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Forcing Monitor resolution

Cinnamon and Rosemary are now both happily rack-mounted in the basement (where it is cool, and where their many disk drives and fans can make as much racket as they wish).

Mostly I control them from the office with ssh and or vnc, but once in a while I need to actually be down there. My neighbor gave me a monitor, I have plenty of mice and keyboards, so I hooked up a KVM switch on the two of them so I didn’t have to keep getting behind the rack to move the monitor.

But alas, neither of them picked up the resolution of the monitor, I suppose (not sure) that with the KVM in the middle, they can’t really read the EDID and such stuff from the monitor. And since it is an “unknown” monitor, the display panel only shows 1024×768, 800×600 etc. The monitor itself helpfully tells me that it wants to be 1440×900 @60Hz.

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Saving YouTube Video

Trying to collect the old episodes of NYPD Blue, and there were some I couldn’t find on usenet. Turns out that the DVDs past season 4 were never produced. But there are old episodes, mostly captured from VHS that are out on Youtube.
After a little research, there is a cute way to capture the video files from youtube.
Click the episode on youtube to start it, and then capture the url in the browser location bar.
Now open VLC, select to play a network stream, and give it that url. It will start to play.
At this point, one can just tell VLC to convert and save, but that takes a long time. An easier and faster technique, as long as the youtube webm format is ok:
In vlc, with the stream playing, open tools->codec information and copy the link that is in the “Location” text box at the bottom.
Paste that link into a browser and go, and now the video plays directly from the Youtube servers.
Now you can just right click on the browser window where it is playing, and save video as.

Notes on setup of HDHomeRun, tvheadend, kodi live tv

HDHomeRun provides a source of tv in htsp format. They provide an app for windows/linux/mac which enables watching the tv stream directly, and changing channels. They also provide a Kodi Add-on which allows watching the streamed material directly from there. However, this is just watching, and doesn’t enable the guide, PVR etc.

To use the built in features in Kodi for “live tv”, you have to have another piece of software, which Kodi calls the “backend”. There are apparently different backends supporting different hardware, but one of the backends is called “tvheadend”, and it supports HDHomeRun, and is supported by Kodi.

The tvheadend software has to be installed. apt-cache search tvheadend shows:
tvheadend – Tvheadend
tvheadend-dbg – Debug symbols for Tvheadend
kodi-pvr-tvheadend-hts – Kodi PVR Addon TvHeadend Hts – PVR API:1.9.2
kodi-pvr-hts – TVHeadEnd PVR for Kodi
kodi-pvr-hts-dbg – debugging symbols for TVHeadEnd PVR for Kodi

The “kodi-pvr” bits are kodi add-ons that have to be added to kodi (in linux only) in order to provide the api between kodi and the backend. Kodi for mac and windows has the pvr bits included, but they have to be added in linux.After the apt install, add-ons->my add-ons->PVR clients,  select TVHeadend HTSP Client and configure it, then Activate it.

Since the kodi I watch is on coriander (the mac mini), the pvr stuff is already installed with kodi. I only needed to install the tvheadend piece somewhere, and I put it on cinnamon where the large file media array is, so that PVR recorded material can be stored there too.
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