Moving again

Just a quick note to say that the website is going to be wrapped up and moved again sometime in the next couple of weeks. Colin has ordered a brand spanking new server and tomorrow we’ll make the first steps towards the installation of it. I’m very tempted to ditch the whole Mambo, uhm Joomla installation and go for WordPress. I’m using WordPress on another site already, and it is slightly less difficult to maintain… or I may just leave it as it is. Can you tell I haven’t decided yet?

Adding infrared to the Xbox

Xbox XIR Easy KitThe original Xbox makes, after a great games console, a fantastic versatile media player with the help of Xbox Media Center, or XBMC. You will need to chip or softmod your Xbox (there are a million guides/opinions on the internet so do some Googling) and a copy of the XBMC application. To fully appreciate XBMC, you also need to buy the DVD playback kit which allows you to control the Xbox using a remote control. The only problem is that Microsoft in its infinite wisdom decided that it doesn’t need the facility to switch the Xbox on remotely. As we are a generation of couch potatoes that is obviously not on!




Various solutions have been invented, but by far the easiest and most elegant one is the XIR Easy Kit, available from www.XIR.us. At $35.65 (£18.68 at today’s rate) it also makes it a bit of a bargain, so there really is no reason to fiddle with anything else.

You can read the pictorial here