words or a mixture of both fit on the full screen view details page, so get customizing!

Full Screen Details Preference

Thanks to Braden and Ara for using DVDpedia in their Mac Mini media server as well as all the HDTV listeners that checked out our program. If you have an HDTV and connecting devices to each other is your thing, I highly recommend their show. Like any respectable podcast you can subscribe to it on the iTunes store.

Child’s Play is back

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

childsplay.pngThe holiday season is standing on our doorstep, ringing the bell and stomping its feet against the cold. That means it’s also Child’s Play¬†time! Penny Arcade is running their yearly charity drive to get games, toys, books and cash to children’s hospitals in the US and around the world (even a children’s cancer hospital in Egypt is part of the drive). Last year they managed to raise over a million dollars; I’m sure the gaming community won’t disappoint this year either. We’re proud to once again sponsor Child’s Play – join us and head on over to their site to buy some toys!

Improve your English, feed the world

Monday, November 12th, 2007

120_60_button.jpgFree Rice is an excellent idea – perfectly simple and infinitely rewarding for all sides. You match words to their meaning and for each correct match, the UN donates 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger. So not only can you do a charitable act every day, you will also improve your vocabulary along the way. (It’s all paid for by advertising on the site and Bruji’s favourite company is one of the sponsors.)