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How to Play Movies by Rigging Up a Wireless Smart TV

How to Play Movies by Rigging Up a Wireless Smart TV

Have you ever wanted to stream all the movies you have on your PC through to your TV wirelessly? Or to connect your iPhone to your HDTV?  I have a lot of media on my computer, but the screen is not ideal for the whole family to watch. If you’re using a laptop, it’s not feasible to have a bunch of people sitting around watching either, but if you have a regular TV, there is an easy way to stream the videos you have from your computer to your TV.

What you need is a DLNA.

What is DLNA?

DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance, which is basically a standardized way for digital devices to send music, videos and photos between one another. It doesn’t matter where your media is stored—if you have a device that supports DLNA, it should be able to send your media between devices.

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Which devices support DLNA?

PCs and most smartphones support it: if it’s not there by default you can install it. For example, on iPhone you can install Smartstor Fusion or Media:Connect amongst others, and many Android devices support DLNA. Some Nokia Phones do too.

How to Connect Your TV

You’re going to need a wireless home network; if you don’t have a wifi network in your home, it’s not going to work. If your TV isn’t wireless, you’re going to need something to connect to it as well, such as a Blu-Ray Player, XBox, or Playstation 3. To stream your media, you should install Serviio onto your Computer (Windows, Mac and Linux all supported)—don’t worry, Serviio is free.

After that’s done, start up Serviio and select the videos, photos, or music files you want to share. Your XBox or Playstation 3 should be able to detect your Serviio service and you can then start streaming to your TV.

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If your TV is wireless, or already a Smart TV, you don’t need anything else—simply start up your TV and search for your Serviio Service.

I don’t have a console

An alternative hack, that only works if you or a friend has a HTC Android device, is to buy the HTC Media Link HD . Connect that to your TV’s HDMI port, and use the HTC device to setup the Media Link. Once that’s done, you can connect to it using Serviio or another DLNA media server. The main problem with this hack is that the HTC Media Link needs to be configured by a HTC Android device before you can connect anything to it.

Step-by-step instructions

1. Make sure you have a home wifi network set up.

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2. If your TV is not wireless, connect an XBox, Playstation 3, or Blu-Ray Player or other device that supports wifi.

3. Install Serviio onto your computer, or install a DLNA server onto your phone (if you wish to stream movies, images & video from your phone) and set up which files/folders you want your TV to access.

4. Detect and connect your DLNA server on your Xbox, PS3 or other device that is connected to your TV.

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5. Watch your videos in comfort as they stream into your TV.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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