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[#] Mon Apr 26 2010 15:51:38 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whats mplayer missing appart from vlc? it knows howto stream meanwhile..

[#] Mon Apr 26 2010 20:31:07 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I want to build that. I can swipe an ir led from any remote, right?

[#] Tue Apr 27 2010 10:32:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Finally, I put heatshrink over the LED connections..."

That's funny because it ends up being the way that kind of build usually goes. Finish the soldering, then realize that you forgot to put the heat shrink tubing on ahead of time, then cut or desolder your connections, put the heat shrink tubing on, and solder it again. :)

[#] Tue Apr 27 2010 10:35:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh, and what type of equipment is going to be initiating the channel change operations? Is it an actual TiVo or are you trying to build something from a computer? You might be able to remote control the FiOS box using Firewire, eliminating the need for an IR blaster.

[#] Tue Apr 27 2010 20:37:32 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Jury's still out, trying a few different things. I'll be trying this out on a tivo.

[#] Wed Apr 28 2010 12:13:46 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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You are right. Mplayer is where I am headed.

[#] Thu Apr 29 2010 14:58:25 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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I just could not turn down this deal:


Time to build a new box.  As if I don't have enough to do around here.

[#] Thu Apr 29 2010 21:21:31 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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It's a case. What do you need a case for?

[#] Thu Apr 29 2010 22:08:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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<Rob Schneider> You can put your weed in it!

[#] Fri Apr 30 2010 02:04:38 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Oops.  They have a rotating deal...I thought the link was to what I bought.






1 x ($-40.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #382918




Hopefully it was a good deal...ond I hope it fits in the case I have on hand.

[#] Mon May 03 2010 11:36:39 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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PCIe doesn't really mean PCIe, in the sense that PCI was PCI, and AGP is AGP.

No. PCIe can mean any one of four different kinds of slots that might be on your motherboard. Yet, separately, you also have a PCIe Mini standard (which isn't figured into all of this, oddly).

More frustratingly, resellers don't ask which kind of PCIe slot you need.
If you say 'PCIe', they'll happily give you whatever they think the standard type is (probably x1).

So, for the record, there are four types. PCIe x1, x4, x16, and mini.

You can choose the one you need based on the picture in this article (omitting mini):

(Oh, wait, that article *does* have a picture of the PCIe mini, as well as a MiniPCI.. because, you know, there isn't quite enough confusion in this space already).

[#] Mon May 03 2010 17:59:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Something like that ... they *are* upwardly compatible; you can, for example, put an x1 card in an x2, x4, x8, x16, or x32 slot. The only difference is the number of I/O channels (or "lanes" as they call them) supported by the slot. Simple adapters like serial and ethernet ports will typically be x1 cards, and high bit rate stuff like video cards will usually be x16.

[#] Tue May 04 2010 09:52:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, the x4 slot we require is for a high performance video capture and transmission card. I doubt x1 would cut it.

It's still so damned frustrating to need to know the differences. Motherboard manufacturers do not, by and large, build x16 slots so lower cards could use them. Perhaps because motherbaords don't have the performance required for a proper x16 card, most of the time, heh.

It's still damnable. The situation is already relatively complicated without this kind of mess.

[#] Wed May 05 2010 16:31:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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To be fair, PCI suffers from some of the same problems. 3.3 volt cards don't work in 5 volt slots, and vice versa. Then there's the whole 33 MHz vs 66 MHz vs 133 MHz, different bus widths, PCI-X etc.

[#] Thu May 06 2010 11:27:07 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I dunno.. in my opinion, the iPad doesn't make the greatest skateboard in the world. Seems a little too small for the job.

[#] Fri May 07 2010 16:23:21 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Finally. Four gigs of memory in hot little hands.  Should have my new Quad core machine running tonight!


Of course it's kinda sad I'm spending Friday night getting my geek on.....

[#] Fri May 07 2010 18:05:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I dunno.. in my opinion, the iPad doesn't make the greatest skateboard

in the world. Seems a little too small for the job.

Somehow I don't think that is a Steve Jobs approved use of an iPad. Conformance officers will be deployed to the scene.

[#] Sat May 08 2010 00:12:00 EDT from d'oh @ Uncensored

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I would have thought, with all the iPad hype, that it more likely could be used as a hoverboard.

[#] Sun May 09 2010 00:04:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Sacrilege: I don't want an iPad

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After trying out an iPad, all I can say is, it really isn't all that impressive. Yes, they've done a nice job -- they always do. But those of us who live outside of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field are already seeing that it's not the universe-changing milestone of modern computing that the fanbois are claiming it to be. (Although I'm very amused that Apple is succeeding where Microsoft failed -- it's very satisfying to watch because tablets were Bill Gates' pet project. More on that later.)

I do like my netbook, though. Now you've got to keep in mind that netbooks were not originally intended to be "very small laptops" which is how they eventually ended up getting positioned in the market. They were supposed to be access devices, companion devices. Not full-blown PC's. That only happened after Microsoft started freaking out because people were actually buying Linux-based computers (oh no!) and because these devices were being manufactured by PC makers, they had the leverage to force them to lard up the hardware specs until they could (badly) run Windows XP.

What's really funny is that the same person who argued that I was wrong about this -- that people really do want a full-blown computer and not a simple companion device -- is now an iPad owner.

So what's next? I would say, look for some really slick new netbooks emerging in the next year or two. They're not going to be based around PC technology the way the current batch are. We're going to see netbooks with ARM processors running Android or a similar software stack. They're going to be made by companies who aren't as easily pushed around by Microsoft (think phone manufacturers instead of PC manufacturers). They're going to have insanely long battery life and relatively cheap price tags, possibly as low as $100 once they really get going. And a lot of them are going to be sold, many of them to people who won't buy an iPad, either because Apple's prices are too high or because they really wanted something with an actual keyboard.

As a side note, I've gotta say I'm really loving the Android software stack. My wife and I are now the proud owners of Android-based smartphones. It's a beautifully designed environment -- easy to work with, fast and snappy, flexible, and best of all it doesn't lock you into Steve Jobs' walled garden where you can only perform Apple-sanctioned actions using Apple-approved software. Long live the world of open systems.

[#] Sun May 09 2010 07:51:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: Sacrilege: I don't want an iPad

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In a related note ... to make your netbook look even better:

The fonts created for the Android platform are open source, and they look good on *any* small screen. These are, of course, fonts that are designed to work well at small sizes. I just installed them on my netbook and they really are nice.

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