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Entries Tagged as 'Computer Hardware'

HDHomeRun Prime Touches all the CableCard Bases

December 16th, 2011 · No Comments

A few years ago I’d written about a product called the HDHomeRun by a company named Silicon Dust and the benefits of having your TV tuners out on your home network (you can find that article here.)  That device contained 2 HD tuners and could tune in over-the-air channels or channels that your cable provider […]

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater

NetFlix members now have many ways to stream content

February 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments

Just a few short years ago NetFlix was only in the DVD rental business.  Things have changed during those years, though, and Netflix members can now stream content across the internet using just about every device in their living room instead of waiting for those shiny disks to show up in their mailbox.

I’d previously written a post about what the NetFlixnetflix[1] streaming service was and how it worked (you can read that post here).  When I’d written that post you could only watch NetFlix video streams on a computer.  Now there are so many different ways to stream that content that I thought I’d take a minute to list the different ways that I watch NetFlix right in my living room right now.  This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list by any means, but just an example of how pervasive this ability to stream movies and TV shows has become.  Here, then, in no particular order, are the ways that I can watch NetFlix in my own living room

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Gadgets · Home Theater

How to run MythTV on Windows

January 3rd, 2007 · 11 Comments


You may have heard of MythTV, the free TiVo-like application that can handle just about all of your multimedia needs. It can record and play back TV shows, including HDTV programming. It can be used to view your pictures, your weather forecast, and your favorite RSS feeds. It can rip and play back your music CD’s and your DVD’s. It can even display the list of movies you have in your NetFlix queue.

And it only runs on Linux.

So what if you’re a Windows user who wants to find out what MythTV is all about? Up until recently your couldn’t, but now you can. Here’s how.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater · Linux · Virtualization

HDHomeRun – Because HDTV isn’t just for TV’s

December 12th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Watch HDTV on your computers, not just on your TV

How many devices do you have in your house that are capable of displaying high-definition content but have no way of getting high-definition content? If you have an HD television you can use your TV’s tuner (or external cable/satellite box) to tune the HD signal. But what if you also have a computer? Or two? Or three? Those devices are probably also capable of displaying HD content but have no easy way of actually receiving HD content. So how do you get that HD content to each of them without having to buy a separate HDTV tuner card for each PC?

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Home Theater

Need a small server? Unleash the Power of the Slug

May 30th, 2006 · No Comments

NSLU2 LogoAnyone who’s wandered the aisles of their friendly neighborhood big-box computer store has seen the shelves full of hard drives. These basically come in two flavors: internal hard drives, which get mounted inside of your computer, and external hard drives, which connect to your computer through a USB (or FireWire) cable.

You’ll also find small devices that allow you to connect your external hard drive to your home network instead of connecting it directly to your computer. One of these devices is made by Linksys, and it goes by the official name of “NSLU2”. It’s more commonly known by its unofficial name: “The Slug”.

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Linux

Upgrading CPU from Single-core to Dual-core

March 26th, 2006 · No Comments

Opteron ImageIve finally upgraded the CPU in my main system from a single-core cpu (AMD Athlon64 3500+) to a dual-core CPU. The process went very smoothly on my Windows XP SP2-based system.

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Tags: Computer Hardware