4 Results for 'Tech'

Mini HTPC build

I've had my HTPC downstairs in my living room for about a year now and I've loved it. Upstairs in my bedroom I've been running a MVix media player, and it's been ok but it has it's faults. I've also been spending some time at my girlfriends place and she has DirectTV. I was really digging the ability to start watching something in one room and then move to another room and continue watching. I remembered reading that there was some developmental stuff with XBMC that would allow you to do the same thing but it was difficult to set up.

I did some further research on the matter and found out that the new XBMC build would allow for an easier intall of a shared database.

After I built the new system I found some sites that explained the installation process of Fonz fun_plug for my DNS-343. Took me a little while, but I now have a running MySQL server on the same NAS box that serves up all my media. With that database storing all media info such as thumbnails, what's watched, and where I've paused or stopped videos; I now basically have a homemade DirectTV room-to-room system.. that I can customize to my liking.

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DIY, HTPC, Tech, XBMC

Dell Inspiron 1521 Disassembly

My laptop has been slowing down for a while, feeling warmer than usual, and I thought I smelled something burning the other day. So I decided to take it apart and do some routine maintanance. After I took the whole thing apart I found that there was a lot of dust and build up on the internal fan. Also most of the thermal paste had .. I dunno, evaporated? So anyway, I cleaned her up, put on some new paste for the CPU and she's running like she used to.

Dell Inspiron 1521 Disassembly image 01

DIY Computer

Posted : 2006-11-30

I've been getting packages in for the past week, and today I finally got the last ones, yuss!

DIY Computer image - 01a DIY Computer image - 01b

1 computer tool kit, 2 RAM dust gaurds, 3 Main DVD rom, 4 Secondary (cheaper) DVD rom, 5 CPU-AMD 64x2

Tags:
DIY, Tech

Project 'Clear Tunes' : Complete

I was planning to install my new stereo this morning while it was still cool out. So in order to ensure I could do that I had to solder a couple wiring harnesses to the harness that came with my deck.

Stereo installation image - 01

This whole process took me a couple hours. The last time I did any soldering was in Jr High, on stained glass, with proper tools. When I began I figured I could just use a cigar lighter, heat up the wires, and apply the solder. Wrong. The wires (and the lighter) had no problem heating up (I have roughened fingertips to prove that), but the heat wasn't sustained long enough to melt the solder. So I switched my whole approach around.

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Firsts, Life, Tech

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