I managed to get quite a bit of work done tonight on both the server and client in my media box setup. I installed the ME-6000 motherboard in my non-silent case for the moment. The 128MB DIMM I bought for it doesn't work in it. I knew that the EPIA-M series was pretty picky about memory, so I bought name brand (Kingston) PC-2700 memory. I had to pull out a no-name 512MB PC-2100 DIMM I had laying around. Half a GB is WAY too much for the client. I realized tonight that I only have 256MB in the server (and now I know why I had an extra 512MB laying around...).
For some reason, instead of just getting mini-myth configured and installed right away, I had to go and get Myth working on the server. This turned out to require a kernel upgrade and way more packages than I had planned on installing. In the end though, I actually have a fully functioning PVR now. Without cable I don't get much of anything but fuzz. I can record it in 720x480 MPEG2 streams though.
After I got Myth squared away on the server, I turned my attention back to the client. I spend an entire 20 minutes getting things set up for the network boot. It even worked on the 6th try! Turns out when I migrated to a new subnet, I missed one IP in my dhcpd.conf. I played with the client a little bit, but there wasn't much I could do with it other than mess with the menu. Mini-myth can't even mount a smb share thanks to the lack of an smb.conf. The root fs is read only, so that'll take modifying the cramfs image which I'm not doing tonight.
At 11PM or so I was done geeking out and headed for bed. Not able to sleep, I did the most logical thing, paid my bills. Still not tired, I've now run my mouth off for a while. It's time to hit the hay now.
I picked up two new toys today in honor of it being the day before the last day I can buy toys for a while. I picked up some Sennheiser HD-570 headphones which I've had my eye on for years. While I was at "The Good Guys", I also picked up a subwoofer. It was open box and all sorts of on sale.
Last time I went headphone shopping I was a little more conservative and purchaced a cheep set of Sennheiser headphones. There isn't any comparision. In true Bill style, I've been playing with this new toy since I bought it. Usually I can't stand to wear headphones (or even my great earbuds) for more than an hour. My ears feel like they're going to fall off even after shorter stints. The HD-570's are great though. I've never experienced this sort of frequency response either (18-22,000 Hz!), much less in headphones. I can't say enough good things about them.
The subwoofer recived far less of a workout. I did manage to buff out most of the scuffs and get it connected to my reciver. With nothing but the radio to listen to though, I can't say it had much of a workout. Even with Prologic and the bass pumped up as much as I could it wasn't thrilling. I'll have to wait until I can get my media box back up and running.
I've been listening to Give Up by "The Postal Service" quite a bit lately. This inspired a trip to Off the Record to see if they had it on vinyl. Well, Sub Pop isn't completely on the vinyl train yet. Chris did pick up Pinback's Blue Screen Life on double "clear" LP. It was a fantastic listen.
I was very disappointed to find out that I missed Pinback at the Casbah tonight. I'm sure it would have been a great show. Apparently it's been sold out for a month. I guess I have to stay a little more on top of things.
I've started collecting some of my writing into what someday may be a book (or maybe just a medium sized collection of writing). I think I'm going to call it "The Sentimental Musings of a Melancholy Mind". Just a collection of my crazy thoughts on differential causality, behavioral modality and other things normal people don't think about. I found a poem or two and some early prose as well. I'm not sure where the title came from, but I couldn't find anything like it in Google or Amazon, so it's mine. I really enjoy writing. I should go to college or something. I hear you have to do quite a bit of it there.
Well, I finally got around to installing Movable Type. Now I can make "blog" entries without editing php code by hand. I added in all of my old "bolg" entries. I have taken full advantage of the pre-dating feature. Now I just have to integrate the rest of the content that was on my site.