Month: April 2013

Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 for Windows Phone Developers (18th May/13)

April 28, 2013 Event No comments , ,

I will be attending the Microsoft event in London in May, its an event where they are going to show me some of the nice new features of the Windows Phone 8 and also show me the differences in the app development.

Its pretty good and its free so I guess its something better than my usual Saturday.

The Wonders of Xamarin

April 28, 2013 Mobile No comments , , , ,

In a recent project I have been working on, I have been using Xamarin, before the band wagon comes with the angry mob first listen and see what it has to offer before disregarding it.


Bootcamp Windows 7 on Macbook Pro via USB

April 28, 2013 Operating System No comments , ,

So firstly make sure you have the following:

  • 8GB USB Flash drive
  • Windows 7 disc or iso image

Once you have these then you need to go to spotlight and type bootcamp and select the assistant.

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Press continue on the first screen and then select the top two options, the first option will setup your flash drive to have the windows 7 iso image on the flash drive. The second option downloads all the necessary drivers for your mac to operate correctly under the windows operating system. We dont need the drivers until you have installed windows but best to get them ready as its a big download.

The next screen will require you to locate your windows 7 iso and then the destination drive(which is your flash drive). The flash drive will be formatted so make sure your drive doesnt have anything important on it as its going to get wiped.


Then the next screen will ask you to download the windows drivers, select the bottom option to save it on disk and then put this in a folder on your mac for now as we will need it later.


Once you have done that you need to setup the partition on the hard drive of the mac, adjust the selector, you will need at least 30gb, my recommendation is around 50gb.


Once this is done, restart the mac with the usb drive inserted, it will go through the normal windows installation, you will be presented with selecting a partition to install to, select the partition labelled bootcamp. You will then need to click format so that Windows can format it with the needed file system.


Then go through the whole of the windows installation, once this has completed when you boot into windows for the first time then the resolution and stuff will be all messed up, you need the mac drivers so you will need to remove your flash drive and restart the computer. If you hold down ALT on startup you can see the disks to book from, make you selected mac this time and then when you back in Mac OS you need to locate the folder where you downloaded the drivers and copy this to your usb flash drive, after that then restart your mac and hold the alt key and selected Windows.


When you back in Windows, locate your flash drive and run the setup.exe file from the drivers folder, this will install all the drivers, you may need a restart but after that then you are good to go, so whenever you want to go into windows, just hold ALT and then select the drive.

XBMC Setup Including Remote Control Via Mobile

April 28, 2013 Media Center No comments , , , , ,

Firstly make sure you have XBMC installed, you can get it from here:

After installing, if you run XBMC and goto Settings -> Services -> WebServer and enable allow control of XBMC via http and take note of the port(default 8080).

Now get the mobile app on your phone or ipad, there is plenty of apps that allow the remote control of XBMC. Now add a server and add the ip address or computer name and port, so if you followed my other guide about setting up a media server then you should be able to fill out the computer name and port(servername.local and port:8080).


So now we can control XBMC remotely, but now we need to setup Utorrent, Sickbeard and Couch potato. Goto Programs -> Add-Ons and then Get More. Then install and enable UTorrent, Sickbeard and Couch Potato.

If you haven’t installed utorrent, sickbeard and couch potato outside of XBMC, then this would be a good time to do so. XBMC will have the default settings for the apps and you should be able to install all the apps apart from utorrent where you will need to enable http server so that sickbeard and couch potato can send the respective calls to download.

Mac Mini Media Server

April 28, 2013 Media Center No comments , , ,

So I decided I wanted a central point of storage because my new Macbook pro had a small 250gb ssd and so applications, movies and tv shows would easily fill up the hard drive. I have a look at the possible options and in the end I decided I would get an old Mac Mini off eBay and put a big hard drive in.

So I went on eBay and found a 1st Gen Mac Mini with an Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz and 2GB of Ram for £100 and then I picked up a hard drive off Amazon cheap. In hindsight I would now say that I wished I got a slightly newer Mac Mini with a 64bit processor as this restricted me to what version of OSX i could put on it( 10.6.8 ).


Anyway once I got the kit, I put a bootable version of OSX 10.6.8 onto a usb drive and away I went(Important note, have a usb keyboard and mouse at hand), after I had an operating system on it I then looked at installing XBMC(another guide on here), UTorrent, Couch Potato and Sickbeard Piratebay version. These pieces of software work excellently together, when configured correctly I managed to get Sickbeard and Couch Potato talking to UTorrent and XMBC so when a selection is made in Sickbeard or Couch Potato then a message is sent to UTorrent to download and XBMC displays a notification of when it has began downloading and finished.

Remote management, so with my Mac Mini, I wanted it to run standalone and out the way with no keyboard and mouse and just connected to the tv(via dvi to hdmi). Firstly, I did assign a static ip address but instead I set a computer name for the Mac Mini, this is located in System Preferences -> Sharing and then at the top as computer name.

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So in this case from another computer I should be able to access Batman.local and that would be my Mac Mini. What I also wanted was remote screen for the cases where I may need to install or do something, to do this I enabled screen sharing and also file sharing. After that, it was ready to go and could access the server from any computer via that computer name.