Archive for December, 2009

The Legend of Neil -Boxee App

December 22nd, 2009

I’ve finished designing my second application for the Boxee platform. I chose to create it around one of my favorite online web-series The Legend of Neil.

If you enjoyed The Legend of Zelda series as much as I did, then I think you’d enjoy the NSFW web-series, The Legend of Neil. It is about a gas station attendant who gets sucked into ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and has to fight his way out. You’ll get the idea of the show by watching the intro…

Below are a few screen-shots of what the app looks like in Boxee:
Legend of Neil Intro

Legend of Neil Season 1

To add it to Boxee, just add the following repository: and then add The Legend of Neil app. If you have already added the all inclusive third-party Boxee Repository, then The Legend of Neil should now be available.

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Boxee Beta Announcement

December 8th, 2009

On December 7th in New York, Avner Ronen shown off his companies latest version of their Boxee software. This latest version will bring Boxee out of the Alpha phase, and into the Beta.

The Boxee Beta supports an entirely new UI layout and design.

  • The top section contains both local and Internet based media, now all in one click. It also houses the Boxee apps.
  • The feed section to the left combines not only content from your friends on Boxee, but if you put in your Twitter or Facebook login, it will pull in video your (non-Boxee) friends post.
  • The middle is featured content (or apps) recommended from Boxee. At this current time, Boxee is not getting paid for anything here, but they are leaving open the possibility of it.
  • To the right is the queue area. If you find video in Boxee you wish to watch (but you don’t have time to watch it), you can queue it and it will go there. Avner said that there will also be widgets made available to queue video you find on the web that you wish to watch in Boxee later, but he did not demonstrate any at the event. Also, if you have a TV show set to a watch list, new episodes will show up in your queue.

One of my favorite new features is the bookmarking feature. While Avner didn’t demonstrate how video gets bookmarked, local video files can now be bookmarked so you can stop watching it, and continue watching at a later time picking back up where you left off. This feature is essential for me to begin moving away from MythTV for local video content.

Overall I will be very excited to test this latest version and I plan to do a walkthrough of it just like I have done with previous versions. Invites to test the software will begin going out anytime (if they haven’t already). For anyone not on the list, the software will be made available to the public as an open-Beta beginning in January.
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Cranky Geeks -Boxee app

December 1st, 2009

I’ve been interested for a long time in developing my own apps for the Boxee platform and over this past month, I finally had a chance to do it.

The first app I created is for the round-table technology show Cranky Geeks hosted by none other than John C. Dvorak.

For those that watched Dvorak’s show Silicon Spin on TechTV/ZDTV, Cranky Geeks is a similar type of show. But if you didn’t watch, Cranky Geeks is a 30-minute weekly discussion show over technology topics of the week. Sebastian Rupley usually joins him as the “co-crank” along with two other panel members. Some notable panelist have included: Molly Wood, Om Malik, Tom Merritt, Jim Louderback, Harry McCracken, David Spark, Garnett Lee, Leo Laporte, Veronica Belmont, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.

Below is a screen-shot of what the app looks like in Boxee:

To add it to Boxee, just add the following repository: and then add the Cranky Geeks app. If you have already added the all inclusive third-party Boxee Repository, then the Cranky Geeks app should now be available.

My next app will be The Legend of Neil webseries, which is a spoof on the television/video game series Legend of Zelda. It is a NSFW webseries, but very entertaining.

Update: The Legend of Neil app is now available: Click here to find out more.

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