Software: Making LIfe Easier

I have a mostly blind mother, who loves to watch our  ustream channel on her gigantic projection TV. She enjoys being able to see me, as well as my interaction with the goats.

A  problem she was having though, is that if ustream goes down from a brief network outage, the browser dropped out of full screen, or locked up entirely; the video of the goats would be gone.

She can’t see the mouse cursor to get everything working again.

So today, using Teamviewer to access her computer ( I’m in a different part of the country)  I used a couple of tools I’ve mentioned to you before, to fix her problem. Those tools are the VLC media player, and the Python program called Livestreamer

The computer she’s using,  is devoted to the single task of showing the goats, so today, I  set it up so that’s all it will do!

First things first, was to open the VLC media player, select preferences, and tell VLC to always play in the full screen mode.

VLC Media player setup

VLC Media player setup

Next was to install the other software she needed. First was Python,  after which you use the Python package installer PIP, to install the Livestreamer software using the command:

# pip install -U livestreamer

The next thing to do is have the computer launch the Livestreamer command at startup. This is done in your Preferences menu, under Startup Applications

Startup Applications

Startup Applications

Startup Application listing

Startup Application listing

That done, I just issued a reboot command to the machine, and after it booted back up, Bob’s your uncle, she was watching the video stream, full screen!

Now if she loses her stream, all she has to do is reboot her computer, using a hardware button she can feel on her computer.