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MBP

New MacBookPro User

After my old Win 7 Laptop started to fail I thought it was time for a new laptop. I popped around to a local pc shop to see what was available but was saddened by the horrible Win 8 UI that they came with (along with a lack of any included software) Spying the Apple counter I went over to have a chat. At nearly twice the price of a Win 8 equivalent My wallet would be groaning for a few months but at least my mind would be happy.

The Mac interface is a bit different to how a windows pc works but once you find the Lauchpad which displays all the icon on one screen everything becomes so easy.

I’ve transfered all my written work to Pages with out much work (well once I got it converted from Pageplus format).

Internet traveling is so much better, I don’t know if it’s just Safari or safari on the MBP but only having to type the first 2 or 3 letters from a web address of a visited site and having the correct address auto complete is amazing in my books.

I haven’t made much use of the App store or iTunes (I get my MP3’s from Amazon due to using my Sony Xperia phone to play music) or have I used alot of the preinstalled software, but what I have used has me impressed.

I know this is not even remotely like a review and I’m still learning how to use it and maybe one day I’ll get around to writing a proper review but with two 2200 story’s that need writing and submitting to a competition by Jan 10th 2013 I’ve got a lot of work to do.

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Media Streaming Part 1

With Modern technology it seams wrong not to setup media streaming in your house.
The following is what I have learnt fighting with my setup. Currently my setup consist of
Server = Windows 7 laptop
iPad2,
Sony Erricson SK17i.

Software
iTunes
WMP
Cyberlink Powerdvd 11
Skifta
Cyberlink power dvd remote.

The Phone is advertised as DLNA which is supposed to be even easer then UPnP and its taken me all this time to get this working.
What was the culprit I hear you ask?
The Firewall!
I’m currently running ESET 5 and I had to disable Windows Firewall (a must if you install another proper firewall) then I had to reset Esets rules then rebuild them in interactive mode! but that still didn’t work (loosing hope at this time).
1st up go into Windows and set iTunes to share on a network, go into Cyberlink and set what you would like to share,then go into windows explorer and set which folders you want to share (Plenty of guides on the interwebs for that)
After a visit to google and youtube I found out first I have to connect the phone to the house’s wifi (Well duh I hear you say) but there is another step, Hidden in the setting is the media server!
If your on the same phone as me then you need to go to “connected Devices”, select a name and connect to a server which should be you PC.
Mine wouldn’t work at first so I had to wait for 10 mins how ever while I still had the windows explorer opened I went to the network folder and opened that. This folder shows what it can see on a network and for a while my phone was not recognised, after 10 mins it appeared and flicking back to my phone it also showed my pc and connected to it!
Step 1 down!
At this point go back to the phones home screen and select the photo/video icon, find a video and hold your finger on the video’s icon untill a green tick appears.
Click on the setting button then click share, now find “Play on device” in the next screen click on a Player device in none appear start up windows media player
at it should appear on the phone with a play button under it.
Click “Play” and wait till it starts playing on the computer.
Good 1 Application down !
Next, time for Cyberlink!
Load up Cyberlink on the pc, click music then click DLNA and your phone should appear!
Now click on device and you shouldn’t see anything except requests from the firewall, Start the Cyberlink app on your phone and you need to accept all firewall requests from the Cyberlink application and the phones IP address (Obtainable from the network devices menu of windows explorer)
If all worked then again your server should appear on the phone click it and it will take you to the apps media menu which will allow you to chose which part of Powerdvd you want to control. If your still with me all the better.
Next to get media from the pc to the phone, if the above is all working this will be easy.
First download and install “Skifta” to your phone,
Click on the little arrow of step one to select a server,
Click on the little arrow of step two to select the media player of choice on your phone
Click on browse and play media
The select the media you want to watch/listen to on phone!.
Told you it was easy.

Now for iTunes and Airplay.
That’s it for now as I have to go and win an auction for an airport express!

Arduino Mega ADK and Sony Erricson Xperia Mini Pro X17i works (well sort off!)

Well After all the banging, thumping and moaning I have managed to get the Xperia Mini Pro X17i to communicate with the Arduino Mega ADK!

First was patching of the Arduino code aka firmware, that took a lot of work mostly due to running the 1.0.1 version of the Arduino  programming environment. After editing loads of it then replacing the Google ADK files with the ones from http://www.circuitsathome.com/category/mcu/arduino/usb-shield I got the code to compile and upload but still couldn’t get the Xperia Mini Pro X17i to recognize it (well the phone charged but that’s it) I hit on an idea of using the Xperia live dock!
Powering everything up (mega using separate adapter) I connected the phone to the dock and “Unsupported accessory” message popped up, Yes its at least reading it in the liveware manager app.  After looking back through the arduino code I found the answer in AndroidAccessory.cpp

The following lines

#define USB_ACCESSORY_VENDOR_ID         0x18D1
#define USB_ACCESSORY_PRODUCT_ID        0x2D00

Needed to be changed but to what I hear you ask? The VENDOR_ID and PRODUCT_ID are incorrect (this is stated but I just ignored it causing some of the grief) After a bit of google I worked out how to get my ID code in Windows 7.

Once I had my codes I changed the lines to this

#define USB_ACCESSORY_VENDOR_ID         0x0FCE
#define USB_ACCESSORY_PRODUCT_ID        0x0166

Recompiled and now it’s recognized as Supported Hardware! (This is just for the Sony Erricson Xperia Mini Pro X17i)

Now I need to learn how to modify the Android demo app to make it work!

Note to get the demokit app to work I had to edit the manifest file (see previous file) which solved the errors then I cheated and just suppressed/ignored the warnings and it compiled, unfortunately there a bug in it which is preventing the app from displaying properly or recognizing the board!

I hope this information will be helpfull to you out there also venturing into this field.

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