[mythtv-users] Controlling myth from the deck

Yan Seiner yan at seiner.com
Tue May 6 00:15:06 UTC 2008

Brian Wood wrote:
> On May 5, 2008, at 5:15 PM, Yan Seiner wrote:
>> Sunlight visible LCDs are way too expensive and completely  
>> unrealistic for
>> this,
> My Blackberry is quite visible in sunlight, is that "completely  
> unrealistic"?

IIRC a blackberry uses a transflective LCD - it has a mirror behind the 
LCD as well as a backlight.  That's visible in daylight.  Alas the new 
color LCDs are not visible in bright sunlight as they don't have the mirror.
>> so I'm looking for something really basic; an old reflective laptop
>> would be ideal if I could figure out a way to hook wifi up to it....
> I have a couple of old DSTN laptops, I use PCMCIA cards to put them on  
> an 802.11 network.
> I have a Gyration RF wireless keyboard that works well with Myth, it  
> should work from a deck.
> Have you tried a conventional IR remote? Maybe with an IR repeater?
> There are RF-to-IR remote setups available, but it would be silly to  
> pay more for your remote setup than for the entire Myth setup.
Agree there.  This has to be done cheap....

> Or do you need to have a screen visible? Hence the laptop idea?
There you go.  I need to see the screen.  Ideally I want to get a 
transflective LCD laptop with a PCMCIA slot that can run vnc....  Except 
that laptops have apparently disappeared from my usual reuse/recycle 
channel.  :-(

> If you have kids using them in a "sneakernet" configuration might be  
> the most cost-effective solution.
Heh. Then I'll get to listen to what they want.  Which, often enough, is 
not really what I want.  :-)


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