Written by NeToU on Sunday, 22 of February , 2009 at 11:38 am
Recently Benjamin Zores’ uShare project has discontinued development, with no word on whether the project will begin again or not I have decided to publicize my own Media Server project that has been progressing on and off for the last few months.
There are more details to come over the next few weeks as I start setting everything up online, I have a prototype media server built around the cyberlink libraries that supports video sharing to the Xbox 360 but my plan now is to follow in uShare’s footsteps and use libupnp with the intention of adding PS3 support further down the line using Ben Zores’ libdlna.
I will hopefully have the sourceforge project setup within the week with the 0.1 release (supporting at least Video sharing on the Xbox 360) along with a fuller project roadmap in the coming weeks.
Project Summary: Netou Media Server will support Music/Video sharing over UPnP specifically to, but not limited to, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 games consoles.
More updates soon,
Category: Blog, Development, Linux, NeToU Media Server, UPnP, uShare
Written by NeToU on Monday, 24 of November , 2008 at 10:56 pm
Update: Unaccustomed as I am to wordpress I realised today that I hadn’t enabled akismet to combat the spam, so comments for all again.. at least until I see how good it works
In order to be able to handle comments on the site I have made registration compulsary for anyone wanting to comment on any of the posts. This is to avoid getting into the situation I had today of 20,000 comments in need of moderation!
Registration is using reCaptcha so everyone who joins up gets to help digitize books at the same time!
Written by NeToU on Saturday, 10 of May , 2008 at 1:45 pm
Having recently switched to Ubuntu as my main OS (mainly for aesthetics and speed issues) I have been making steady progress at making sure I can still accomplish all the tasks my Windows XP machine use to do.
Apart from browsing and downloading the only other thing I use my PC for regualarly is to share out media to my Xbox360 so I can watch videos in my living room and play my own music while gaming.
A quick search showed me that uShare and FUPPES seemed to be the main contenders to provide media, I tested both and in my opinion uShare was by far the easiest to get running as my 360 refused to see FUPPES on the network.
While uShare’s video support worked like a dream; music support for the 360 just wouldn’t work, whenever I tried to view music files I was just presented with the first 50 video files (and folders) and no audio would play. So I did the only thing any developer can do when they have access to the source code for software that isn’t working for them; try to fix it myself.
After a day or so worth of work (of which the large majority was understanding the code and figuring out how to debug well in Linux) I have finally gotten uShare and my 360 to play nice when it comes to music.
As an added bonus I have sorted out another issue that was affecting my 360 too: multiple content directories can now be used correctly rather than the 360 only having access to the media in the first directory.
- Users can view, select and play their music files through the Xbox 360
- The “Play All” feature should be working correctly also
- Multiple Content directories now supported (added in ushare.conf or on the command line with the -c argument) If you have videos/music files scattered around your PC (eg, accross multiple drives) you can now access all of them from the 360.
- There is still no metadata support within uShare so music will not be sorted by album/artist etc
- When I was testing this out I noticed a bug that restricts the user from browsing uShares media while a file was being played, I have yet to look into this however stopping the file will restore functionality.
NOTE: If someone could tell me how to create install packages for the various architectures I will happily provide them here too
Source Code: uShare 1.1a - NeToU
This has only been tested on my Xbox 360 so any comments on its usefulness would be very welcome.
Category: Development, Linux, Portfolio
Written by NeToU on Thursday, 1 of May , 2008 at 1:12 pm
The demo for the Shader Factory is now available here : Shader Factory Demo
Alternatively just click the link on the navigation bar over yonder–>
Also, check out Kris Athi’s Virus Hunter game which was written using XNA too: Virus Hunter
Category: Gaming, Portfolio, XNA Development
Written by NeToU on Saturday, 5 of April , 2008 at 7:39 am
Here for all who want it is a slightly earlier verison of the Shader Factory Demo,
it only has the first level and that isn’t complete but I would love some feedback.
Category: XNA Development
Written by NeToU on Tuesday, 25 of March , 2008 at 5:53 pm
First of all I would like to say welcome to my new Blog. It may look pretty bland at the minute but over the next few weeks that’s set to change. So, I guess you are wondering what exactly this site is for?
This site is aimed at primarily documenting the progression of my final year project and thesis based about XNA game development.
From this site you will be able to see exactly what is happening with my XNA game, including screenshots, videos and any other kind of media I can think to put up here.
Along with just progress updates I will also try to share anything I think will be useful for anyone else learning XNA because I believe that helping each other out is the best way to build great software!
Talk to you all soon,
Category: XNA Development