The story of my life
Well, I'm kinda depressed this morning. I admit that things were finally going smoothly for once. Everything was set up the way I wanted. None of my scheduled recordings were being missed. Things were actually calming down around here for once. Then, about this time last week, the UPS on my HD server/development system beeped on me, and when I went to check on it wouldn't you know it? The system won't turn on anymore. It wasn't a power flux in the house. Only that one UPS beeped. I imagine that the PSU went out and spiked the UPS. I guess that's not too unreasonable though, because after thinking about it for a while I realized that that system was about 9 years old at least.
But the reason that I'm depressed is that this is the system that housed my HD tuner and I now find myself with only an SD recording of Monday's episode of The Big Bang Theory. So I have a bit of a dilemma. Do I spend the time and money trying to revive the system so that I can continue to use the same configuration and not have to do a new OS installation on a new system or do I spend a bit more money and build a new system to do the same function as the old system. Or, do I ditch that system all together, throw the HD tuner in my frontend system - making that a frontend/backend - and then use my laptop for development? I could probably build a new system for around $500. What to do, what to do... Hmm...
Until I figure out what I want to do going forward, I imagine that I will at least start by throwing the HD tuner into my frontend for now. I would really like to have something functional by the time the Super Bowl comes around in a couple weeks.
Feel free to offer an opinion. What would you do in this situation? If you'd build a new system, what would you use for parts? Let me know!