It’s quite late. Almost 2 am, and I’m exhausted. But for a nerd, you have to stay up late to get shit done.
We’ve been busy as hell lately for a relatively few reasons.
- We moved. Packed up house and kids and drove 2 miles down the road to set up shop in the BFE. House is nice. A little smaller than the last one, with more weeds and dirt, and bugs. But its nice. Always takes me a while to get used to a new place though. Great thing about this place; Awesome double garage with work room. Yes. Totally. Will soon be lining up computer boxes and shit. gonna be awesome. So the move has taken up a lot of time and effort, which is worth it.
- Getting Secret Project #2 off the ground (Secret Project #1 is still under development, stay tuned). A LOT of research, forms, digging, phone calls, money, etc going into this one, which will eventually allow the completion of Secret Project #1, and a slew of future Secret Projects to be completed. It will also, hopefully, reduce the stress put on The Samurai and his family. It will also give me more free time in the long run. Haven’t even got the damned monsoons yet.
- Other stuff, every day stuff, stuff I’d rather not get into.
Anyway, I digress, and my intros running long. The point of this post is to begin a story about a Family Media Center which has been slowly falling apart since early inception. Not sure if I mentioned this on my blog, although I’m sure I complained a lot on Twitter. The origin was this: Low cost substitute for overgrown Satellite TV bill. No Shit, huh? Inception began with being given a quite old Shuttle XPC. Which is basically a very, very small form factor PC with all the bells and whistles except for extra space for stuff like new hdds and cards. Which was fine, didn’t need much to get it working. The original vid card died after a day and substitute had to be ordered as I was out of PCIe cards. meh. THEN, it turned out that a P4 2.6ghz wasn’t good enough for our friends at Hulu. Fuckers. So, it was swapped with a Micro atx with an Intel Core2Duo and a couple gigs in my old cube case with the noisy fans. (sad: the xpc died a few weeks later of natural causes and is somewhere in the new garage awaiting organ transplants to other machines)
So, we were doing fairly well with the thing running Kubuntu 10.04 as a base with Boxee and Hulu Desktop, and of course the wii for Netflix. I’d finally figured out (sort of) LIRC, and had yet-another-goddamn-remote in the pile. All was good until a few weeks before the move when ALL CBS content started acting funny in both Boxee and on the website. Only CBS content… weird, showed up into the top left quarter of the screen for no reason. [EDIT: figured this out this morning; fixed by turning off Harware Acceleration with Flash] Still ran great on the lap tops, but not on the damned media center. So, I’m in the process of rebuilding, and expanding. I think I’ve got the phantom ‘over clock’ errors figured out with the shite bios the thing has, and added another 300gig HDD. I’m also going to do the install correctly this time. Since I have another PCI slot, I will end up getting a cheap digital tuner card for attaching to the aerial, and will need a back end to record the free ota trans from local TV. This will be accomplished with a neat Mythbuntu install! hahaha. I used to use KnoppMyth, which was pretty awesome, but abandoned it years ago when we moved to satellite
raping, i mean service. To be fair, I did try this weekend to re-install Kubuntu etc… But for some reason couldn’t get LIRC working, and that would be a no-go for us. Hate getting up to do shit. Plus with Mythbuntu I don’t think we’ll have the same problems with Hulu Desktop going black every 10 minutes on the dot. Everything integrated from the start will be a nice change of pace for this machine. Will beable to launch Boxee and Hulu from the front end, and then have a ready to go box for when I’m able to install the tuner card. Damn, might have to get another HDD with a few TBs available, huh? Well, all that does is change my priority for distributing the content on my network. Can always get an xbox to run a Myth front end, or even XBMC. Or even cheaper, get a couple of little Apple TVs to run Boxee in other rooms 🙂 NACH. OK, like I said. 2:00am and tired as hell. Will detail whats going on with the rest in the morning, or later. thanks, -SE7EN
[NOTE: I actually wrote this several weeks ago, and forgot to hit the PUBLISH button. All apologies, 7]