Ramblings of a Linux Geek.


Testing out Scribefire

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Blog, Linux

Was looking around on the net today trying to find a good desktop WordPress client for Linux.  So far with a little bit of playing Scribefire looks like it will work perfectly.  I will have to update later when used the application a little more.


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World IPv6 Day

by on Apr.23, 2011, under Blog

World ipv6 days is fast approaching are you ready?

On June 8 2011 several major web sites will be switching on ipv6 for 24 hours as a kind of test. On my home internet connection I have added in an ipv6 tunnel broker along with getting an ipv6 ip for my laptop. Why would anyone want to do this you ask? Well for one I am a geek and I had nothing better to do one night besides learn something new. Reason number two is I wanted to be able to access my home boxes without having to go through a vpn. Reason number three well at this point I was just grasping for something but I decided what if there was something cool on the internet that I was missing out on. Going through the setup of ipv6 was much easier then I had ever thought it would be. I am hoping to do a writeup on my ipv6 setup adventures but for now I will leave you with the following links.


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XBMC 9.11 Beta1

by on Dec.07, 2009, under Blog

This is a short review of XBMC 9.11 Beta 1 live CD.  I will admit that I have booted the new live cd on my spare HTPC which is a bit outdated and does not have an Nvidia card that can do VDPAU.  I also only spent a few hours with the beta as it is the first beta and I figure the team is busy polishing the details.   This should be noted this is just a first observation review of a beta version of software!

List of highlights

  • Update Nvidia drivers 190.42
    Nvidia’s change log for the driver is located here http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_display_ia32_190.42.html
  • New theme, Confluence, which looks very nice
    I really like PM3.HD but after using Confluence for a little bit it is quickly becoming my new favorite.  I am really looking forward to checking out the final version along with some of the other new skins that are out.  Screen shots of the new Confluence skin are located here http://xbmc.org/skins/confluence/
  • New boot splash screen
    Just a little more polishing to add to how well rounded XBMC Linux port is getting.
  • There are a ton more features too many to list here the ones listed above are what jumped right out at me.
    A full list of new features can be found on the trac page http://xbmc.org/trac/milestone/9.11.

List of annoyances

  • Seems to be missing a way of setting default username/password for smb shares
    I am hoping this gets added back in as its a real PITA to enter in username/password over and over again with the remote!

Wish list

  • Nice upgrade path from 9.04 to 9.11

So far all I can say to the XBMC team is please bring back default username/password for the smb shares and keep up the amazing work!

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XBMC on Linux one month later

by on Oct.06, 2009, under Blog

This is a follow up to an earlier artical I wrote about installing XBMC on the ASRock 330.  I want to thanks the XBMC team for porting their wonderful application to Linux.   In my opinion it is almost up to par with the xbox version.  Following is a list of issues am currently having with an XBMC Live install on my ASRock 330.

1. HDMI Audio takes a little while before anything is output.  Now I will admit this could be my reciver taking a while to decide what kind of signal is being sent to it.

2. Cannot play 5.1 DTS Audio CD’s over HDMI I get an error saying something like cannot initialize the audio device.  Again I have not looked tons into this and I still have yet to try switching over to Toslink connection.

3. When starting out playing .mkv files sometimes there is a pause of about 5 seconds before the file starts to play.  This is really just an annoyance but would be nice to have some sort of feedback that something is going on.

4. This is not an XBMC issue but is more of an XBMC Live or lircd issue as on reboots sometimes the remote completely stops working.  I have found several people complaining about this issue in the ubuntu bug trac, so I am willing to say this is an lircd issue.

All in all I would like to say XBMC on Linux rocks and just becuase I have this issues doesnt mean you will.  According to the XBMC roadmap 10/25/2009 is the date that version 9.10 drops and I cannot wait for that to happen.

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by on Aug.22, 2009, under Blog

I stumbled across this FUSE module that converts you use to transparently convert your FLAC files to MP3’s. The module does not decode your music and make copies of it, it does however convert the FLAC to MP3 when the files are accessed.

Why I wouldn’t I just encode the files to MP3 in the first place? Well that has been a great point of discussion I have had with lots of my friends and it requires the understanding of lossless vs lossy compression algorithms. I will admit I am a little bit of an audiophile and I like my music to stay in the highest quality and MP3’s just do not do that. A few people out there would argue you cant tell the difference, I would agree when listening to an iPod, but when listening on a high end home audio system there is a huge difference. Flac lets me keep my music on my file server to be played when ever I want at CD quality and now with MP3FS i don’t have to reconvert those files to MP3 to put them on my iPod.

Heres the link if you are interested.

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Internet is back

by on Nov.15, 2007, under Blog

If there is anyone out there reading this blog or checking on it I now have internet again and will be updating it shortly.

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by on Sep.02, 2007, under Blog


New file server along with a few specs.

New file server for the apt. I have decided to got with Open Solaris not for any other reason then to have full access to the ZFS file system. If you do not know anything about ZFS I suggest this wikipedia article, here. The total running capacity for the server is 3.6TB using 10 500 gig Seagate drives. Why only 3.6TB instead of 5TB well one 500 gig drives are only ~ 465 gigs and I am running the array in a mode called raidz2 which is very similar to raid 6 in its fault tolerance.

Other info on the server is a 15 hot swap drive bay Supermicro case with triple hot swap power supplies. A Supermicro Motherboard with an Intel processor and 1 gig of memory. For sata controllers I am using two of these also made by Supermicro.

The case.







And last the 10 500 gig harddrives.


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Darn Tubes

by on Aug.28, 2007, under Blog

Those darn tubes

Those darn tubes

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by on Aug.27, 2007, under Blog

First post and nothing much to say, I am hoping to soon have a new theme but for now I think this one will do.


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