AppleTV 2.4 Black Screen when playing video

After upgrading to AppleTV 2.4 and installing Perian, I no longer can play Apple videos. The device just shows a black screen. Sometimes there is sound.

Edit: found a fix from westont on AwkwardTV:

Sure enough, looking in the /System/Library/QuickTime folder I found a ‘Disabled’ folder had been created. This folder contained the ‘QuickTimeH264.component’ file which had clearly been moved there by something. Moving this file back to the /System/Library/QuickTime folder and rebooting the ATV got everything working again.

UtahFM iPhone App

Making good progress on the UtahFM iPhone App. Got a progress bar working so now it spins while music is playing. I’d like to get some more testers but you have to be willing to upgrade to iPhoneOS 3.0beta5.

Main Screen

The About Page:

About Page

iPhone Google Calendar Sync

So,  I upgraded to iPhone OS 3.0 and want to get the Google Calendar Sync up and running on the new OS.

Search for “iphone google calendar sync” at Google. Not a single link on the first page has the instructions on how to do it. Had to search forever just to find the server name to enter which is

Sheesh. So I make this blog post so I never have to search again for this.

Fantastic announcement, no howto:

has some great information about the product, but no install instructions:

Finally found this after about 10 minutes:

How to modify iPhone Calendar colors on Jailbroken iPhone

*EDIT* updated for iOS5 here

After installing Google Sync for iPhone, I had a problem that the iPhone Calendar colors did not match the colors of the calendars in Google Calendar.

I am republishing a post by michael.ansel. I found a post by him to be the best way to change calendar colors.

One thing he failed to mention in the following steps is to install sqlite3 which is not installed by default. On your jailbroken iPhone, launch Cydia and install sqlite3.

Then proceed with these steps…

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Streaming a webcam in Linux with VLC

I wanted a simple way to make my Linux security camera server stream live video to my TV.

The server ususally runs “motion”. I disable motion, and launch this command on the server:

vlc v4l:/dev/video0:size=640×480:channel=1:norm=ntsc:fps=12 –sout ‘#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=768,scale=1}:duplicate{dst=std{access=mmsh,mux=asfh,dst=:8080}}’ -v –noaudio

and this on a Linux client to test:


Then, once that is all working, I use VLC on the AppleTV to play the video to the TV. I used iScripts to get it launching.

The only problem I have right now is a 8 or so second delay.