My Life in a Nutshell

You know, it’s been a busy week… that’s part of the reason for no updates. Basically this entire week has consisted of 11pm get-home times, 7am start times and very little restful sleep. Well, at least on Wednesday I managed to get out for a beer or two, but that’s about as far as my week went. I know, boring.

On the bright side (GEEK!) I got my Hauppauge card… and a Soundblaster Live 5.1… and a cable to connect my new MythTV to my satellite receiver. As a result (and yes, I know I have no picutres yet) my new PVR is currently installing Fedora Core 3 as its core OS and I’m getting ready to see how much work it actually will be to build a PVR. Currently I’m down to 256MB of RAM since the 512MB stick I had turned out to have some bad bits (after three attempts at reinstalling to OS wondering why it was crashing so much… ARGH!). Figure I’ll get it running first, then go out and buy another 512 or even a gig and stick that in the box instead. I know I can get it working on 256, especially since I only have one input stream (the Hauppauge) rather than two.

Yay! As I type it’s reached “Post Install Configuration”

In other news, well not much. It’s 75 degrees, sunny and beautiful outside. So why am I not out enjoying it in a Cessna? Well… quite simply because I’ve had such a long week, and fighting what amounts to a case of depression that all I really want to do today is stay inside and ignore the rest of the world. Is that bad?

Anyway… I’ll update when I have more info on my MythBox.

The Irony!

You know, now that I have a blog I start to realize the horrible irony of blogs in general; that is that when there’s lots of stuff going on in your life, you don’t have time to update the blog and TELL people about it. Conversely, when you have time to update, there’s nothing going on to write about.

I’m really just putting in an entry this morning so that people who read this (according to my apache logs, there are a few) that I am working on an update… it’s just going to take a bit of time as I need to get some picutres!

What am I doing? Well, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and decided to launch myself into the world of PVR’s by building a MythTV box. It’s a free PVR software for Linux. I think this is going to be a fun project, but it remains to be seen how well it works…

So what is my hardware for this? Well, much of it is leftovers from old systems I’ve already started building;

Case: Gateway Destination Case (old GW box…)
Mobo: Iwill BD100
CPU: AMD Athlon 800
RAM: 768M
Video: Geforce4 MX440
Hard Drives: 1x 10Gb drive (OS), 1x 60Gb drive (Data)
Misc: DVD ROM drive with Hollywood Plus decoder

I’m planning to put Fedora Core 3 on it… already got the box built this weekend, but my first download of Fedora had a bad disc 1… ACK! So, as I type I’m downloading it again.

Well, I plan to take some pictures of the installation as I work on it… the rest of my hardware is currently on order;

1x Serial to RCA Satellite Receiver cable (to control channel)
1x Hauppauge PVR-250 Decoder Card
1x Soundblaster Live! 5.1

Yikes… got to run… gotta try to get to work like sometime today…