Next post... my frontend.
- I can run far more useful applications with the same remote as mythtv than I could with my Linux box
- did i say small?
The third bullet (all the applications I can run) deserves some attention, and I'm going to do a separate post on just that topic. Here are a few things I don't like (so far...)
- I haven't been able to resize the screen to non-native resolutions without getting skippy playback. Which means.. overscan.. and lots of it.
- The mac remote has 6 buttons (3 are overloaded, so there are really 9). That's enough for 95% of the everyday use, but not for more advanced tasks.
As I mentioned above, the possibilities are broad and wide when it comes to now integrating MythTV with other Mac multimedia apps. Here is a short list.
- Hulu Desktop
- Netflix Watch Now
- Better games
As I begin putting all this together into one monster media machine, I'll make sure to document the pitfalls, how-to's etc... along the way for anybody who wants to go down this path.
What does one TRILLION bytes look like?
All this talk about "google" and "data"...
A billion bytes...
A hundred billion bytes...
Eight hundred billion bytes...
One TRILLION bytes...
What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like the amount of data stored on bill gates secret linux file server, so I thought I'd take Acorn out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion bytes looks like.
We'll start with a 720k floppy. Currently the largest, most useless physical media device in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, anybody who remembers Billy Beer have owned them. Guaranteed to lose data wherever they go.
A box of fur covered floppies is sits nicely on a desk and contains 7,200 Kbytes!. Fits in your pocket awkwardly but is more than enough for day or two of shamefully decadent 'image downloading'.
Let's put all these thousands of bytes into perspective, shall we?
Believe it or not, this next little pile is 9,676,800 bytes (150 5.25" floppies). You could stuff that into your go bag and walk around with it.
While a measly 9,676,800 bytes looked a little unimpressive, 96,768,000 bytes is a little more respectable. It fits neatly into 4 contiguous 8x10 standard cubicles
And One Gigabyte... now we're really getting somewhere... enough to store over 8 minutes of high-definition television.
Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION bytes. This is that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion bytes? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.
You ready for this?
It's pretty surprising.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you 1 trillion bytes...
Notice those platters are triple stacked baby.
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "dude... I just got a new 1 Terabyte drive..."... that's all they're talking about.
Another possibility is to transcode the HD to SD (which is the quality I would be viewing it anyway) and stream that. I don't want to outright replace my HD content (I still watch it in HD downstairs afterall), so I might set up a User Job to transcode it, and place an entry in the MythTV database for a 'second' show.
Well, it seems in Apple's infinite wisdom that they've dropped support for analog video in the newest mini. After pounding through forums and what-not, I've discovered the same issue exists for the macbook pro's as well. Unfortunately, that will lead me to the purchase of a VGA -> S-Video adapter. More on that later, as I continue my quest for a turnkey MythTV frontend.
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