Archive for November, 2004

DVR update

Monday, November 1st, 2004

I’ve just recently had both a) enough spare PC parts and b) enough free time to put together a server and kick off my DVR project. I spent a lot of time coding a listings scanner to take XMLTV data and turn it into a series of scheduled recordings, but this evening it has successfully recorded both Monkey Dust on BBC Two and Little Britain on BBC Three without me specifically asking it to. It’s also scheduled in Memento, four episodes of The Simpsons, a couple of episodes of QI, Apocalypse Now, some extreme sports shows, and a few films I’ve never heard of.

“Yeah, but you’ll never get it to pick out shows like TiVo does”

In your face, anonymous quoted entity!

I will be updating the project page with a design overview of the prototype at some point this week.

It’s probably also worth pointing out that the little boxout in the navigation entitled “Up To Date” is shrinking. No one went there anyway, but now the TV listings page is redundant (it was a bit naughty anyway), “today’s sites” is going to go, to be replaced with a live bookmark, and the news feeds have also been made rendundant by the simple genius of RSS feeds as bookmark folders in Firefox.

The Odeon listings will stay until they either stop working and/or Odeon gets a proper site. Hopefully the two events will be coincident. The “text version” of their cinema listings that was added in the summer following the negative publicity from The Register is a step in the right direction, but it’s still complete arse.

Speaking of that register article, why am I suddenly getting a shit load more hits off that letters page again? They died out ages ago – why the sudden resurgence? Answers on a postcard please!

Edit: Ah, I see there’s an update story on the Oxford Uni hackers linking back to that page…