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Interview With Recognized Developer AdamOutler Pt. 2 Of 3
orb3000: We know you have the longest bash script ever written, what is made for exactly?
AdamOutler: Mythical Librarian was a
project I created over the course of 6 months. At the time, my daughter was
3, could not read and liked TV Shows like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street
and others. I found a way to make it so she could point to the show she
wanted to watch, with proper naming convention, XBMC could assign pictures
to each episode and she could select which TV Show she wanted to watch. The
idea behind this project was to automate the process of recording a video,
looking up the season and episode numbers, then renaming. Sounds simple
I began with BASHSEXX(Bash SeasonXX, EpisodeXX). It evolved to support
MythTV’s database and was renamed MythSEXX. Eventually it got a small
following, people started reporting bugs, the script was supporting a large
number of functions and databases and was “thinking” on its own, so it was
Long story short, it takes a recording, references an online database,
parses, creates a local textual database, looks TVShows up based on
SeriesID, Original Airdate, Show Title and Episode Title, utilizes standard
and fuzzy logic, grades its performance, makes decisions if its going to
redo the lookup at a later time, maintains filesystem symlinks and manages
metadata. It talks to GNOME desktop, XBMC and MythTV. mythicalLibrarian
generates RSS feeds upon each action via Apache web server.
mythicalLibrarian also has the ability to update itself from the latest SVN
or Stable version.
The end result is the user can use XBMC as a better front-end for MythTV.
XBMC uses mythicalLibrarian to get information which downloads cover-art,
fan-art, episode-art, and displays detailed information about the episode,
while MythTV handles disk-space issues and recording.
I believe it’s main portion is now the longest BASH script in existence.
orb3000: Regarding your current projects such as Unsecure boot on the Nook Tablet, running Ubuntu on Nook tablet, Exynos4120 UnBrickable Mod, what is the actual status and what users can expect from those amazing tools?
AdamOutler: While I did put in a lot of research into Unsecure Boot on the
Nook Tablet and even prototyped Nook Tablet ModChips, XDA Junior Member
Bauwks came up with a total software solution. This solution is now the
defacto standard used in all custom Nook Table booting including Ubuntu.
As for Ubuntu booting, there is considerable work going into a Nook Tablet
3.0 Kernel. This is required for proper operation of Ubuntu. The older 2.6
kernel will boot Ubuntu just fine, but there are problems which cannot be
corrected without proper underlying datastructures. The Ubuntu Recovery
system I came up with works well and will recover a dead Nook Tablet from
any known cause of bricking. I will continue this project as soon as I get my hands on a 3.0 kernel.
The Exynos4210 UnBrickable Mod is complete. We are now researching firmware
solutions. I have worked with Rebellos via Internet and it would appear
that the most logical solution would be to simply send it to him. He will
attempt to write new bootloaders and make GS2 UnBrickable Mod a reality.
Believe me, I want this badly as I receive several PMs per week asking about
the status of GS2 UBM.
orb3000: You have opened a thread called Do you want to help out
developers? Got a broken device? How the project is going, and what would
you like to ask/advice the donors?. We would like to take this opportunity
to remind everyone participating to help us to keep thread clean.
AdamOutler: A broken device may be something most people throw away.
However, to myself and others, they are research tools.
I stated devices in which I am interested at the top of the thread. Many members have posted
other devices which they are willing to part with. I would like to
encourage other developers and hardware hackers to take advantage of this
and use it as a resource for their projects.
Expect the third and last part soon. Thanks for reading.
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