Monday, 18 April 2011

XBMC Tutorials, Tips and Guides

I was recently researching the open source media player XBMC for a tutorial. Here are some useful resources I came across:

XBMC Online Manual
It might seem obvious but by far the best source for XBMC info is the official wiki guide, here are some of the main areas of it for tutorials and tips:
Maximum PC - 12 Essential Tips to Using XBMC as the Perfect Media Hub
This article starts with a basic installation guide but covers a wide variety of additional XBMC topics too. - Guide: Getting Started With XBMC
A thorough starter guide with lots of screenshots and detail.

Kludge-o-matic - XBMC
This is a blog, but has a good range of useful XBMC tips you might not come across elsewhere.

Lifehacker - XBMC
Lifehacker has loads of content on XBMC, just do a search for it on-site...

Long Story Short - The Complete XBMC Tutorial Series
Another blog, this links to some really useful video tutorials for using XBMC.

There are a surprising number of XBMC tutorials and guides on YouTube, here are a few that stood out to me:

See also:
Using XML to Control LCD Output in XBMC
Customising LCD Output in XBMC

That's it at the moment, if I discover any more useful material online about XBMC I'll add it to the list. In the meantime feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Just a short introduction to this blog. I write technical and educational material which is published on the Web. When I'm researching computing topics I'm regularly pleasantly surprised by the quality of some of what I come across, and frustrated by the fact that finding it is often a laborious process.

With this blog, I basically plan to highlight some of what I've found in my own research, hopefully signposting some of the better content and maybe saving a little time for anyone else trying to find what I was trying to find..!

The topics I plan to cover will include tutorials on Web development, software development, programming, technical concepts and principles on subjects such as the Internet and computing in general.