Apple TV 2 and XBMC – how to switch between audio languages

If you’ve found this page then you probably already have a hacked ATV2 with NitoTV and XBMC installed. I could not find this in a single place so hopefully this is a one-stop shop for you. Remember – you are changing/modifying files on your system, if in doubt backup before you edit or delete files! Do so at your own risk, I am posting this for educational purposes only.

http://xbmc.org

http://xbmc.org

To play movies with multiple soundtracks/audio languages on a PC or laptop, you pick it from the Media Player menus. However, if using an ATV2 and XBMC, all you have is the Apple Remote. You only have the Up/Down/Left/Right, Menu and Play/Pause buttons. There is nothing to allow you to pick the correct soundtrack. So you get all sound tracks at the same time if there are multiple embedded!

To fix, you can modify the Apple Remote button functions. I picked the Up button to modify and change it from VolumeUp to AudioNextLanguage. I don’t use the volume control on this remote so it’s OK to reallocate the function.

You need to edit joystick.AppleRemote.xml on the ATV2. You can SSH onto the ATV2 and download it onto your laptop to edit with a suitable xml editor. If you need to know how to SSH onto your ATV2, Google it – loads of videos.  XML editors are abundant, again Google what you need. I use Cyberduck for SSH and TextMate (Mac OSX) for XML editing.

The file joystick.AppleRemote.xml is located in

/Applications/XBMC.frappliance/XBMCData/XBMCHome/system/keymaps

This contains the default settings for each button. See https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/blob/Eden/system/keymaps/joystick.AppleRemote.xml for what it looks like (you can use this as a backup as well if you need to restore/screw up the file).

Look for the line which is around line 92 which refers to VolumeUp

 <FullscreenVideo>
    <joystick name=”AppleRemote”>
      <button id=”1″>VolumeUp</button>

Change this AudioNextLanguage e.g.

<button id=”1″>AudioNextLanguage</button>

Save the file and upload to your ATV2. No need to reboot it, you will see that the Up button on the Apple Remote will scroll through the soundtracks/audio languages. Note – this assumes that there is more than one soundtrack embedded in the movie you are trying to watch.

I hope you find this useful!

 

 

How to setup your voicemail forwards using iPhone on Virgin Mobile

Setup_Voicemail-iPhone

 

This was so frustratingly hard to find because Virgin Mobile UK do not support iPhones! Their staff even say it won’t work. It’s a sim card and a phone for crying out loud! *Rant over*

Hopefully this helps you set it up.

First you need to know your voice mailbox number, if you don’t have it dial

222

and follow the prompts to setup your mailbox. If already setup, still dial 222 and when you get to the end, you will receive a text with your number.

Then follow this http://www.fryfilm.com/infopages/iphonecodes.htm

E.g. to activate Forward if busy, dial

*67*[voice mailbox no]#

Currency converters for your smartphone

Back in the old days, I used to carry around my phone with a calculator feature to allow me to figure out how cheap the pair of Nikes were. These days, you could still do the same but why not use a currency converter via the web or a smartphone. The advantages are near real-time updates on currency fluctuations and around 180 currencies to choose from.

I have been using XE Currency Converter for ages via the webpage and like all other companies worth their salt, they have an app as well. I tried a few apps from the iTunes Store, read some reviews and the XE one came out tops. Better still, it’s free! Continue reading

Travel money and plastic

I’ve spent ages looking into this topic simply because I despise the cost of travel money. At the airport is more expensive and most times, it’s cheaper to order currency before you leave, etc. OK, so everyone knows that but what about credit cards, ATMs, cash advances, fees, foreign transaction fees, conversion rates? Basically getting stung with a bill for extra fees at the end of the month.

So, you do your research and find what you think is the best deal and I not here to sway your findings or opinions. However, I want to share what was important to me, hopefully you can draw you own conclusions and do further research if necessary.

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Travel Vaccinations

Met with some friends yesterday and one of them said, “Why the heck are you all so obsessed with getting travel vaccinations!?” She is from Mexico and has travelled far and wide with no thought of seeking out some local nurse to stick you with various needles. Opinions may vary and I am not going to try an influence your decision. I’m of the opinion that I should, I would never want to double guess a “what if” scenario.

What is recommended or needed, where do I start? Continue reading

Blogging, domains, hosting, where do I start!?


OK, so you thought about blogging and there are many video tutorials and webpages that show you how to use it. I found all the info online but there was so much of it. Finally, this is what I ended up doing Continue reading