[CALUG] May 9 Meeting Announcement -- Tim Spangler -- DIY Cable Boxes

Chuck Frain chuck at chuckfrain.net
Fri May 4 09:59:40 EDT 2018

Greetings Everyone!

For our May 9th meeting we'll be welcoming Tim Spangler with his talk on
DIY cable boxes.

DIY Cable boxes with Raspberry Pi and a HD Homerun

Still have FioS TV or Cable and can’t just cut the cord for a particular
reason?  A simple Raspberry Pi and a HD Homerun, can drive Xbian and Kodi –
allowing you to replace your current FioS / cable boxes with some simple
off the shelf hardware and save you the equipment rental fees.  This
presentation will cover why you might want to go to the effort, the
hardware prerequisites, installation and configuration of Kodi on Xbian,
and a brief overview of the HD Homerun app, and a few tips and tricks for
an optimal experience.

What about DVR you might ask?  DVR software that is available for a minimal
yearly subscription for the adventurous that allows you to record TV to a
NAS using the same general setup.  We will also cover a few trials and
tribulations of attempting to setup a DVR writing to a NAS using the same

About the Presenter:

Tim Spangler is a Performance and Scalability Engineer for Oracle’s Cloud
Monitoring system, OMC.  In his spare time he likes to use technology to
solve various problems, such as how to save money on reoccurring equipment
rental fees.

We will be hosted at the UMBC Training Center, located at 6996 Columbia

Gateway Dr #100, Columbia, MD 21046. When you walk in  through the main

lobby make a right. We will be at the end of the hall in the last room on

the right. Our friends at Aplura will be providing the pizza and soda

starting at 6:30. The talk will start about 7pm.

We are looking for speakers for the upcoming months. If you have a topic

you would like to present on, please let me know and I'll get you scheduled.





Chuck Frain
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