Wireless-N Upgrade – Thinking about a Christmas Treat

December 23, 2010 Comments off

Why Not?

Lately I’ve been looking for a bit more bandwidth in my home network to be able to stream HD video over wireless and moving to N seemed like the logical choice.

For the last 3 years I’ve run a Linksys WRT54GL with DD-WRT firmware and it has been solid as a rock – best wireless I’ve ever had and will be a very hard act to follow.

My “new” work laptop supports Wireless-N and I get about 150MB/s at the office (which is faster than my wired lan at home) so I thought it could be a potential solution to my bandwidth problem.

So needing a bit more wireless bandwidth – the search was on for a new DD-WRT compatible wireless solution.

I’m currently considering the ASUS RT-N16 – seeems to have excellent specs – plenty of grunt, 2 USB ports and supports either DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.  From what I’ve read the ASUS firmware is flaky and results in wireless dropouts but those on Whirlpool that have upgraded to either Tomato or DD-WRT are reporting good performance.  In addition the RT-N16 has a fast processor (480MHz stock + ability to overclock), 32 MB Flash (which is huge – even the biggest installs of DD-WRT are only just over 8MB) – to me this seems like a really fast piece of kit capable of running DD-WRT.  The 2 USB ports bring into play usage as a torrent box plus a printer hub.

The ASUS RT-N16 seems to have a hugh amount of potential – I think I’m going to have to get one and see how far I can stretch it.

Anyone else have experience with this model? Other thoughts?

WDTV Live Hub – time for an upgrade?

December 21, 2010 5 comments

WDTV Live Hub

Each year Western Digital come out with a new WDTV player – this year it’s the WDTV Live Hub with a 1TB internal 2.5″drive and a new interface.

I usually treat myself to an upgrade around Christmas and flow the older models down the line retiring the oldest but I’m still um’ing and ar’ing this year.

The Live Hub seems to be the same WDTV Live with a new skin on the current Live platform, a new form factor and an internal drive.  From what I’ve been able to find out the Live Hub it also won’t be getting any of B-Rad’s love anytime soon either.  So I would be tied to WD updates.

Saying that – I must admit Read more…

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Don’t let your hats gather too much dust

May 12, 2010 2 comments

Ht image by Ds69Which of your hats have been gathering too much dust lately?

The last few weeks at work have been extremely hectic, lots of late nights / early mornings, project planning and re-planning, bubble diagrams, gantt charts and technical strategy along with the many other daily distractions that make life in Information Technology very interesting to say the least.

Finally, I’m sitting here at 11:00pm waiting to verify some new changes in production after midnight and I’ve finally found time to sit down, open Google Reader and start to catch up on the multitude of blogs and alerts I’ve been neglecting lately.

I came across this one post that really resonated with me.

  • RIP Dr Seuss (Mark Cohen) – It’s not just about missing out on finishing your book – it’s also about making the most of the time you have.

That got me thinking about what I have been doing lately, how caught up in work I’ve been and then I remembered.

A wise mentor once told me that each day we all wear many hats – manager, employee, mentor, supplier, customer, educator, student, husband, father, son, and many, many more – some hats will always demand to be worn more often than others, some hats we don’t want to wear, and some hats we should wear more often than we do.

I still remember my mentors words of wisdom to this very day – “No matter how many hats you have, don’t let any of them be too demanding or gather too much dust – and pay special attention to the ones related to family”.

Time for me to dust off some of my less worn hats – how about you?

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Social Media Wasteland

April 20, 2010 Comments off

Social “Starlights” seem to be in a Social Media Wasteland lately and their advise is definitely left wanting.

I’m a huge proponent of  Social Media and I have personally gained numerous opportunities by taking up the social opportunities presented to me.  I’ve grown through the opportunity to meet with all kinds of people in the social media space, hear their thoughts and appreciate their issues.  I can say that I’m much more connected to the community now than ever.

What I find very unsatisfactory is what I call the role of a social media “Starlight”.  While well respected, the “Starlights” seem unwilling Read more…

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Just Google Wave Me

March 18, 2010 1 comment

I’m lov’n Google Wave lately and being a relatively early adopter, I can honestly say the Wave platform is much more stable now and the additional new features have really enhanced the Wave experience.

I’ve been spreading the potential benefits of Wave since I first saw the preview in July 2009.  Why? Well when was the last time you saw a real revolution in communication?

I see potential applications for Google Wave in a corporate environment many times per day – bring on federation and the ability to run Wave behind the firewall and the growth of Wave will be exponential – anyone that has ever used a forum or wiki will immediately gravitate towards wave.

Overall, the best way to think about Google Wave is in terms of a hosted conversations rather than Read more…

Upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate RTM from Win7 RC1 without a re-install

February 27, 2010 7 comments

For the last 2 weeks my laptop has been complaining that the Window7 RC1 OS I currently have installed is about to expire and I should upgrade.  I have no problem with making the move to the Win7 RTM version (I’ve had the disk for about a month) it’s been a matter of finding the time to go through the process of a complete re-install of both the OS and all of my applications.  Then there is the usual 1 to 2 days of tuning to get the apps and system settings back to the way I like them.

As of today, I only have about 5 days left so I thought I better fix it.  I still don’t have time for a fresh install so I thought I would just perform an upgrade now and perform a fresh install when I have a bit more spare time.

After going through the options to get to the upgrade menu – I was bit frustrated to discover that Win7 RTM won’t let you perform an upgrade from RC1.  What the…? Read more…

MythTV Ads, WDTV and ProjectX equals no more ads

February 9, 2010 5 comments

Warning to all – this is a very long & somewhat technical post…

You know, I’m really not a programmer any more, I can’t remember the last time I wrote a piece of production code – and in my current role – believe me – that’s probably a good thing – I now leave that to the expert Java developers in my team.  But, I came across my first MythTV recording that was from CH10 (Aus) and like all commercial channels it had ads…Argh!!!

To be honest – I don’t watch that much commercial TV anymore – so to be honest, this is rare, but it was a show that we regularly watch so – it became a priority 🙂

Anyway, from my recent experience, MythTV does a really great job of recording anything you point it at and it’s also very good at finding and flagging most of the TV ads but it’s really not very good at finding the start & end of a show – and trust me if you record anything on CH10 unless you leave 5 mins before the scheduled start of the show and at  least and 15 mins after the scheduled finish – you are going to miss it.  To magnify issues somewhat – we were watching the show upstairs on a non MythTV player – SO THERE WAS NO AUTO AD SKIPPING – and at that point – it was game over – I needed to find something to fix the ad problem or next time… (you know the rest)…

Well, as always in IT, the answer is always more complicated that was originally envisioned… So there are two parts to this simple endeavor Read more…

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