EnterWebz.tv apps on your TiVo

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  1. davidblackledge

    davidblackledge Registered lÜser

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    Good point! I was thinking they just had the tic-tac-toe or something, but it was more than that. It's in the Quickstart jar.

    I need to mess around a bit to get it running the way I need it to on my server, but there is skull & bones with different graphics, samegame, and a bunch of stuff that's not so interesting like tic tac toe, and a partially functional weather app.

    I guess if they don't like me running it publicly, they'll let me know, right?

    Both games should be up soon, probably by the end of the day.
     
  2. davidblackledge

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    Ok, the (early demo versions of) Samegame and Skull & Bones are now available in "Games & More" at EnterWebz.tv!

    Rejoice!
     
  3. UCLABB

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    Crackle?
     
  4. davidblackledge

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    Snap!
    Pop.

    Looks like crackle.com uses similar obscuring technology to YouTube with their special Flash video player, etc. Much too complex for EWz, sorry.
     
  5. davidblackledge

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    Ok, I built a replacement for WordSmith in the past couple of days. Enjoy it.

    It uses the same framework as Cribbage, but I don't (yet) have it set up to be multiplayer.

    I think it's close, but better (except the graphics aren't good) - you can watch Live TV while you play, and it uses the "chat area" to list all the words you've made so far.

    Most importantly, it keeps a High Scores list so you can compete with other users!

    I had to guess on the distribution of letters in the grid. If this isn't quite working, LET ME KNOW and I'll change it.
    (it's currently 84 letters randomly chosen from 36 letters: the alphabet plus two extra of each vowel, not including y)
     

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  6. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Way too many X's, not enough E's... I'm not sure what it's supposed to be, but maybe the same as a real Scrabble set? Which is described here. (Adjust for the size of the grid.)

    Also, here's the relevant bit from the Word Up Word Nerd Wordly source that was linked in the other thread:

    Code:
        @staticmethod
        def get_random_tiles():
            tiles = map(Tile, list(
                1 * 'KJXQZ' + 2 * 'BCMPFHVWY' + 3 * 'G' + 4 * 'LSUD' +
                6 * 'NRT' + 8 * 'O' + 9 * 'AI' + 12 * 'E'))
            random.shuffle(tiles)
            return tiles
    
    
    _letter_point_values = (
        (1, 'EAIONRTLSU'),
        (2, 'DG'),
        (3, 'BCMP'),
        (4, 'FHVWY'),
        (5, 'K'),
        (8, 'JX'),
        (10, 'QZ'))
     
  7. CoxInPHX

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    I there a way to link to Yahoo Games via EnterWebz.tv and allow the sign-in function to work?

    That would be great and add a ton of games.
     
  8. davidblackledge

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    The only hope for that is if I could tell the TiVo to launch apps like Hulu when they're not even registered with the TiVo. But from what I saw when the community was working on a Plex app before the official one, the TiVo doesn't work that way.
    EWz can show simple web pages, but none of that dynamic HTML5 or JavaScript or Flash stuff that these games require.
     
  9. davidblackledge

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    Excellent point, thank you. I'll launch an update before long that includes that and a few other tweaks.
     
  10. davidblackledge

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    • Letter distributions now match pulling tiles from a scrabble bag.
    • Tile images created by my son (using a different metallic image for each tile value. What do you think?).
    • Changed Quit to a selectable "button" so a) you don't accidentally quit your game as easily and b) so PAUSE works on Live TV.
    • Movement skips empty columns.
    • High scores will now mention your best word.
    • Simple Spectator mode set up. Watch somebody else play their game. This game is popular enough that I actually saw somebody online and my "watch" button showed up, but it would just break the game before because I didn't set up that feature.
     
  11. davidblackledge

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    In a little over a month, another 100 TiVo DVRs have subscribed to EnterWebz.tv - thanks for your support! Let me know how it's going!

    WordSmythe just got updated:
    • Detects when there are no more moves and ends the game with a little flourish
    • New custom background to go with the custom tiles - all rendered by my son
    • Submits high score correctly if you exit the game abruptly with e.g. the TiVo button.
    • Single Tile color (the multiple colors weren't working)
    • improved visibility for tile values (bold and black) - let me know if it's still not enough... I can make the font larger on HD displays.
    • Spectator mode completed with improved display
    • Hidden feature - enter the Konami code and you will see how many words are possible and the highest score possible for this move (hint: there is no "start" button on the TiVo remote)
     
  12. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    MN, greater...
    :up:
     
  13. davidblackledge

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    One more quick update
    • Fixed spectator mode to be able to control Live TV still.
    • Added Personal high scores list alongside the game high scores... for people like me that can't hope to get one of those exceptionally high scores
     
  14. clapdad

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    Thanks for the work on WordSmythe. My son and I play often and really enjoy the game. You asked for feedback so ...

    I just tried to use the word "culmination" and it wasn't recognized as valid. I've noticed this on many other words, particularly words with common prefixes and suffixes.

    It looks like you can have a word with unlimited number of letters which scroll off the side of the screen. The number of letters was limited in the original version.
     
  15. davidblackledge

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    I'm so glad to hear that, and to get the feedback, thank you! :D

    Interesting. I use the two "Moby" files that claim to contain everything from the first and second editions of the official Scrabble dictionary.
    Looking at the file, they have:
    Code:
    culm
    culmed
    culminatation
    culminatations
    culminate
    culminated
    culminates
    culminating
    culming
    culms
    As far as I can tell, "culminatation" is not a real word and those two should be "culmination(s)." I checked several other sources of the Moby list and they all have the same mistake.

    But it gets weirder.
    http://www.hasbro.com/scrabble-2/en_US/search.cfm#dictionary
    the official scrabble website dictionary doesn't have ANY form of "culminate." I have no clue why that would be. From their word builder, the closest they have is "culmina."
    Actually it looks like that website tool is pretty bad for a lot more words.

    This supposedly official checker has all of the culminate words, but not culminatation: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/word-games/scrabble-checker/

    I thought of that as a feature (except that it doesn't scroll). I suppose a real scrabble game is limited by the board size, so I could do that, too, but I don't see the need (although I don't know if my dictionary contains words longer than a game board).
    The second website above limits you to the 15 character length of the board.


    I'll probably add my own "corrections" dictionary and add culmination(s) to it (that won't remove "culminatation(s)" though).
    I'll also think about scrolling the board when the word is too long, but it might be more effort than it's worth at the moment.

    Thanks again!
     
  16. davidblackledge

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    I just updated WordSmythe:
    • longest word is limited to 15 chars per scrabble (and scrabble dictionary)
    • scrolls word when longer than display
    • added addendum dictionary let me know if you discover any other valid Scrabble corrections to add
    • fixed "available words" stats in spectator mode
    • shows "word score" when spectating
     
  17. davidblackledge

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    FYI, I made a poll to see what, if any, games I should add next. In case you didn't see it, please go vote:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=531698

     
  18. davidblackledge

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    1,000th Subscription and counting
    In December 2015, the 1,000th TiVo DVR subscribed to EnterWebz.tv - still a long way from the 14,000 that apps.tv had by the time it was shut down, but an important milestone, just short of one year since the official launch! Thank you all for your interest!
    FYI, just for fun, I bought the old PlayTeeVee.com domain name and pointed it at EnterWebz.tv ;]

    No access still for Bolt, others were broken December-February
    About that same time, TiVo moved some features of the Bolt to the Roamio, Mini, and Premiere in an update. One of those "features" included the Bolt's broken "Add an App" feature, so most of you lost access to EnterWebz.tv after that update.
    A patch started getting delivered in February which has restored access. Bolts still don't work, but I'm hopeful TiVo will fix that in the next Bolt update.

    Video Player fixed, future improvements
    TiVo, Inc. broke EWz's access to their video player on devices other than Series 3 some time ago. I created my own video player, and now videos should also work for Roamio and Premiere (instead of launching a random HME app).
    This new player also supports "B" to toggle video overscan (if the edges are cut off) and "C" to choose aspect ratio (if your video got squished or stretched).
    I plan to add special handling for Minis and Series 2 (which can't play videos this way): KMTTG (or another tool you install) would download the video if you can't directly play it (including videos in formats that Roamio and Premiere can't play). Once you tell EWz you installed the tool, it could then automatically convert and push the video on to your TiVo's show list. Such tools may also allow EWz to show a YouTube player again.

    Archive On Demand
    (I plan to add a new thread for this app)
    EnterWebz.tv now includes a new app: an Archive.org video/audio browser.
    Archive On Demand browses archive.org's video and audio collections. You can play almost anything you find (there are usually several formats available).
    Archive.org is a repository of every public domain video (and audio and book and...) they can get hold of. It includes feature films, classic TV, old educational videos, home videos, and a massive archive of television news programs in addition to books on tape, live concerts, and more.
    WARNING: Archive.org contains SOME highly objectionable content. NOT pornography, BUT some nudity, gruesome, or offensive footage. You can edit the app list and thumbs down to delete this app if you are concerned. (Unfortunately there is no reliable way to filter that content out).
    Different thumztaks for this app replace the Archive.org thumztaks (RSS and others) EWz had.
    EWz now detects Archive.org embedded or linked videos and redirects to this app.

    REPLY if you want AOD to add search, better audio/concert support, support for non-audio/video content, bookmarking, simple parental controls or other features!

    Live365 Replacement
    Live365 was recently dropped by TiVo - Enter Webz can help you with that!
    There are two main suggestions for Live365 users that EnterWebz.tv adds to your Music & Photos apps:
    • "Internet Radio" in the "More Music/" group - a site of Internet Radio listings that includes "pls" and "m3u" links to launch the station in EWz.
    • "Radio Auricle" at the top level is a custom app I created that finds talk radio shows, local stations, or a song/artist/genre playing RIGHT NOW somewhere on the Internet and tunes it in.

    Listings reduced:
    A lot of the thumztaks listed by default in Enter Webz have been changed by the site owners and are no longer compatible. I will try to remove or improve those as I discover them - let me know if you find some.
    • Most users find thumztak pages are annoying or of only rare value, so I've reduced obtrusive listings a little.
      • I moved "Enter Webz - Help", "News, Sports, & Weather/" and "Social, Email, & Shopping/" off of the top level (they'll be one more click away under "Games & More/").
        • If the groups are still there it's because you saved your own thumztaks in them at some point. Edit your remaining thumztak(s) and move it to the new group.
      • I've also moved "Flickr Slideshow & Music" (with recently fixed radio station) under "More Music & Recordings/"
    • I find that "PBS Episodes" and "Yahoo! Screen" pages are no longer usable and removed them.
    • I replaced all Archive.org thumztaks replaced with Archive On Demand thumztaks, and added one for movie trailers.
    • The hidden Domino's app was taken down by TiVo (the same as most other HME apps).
    • Added a "Regional" group that contains links suggested by some users: a Canadian Cogeco usage thumztak (Thanks, Shane!) and some California earthquake/etc. thumztaks (Thanks, Sam!) - just Thumbs Down the ones that don't apply to you.
    • Lately, "podcast.tv" has been down. I'm not yet sure if that's permanent so I didn't remove it.

    My Air Quality app's image source changed on me, too, so that has been fixed.

    PLEASE POST with any sites you want to use (or broken existing thumztaks!) so I can address them! Sometimes, with a little effort, I can get them to work even if they don't work when you try them.

    Remember that you can always move thumztaks from (or to) the top level or any group any time you want.

    If you have problems on a Series 2, Series 3 (mine died), or cable company/non-retail models, contact me and we'll get it fixed together!

    Finally...
    There have been a few long (~24 hour) outages, but I believe I now have systems in place to catch most every outage situation and either automatically fix it in a few minutes, or at least notify me so it will get fixed sooner than before.

    Look for a much more attractive website at enterwebz.tv soon, including screenshots!

    PLEASE POST with any requests! That's what keeps me going! I am running this server out of my own pocket, currently (though I can accept advertising by featuring your website or image).
     
  19. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I missed that this was fixed for Roamio/Mini. Updated wmcbrine.com. :)
     

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