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My name is Michael Tunnell, I am a Website & Graphic Designer from Birmingham, Alabama.

I have over 11 years experience designing high quality affordable websites and graphics including logos, brochures, posters, business cards and more.

Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center PDF Print E-mail
Posted on September 08, 2014

Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center Video


Click the thumbnail above to watch the video


This video/blog post is to express my opinion about the website Apps.Ubuntu.com should replace the Ubuntu Software Center. The Apps.Ubuntu.com site can do absolutely everything that the USC can do and a lot of things that the USC actually can't do. There are many reasons as to why the USC should be replaced by this website and in the video I address a few of these reasons.

The reasons in the video are:

  • Speed, the website is so much faster and easier to navigate than the USC.
  • Usability, the website can benefit from the browser's Tab Browsing features where as the USC has no ability to do so and it would be wasted effort to make it do it.
  • Search Functionality is a LOT better on the website for many reasons but the biggest reason is that the Search field doesn't randomly disappear for no reason like it does in the USC.
  • App Sharing, on the Website you can share new apps you find on sites like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook but in the USC you can't...AT ALL.
  • The USC has NOTHING that the Website couldn't do in terms of Application Discovery and Management. Yes, to those who just thought to themselves, "what about installed applications?", I already addressed that in the video.
  • The USC could easily be replaced with the USI (Ubuntu Software Installer) that essentially provides the same functionality as Gdebi but through APT commands.

I do acknowledge that the Apps.Ubuntu.com website is not perfect...it has a lot of flaws, just as many as the USC in fact but the potential with the website is far greater than that of the USC.


XBeamMC - Send files from Linux to play on XBMC PDF Print E-mail
Posted on November 17, 2013


Here is a demo video of the project I am working on that will allow you to send media to play on your XBMC. The project supports multiple hosts and every file format that XBMC supports.

Demo Video: http://youtu.be/s3RM3D9wfxQ


  • XBeamMC can send local files over the LAN or WiFI via Samba (NFS support planned for the future)
  • XBeamMC supports Direct URLs for streaming media over the internet. This includes any format that XBMC supports and even supports Live HLS streams.
  • XBeamMC will support over 20+ Websites at launch including but not limited to Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Break, Ustream.tv, TWiT, Revision3, Jupiter Broadcasting, Twitch.tv, IGN, The Onion, College Humor, and many more.


(S)FTP into XBMC on a Raspberry Pi with Raspbmc and FileZilla PDF Print E-mail
Posted on April 18, 2014

If you are trying to manage your Raspbmc device over (S)FTP via FileZilla then you may have ran into a few confusing issues that I did as well so this tutorial is an attempt to make it easier and provide a step by step guide to the process. There is information scattered across the net to figure this out but I couldn't find a self-contained tutorial so I decided to do it. openELEC users, don't worry I didn't ignore y'all (yes, I'm a southerner),  when there are differences I will point out the differences in openELEC.


Why would I want to use (S)FTP to manage my Raspbmc (XMBC)?

Well there are many reasons so it is hard to narrow it down to all the options that are available to everyone but I will give you the reasons I wanted it.

  • Easily move addon zip files to the /home directory so I can easily install addons (turns out there is an even easier option for this, for a later tutorial)
  • Editing the favourites.xml file in order to edit your favorites directly in the xml...not for everyone but very handy for me.
  • View & Edit config files or addon data for any installed Addons.
  • Editing Keyboard Shortcuts which cane be done in /home/pi/keymaps/keyboard.xml (should probably make a tutorial for this too)
  • Customizing the Seek Controls for how much time is skipped forward and backward in a video.

I'm sure that many of you can think of more reasons to manage your Raspbmc via FTP but this should give you some good ideas of what you can do with this...now lets get to the tutorial.


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