Posted: Tue 23 May 2017, 03:52 Post subject:
TV/PVR Xenial Pup V3 (32bit) - Released 22nd December 2016 Subject description: Optional pet
Optional pet - (HDEV_ScreenSaver.pet)
This pet provides a second manually invoked screen saver. It provides a live rotating HD feed from the 4 earth
viewing cameras aboard the ISS. Do not use it if you are on a metered internet connection!
The ISS is on a 90 minute orbit travelling at a speed of 17139 mph at an altitude of 256 miles.
For half that time it is therefore in darkness with no video.
The following link can be used to check on its current status and location:
The pet does not use the stream available in the above link but instead uses vlc to play the
720p stream intended for iphones. The keyboard letter "f" toggles between windowed and full screen mode.
Whilst intended for TV/PVR Pup which runs vlc in borderless mode it should work in any Pup that contains vlc.
A menu item is created on the "Desktop" menu and the desktop file itself may be dragged onto the desktop to provide
a quick launch method. It can just be used to impress the other dogs in the kennels rather than as a screen-saver.
If viewing in windowed mode in this Pup press ctrl+h to toggle the vlc control panel on/off in order to start
recording the stream or to take snapshots. ( Handy if you spot a UFO or flying pig)
Posted: Today, at 04:34 Post subject:
TV/PVR Xenial Pup V3 (32bit) - Released 22nd December 2016
Another Optional pet - (startup_sound-mk2.pet)
(Use in any Pup with suitable modifications to the player)
This pet provides a choice of 4 startup sounds or clips.
OOTB clip1 is set as the default which plays the same jingle used by forum member "peebee" in some of his recent Pups.
The player is set as mpv but can easily be changed to another of your choice which has the ability to play then exit.
The script in question is reproduced below and is commented. Additional clips may be added.
An unusual feature of the script is that it will only trigger a sound clip if booting is complete AND a working
internet connection is present. Thus hearing the sound gives a double reassurance.
# This is /root/Startup/startup-sound ETP May 2017 - (Based on an idea by forum member "peebee")
# 1. Change sleep period if need be, so that the end of the played sound clip coincides with desktop completion & network establishment.
# 2. Change player using suitable syntax. For example in the case of vlc that would be:- player=cvlc --play-and-exit
# 3. Add further clips to the list to reference additional sound clips of your choice.
echo -e "GET http://google.com HTTP/1.0\n\n" | nc google.com 80 > /dev/null 2>&1
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
$player $clip1 # Change numeral to select another clip
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