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Great post about using Chromecast.  
 
Chromecast: The Revolution Will Be Tele-fied

"Chromecast, oh, how I love thee. Let me count the ways..."

A short while ago, that list would've been nice and short, but less than a month after the public SDK release, the Chromecast has gone from cheap streaming gizmo to awesome content conduit. Before I got internet and Chromecast set up at my new apartment, I was always watching cable, commercials and all.

I haven't used my cable since. At all.

See, the Chromecast is amazing in its simplicity, and nearing omnipresence in its infinite uses. See, when the Chromecast launched, there were a few 'white listed' apps, but if your media of choice wasn't on there, you could always cast it via Chrome for desktop and the Chromecast plugin. It wasn't always brilliant (especially on older computers or lower-bandwidth networks), but it was workable. I cast weather or traffic maps to the big screen a few times just so my family could see. And I am an Android user, so all my content was pretty much supported (still waiting on Newsstand, Google!).

Months passed. A few more additions... and then finally, an explosion. Google released the Cast SDK and the floodgates were opened to developers everywhere (iOS, Android, Chrome on Mac/PC). Ideas that had once been feverish dreams of madmen were now here and ready to play - kinda. The list is growing every day, but there's still lots to come, and lots to anticipate.

But mostly there's still a lot to understand.

If Chromecast has a problem (besides not supporting 5Ghz, which isn't huge but would've been nice), it's that the streaming stick is a so-dumb-its-confusing problem. Wait, I use this to what? I have a Roku/Apple TV/Smart TV; why don't I just use that?

sigh Lesson one...

Chromecast is not a set-top box, it is not a console. It is a landing pad. You throw content at it and it pops up and plays. That's it. That's all. And this is better than your whatever-it-is-you-have because not only is it simple, it is platform agnostic, it is people-friendly (and more importantly party-friendly), and it is being picked up by many, many developers not just for entertainment but for practical uses as well.

You heard me, this is also a tool for business. Using AllCast, you can stream local media to a TV, like the video for your presentation (assuming Drive gets updated for this at some point, the presentation itself could be cast to the Chromecast as well). There's an app coming called TextCast, and it's designed for businesses to cast specials, menus, notices onto TVs. The preview image is a menu, and it looks simple enough: you pick your layout, type your text, and cast it.

No more printing massive menus that change every week, or dealing with those silly chalkboards. A cheap HDMI display and a Chromecast and you're in business (just keep that Chromecast on a password-protected network - y'know, the one you don't share with your customers).

No more paying for cable for your waiting room TV, just have a Chromecast and free wifi. Your clients will prefer it (free wifi always goes over well) and they can pick the content themselves (or have a tablet mounted next to the TV with a selection to choose from).

Babysitters can bring a Chromecast along, plug it into any TV, connect, and let the kid go to town on Netflix or Hulu.

Dayframe can turn any TV into a giant digital picture frame, and you can control and change out the content without messing with memory cards or the horrible interfaces those all have.

Or you can just run a yule log from YouTube. They had a content last Christmas for it, so there's plenty to choose from. The possibilities with YouTube alone are impressive. In a classroom you can use it to bring up videos to accompany lectures (and homework could be finding a video you think the class would learn from and enjoy). In a shop, you can use YouTube playlists for reviews of products (imagine the potential, especially considering so many businesses produce YouTube videos themselves as either a customer service or means of marketing).

And the best part is we're only getting started. The SDK is open, and anyone with an app (or even just the idea for one) can start coding and playing around with it. Cast IKEA instructions to your TV while you put together that bookcase. Watch educational seminars and TED Talks. Watch a cooking show while you prepare the food. Or just veg out to Pandora or Google while you read.

The sky's the limit (I think that's why its one of the first images that pops up on the Chromecast).

All we have to do is reach.
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You guys should come by the loft to take a look at Google Fiber sometime.
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My first post this week about Google Fiber.  Many more to come in the next few days.  http://www.geektonic.com/2013/10/how-google-fiber-is-built.html
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Thanks.  Becoming a fiber installer, internet service provider, tv service provider all from scratch and all at once is a pretty big undertaking.  And they are attempting to do things differently then the competition in many ways as well.  They did at least buy a company that had the TV box & server thing figured out (SageTV)
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Anyone know what this unused port is on the front of the Google Fiber TV box?  It's located in between the IR extender port and the IR receiver.  Not labeled on the box or in the documentation from Google.  Similar size as HDMI, but something I'm not familiar with.
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It looks like one of those combo USB/eSATA ports. Perhaps for a thumb drive or other external storage. 
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Morning speed test.  What in the world will we do with all of that bandwidth?   #GoogleFiber  
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no one likes a show off!! :)
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@GoogleFiber TV rolling out YouTube app to go along with their Netflix & Vudu apps http://www.geektonic.com/2014/02/google-fiber-tv-adding-youtube-app.html …
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I'll be mentioning it again this coming week in another blog post, but +Sean Stuckless is getting mentioned a bit in the SageTV Forums since he has some Google Fiber TV Cred.  I doubt he is the only SageTV expert with some hand in GF either.  http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?p=562430&posted=1#post562430
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Actually, come to think about it... I get way more enjoyment from my open source projects (sagex, phoenix, plex, etc) than I ever get from my day job :)
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For those of you following along, the next article in my Google Fiber Series is about the installation.  More detail soon.  http://www.geektonic.com/2014/02/google-fiberthe-installation.html
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So far I haven't told the others in my family how to access Plex stuff :)  But I just successfully used it over the internet using a Verizon MiFi device in a hotel.  And it worked pretty darn good!
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With the Chromecast opening up to developers I think it's time to sell off my AppleTV 3gen.  Didn't really need it anyway and now that I have Netflix built in to my Google Fiber TV AND I have Chromecast it's way too much overkill
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pause is on the lock screen on kitkat. I think I need to unlock to adjust volume but I'm not 100% - the annoying plex/chromecast thing is the short time out on pause after which you need to re-select the media (and hope Plex remembers where you got to)
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Anyone know what this unused port is on the front of the Google Fiber TV box?  It's located in between the IR extender port and the IR receiver.  Not labeled on the box or in the documentation from Google.  Similar size as HDMI, but something I'm not familiar with.
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That one next to it is definitely the camera 
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Trying to be social on Google's social network. Most of my time is spent working - accounting and tech kind of work.  Love watching sports, hanging out at the lake and other random stuff.  In my spare time I like to travel and mess with tech gadgets.
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