What is...

  • A NTP server?
    • Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize the time of a computer client to another server or reference time source, such as a radio or satellite receiver or modem. It provides accuracies typically within a millisecond on LANs and up to a few tens of milliseconds on WANs relative to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) via a Global Positioning Service (GPS) receiver, for example. You can configure LCDC to pick up the time from one of these NTP servers (on the configuration screen) and keep your PC clock bang up to the second!
  • A plugin?
    • Recognising that the average user would not want access to every single piece of information that we can provide, and in order to conserve memory LCDC uses plguins to expand the functionality of itself. Plugins can add Variables, Events and Actions as details [here] and the current plugins are documented [here]. LCDC itself does have several inbuilt variables, evants and actions including the current network usage and disk spaces.
  • A screen?
    • Within the Screen builder, you define screens of information to display on your display. For example your first screen might tell you what the latest headlines are (via the RSS plugin) and the second screen might then show you the temperatures of your processor and system (via the MM5 plugin). Of course it is more than likely that you would need two or three screens of information from each of the plugins which is not a problem.
  • An event?
    • Events within LCDC are thing that happen that you might want to trap. For an example, two basic events within LCDC are "OnStart" and "OnFinish" (in the SYS area) that allow you to perform any actions you feel needed. The number of events can be expanded by the use of additional plugins.
  • An action?
    • For each and every event there is an action :) For example if you wanted you could setup an event to turn the backlight on or off. The number of actions can be expanded by the use of additional plugins.
  • A Momentary screen?
    • A momentary screen is a screen will show for a moment then return to the screen it was on. For example, you could create a screen to show you the volume level, have it disabled so that normally it won't be seen, and fire an event "MUL->On volume change" to "DSP->Momentary screen" and it will stop what it is showing you, show you the new volume level then return to the screen it was on.
  • A Overlay screen?
    • LCDC has the ability to display several screens at the same time! In 99% of the cases this is not needed, however overlays are useful if for example you want a flashing quote mark or something in the corner when the screen is paused.