Ceton InfiniTV Tips

Back on Black Friday, Newegg had the Ceton InfiniTV for $260, with free shipping. For a quad tuner card that’s a pretty good deal, considering it originally retailed for $400. On that Saturday the price dropped to $220 (still at that price), which is an absolute steal. Having the card for most of December, I just got it working fully (decryption all the channels we pay for) last Thursday. Here are some tips I learned from the experience.

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Use an Icon/Image for the Home Breadcrumb

This is a really easy one. However, as I’ve been asked about it several times in the past few weeks, I’m going to post about it.

One way of using an image rather than just text for the home breadcrumb was covered in the Vista-Like Breadcrumbs for WordPress article back in 2009. However, that guide is more or less an advanced topic, and directly accesses the bcn_breadcrumb_trail class, something that is currently not recommended.

Since at least Breadcrumb NavXT 3.0, the settings page allows you to use valid HTML in some fields. In the future this will be more obvious due to settings page tweaks as it is not exactly obvious that this is possible. There are really only three steps to changing from text to an image for the home breadcrumb:

  1. Go to the Breadcrumb NavXT settings page (under Settings > Breadcrumb NavXT).
  2. On the “General” tab, look for the “Home Template” option.
  3. Replace the text value of the “Home Template” option with the valid HTML for your image. e.g.
    <img src="http://YOUR_URL/YOUR_HOME_IMAGE" alt="Home"/> where YOUR_URL is the URL for your website, and YOUR_HOME_IMAGE is the name of the image, including file extension.

That’s it, and it also works for the “Blog Breadcrumb” and “Mainsite Breadcrumb” in setups that have these breadcrumb types.

-John Havlik

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Make Teamspeak 3 Use Your QT libs

After upgrading some core files this past week on my laptop, I noticed that Teamspeak 3 no longer would open. I have a desktop icon that calls the script that starts Teamspeak. When I opened up a terminal and tried to run the script, I recieved this error:

ts3client_linux_amd64: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Well, I have libpng 1.4.3 on my laptop, and I’d prefer to not have multiple versions installed. Luckily, the cause of this issue is the QT4 library files that ship with Teamspeak 3. If you have KDE4, like I do, then all you have to do is move these QT files out of the Teamspeak 3 install directory. A quick way to do this is to use the following once you are in the directory where Teamspeak 3’s files are located:

mkdir backup
mv libQt* ./backup/

Now Teamspeak 3 will use your already installed system QT4 library files, and Teamspeak 3 should now work with modern versions of libpng.

-John Havlik

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Conditionally Remove Home from the Breadcrumb Trail

Since Breadcrumb NavXT 3.5.0, two WordPress actions have been added into Breadcrumb NavXT. They are the bcn_before_fill and bcn_after_fill actions. As their names suggest, the first runs at the beginning of bcn_breadcrumb_trail::fill(), and the second runs at the end of the same function. Both actions pass a reference to the current bcn_breadcrumb_trail instance into the hooked function. This post quickly covers a use case for the bcn_after_fill action.

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