It isn’t as straightforward as one would like to set up a Roku 3 and a Logitech Harmony One remote. Some things that could be more obvious:
- Where is the Roku device on the “Devices” list?
It’s hidden under Devices -> DVD -> DVD -> Manufacturer: Roku -> Roku 3
It will come up as a DVD player, so you definitely want to rename the device by clicking “Settings” -> “Rename Device” and calling it a Roku3.
- Does the Harmony One have the right IR/RF control mechanisms to control a Roku?
Yes, it does. Mine is working perfectly after just configuring it with Logitech Harmony Remote Software. Logitech gives you some options to point the Roku remote at the backside of the Harmony remote, and pushing some Roku remote keys to learn. But the harmony, unsurprisingly, doesn’t learn when you fire things into its backside. You can skip that step.
- Why does the “Activity”->Watch Roku send commands to my TV instead of to the Roku?
Major annoying factor, but easy to fix. When I hit the “Activity” -> “Watch Roku” (I customized that name, it used to be “Watch DVD (2)”), all commands would be sent to the TV.
You can fix this by going to “Activities” -> “Watch Roku” -> “Customize Buttons”. Some buttons like Volume Control and Mute should go to your TV, but everything else can point to your Roku. See:
You can even add some custom buttons to show on the home screen with the “Additional Buttons” tab:No comments
I keep coming across songs that I really like but can’t put my finger on what exactly I like about them. Here are two with absolutely incredible male vocals that I really really really like.
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks.
Grizzly Bear’s lead singer’s brother was my arch nemesis in high school. He bullied most of the kids smaller than him, which was nearly everybody. He’s a nice guy now, and his brother is an incredible vocalist.
Puddles the Sad Clown with a Golden Voice – Cover of Royals (by Lorde)
The cover is arguably better than the original. The clown is a riot and his voice really is golden.
An engineer dies and goes to hell. He’s hot and miserable, so he decides to take action.
The A/C has been busted for a long time, so he fixes it. Things cool down quickly. The moving walkway motor jammed, so he unjams it. People can get from place to place more easily. The TV was grainy and unclear, so he fixes the connection to the Satellite dish and now they get hundreds of high def channels, although they still cannot watch Breaking Bad on AMC.
One day, God decides to look down on Hell to see how his grand design is working out and notices that everyone is happy and enjoying umbrella drinks. He asks the Devil what’s up?
The Devil says, “Things are great down here since you sent us an engineer.”
“What?” says God. “An engineer? I didn’t send you one of those. That must have been a mistake. Send him upstairs immediately.”
The Devil responds, “No way. We want to keep our engineer. We like him.”
God demands, “If you don’t send him to me immediately, I’ll sue!”
The Devil laughs. “Where are You going to get a lawyer?”No comments
I’ve been using my Synology DS-212j Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Mine is loaded with 2x3TB Western Digital Green Drives. This post details my build-out. The device performs brilliantly from my desktop wired PC running Windows XP. I could regularly push 3-4MB write to it when copying TV shows and movies onto the NAS.
However, Time Machine backups from my Macbook Pro could never push more than 1.2 MB/s (~9.8 Mbps), which is far less than the purported 54Mbps of my wireless router and the purported 6 Tbps that SATA supports. Streaming HD movies from the Synology NAS to my Xbox 360 wasn’t even going well. The movies would be jerky and stutter, totally ruining my movie experience.
How to speed this up?
1. Disable Mac’s Spotlight index of the SAN.
Spotlight will by default index every connected drive, monitoring for changes, and generally hog bandwidth. Turning this off made a huge difference for browsing times.
Go to “System Preferences” -> “Spotlight” -> Privacy and add the folders from your SAN.
2. Buy a router with gigabit ethernet and top-notch Wireless
I bought an ASUS router that absolutely kills it. This was by far the biggest speed improvement possible. The Synology has Gigabit ethernet, which is 10x faster than 100Mbps. Gigabit can theoretically push 128 MegaBytes per second. This, coupled with dual-band wireless AC makes this truly a beast.
The router supports 2.4gHz spectrum and the 5 gHz spectrum simultaneously, meaning that your newer devices can connect to the 5gHz for much higher speeds, though the 5gHz network has a smaller range.
Unfortunately, my XBox 360 S doesn’t support the 5gHz spectrum. I use that to stream movies from my Synology NAS. But the good news is, even on 2.4ghz, n band, my movies are streaming perfectly with no stutter or jitter.
You won’t be disappointed with this router :) This was the single biggest improvement I could have made (without running wires all over my condo).1 comment