Update: Lightbulb DRM- Firmware update blocks unapproved third-party bulbs.

Update:  the company has reversed it’s choice and now will allow third party bulbs.  Hooray for consumer choice!

 

So, just came across this beautiful piece that seems slightly anti-consumer to me.  Will companies ever learn that modifying core functionality only serve to upset their most vocal cheerleaders, the early adopters.

This change seems to be masquerading under the banner of “Quality Controls”.  I firmly believe that if you have bought and paid for a device, the functionality you paid for should exist going forward.  Worse still is that these devices use open standards, but are still being blocked.  This is akin to buying a new laptop, and then being told that it won’t work with your existing network due to the router not being made by the same manufacturer.  Open standards allow smaller companies to compete without the massive overhead that proprietary protocols require, and they help ensure interoperability between multiple brands.   Forcing consumers to purchase the consumables from a single manufacturer or approved manufacturer removes a consumers choice.  A better option for device makers is to ensure that their product is the best it can be, at an affordable price, and refuse to rely on artificial means to lock consumers to your brand.

 

Source: Lightbulb DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out Of Third-Party Bulbs With Firmware Update | Techdirt

The things I do to myself.

A bit of background first…. When it comes to media center software,  this isn’t my first rodeo.  I’ve been running Kodi since it was XBox Media Center.   If I search hard enough, I’m sure I can find an XBox laying around here somewhere that still has the software on it.  That being said, I should have known better than to embark on my current quest to run a MythTV backend on a Raspberry Pi B+, on the same network as a OpenElec install on the same network.  First up, I need a TV tuner.   Some research later, but not very good research, I settled on this little guy.   This turned into an epic fail since I live in the US, and the DVB-T adapter, while having many useful features as a Software Defined Radio dongle (SDR), it is completely useless as a TV tuner stateside.  Oh well, it will eventually be turned into a ADS-B receiver to track flights overhead, or maybe grabbing NOAA weather satellite images out of thin air.   At 11$, it’s not too big a mistake, and it has other applications.    Continue reading The things I do to myself.