Reusing old hardware as either limited or single purpose devices

Gateway solo 5300 (700 MHz pentium III)
Tiny Core Linux http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/welcome.html
• Abiword http://www.abisource.com/
• Gnumeric http://www.gnumeric.org/

Macpup http://macpup.org/
• Gimp (2.7.1)
• Openoffice (3.4)
• Python (2.7.2)
• Mumble (1.2.3)


Netflix on Linux and ChromeCast Fail

Netlix on Linux (probably failed cause I’m running Debian Stable)

• I couldn’t get the Chromecast app on my phone, probably due to space taken up by the Dalvik cache, so I tried installing Netflix to my CrunchBang laptop
• It should be noted all the instructions say you need Ubuntu 14.04
• Install Google Chrome Beta or Developer version (link for 32bit Beta) https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/?platform=linux&extra=betachannel
• Upgrade libnss3 to the version from 14.10 OMGUbuntu article links to an archive with the three files, you can extract the .debs and run sudo dpkg -i libnss3*
• Alternatively, there is a WebUpt8 aticle with a ppa http://www.webupd8.org/2014/08/how-to-enable-html5-playback-for.html
• Now you need to install the User Agent Switcher extension for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/user-agent-switcher-for-c/djflhoibgkdhkhhcedjiklpkjnoahfmg. You are going to use it to tell the Netflix site that you are running Firefox on Windows
• Right click on the icon wearing a mask and select “Options”
• Add a new agent and enter the following values into the fields Name: Netflix Linux String: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/38.0.2114.2 Safari/537.36 Group: (is filled in automatically) Append?: Select ‘Replace’ Flag: IE **Note: OMGubuntu thanks Mat Enders for providing the correct field entries**
• If you don’t want to have to click the User Agent Switcher icon, select Chrome, then Netflix Linux every time you visit Netflix.com, then right click the icon, go to Options, and add Netflix.com to the Permanent Spoof List.
• If you want to send videoes to your Chromecast, you will also need the Google Cast extension
• Unfortunately, I get the following error when I try to view a video, Chrome asks me to visit chrome://components, locate the WidevineCdm and click “check for updates”. I have no such component, and while a handfull of others have posted about this problem, I can’t fing anything about installing WidevineCdm
Links: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/08/netflix-linux-html5-support-plugins

Setting up Chromecast from a Linux laptop

• When you change the source on your TV to the ChromeCast, you are instructed to visit google.com/chromecast/setup. If you do so with any browser but Chrome, you will be asked to install Chrome
• Following the instructions for setup via a laptop, you are givena link to download chromecastinstaller.exe
• I tried running the installer in WINE, but got a “No Internet Connection” error
• I tried running the installer on an XP machine with a WiFi card, and got the enegmatic “Error Number 1”
• I found postings saying the Chromecast gets confused if there are both 2.4 and 5Ghz wifi signals present, so I disabled the unused 5Ghz on my Netgear repeater.
• It’s possible the Chromecast is confused by two 2.4Ghz signals (the original uplink and the repeater). The articles I found reminded me I should be seeing my SSID on the bottom right of my TV screen.
• Googling Chromecast setup Linux, I ran accross an article (http://www.libregeek.org/2013/12/12/how-to-setting-up-googles-chromecast-under-linux/) that told me I might be able to set up the Chromecast by using the method for Chromebooks (after all, ChromeOS hardly runs .exe’s)
• Right click the Google Cast button and select Options, then add the device. Again, I got “No Google Device Found”.