Archives May 2008

Release 0.5.0b4: Weekend update

05.31.08 22 Comments

Here’s a tasty release which hopefully takes the edge off the weekend like a cold beer on a hot day. I felt bad because I think the last beta took a few steps back. Hopefully this one will set things back on the path to stability. Download is here (Bittorrent, HTTP) and source is here. FIX: “Pulsing” icons problem. Also fixes poor performance in library mode, and crashes when removing items from library or renaming them. FIX: Extremely ill-advised change…

Support Forums

05.30.08 5 Comments

It *totally* slipped my mind to mention in the release notes, but we have new support forums here. Come on in, make yourself an account, say hello. Many, many thanks to Isaac (a.k.a. iordonez) for setting them up.

Release 0.5.0b3: Back on Track

05.30.08 34 Comments

Alright, it’s been way too long since the last release! I apologize. Profusely. I’ve been busy getting the code moved over to Github and taking care of some other related things. It might seem like all I’ve been doing is drinking beer, but I assure you, that’s far from the truth. Really. I’m going to write another post tomorrow detailing how totally awesome git and GitHub are, with some detailed instructions on how you can contribute to the project as…


05.21.08 97 Comments

A few days ago, there was a heated internal email discussion going on amongst the XBMC team members. The topic: whether or not to kick me and the other OS X people off the team. There was an actual vote taking place, with retractions, explanations, concessions. One of the OS X people got called a rather offensive name. I watched this all with a calm sense of detachment. Why? Because I’m totally over it. When I started porting XBMC to…

Keeping me company

05.18.08 22 Comments

OK, seriously, how am I supposed to focus on coding when this monster is hanging about three feet away from my door (which is open to let in the breeze)? It’s so big that I found Barkley in its web this morning, poor pup, and when I tried to shoo it away with a broom, it broke the handle over one of its leg pairs.

The Source

05.13.08 59 Comments

Just to dispel any rumors or myths to the contrary, we are – of course – planning on checking our changes back into the Linux branch of XBMC, just as we’ve done with all previous releases. Trying to release a stable and polished product to our beloved OS X community while the Linux XBMC code churns like an Amish farmer making butter ain’t easy. I’ve been burned in the past trying to get some changes checked in and then finding…

Release 0.5.0b2: Duct tape

05.12.08 37 Comments

I am back from hiking 20 miles in two days down into the Haleakala volcano crater. I wish I could say I missed Internet access (I did try to check my email on Anna’s iPhone in a moment of weakness, but there was no service), but in reality it felt great to get out and explore the island. This is another in a series of betas in which we’re focusing on fixing bugs. Here are the fixes that made it…

Release 0.5.0b1: Mo betta beta

05.07.08 86 Comments

I have been coerced into going camping for the next two days, up behind the volcano. It’s apparently freezing at night, full of sharp rocks, is reminiscent of Mars, and there’s always the chance of waking up in a pool of lava. Why anyone would voluntarily subject themselves to such abuse is really beyond me, but I agreed go before hearing many of the specifics. So while I’m freezing my ass off and probably getting devoured by dinosaurs that have…

Version 0.5 is just around the corner

05.02.08 19 Comments

As some of you have accurately pointed out, we’ve slipped past the release date listed for 0.5. Before the comparisons with Windows Vista start arising, let me assure you that we’re working hard on it, and have one or two minor things to finish up before releasing. We’re thinking about doing a couple of beta releases before the final 0.5, just to ensure the greatest success. Stay tuned…