Friday, July 17, 2015

Chromecast titbits

Got a chromecast (device from Google to stream data directly from internet and cast on your TV). This is pretty similar to AppleTV, Amazon Fireplay, Roku TV stick etc.






There are many ways while setting up chromecast. I was trying from an ubuntu machine, but the Chromium browser in ubuntu doesn't allow chromecast setting up.

Hence I tried with my android phone, for which you need to install the chromecast app from Google Play store. That's it, plugin the chromecast device in your TV HDMI port and follow the instructions.







While installing the chromecast, I was facing he issue, that the WiFi network was not able to establish communication with the device. I have a Netgear N300 cable modem+router.

Following are the steps to troubleshoot the problem, from Netgear end.
There are the many troubleshooting ways suggested in the chromecast website.


  1. Plug the LAN cable with your laptop.
  2. Open the page http://routerlogin.net or http://192.168.0.1
  3. Go to the Wireless Setup under the Advanced Tab
  4. On the first tab, disable the Wireless Isolation box.
  5. Under the Administrator Dropdown, in wireless, there is an option UnPnp. Tick/Enable that option.
  6. That should be good to re-run the installation process again and get it installed.



But Chromium allows you to cast your laptop's screen with ubuntu OS. Just add the google-cast extension on your Chromium browser and start casting your browser's tab or the the entire screen(google cast BETA).
  1. Select the dropdown small arrow from the right-hand upper corner.
  2. It will show the options for the different casting options in cast BETA extension.
  3. Either you can cast the entire screen, but the audio will come from the laptop or tablet in that case.
  4. You can open the downloaded/saved video in your laptop in one of the Chrome's/Chromium's tab. Then cast using the second option from the BETA dropdown, (Cast this tab.) In this case audio will be from the TV, but I was experiencing some video lag while using the second option.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weekend Gateaways

Travel blog, started with the weekend gateaways from Mesa, Arizona in USA.
Check out the new section on Travel Bugs.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Einstein Riddle

According the post in Newspaper Guardian. ALex Bellos column, here goes the PROBLEM STATEMENT

Many variations have appeared over the years, including a simplified version in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Here I’ve updated the puzzle to reflect the 2015 Election, and the news story two weeks about the woman who painted stripes on her Kensington house in a protest about planning regulations.
You may or may not be in the one per cent. But are you in the two per cent?
There are five houses with the outside walls painted in five different ways. David, Ed, Nick, Nicola and Nigel each live in one of the houses. They each drink a certain type of coffee, have a preferred mode of transport and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, the same preferred mode of transport or drink the same type of coffee.

WHO OWNS THE FISH?

Nicola lives in the tartan house.
Ed has a guinea pig
David drinks mochaccino
The paisley house is on the left of the gingham houseThe owner of the paisley house drinks flat whites.The person who drives by car has a squirrel.
The owner of the striped house travels by bike.
The person living in the centre house drinks double espresso.
Nick lives in the first house.
The person who travels by train lives next to the one who has a pitbull.
The person who has a badger lives next to the person who travels by bike.
The person who travels by plane drinks chai latte.
Nigel goes everywhere by foot.
Nick lives next to the polka dot house.
The person who travels by train has a neighbour who drinks decaf.
For the sake of clarity: the houses are adjacent to each other in a line and the directions are from the perspective of someone looking at the houses. And any resemblance of David, Ed, Nick, Nicola and Nigel to the party leaders is purely coincidental. You have to solve this problem by logic, not by having had a coffee with any of them.



For the sake of clarity: the houses are adjacent to each other in a line and the directions are from the perspective of someone looking at the houses. And any resemblance of David, Ed, Nick, Nicola and Nigel to the party leaders is purely coincidental. You have to solve this problem by logic, not by having had a coffee with any of them.


Here goes the solution, as scribbled in my notepad

Nigel owns the Fish.