The Humble Indie Bundle 3 – DVD cover, disc label and LightScribe

Posted by | Posted in Games, Ubuntu | Posted on 28-07-2011

Ubuntu logoThe Humble Indie Bundle 3 got released the other day, and as the previous bundles you can pay what you want, and decide how much of the amount should be split between the developers, Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

And also like it’s predecessors, this bundle is also Cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac) and DRM free!

This bundle contains 5 games:

As I have an obsession with having a physical copy of games I buy and this packaged being download only and DRM free at the same time, I decided to try to whip up a DVD cover, disc label and a LightScribe label for it, and thought I’d share it, as there may be 1-2 other crazy people out there like me, who wants to be able to have a physical copy of this awesome bundle on their shelf.

Download the covers here in .png format The Humble Indie Bundle 3 DVD cover, disc label and a LightScribe label

The bundle was recently updated with two more games, new cover available here.

Preview pics in .jpg format, don’t print from these.

Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v0.71

Posted by | Posted in Python, XBMC | Posted on 25-07-2011

UPDATE: Version 1.1.1 of  the Digitally Imported XBMC plugin has been released

I found a bug that made it so the plugin diden’t really respect it if you had set it to never refresh the cache, which gives a significant speedboost when accessing the channellist.

Download Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v0.71

Download the updated Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v1.0 instead

Instructions for installing the plugin can be found at

Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v0.7

Posted by | Posted in Python, Ubuntu, XBMC | Posted on 24-07-2011

UPDATE: Version 1.1.1 of  the Digitally Imported XBMC plugin has been released

A totally unofficial and unendorsed XBMC plugin.

For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to start coding Python, also I’ve been a longtime member of Digitally Imported‘s excellent streaming music service that at the time of writing this post, has 38 channels to choose from.

So I decided to combine those two things and write a DI plugin for the awesome open source media center XBMC, which coincidentally uses Python.

The plugin is in what i would call stable beta as I’ve seen no more bugs, the beta label is more to show that I want to do more with the plugin.

Currently it only supports the public streams in 96kb/s in MP3 format, the plan is to add support for Premium streams (256kb/s).

For now, it’s just a file download, but in the future I plan to have it added to the official XBMC repository, so it can be downloaded directly from within XBMC.

What you need to do:

  • Make sure you have at least XBMC 10.1 – codename Dharma (XBMC 10.0 should work too)
  • Download Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v0.7
  • Download the updated Digitally Imported XBMC plugin v1.0 instead
  • Unpack the archive, inside the archive is a folder called, move it to one of the following locations, depending on your OS. Some unpacking programs extracts to a folder with the same name as the file it extracted from, meaning you could end up with a folder within the folder – Inception style – and that could screw things up.
    • Ubuntu – ~/.xbmc/addons/
    • Windows – C:\Users\<your_username>\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\addons\
    • OS X – ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/addons/
  • From XBMC, the plugin is configured by left clicking or pressing C on the Digitally Imported folder in the music add-ons category and choosing Add-on settings.

It has a few settings, like sorting from A-Z or keeping the order they’re show in at frontpage of, and choosing to never refresh the stream cache, resulting in the channellist gets shown much faster.

The plugin has been tested on XBMC 10.1 running on both Ubuntu 10.10 – Maverick Meerkat and Windows 7, so I’m crossing my fingers for similar results with your system. If you encounter any problems, a note in the comments would be greatly appreciated.

Making XBMC work with ION graphics, VDPAU and making the digital sound work over HDMI in Ubuntu

Posted by | Posted in Ubuntu, XBMC | Posted on 19-07-2011

Ubuntu logoThe story

I finally got around to buying a ITX machine to use as a dedicated Media Center. in the form of XBMC – and Ubuntu as the OS of course.

The mobo is a Zotac IONITX-F-E with a 1.8ghz dual core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GPU, which is powerful enough to run 1080p video.

I started out by installing Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, the installation went flawless as expected and I installed all the packages I needed – that basicly only consisted of XBMC and the propritary NVidia driver, but the system just seemed kinda sluggish, especially notable when scrolling in a terminal.

The problem was that even though I activated the propritary Nvidia driver, it said “This driver is activated but not currently in use” under System->Administration->Hardware Drivers.

The Nvidia driver enables you to use VDPAU, which is hardware acceleration of video, essential to showing MKV and MP4 video.

After a long night, installing packages I’ve never heard of and adding various lines to the xorg.conf, under advice from forums where people had proclaimed having the same problem, I still weren’t able to make Ubuntu 11.04 use the NVidia driver, so I ended up installing Ubuntu 10.10 – Maverick Meerkat and ahhh…. bliss.

The propritary driver now finally worked as it should and the system didn’t seem sluggish anymore.

What you need to do

  • Get Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat – don’t bother with 11.04 (for ION based machines at least, as the NVidia driver seems to be broken under 11.04 at the moment)
  • Set the GPU in the BIOS to have more then 64mb of RAM, I suggest maxing it out to 512mb or as close to as possible
  • Enable the propritary NVidia drivers from System->Administration->Hardware Drivers
  • Add the XBMC launchpad PPA and install XBMC from the terminal
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
    • sudo apt-get install update
    • sudo apt-get install xbmc
  • Install the VDPAU driver to enable HW accelerated video
  • Change it so the integrated soundcard uses both HDMI and analog output by choosing Digital Stereo (HDMI) Stereo + Analog Stereo output, instead of just Analog Stereo Duplex (see screenshot below) from the Sound Preferences
    • If you have problems with the sound, try the following from a terminal
      • sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-2.6.35-22-generic alsa-utils
  • Lastly – and optionally -  add XBMC to System->Administration->Startup Applications

I’d just like to add, that this worked for ME on MY setup, so please bear that in mind.