GMC AVC-K1 ‘Muse’ Media PC Case

Although it’s a tower style case and not a desktop style, I like the looks of the front facade.  With 4 HDD bays internal and 2 optical bays external and the ability to fit a full ATX board inside, this case should be able to house a very nice system.   This case will be very appealing to the enthusiast […]

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USB Flash Drive Comparison – 21 Tested and Compared

This is an interesting article if you’ve ever wondered how one brand of flash drives compares to another.  Are they all equal?  No.   So I’ve got 21 USB drives ranging from 1gig to 64gigs in capacity from companies like Super Talent, OCZ, Patriot, Swiss Memory, Corsair, ATP and a few others throw in for good measure.  I’m only testing […]

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HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux

This is very cool.  Granted the rest of the system was fairly new they used a very cheap CPU and video card and successfully were able to playback HD video without much issue.  Once this makes its way into released applications (right now it’s all in patches) the general Linux community will see a nice performance boost.   It’s fairly […]

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Lothar’s transition to digital tv

By now you have more than likely heard that February 17, 2009 all analog OTA tv transmissions in the US will cease and become digital transmissions.  In order to use them with your older analog TVs (or analog TV tuners as the case may be) a new converter box is needed.  In order to help out, the US government is […]

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QNAP TS-209 Pro II


     QNAP TS-209 Pro II If you find yourself in the market for a NAS, today we are reviewing something that might just fit the bill.  Read on to see if the QNAP TS-209 Pro II will fit your needs.  INTRODUCTION Now that you have your HTPC working the way you want it and you’re starting to build up […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.5


Welcome to another addition of "Let’s see how long it takes Lothar to put together a working Mythtv box".  In today’s episode we will be focusing on a few of the leftover cleanup tasks. Since I finally got the video drivers working pretty smoothly under Linux a few weeks ago, I decided that it was finally time to move my […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.4

Ok, I finally did it.  I found out where my video issue was while running Mythtv under Linux.  The symptom that I saw was that when using xv-blit as the rendering setting under the Playback setup menu, Mythtv would show the first three or so seconds of the video and then appear to hang.  When I look at the terminal […]

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3DTV, the next technology


There’s been a lot of buzz around the entertainment industry lately about the next new thing now that the standard for the next generation DVD format has been put to rest.  So what is the next new technology that will be coming down the pipe?  It’s one that I’m very excited about.  3DTV. 3D movies have been in theaters for […]

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Lothar’s Build Log R0.2.3


Well, it’s time for another update.  I have to be honest with you.  I started this build at the beginning of July (right after my trip to Atlanta) and at that time I really didn’t think I would still be working on it today.  As you may have intuited from my recent guide on Installing Ubuntu and Mythtv , I […]

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An Introduction to Installing Ubuntu and Mythtv


For those of you that want to get your feet wet with Linux but don’t know where to start, this guide is for you.  Today I will be discussing the steps you need to go through in order to install Ubuntu Linux, based on version 8.04.1 desktop 386.  This guide will cover the steps performed to install Ubuntu, load the […]

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