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Jul. 31st, 2006 | 05:21 pm

Yesterday my girlfriend started pining for a TiVo, something about wanting to watch those 2am adult swim shows at a more conducive to being on time for school.

I the thought of the all the various parts I had laying around from my various attempts at building mythtv boxes, and thought noooo!!!! The only reason I don't have one working right now is because I was worried that the hard disk was likely to melt during the summer.

I looked at the upcoming weather forecast and decided I had enough time to order some quiet fans and went ahead and put a box together.

One of the things I discovered about her resistance to the idea of mythtv was that she didn't think any of her computers were capable of hosting mythtv, since she didn't have anything that was low-power and quiet with a large hard disk. Only later did I figure out that was because I never explained that it was a client/server system where the client viewing the media files can be a completely separate machine.

Needless to say once it was set up she was impressed.

I'd like to get the VIA EPIA boards to do a fast network boot so one could use them as a TV client that could be quickly turned on and off.

Another useful idea would be extend the mythtv front screen to function as an AirTunes client so one could easily stream audio to an idle myth box.

Also the work the mythtv people are doing on streaming video is cool. The default user interface is really designed for being run on a TV, but if you're me, the computer is a better place to watch media (and always using full screen is kind of annoying).

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from: ex_serenejo
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
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That's so sexy I may faint.

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from: ex_serenejo
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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Oh, and this?

die = 1
die = 2
die = 6
3d6 = 9


You are *setch* a *geek*.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah that was me playing around with the functions available in S2, I never really did anything with it, and thought it mildly amusing. I never thought someone would notice. :)

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from: ex_serenejo
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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We geekophiles have finely tuned geekometers. :-)

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Jeffrey

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from: jeffrey
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
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MAGIC I say!

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Dilinger

Evil plan

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Now your one step closer to taking over the world! Muah ha ha ha.

I didn't know your GF had time to watch TV. I don't have full cable so I have been watching Magnum PI Re-Runs. Plus I have been watching Becker. Kinda like a train wreck you can't help but watch.


I need to come out and visit sometime. I still haven't been to your new place. I think I was invited once. I don't remember.

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prof_reed

What Distro did you use?

from: prof_reed
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm thinking about putting together a mythtv box as well. I've got one running a windows program that essentially does the same thing, but in my quest for freedom from the demon of Redmond I've turned to the true faith (I love Suse 10.1! Its now my desktop - I've been blogging about it lately). So let me ask you, what distro did you use? Did you use KnoppMyth? Or did you install another distro and follow a howto? I can't use knoppmyth because I don't want to install to the primary partition. So I'm thinking about installing ubuntu (which will automatically shrink my windows partition) and then installing myth on top of that. Got an opinion?

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Diane Trout

Re: What Distro did you use?

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I used debian, because everything I have is setup as debian.

However for a new user Ubuntu is a good choice, its based on debian so has all of the apt-get goodness, but they've spent more time working on installation.

The other difference between debian and ubuntu is that ubuntu has official releases every 6 months, whereas debian has been averaging more like 18 to 24 months. On the other hand debian provides access to the next version at its being developed.

Basically debian will usually give you updates sooner, but there's more likely to be problems with them. You might want to look around the mythtv howto pages to see what its like installing on various linux distros.

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Dilinger

How To

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 8th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
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How do you pronounce

ubuntu

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Diane Trout

Re: How To

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 8th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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The Ubuntu faq has your answer.

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Dilinger

Re: How To

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 9th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
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Swweet.

I was pronuncing it

You Bun too

oo Boon Too

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