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Spring Cleaning

Posted by anjilslaire on April 11, 2008

I realize I’ve been neglecting the page; work continues to monopolize a majority of my time, and I have an extraordinary commute to tend with as well (extraordinary meaning triple digits on the odometer daily, but I don’t complain. Much). But, I suppose it absorbs most of one’s time for most people.

Let’s see, in the past few weeks I’ve found a local LUG in my neck of the woods, and have been making posts on their forum, updated the cfw on my PSP (when will we get DivX out of the box?!? 3.90 m33 FTW btw), started prepping my kid to go to the People To People Word Leadership Forum this fall (5th graders meeting Congress…scary) and general domestic living.

I’ve also been neglecting my 360 as well. My 360voice account has been shaming me. To rectify this however, I logged on, and loaded up every 360 game I own and played a few minutes each to look impressive. That in itself is rather pathetic, but it’s the appearance of hardcore that is easy to maintain.

I’ve been meaning to play some Wesnoth recently as well, but I seem to get too distracted whenever i get a free moment on my PC. Seeing as I get distracted easily on the net, I’m surprised I have any readers at all. However, I did get a comment on the previous post, so I wanted to let Tom know I appreciate it and will be more dutiful going forward.

Oh! I’ve recently learned that Amazon’s online MP3 store now natively supports Linux, and they even have binaries for a few platforms, including a deb that works beautifully on Gutsy. Love that. Cheap MP3s, DRM-free on my Linux box. If people knew me offline, they’d find quite a bit of irony considering what I do professionally.

I’ve also been staring at a beat-up regular xbox with a bad dvd drive that I’ve had for months, just waiting to load XBMC on and placed on my network. The bad dvd drive is irrelevant when I put in a modest 40gig hard drive to load a few games, and stream my Xvids from my media server. It’ll be perfect as a 2nd box in the bedroom (streaming video in the bedroom baby!). Uh, sorry for that image.

On a vaguely similar note, I’ve switched the TV back to regular (non digital) cable from the Dish Network we’ve had for a few years. I’m intolerant of the weather taking my viewing away, primarily since I don’t watch much TV, so it had well better be there when I want it.

Well, that and the fact one of my receivers went bad, and it was going to cost me over $100 to fix it. Screw you, Mr. RadioShack sales guy in the mall. Also, with a plain coax feed I can more easily build A MythTV box. Homemade DVR without the DRM is where its at.

Well, it looks like I did have something to say, after all…


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