Way back in mid-December 2011, I wrote Behind the Developer’s Curtain, a look behind the scenes at XBMC development, on my personal blog, Hey Facebook. I then casually linked that post to XBMC’s Facebook page, more as an experiment than anything else. I was curious how interested people were in XBMC stories.
That night, I got 350 views on my blog. That’s about 247 better than the average. The next day I posted another story which garnered 850 views. With each new post, the total number of views increased. Finally, on January 11th, I posted a column on Ubuntu TV and got 2,557 views. Over the next few weeks, I posted a few more stories about XBMC, but a nagging voice in the back of my head said it wasn’t really appropriate to keep directing people to a personal blog for XBMC stories (plus, at least one person in the grand world of the internets said out loud that I was displaying impropriety, and we all know that we should always take everything said online at face value). So my XBMC stories mostly dried up.
Since then, we’ve released the final of XBMC Eden. We’ve begun a new program in which we go through a monthly development cycle that promises to both speed up development and make the entire process more stable from the get-go. We’ve looked at FLIRC, went to LinuxTag, and finally got an iOS remote control to match our already available Android remote control.*
*I could link to all that, but seriously, just visit the xbmc.org blog and forum. Almost all of it is there.
FLIRC.TV: FUNCTIONAL AND CIRCUIT-BOARD CHIC!
That’s a lot of news! And that only touches on the really BIG events. Raspberry Pi was released. The new retina iPad was jailbroken… seriously, I could be here a long time listing events that all play on XBMC. And, because the main blog has become more of a place for official and semi-official announcements, it’s been awkward relaying all this news to the casual and hardcore XBMC user. To some extent, I thought it might be worthwhile to mention all these things on the main blog, but it’s remarkably difficult to selectively choose the appropriate news for that blog, knowing that there’s a certain reticence against over-sharing and annoying our users.
I was so irked by this communication malfunction that I decided something had to be done. And from this decision was born xbmc us. The idea behind this site is fairly simple. I believe that users want to hear all this news, along with opinions of people on the front lines of the cordcutting express. And so I’m putting this site together under my own authoritarian editorial rule with the singular goal of allowing all of us to talk XBMC, cordcutting, why I probably need the new Retina Display Macbook Pro, which ridiculous features make for the best home theater room, etc., etc.
Your job is simple. Visit the site. Read what you like. Don’t read what you don’t like. If you do read what you don’t like (possibly by accident or because you love becoming enraged), submit a scathing comment. Continue reading