Hole in the Ceiling

MythTV Front Row plugin now available

A few users requested a plugin for launching the MythTV frontend so I added one. It works in Snow Leopard and is available on the Front Row Plugins page.

Page for all Front Row Plugins

There is now a page that has links to all the Front Row plugins along with info about installation, uninstallation, etc. It’s here.

New Front Row plugins for Snow Leopard!

Those of you upgrading to Snow Leopard will discover that my previous plugins for Front Row won’t work.

The good news is that I have new plugins that work in Snow Leopard. These plugins have been completely rewritten using Objective-C (which I have been wanting to do) and are no longer based on the FrontPython project. This should lead to more stable code that is a little easier for me to improve.

The bad news is that they are still a little buggy. They should launch your program fine but will most likely not be able to return to FrontRow when you exit the launched program. There are probably some other bugs too.

Even though they still need a little work Snow Leopard comes out today so I figured I should get something out. These work in Leopard too (I haven’t tried them in Tiger).

If you are still running Leopard and want to use the previous versions they are still available using the links in the original blog posts.

My Predictions for WWDC 09

Here are my predictions for this year.

  1. We’ll see an updated version of the iPhone with more storage and a compass. If it has a video camera that would be awesome but I won’t hold my breath.
  2. We’ll see the announcement of the release of Snow Leopard in August or September. I think Apple will also announce that it will be a free upgrade for Leopard users. They did this for some of the earlier versions of OS X and given the nature of this release I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it again. Especially with the release of Windows 7 this year.
  3. Snow Leopard will have the new ‘Marble’ UI theme that has been rumored
  4. I don’t think we’ll see the infamous media tablet that everyone likes to speculate about. However, I do think iPhone developers may get some info about how future device sizes will be handled.
  5. Like many others I think it would be awesome if Steve Jobs appeared at the keynote but he won’t.

Front Row Hulu

UPDATE: For a version that works in Snow Leopard see this post

Front Row HuluHulu has released a desktop client called Hulu Desktop. I’ve had some requests to make a Front Row Plugin to support Hulu Desktop. Since Hulu is the main reason I started using Boxee and made my Front Row Boxee Plugin it only seemed right. So, here it is:

Download FrontRowHulu.

BEFORE you run this you should have at least run the Hulu Desktop once to accept their EULA. If you don’t the plugin will think it wasn’t able to launch Hulu Desktop. I would also suggest switching it to full screen mode.
Also, like with my other plugins it is assumed that Hulu Desktop lives in /Applications. Also like the others, it is recommended that you restart Front Row after installing the plugin by running
killall Front\ Row
at the command line.

This can be used along side my other Front Row plugins without conflict.

Tweetie for Mac now available

Slick twitter client for Mac from the creator of the best iPhone client.

Front Row Plex

UPDATE: For a version that works in Snow Leopard see this post

Front Row PlexIn response to a reader’s request here is a FrontRow Plugin for Plex. This is just an updated version of my Boxee Plugin. You should be able to use both together.
It is assumed that Plex lives in your /Applications folder.

Download FrontRowPlex

Remember, that for it to appear you may need to restart FrontRow. That can be done by typing
killall Front\ Row
on the command line.

Front Row Boxee

UPDATE: For a version that works in Snow Leopard see this post

front-row.jpgI have thrown together a plugin for Front Row that will allow you to launch Boxee. If you want to try it out you can get it from http://holeintheceiling.com/files/FrontRowBoxee.dmg.

If you install it and you don’t see Boxee as an option then you should run
killall Front\ Row
from the command line. That will make sure that it gets loaded.

It’s a bit of a work in progress. When you exit Boxee it should put you back into Front Row but that doesn’t always seem to work. Also, you sometimes see the desktop for a few seconds as it switches between the interfaces. Currently it is just some hacking done to the code from the frontpython project. I would like to move it from python to obj-c as time allows.

My prediction for WWDC 08

There is a lot of talk about a new version of Mac OS X showing up at WWDC this year. One thing that I think we will see is a move away from it being ‘Mac OS X’ to just ‘OS X’. I think that would make it fit more with the fact that it runs on the iPhone and iPod Touch. This would also fit nicely with the rumors of the .mac name change. We shall see.