Fedora 22 on the Acer c720

I've had an Acer c720 Chromebook for quite a while now.  Immediately after I acquired the Chromebook I removed ChromeOS and installed desktop Linux.  Thanks to some excellent work by John Lewis it now behaves like a normal laptop, but at a much reduced priced.  I started with Arch Linux, but decided when Fedora 22 came out to switch to something more complete out of the box.  Surprisingly a full Fedora 22 workstation install is about the same size as an Arch Linux install with GNOME shell, but with quicker updates and a much more polished appearance.  The 4.0.4 kernel fixes a number of annoyances I originally had when I first purchased the Chromebook, but it still requires a few changes to get suspend and other hardware working.  I'll try to document the changes required to get Fedora 22 working as intended.

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Hacking the Seiki SE39UY04

A few coworkers had originally purchased a Seiki SE39UY04 because of its low price so I was able to acquire one through a coworker who was looking to upgrade.  Despite the minor blemishes these panels have in general I have been happy with it.  I use the 4k display at work as a monitor for software development.  It didn't take much to setup in Linux, just some tweaking to xorg.conf after installing the latest NVIDIA drivers.  I read online about flashing different versions of the firmware so 120 Hz works at 1080p or to reduce input lag.  So, I went ahead and flashed the latest firmware from the Seiki website.  The hacker in me got interested when I saw the firmware image was just a tar file masked as a .img file.  So begins the adventure...

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Redbox Rentals RSS Feed

For as long as I can remember Netflix has provided users with an RSS feed for their DVD and instant queues.  This is convenient not only to preview your own queue on a mobile device using Google Reader or another RSS feed reader, but also to know what your friends are renting.  That way you'll know what your friends are watching or make suggestions for them.  You can even collaborate on rentals and combine your viewings.  I'm mostly using Redbox now because I don't rent enough movies each month and I was starting to feel left out from all this sharing.  I would still like to let me friends know what I've been watching so they can make suggestions or stop by when I have a movie they're interested in.  One of the advantages of Redbox is near instant procurement of the DVD or Bluray disc.  Sharing this information was a problem up until this weekend when I finally decided to write my own RSS server to broadcast this information.  Getting this to work wasn't without its challenges.

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