So I have not written here in a while. Well, be prepared for a lengthy and unattractive one (all text, no hassle).
I mentioned in my last post that I had interest in consolidating PC’s. Turns out, I moved my Cybaryme system up to the Lenovo M92 internals (Konor) for a small upgrade (from second to third-gen i5, as well as introduction of USB 3.0) all the while buying and installing the external enclosure. Linux’s implementation of ZFS picked up the drives, and although I dropped the cache SSD and everything is transmitted through USB 3.0, the speed is quite respectable for what I need.
With access to all this local space, I wondered what to do with it all. One of the things was being able to record television again (ages ago I had an ATI Radeon All-in-Wonder). Given my ongoing predicament with Lenovo and their choice of PCI-Express slot placement, I had my Hauppauge WinTV-1250 tuner in the HTPC. Because I wanted to consolidate (for example, to save powe r), I discovered the HDHomeRun Connect device.
HDHomeRun Connect is a standalone tuner that connects to your network and streams to a client (or a NAS) with their provided software. It is also quite well supported in TvHeadEnd. Since I did not want to go to Windows for the former, and was already familiar with the latter, I purchased a refurbished one off Amazon. Set up was easy, but getting everything “right” was a huge hassle. Continue reading “Three if by Air”
I wanted a RAID setup ever since the 1990’s, back when I would get computer magazines from my neighbour. One of the articles featured perfect setups, which included an external RAID array. I soon learned that RAID (originally redundant array of inexpensive disks, now commonly redundant array of independent disks), particularly RAID 5, can provide a great balance of storage and redundancy (if a single drive fails in the array, no data is lost).
Along with this, I have a dangerous combination of being paranoid about losing data and rarely making backups (and I never learn, having lost a 60GB hard disk around 12 years ago with only the most crucial data available to be recovered).
Keep in mind a RAID is not a backup solution. If the house burns down and if I did not have anything off-site, I would be very out of luck. For many other scenarios however (usually less-catastrophic), it wouldn’t hurt to have. Continue reading “A FreeNAS Adventure”
I meant to post this over a month ago … life has a tendency to be busy.
I started the HTPC craze over a decade ago with an ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon card. At that point I did not have much of a theatre, mostly watching media on a 15″ (later a 17″) CRT monitor. After I moved into the house years later, I picked up a TV tuner card and installed it for the PC in my office but never used it to the full potential, or at least nearly as much as when I was still recording shows in the apartment.
At one point, when I started investing in $10 PC’s (hospital surplus systems), I ran into a problem. The new motherboard was positioned in a way not to accommodate my video card and my TV Tuner. I had to make a choice. Knowing a HTPC was back in the works (I must have talked about this before), I saved it for that.
Well, things did not work out as planned. Continue reading “The Christmas Special – HTPC Mk II”
I suppose home improvement season has begun. The snow has disappeared, the thermometer is rising, and the flowers are starting to show.
A week or so ago, I repaired the front porch planter box which had the bottom start to fall out of the past winter (or possibly, two). Took out all the soil, and added screws where I could. It should hold for another five years, not much longer though.
Soil is back in, waiting for new flowers.
Continue reading “Window Brushing”
So it’s been a while since I posted. What of it?
Joking aside, I missed a Christmas post, but I am just in time for the other one. So I wish everyone all the best in 2016! Continue reading “Happy Holidays!”
…because it’s still a pointless task.
Well, the whole purpose is to have a landing point where I can be more verbose over frustrations and fanaticism’s that I come across with my hobbies. We shall see where it goes.
Sorry for the ads – I don’t mind it using up my time, but when it comes to money, I try to keep things cost neutral.