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  1.    #1  
    Using the built-in RTSP client in webOS, and a collection of server-side bits, I'm tickled to launch webOS Theater!

    Tune in for scheduled movies that you can watch live on your TouchPad (also tested on Veer and Pre3, but obviously the screen size makes it less compelling.)
    Check back here for scheduled events...

    This Week's Show: Transatlantic Tunnel
    Airing at 13-April-2021, 16:00UTC (noon Eastern, 9am Pacific)
    Launch from: webOS Theater Launcher at show time.
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    Live chat about the movie will be hosted on SimpleChat -- you'll need a secondary device for chatting, since webOS doesn't multitask streaming videos very well!

    Resources to run a webOS Theater are open-source, and I have compiled them here for now.
    Last edited by jonwise80; 04/12/2021 at 04:23 PM.
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    Thanks! Works fine on the Pre3. And a good movie choice.
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    Taking suggestions for the next theater -- date to be announced. Will try it at higher quality settings next time!

    For public events, we'll stick to public domain movies (I'm working on packaging the bits for use on home networks, so you can watch copyrighted content you are legally entitled to, and/or watch with close friends).
    Here's a list (others can be found online):

    https://www.imdb.com/list/ls060673364/

    Criteria:
    - Downloadable via archive.org, or other reputable source
    - No gratuitous porn, racism or other unsavory content

    I'm going to look into picking up some hardware so I can stream directly from my LaserDisc player too!
    Last edited by jonwise80; 03/17/2021 at 12:04 PM.
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    Royal Wedding (Fred Astaire). Charade (Cary Grant). The 39 Steps.
    All available on archive.org and public domain, too.
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    Let's aim to do this again next Tuesday (5/23) same time. I'll update the first post when I have a movie and a plan!
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    39 Steps looks great, but unfortunately the Supreme Court decided to pull it out of Public Domain in 2014
    It definitely got me in the mood for a mystery flick, though. So I'm going to go with Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None"

    Watching the movie is easy -- just go to the website in the first post at noon Eastern (9am Pacific, 16:00UTC) and tap the movie poster. Be patient for a few seconds, and if the movie has started, it will start streaming on your device. As long as you have decent WIFI where ever you go, you can walk around with your Touchpad or phone and bring the movie with you!

    This week we're going to try some higher quality settings -- hopefully the stream keeps up, but we found we had lots of bandwidth to spare last week, at low settings. As always, you can join in on SimpleChat and talk about the movie or your streaming experience with us!
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    Well, I did it, jumped in head first ... bought a brand new in the box TouchPad on eBay, $40 plus $20 shipping ... it seems to be charging, I may be joining you on the next movie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Zyphal View Post
    I may be joining you on the next movie
    We'll have to pick a good one then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwise80 View Post
    We'll have to pick a good one then!
    Apparently my edit didn't get posted ... battery not charging, took it out and bench tested, it's a dead short ... ordered new battery from Amazon ... Fingers crossed.
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    I suppose I should open my sealed NIB ATT TP then...and check the battery

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    LOL ... I fixed it.

    Apparently my edits aren't getting posted.

    I cracked it open, bench tested the battery with a current limited power supply, and saw that it was a dead short. I already ordered a new battery from Amazon, so I decided to play a bit. I put the original battery in a little T.E. cooler/warmer lunch box thing that plugs into a cigarette lighter and never gets over 120 degrees Fahrenheit on the warm setting. After a couple hours I gave it a good massage all over ... and it worked! I let it cool, put it back in the TouchPad, and after about four hours it's nearly fully charged.

    All the standard disclaimers apply ... don't try this at home, your mileage may vary, blah blah blah ... but it worked.
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    Nice work! I've never got a touchpad apart without cracking the screen...
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  13.    #13  
    This coming week I'll be playing The Hitch-Hiker. Wikipedia says:

    The Hitch-Hiker is a 1953 American film noir written and directed by Ida Lupino, about two friends taking a fishing trip who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico. Inspired by the crime spree of the psychopathic murderer Billy Cook (1928–1952), the screenplay was written by Lupino and her former husband Collier Young, based on a story by Daniel Mainwaring which was adapted by Robert L. Joseph. Mainwaring did not receive a screen credit due to his then being on the Hollywood blacklist.

    The Hitch-Hiker is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman and was selected in 1998 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwise80 View Post
    Nice work! I've never got a touchpad apart without cracking the screen...
    Pretty easy, if you have the road map. You need to just cut those 7 little plastic welds with a square X-Acto blade, don't try to pry them apart. I'm gonna wait until the new battery gets here and decide which one to use, then use a tiny drop of EC2216 epoxy in place of each one, it'll be pretty much the same thing as the plastic welds.

    It's alive, but I don't have it up and running yet, I need to remember how to put novacom on my new Linux machine.
    Last edited by Fred Zyphal; 03/27/2021 at 03:31 PM.
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  15.    #15  
    Everything you need is here: http://sdk.webosarchive.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwise80 View Post
    Everything you need is here: webOS Dev Center - SDK-PDK Download
    Cool, I knew I had seen that before, but I lost it ... lol

    Thank you so much.
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    Hitch-hiker is pretty good. It’s low budget and well-paced. On par with other film noir classics like Detour.
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    Tomorrow's movie will be the original House on Haunted Hill
    Hope you can join us!
    Last edited by jonwise80; 04/07/2021 at 10:48 AM.
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    Tomorrow's movie will be Transatlantic Tunnel
    Tune in from any webOS device, anywhere in the world, or use VLC on a computer at: webOS Theater Launcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwise80 View Post
    Tomorrow's movie will be Transatlantic Tunnel
    Tune in from any webOS device, anywhere in the world, or use VLC on a computer at: webOS Theater Launcher
    I would, but I have to work ... Looks like a fun movie!
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