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Wow that really is a PITA. I never would have thought it would be a problem.
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult." - C.A.R. Hoare
I've had a mustache since I was 16, and I never got a penny for it.
I've done the bald thing for years,
no money, but there's great value seeing the reactions of people when you cut your head. a little bit of blood goes a long way on a smooth surface... and yes it does run down into your eyes... classic.
Considering what the D in my user name stands for - I have heard that a lot over my lifetime!
What! I was sure you were Doctor Huff.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
0) Well, the NUC I was using for the home theater PC only supports HDMI 1.4, and the videos looked like crap on my 75-inch 4K tv, so I had to fall back to the full-size PC that I was using (has a GTX1050 add-on card that is HDMI 2.0 compliant).
1) I had installed Linux Mint 19 on the big box, but when I installed Kodi, Kodi refused to scan for new content, saying it couldn't connect to the remote server (TheMovieDB and TheTVDB web sites, where it gets the movie info - curiosuly, the Music part scanned just fine)\). I tried a number of suggested remedies discovered via a google search, but none of them fixed the issue, so I had to fall back to Ubuntu 18.04. All of a sudden, Kodi could connect to the remote server. Downside - the Ubuntu desktop isn't as responsive as the Mint desktop was. I'm sure it's a video driver issue, so I'll be trying to fix that in the next couple of days.
2) Again with Kodi - I thought I had my MCE remote problems ironed out, but that was not the case. I forgot one crucial step with regards to LIRC - preventing LIRC from getting updated, as well as turning off automatic updates on the OS. I remedied those issues on the new (old) box, and I think it's good to go. Reminder - I had to install the version of LIRC from the Xenial repository, because the one that comes from Bionic Beaver DOES NOT WORK.
3) I decided to create my Win7 VM (VMWare) in anticipation of moving my desktop box to Linux in the next week or so. I'm starting with the Win7/SP1 DVD and am currently in update Hell, installing 118 "important" updates. VMWare suggested a 60GB drive, but I made mine 250GB (my current Win7 install is 175GB with all kinds of crap installed with it). My intention is to install fewer kinds of crap, but I figured I'd leave myself some headroom in case more crap rolls downhill.
4) Again with VMWare - I've never really played with VMs much, and I found that I have to change some settings with regards to connecting to the available remote network shares (specifically, the media server). I don't know why, but I just assumed that I would be able to connect to them in VMWare without any real effort.
5) Again with VMWare - I hope I'll be able to use the VM that I created without any fuss in Linux. :/
6) I went to install extensions for Python into VSCode on the laptop, and I'm not really sure which extensions to use. There are DOZENS, and there is no apparent indication as to which ones are required, as opposed to "nice to have".
For VB programmers that have never been exposed to real programming languages, my list indexes start with "0", as god intended. Only heathen-based languages start their list indexes with "1".
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
Again, if you run Kodi on your android TV, it will work directly with your TV's hardware. You won't have to use some arcane separate box with special video cards and whatnot, just to lose tons of quality because of an external link, that will the end bring the signal to that same hardware.
It can be set up literally in minutes, you can store the files anywhere on your local network or on a USB hub.
But good luck with the tinkering
and yes, you will be able to use the TV remote to control everything.