Nov 24 2015

News - Plex Media Optimizer

It's not a new idea, but for those with enough of space, it is a good one. Pre-transcoding takes the real-time burden off of your system, which can make a huge difference for slower systems.

Nov 23 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews ASUS OnHub

If you like seeing routers taken apart, you will love SNB's review of the ASUS OnHub. This is a typical performance focused review, but I would have like to see more details on the UX (e.g. screenshots) as, at least from my understanding, it's the main selling point versus standard OEM Wi-Fi routers.

Nov 23 2015

News - Verizon Enables Anywhere Streaming

Looks like the full feature set it available in your home, with a more selective set of channels and DVR'd content outside. Hmmm... I wonder if VPN counts as "in your home"?

Nov 23 2015

News - Ars Technica Reviews ASUS Chromebit

ASUS launched the Chromebit a few days ago, but this is the first review I've seen of the device.  No surprises as far as I can tell from the review. Have a look if this sort of portable computing piques your interest. If you do buy one, get the orange - everything looks better in orange Smile.

Nov 22 2015

News - Another Copy Once CableCARD Player Dips Toe In

Microsoft WMC is dead, done, dusted. But that doesn't mean that HTPC DVR users have to give up on CableCARD, SiliconDust is trying to build a solution, and now JRiver has started a Kickstarter campaign to see if there's demand for a second Copy Once capable solution.

It's day 27 of 30, and they're looking for $100K (which sounds about right) in funding. If you're looking for a modern solution from an agile company with a proven track record of delivering constant improvement in HTPC software this could be $20 well spent.

Nov 20 2015

News - Kodi 16 Beta 1 Released

Kodi has done a fantastic job of never staying still, but release 16 is looking like an especially changeful rev. With DX11, event logging, long press support, and slew of other features. Official betas are generally pretty stable, so I'll be doing the upgrade over the weekend.

Nov 20 2015

News - Get a UK Chromecast for £10

Even though the Chromecast isn't a great standalone media streamer, it certainly does a decent job for a standin. This is even more true when traveling, as long as you also pack a travel router. I wouldn't spend £30 on one of these, but for £30-£20 (Play credit) = £10 the price is just about right for what it does.

Google UK

Nov 19 2015

News - Developer Seeks Funding For SageTV Open Source Miniclient for Android

There was a time when SageTV ruled the earth. Of all the HTPC DVR client/server applications it was the most flexible, featured, and my personal favorite. Like all good things, it came to an end after Google bought the company and euthanized the consumer product. We thought it was the end, and it was, until the spirit of FOSS breathed new life into its dusty carcass. No one embraced this change like legendary SageTV community developer Sean Stuckless – who now needs your help to help fund development for an Android miniclient.

I could go on, but it’s probably best to hear it straight from Sean

Nov 19 2015

News - D-Link Introduces Komfy Light Switch Camera

If I'm honest, I don't really get the camera aspect of this light switch. I mean it's cool and all, but as a light switch is in a fixed location it might not be optimal to monitor the room from where it is. The $299 DKZ-201S is packed with environmental sensors though, so from that perspective it makes a lot of sense, but I certainly hope D-Link has a cheaper non-camera model in the product pipeline as well.

Nov 19 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews QNAP TS-563 Turbo NAS

This isn't the first review of QNAP's 5-bay 10GbE NAS, but I always enjoy SNB reviews because of the throrough attention to performance testing.

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