[mythtv-users] Ideas for family proofing the mythbox

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 01:58:45 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM, Zooka <mythtv at fitzy.org> wrote:
> I'm looking for ways on how you have family proofed and made more
> friendly your mythbox for the non-techie kids or spouse.
> Here's what I have done so far on my combined FE/BE;
> - UPS to reduce power issues
> - Auto power up if UPS runs out
> - Disable power/reboot case buttons
> - run mythfrontend in a loop so if it crashes it will restart automatically

recently mine has started doing that by itself, I suspect this was put
in somewhere in 0.24-fixes.

> - changed desktop background image to an informative message saying
> 'congratulations, you crashed the mythbox.. please wait while it restarts'
> - change Main Menu 'exit' button to something that isn't on the remote
> - parental levels set
> - setup password set
> - rewrote menu theme for easier navigation with regards to how we use
> the mythbox
> - any important events get emailed to me (mythfilldatabase, boot disk
> space over 90% full, frontend crash, etc..)
> - actually teach them how to do things such as scheduling, ad skipping,
> music playing, etc..
> That's all I can think of for now.  I look forward to hearing what you
> have implemented.
> Regards,
> Zooka.
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