Category: Nerd Stuff

Compiling Hyperion for Phillips Hue support on Mac OSX

I’ve been looking at the Lightberry for a little while now and have been thinking about how I’ll be implementing it once I actyually buy it and add it to my setup.

The Lightberry is pretty cool, it works with a Raspberri Pi and a bunch of video grabbing / repeating so you can get lights behind your television that look like those really expensive TV’s for about 1/10th of the cost.

The end goal is that it will look something like this.

Of course, I wanted to go a step furthur than the default setup and have it so I could also control my Phillips hue lights to go along with the display on the screen. Originally, I was thinking this would be neat in video games or movies, but in practice it was a little annoying.

However, I still think it would be really neat to get these going for music visualization, so I’ll have a really high tech color organ basically.

Let’s get started, shall we?


** I am running OSX El Capitain so your instructions may change slightly
** make sure you have java latest jdk, sdk installed
** make sure you have the latest xcode for your os (10.10, 10.11, etc)


  1. Install MacPorts if not already installed
  2. Download HyperCon and Hyperion and put in a safe place
  3. Create a development account for your HUE lights in order to access them from Hyperion
    1. follow these instructions to get your hue bridge ready for api access:
    2. For my settings I entered in
      {"devicetype":"huelight#macmini matt"}

      and got (after button press and refresh)

       "success": {
       "username": "253b32e51a5939e7288e66b11ddff113"
  4. Now install some stuff on your mac if you already have some of these they’ll be skipped
    # sudo port install screen findutils git cmake qt4-mac libusb doxygen
  5. Get Hyperion
    # cd ~/Documents
    # nano ~/.bash_profile

    add the qt path, by adding the following lines to the end of the file

    export PATH="/opt/local/libexec/qt4/bin:/opt/hyperion/bin:$PATH"
    # export HYPERION_DIR="hyperion"
    # git clone --recursive "$HYPERION_DIR"
    # mkdir "$HYPERION_DIR/build"
    # cd "$HYPERION_DIR/build"
     -DENABLE_V4L2=OFF \
    # cd ..
    # make
    # mkdir /opt/hyperion
    # mkdir /opt/hyperion/bin
    # mkdir /opt/hyperion/init.d
    # mkdir /opt/hyperion/effects
    # mkdir /opt/hyperion/config
    # cp ./bin/hyperiond /opt/hyperion/bin
    # cp ./bin/hyperion-remote /opt/hyperion/bin
    # cd effects && cp * /opt/hyperion/effects && cd ..
    # cp ./bin/ /opt/hyperion/init.d
    # cp ./config/hyperion.config.json /opt/hyperion/config
    # chmod +x /opt/hyperion/bin/*

    Note, that you may have compile problems with it saying it can’t find COPY_ONLY, this was apparently due to a typo in some documentation, so it made it into this. Here’s how you fix that;

    # cd ~/Documents/hyperion 
    # nano cmake/qt4/Qt4Macros.cmake

    Now just find the instance of COPY_ONLY and replace it with COPYONLY. Close and save the file. Then re-try compiling the program

  6. Create a configuration file, mine is attached below (which is the same as their example, except I changed bootup to Knight rider effect instead). Download my hue.json configuration file here. Copy it to your /opt/hyperion/config directory and change the username, as well as the IP.
  7. Start Hyperion like this
    # sudo /opt/hyperion/bin/hyperiond /opt/hyperion/config/hue.json.txt
  8. Now you should see the lights come on, and do the initial boot sequence. Yay!

Now, because I don’t yet have the Lightberry, I can only test with Kodi / XBMC or the Hyperion Free app for Android for it to get it’s color data from. I primarily (only) use PLEX so, this was a problem but I assume it will be solved once I have the frame grabber, and use the tools provided by Lightberry.

So, for now if I want visualizations to the music played, I open up Kodi / XBMC and play music from there and the lights pulsate to it as expected.

Once I get the lightberry, I’ll remove Kodi from the equation, as everything going through my receiver has one output to the telvision, which I’ll capture and use instead. Much easier!

I will post any updates when I continue the setup and integration.


Rogers Canada MMS APN settings for Unlocked Phones

I had to setup my phone today for MMS, and it took forever to find the proper settings online. Just go into settings, wireless, apn settings, and add a new APN for rogers MMS.

Hopefully someone else up here in Canuckistan can use this;

Name: Rogers MMS
Username: media
Password: mda01
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 80
MCC :302 (should already be filled in)
MNC: either 720 or 72 depending on your SIM card (should already be filled in)
APN Type: mms

Enjoy MMS!

Mass Deleting Posts By Date On WordPress

Today I duplicated a site I have running in a certain niche. I needed to delete all the old posts from certain years, and couldn’t find a plugin to do this easily. So. I went into trusty old PHPMyAdmin and did it manually. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Login to phpmyadmin

2. Find your wordpress database.

3. Go to the ‘wp_posts’ table in the database.

4. Hit the ‘sql’ tab in phpmyadmin, and use a variety of the following commands.

To Delete Posts By Date:

DELETE FROM `wp_posts` WHERE `post_date` like ‘%2008%’;

To Delete Posts With Certain Content In The Body:

DELETE FROM `wp_posts` WHERE `post_content` like ‘%test_content%’;

To Delete Posts With Certain Content In The Title:

DELETE FROM `wp_posts` WHERE `post_title` like ‘%test_content%’;

Note that you will have to change the contents between the % and % in those sql statements to your own.

That’s it. Watch it delete your posts in just seconds, instead of hours and hours of work through the wordpress backend.

Hope this helps you out too.