Practical MythTV

I’ve been reading Practical MythTV over the last few weeks, and it hasn’t helped my longing for PVR system.

Alan at work has a very nice front-end/back-end setup which I would love to duplicate, and this book certainly has been giving me idea’s about how to go about it.

My main goal is beyond classic DVR functionality (record and time-slip playback), is to be able to watch the odd MP4 style download also. Thus a $500 DVR is not the exact fit. I also want something silent in the living room, so it can run 24×7. Much like the Squeezebox but for video also.

So back to the book. Flipped through large parts, as I got the point, but still the details of how to configure the parts of the system seemed detailed enough that I’d borrow the book again to have with me as a guide. Not sure I’d buy the book however.

So really the book was to fuel the fire of desire, and it worked. Now I just need to budget it all up, and get the wife acceptance factor on my side of the debate.

House Update – Wall Studs replaced

Over the two weekends of the Christmas break, Harvey and I worked on the house.  Doing one side of the bay window each weekend

We replaced twice:

  • the double 4″x 2″ corner stud
  • the 4″x2″ middle stud
  • the 4″x3″ window stud, which holds the lintel
    Wall studs replaced
  • replaced the 2″x 2″ and 2″x 5″ corner plates (not sure correct term)
  • replaced the weatherboards
    Wall cladding replaced

Tasks left:

  • weatherboard the bay window
  • lay floor in the room
  • plus small tasks

We are estimating three more days, then we will be done! Oh my god, I’m getting so sick of the time sink of this project, but we’re on the back straight, and we’ve come so far.