Update: A new firmware version has been released since the publication of this article. I do not know if the procedure described below will work with the new version.
The Popcorn Hour C-200 is a Linux-based media player with impressive specifications. At its heart is a Sigma DesignsSMP8643 system on chip with a 667MHz MIPS 74Kf as main CPU, several co-processors, and 512MB of DRAM attached. Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, and USB provide connectivity with the world around it. With a modest $299 on the price tag, the temptation to repurpose the unit as a low-power server or cheap development board is hard to resist. This article shows how such a conversion can be achieved. (more…)
The Ogg container format is being promoted by the Xiph Foundation for use with its Vorbis and Theora codecs. Unfortunately, a number of technical shortcomings in the format render it ill-suited to most, if not all, use cases. This article examines the most severe of these flaws. (more…)
It has come to my attention that this blog suffers a complete lack of the single most important thing on the Internet: cat pictures. Here is a feeble attempt to remedy this most shocking of shortfalls.