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Chromecast turns off my TV (Kinda)

Absolutely love Chromecast. Today I discovered Chromecast will turn on my TV and correct HDMI input port when I start casting. Very nice!

But why didn't Google build in some form of "OFF" function? That idle backdrop slideshow feature is annoying as the TV makes me look every time the picture changes. At least let me turn off the slideshow feature.

However I found a workaround. I solved this by creating a Google+ album with two un-captioned black pictures in it.

By customizing the backdrop to only show personalized photos in this new album I get rid of the annoying picture changing and show a near black screen with only some faint gray text at the bottom. Only the cock (that can't be turned off) changes on this dim screen. Almost perfect.

Not sure what feature in this TV causes itself to switch off but after a certain amount of time, the TV knows the picture has not changed enough and the TV switches itself off. Probably some burn-in protection.

It is a cludge workaround for a feature that should be painfully simple.

Chromecast should allow backdrop to be turned off and after a timeout it should simply send a switch TV off signal via HDMI and then turn off the HDMI output until a request to cast is received again.

Maybe it is an American thing to leave the TV on 24x7.
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What a genius device Chromecast proves to be. Picked one up in a local store and it exceeds all my expectations.

It does everything I always wanted to do with media. Music, Google plus, photos, Pandora and even Netflix!

One missed opportunity is the fact that the chromecast device always sends a signal to the hdmi port. If it would not do that, my TV would automatically switch input. 
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Apparently the app Plex allows you to cast your photos, music and videos that are on your device. There is an app that supports chromecast for just about every use you can think of.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.plexapp.android&hl=en
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Another example how life in the cloud isn't all that fluffy.
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Finally bothered to setup Google cloud print properly.

I increasingly find myself running into the need to print from my phone as more tasks shift from pc to the phone.

My trusty Brother 7840w is not cloud enabled but since I run a Windows server in the house 24x7 I can add it as a classic printer via the chrome browser.

Works like a dream. Awesome tech. Thanks Google. 
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Grrrr, I am so close to quitting coding altogether. When will they learn not to mess with something that works! I am outa here.

Ships 2 Career can wait. All coordinate code is stuffed up since the latest browser updates. Can't be bothered.
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+Thomas Anderson I have made a different choice. I have quit full time IT
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Sjeesh Bill, you don't get out much do you? Try and visit New Zealand.

A country where the population just handed the progressive left their arse despite intense foreign funded smear campaigns against the conservative center right party.

A country that also feeds the world through innovation. Farmers that in contrast to the USA achieve this without twisted subsidies.

A country with only 4 million people, yet the place where the jetjack and now a fledgling space business established itself.

New Zealand where all serious blockbusters are made pushing the Hollywood imago to new heights.

Industrious while maintaining the most clean and desired country on earth to visit for tourists.

A place that goes out of it's way to forge free open trade agreements with the world contrary to the current protectionist attitudes of other countries.

Yes, a country with flaws and an insignificant military force, because Bill, contrary to the American psyche, people of New Zealand don't fawn at the sight of authoritive figures.

This is the first time I find your video incredibly annoying and shortsighted. Bill, you really need to get out more. You have no idea what you are missing out on. 
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Whohoo Auckland in 3D
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I am glad you like it! Yeah would be nice to see it again in real life...

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Chromecast keeps amazing me. Just found out I can install a chromecast extension for the chrome browser and cast browser content or even your entire windows desktop to your chromecast device.

However, what I am looking for is an application that runs on Windows and acts as a cast receiver similar to the hardware device I purchased from Google.

What I want to be able to do is to chromecast from my phone and display the content on a windows computer. After all, I am not always at my TV and I have plenty other big screens in the house hooked up to computers.

Does anyone know if this is possible? and how?
Send content to your Chromecast and other devices that support Google Cast.
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Oh yeah. Rallynavigator. Just watched the video again. I am pretty proud of this piece of work. Best UI I have ever done.
 
This is the first in a series of posts we will be doing to showcase various uses of the Google Earth plugin. We are doing this as a farewell to the Google Earth plugin, which was deprecated in December.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/01/google-earth-plugin-showcase-rally-navigator.html
This is the first in a series of posts we will be doing to showcase various uses of the Google Earth plugin. We are doing this as a farewell to the Google Earth plugin, which was deprecated in December. First up is Rally Navigator. This is a website that helps you create printable rally navigation …
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As you may know, I am taking a break from full time software development. Instead I am driving long distance bus lines. Communication is essential but an in your ear bluetooth device is no good for a 13 hour day. I only have a few calls.

So I found these clipon bluetooth devices. I clip it on the epaulets which places the build in microphone close to my mouth.

I made a shortened mono earpiece that I can quickly pop in my ear if a call comes in. A curly spring cord be even better plus a magnet so the earpiece can be stowed on the shoulder epaulets as well.

It took some work but a tap on my shoulder answers a call. Holding the button down 2 seconds initiates Google Now voice control.

I can now tap my shoulder, say "call intercity" and communicate with coachnet. I have two other clipon units on order. See which one works best.

What I really want is a small loudspeaker in the little box so that an earpiece is not required. Unfortunately, that doesn't exist.
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I must say you've got guts Paul! Good for you but what are you doing in Europe this time of the year? I've moved back to Manila till mid march and then back to Spain till end of November. Will be in Auckland end of January. Maybe see you then? 
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Before sending the original of a document to the authorities I decided to scan it first. Then I thought why not a photo of the document. Hard to frame the shot right though.

Next thing I thought, if only there was an app capable to detect the piece of paper and then perspective correct and crop it.

Off course someone already did that. camscanner even saves in pdf format. Sweet!

I even have a document scanner on my phone. 
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Don't forget to subscribe to my https://plus.google.com/+Planetinaction page for the latest on Ships 2
 
In testing the Antwerp - Rotterdam route I encountered quite a few unexpected land/water issues that needed fixing.

Here a screenshot of our barge crossing "Volkerak" heading towards the "Voorhaven" locks at "Hellegat" (Hell's gate).

Note how the wind is forcing the ship to maintain a crab angle into the wind in order to maintain a straight course. The wheel is well towards starboard.
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Software development / Proof of concept inventions
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Javascript, HTML5, Google Earth and maps API, JSON, XML, PHP, Ruby on Rails. Delphi on Win32 API. Electronics and hardware design. I/O solutions. Extreme Highres display systems and content. Applied math for simulation solutions.
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  • Dinther Product Design Ltd
    Software development / Proof Of Concept Inventions, present
    My own business since 2006. Over this period I designed countless software solutions for a wide range of clients. Work involves solutions design, research, coding, implementation and support.
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Hi, I am Paul, madly motivated by ideas and they don't even need to be mine.

Some people make the earth move, others go along for the ride. I like to be in the first group.

Thanks to my previous career as an airline pilot I got to love simulation technology. Not just flight simulators but any kind of simulation. As such I have build a range of innovative simulation products that range from Aircraft pushback simulators to Bronchoscope simulators and more recently digital museum exhibits.

Over the last few years I have also spend a lot of my time generating ideas to use Google Earth in new and innovative ways. This resulted in close relationships with the Google Earth Engineers and even the honour of a few weeks working along side them in their Mountain view head office.

You can check out some of the results of my Google Earth work on 

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Sailing, music such as harmonica and keyboards. I used to fly Boeing 737 aircraft in Indonesia, wrote youtube brand channel games in less then 2 weeks for a big name movie studio . On top of my list of bragging rights is the fact I worked on Google code at the Google headquarters and from my office in New Zealand.
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