30
December
2012

Book reading formats

As usual, there are a ton of formats: ePub. Mac. Nook for the Mac seems like the best reader on you Mac OS X or ePubReader from within Firefox. iOS. This is the format that the embedded Books reader understands. You do have to jump through hoops to get it there as it requires a […]

30
December
2012

Goodbye Tivo

Well of the four TiVo boxes I’ve had, three are now dead or dying with hardware issues. The hard drives on these things are just not that reliable. I sure wish they had SSDs. In any case, Comcast has definitely caught up quite a bit with programming of their Motorola boxes via the web and […]

27
December
2012

Mac as HTPC…Plex, MythTV and XBMC

Well, now that our main Tivo Series 4 is dying. We are trying one last step, but now using the Comcast DVR alot and Plex from the Mac Mini. Seems like this doesn’t work super well as this requires KMTTG to download from yet another Tivo.  To get rid of this dependency time to try […]

26
December
2012

Asterisk on Synology

Well, I was playing with Synology (which seems decently stable). It is a pretty lousy Plex server mainly I think because the processor is slow and it can’t transcode. On the other hand, it is incredibly fast. Running with 1GB ethernet, I regularly get 100MBps which is pretty amazing. Faster than the local hard disk […]

26
December
2012

Mini ITX Gamer PC

As an aside, ITXGamer seems to have some good focused reviews of mini-ITX gaming systems. If I were to do this again I’d probably use the Coolermaster Elite 120 with a traditional ATX (not the smaller SFX) PSU like the fanless Seasonic X460. And if I were going mineral cooled, I’d slam a Kingwin 1000 Watt monster with a […]

24
December
2012

Jiro's Sushi $380 in 19 minutes…

The sushi of Jiro’s dreams will run you $20/minute Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Tokyo that many say serves the best sushi in the world. The chef/owner, 86-year-old Jiro Ono, was the subject of last year’s excellent Jiro Dreams of Sushi documentary film. Adam Goldberg of A Life Worth Eating ate at […]

24
December
2012

Fanless HTPC makes a good building block for a pump only mineral PC…

Well finding something completely fanless would be a great thing in a mineral-oil PC. No fans makes things much simpler. AnandTech – Streacom’s FC10 and Nano150: Building a Fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC HTPC enthusiasts often place a lot of emphasis on silent systems for obvious reasons. We have looked at systems with passive thermal solutions […]

24
December
2012

Windows 7 on a stick

Well Windows 7 is here, but it is reliable. You just need an ISO file of it plus the Microsoft utility to create a bootable USB stick (as an aside, the default ASUS P8Z77-I bios doesn’t activate USB devices other than the mouse and keyboard so it won’t see the USB stick. Check full to […]

24
December
2012

Photo editing on Windows

Well since I’m installing windows machines, nothing like trying to figure out the standard software to use. If you don’t want to pay Adobe, give GIMP a try. it is a freeware utility and with UFRaw, it will edit and convert Raw format. The only glitch is that UFRaw is 32-bit only, so you have […]

24
December
2012

Argh…seven hours to load Windows

Well we were nearly done and I was resetting the automatic ASUS overclock and on the first reboot, the SSD reports that it lost the operating system. Didn’t have disk repair utilities and the so had to reinstall. Why is it that Windows 7 requires six hours to install. I can’t believe that it needs […]

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