September 12, 2006

Mythtv 0.20

So I admit I heard about the Mythtv 0.20 release not from their official mailing list or website but instead from this slashdot article. Oh well, I guess i should get back on the mythtv mailing list.

We've been running a cvs version from around 0.18 (cira oct 2004) and haven't bother to update since everything was working so nicely.

But this announcement caught my eye as it now has a built-in dvd player and as well built-in burn to dvd archiving. Previously playing dvd's would require launching xine, and burning to dvd required a strange series of scripts.... not a big deal once we got it setup then, but now it's all built in and included altogether with a nice consistent interface....among other new features, fixes and optimizations.

So yesterday I was preparing for the worst and to not have TV for a few days but it was simply extract the tarball and ./configure ; make ; make install. Repeat with the mythplugins file... restarting mythbackend - watched on the console as it updated the database schema and then continue normally afterwards.... restarted mythfrontend and it just worked. No hitches, no problems... smoothest mythtv upgrade ever, the way it should work.

As stated before, mythtv simply RAWKS. I don't know how you can watch tv without it.


September 8, 2006

w00t! DD-WRT runs on my WRT54GL

So this router has been around (in older revs) for a while now, and being the Linux nerd I am, I've always wanted to pick one up but never *really* had a need for one... at least until now.

Long story short, my VOIP ATA crashes when I use it as my primary gateway because it simply sucks at dealing with lots of traffic, so I've had to request more than 1 ip address from my ISP and use 1 for the ATA and the other for my old router. This works and is very stable but sound quality sucks because there's no QoS.

This gave me an excuse to finally get this router and boy is it COOL.

I installed the latest stable DD-WRT firmware without any hitches. The latest version has some really cool features including multiple SSID's with separate encryption methods for each network, how cool is that for a $50 router? Not to mention ssh to a shell on the router.

This is by far the coolest router on the market, lots of fun, I can't believe I waited so long to get one. My inlaws will now get my old d-link 624 or whatever it was.