Plex on FireTV doesn’t play? (can’t find required server) – Here’s a fix

I tried to use the Plex App on the FireTV (because its a lot nicer than the one on my Samsung Smart-TV), but unfortunately I wasn’t able to playback any video. I encountered the following message:

IMG_4480To fix that, go to settings and change the media profile to „enforce direct playback“ (or something) and it will work. Seems my Plex server doesn’t want to serve to Android devices (my Plex server runs on a Synology box).

IMG_4481Have fun, it should work now.

MacBook Pro Retina external disk USB 3.0/SuperSpeed is too slow?

This is shit. If you had plugged in an USB 2.0 device before plugging in the USB 3 disk, the port may stay in USB 2 mode.

How do I get the best performance from the USB 3 ports?
The first device you plug in will configure the port, so always connect USB 3 capable hubs or devices first.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5172?viewlocale=en_US#8

The only solution is to reboot the system. Happy, my disk is not broken, unhappy because this is shit.

Spotify dark update: broken

For me, Spotify is broken since the last update. What the hell were they thinking?

For clarification, this was „my way“ to use Spotify:

  1. Start a radio station with an artist I like
  2. Listen to the station
  3. „Star“ every song i like
  4. Sync all stared songs with my mobile phone for offline usage
  5. Later, start a radio station based on your starred playlist and find more awesome stuff you like

And guess what? Spotify almost removed the star-feature. They replaced it with the so called „collections“. Whats the difference? Well, I don’t know. But what I do know is:

  • You can’t sync your collection for offline usage
  • You can’t start a radio station for your collection

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But, there is a work around. Even if the „star this“ button is removed, there is still a playlist called „starred stuff“. Drag & Drop your songs there and you are fine. So can someone explain me whats the use case for that collection stuff?

But seriously: Spotify-people, do you even use your stuff your self?

Episodes 2 Open Beta!

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Episodes, my awesome Mac-App for awesome TV-Show management, is reaching its next level really soon: Episodes 2!

And the Open Beta phase is starting today. And I need you to help me test!

Go here and grab your copy. If you find any bugs or have some ideas, send me your feedback!