Issues controlling Xbox One with Logitech Harmony

Xbox One and Logitech Harmony 900

Xbox One's ability to power-on and power-off your other devices (basically TV and AVR) is a cool idea but unfortunately it's not nearly as sophisticated as what Logitech Harmony remotes can do. For example, to switch on my Panasonic TV, a remote has to send power-on signal for a few seconds. While you can easily set this up on Harmony remotes, there is no ability to adjust this on Xbox One. Another, more universal issue is that while Xbox can power-on your devices, it can't change audio source on your AVR or input on the TV, which kind of defeats the whole point - you still have to find your other remote and change to correct inputs.

How to install Plex skins on Windows

Plex

Option 1

You can try Plex Skin Manager for Windows. If it works for you, that's the easiest way to install and manage Plex skins. In my experience, however, this application is not particularly stable, often crashes and on in some instances simply refuses to run.

Plex Skin Manager v1.32

Copy Windows Photo Gallery face tags to Google Picasa


Windows Photo Gallery and Google Picasa

Windows Photo Gallery (formerly Windows Live Photo Gallery) writes facial recognition tags (people tags) directly to image file meta-data. Google Picasa until version 3.9 was storing face tags to its own internal database and configuration files. This made it tricky to synchronise face tags between different computers and makes it very easy to loose face tags while re-installing software, moving images, etc. 

Since version 3.9 Google Picasa has an option to write facial recognition tags to image meta-data. For some reason this option is disabled by default, it can be enabled in Tools > Options > Name Tags > Store name tags in photo.

Google Picasa > Tools > Options > Name Tags > Store name tags in photo

This setting only affect images tagged from when the setting was enabled. If you want to transfer existing Picasa face tags stored in internal database to image meta-data you can do following:

  • Make sure Store name tags in photo option is enabled.
  • Just in case backup your photos.
  • If you have a small number of photos, simply make an edit to a photo (Fill Light slider works fine). Save the changes (File > Save), and then undo the edit.
  • If you have large number of photos, you can move all face tags to a new person and then move them back to the original person. This needs to be done for every person, but if you have large number of photos it's still more efficient than editing every single photo.

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