Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The media server sage - Part Dux

Alright folks.  After a day of rest and doing my best to not even think about the devil box in the basement that I lovingly call my media server, I feel refreshed and ready for the next step.  This next step will be my last attempt to get the box to where I want it, which at this point is simply to work.  Ha!

I'm going back to Windows 7 as the OS and I'm simplifying a bit.  I just want it to play movies/TV shows/music and go get stuff for me.  I be accessing the box through the super secret bat cave entrance (giggidy).  Can't, rather, don't want to talk about that in a public forum.

I can't believe that I have wasted months of my spare time and though on this stupid thing.  God, what am I going to do with all of the spare time if I get this thing up and running?  <queue anxiety> Haha!  Hey anxiety is no laughing matter children!

If you're interesting in knowing more about the software that I'm using to run this devil of a set up go to any, all or none of the following websites:

XBMC - This is the Xbox Media Center software site.
SABnzb+ - This is an auto downloader for newsgroups.
SickBeard - This is a TV Show NZB tracking/getting program.
Couch Potato - This is a Movie NZB tracking/getting program.
Subsonic - This is the AWESOMELY AWESOME program I use for streaming my music out to the Intertron.

If you are unsure of what an NZB is, check this out: Wiki Page

The media server saga - Part 1

I should have been writing about this from the start.  Here's goes regardless.

About 2 maybe 3 months ago (god has it really been that long already?) I decided that I needed a dedicated server for the media library that I was amassing on the external terabyte drive attached to my Macbook Pro.  So begins the saga.

Over the last 3 or so months I have ordered a server, RMA'd a case, changed OS's (twice!), spent about 2-3 weeks fighting with linux, and getting challenged and frustrated to no end.

I have tried to research and foresee as much as I could every step of the way, only to realise something completely different was needed or wanted.  *sigh*

Have you ever started out excited about something that became so much work (all self imposed) that by the time you think you're close to the end you no longer care about the thing?  Happens all the time to me.  Worst part: I usually only have myself to blame.  My never ending need to improve and tinker with stuff is killing me.

Right!  I know what you're thinking.  Really?  That's what you have to complain about?  Haha, your life must be easy.  Really it is and I think that's why I spend so much time mucking about with aspects of it.  I'm bored.

Oh look, time to go home.  Good night computerland and Internetworld.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Back on it!

It would seem that I am once again back in the saddle. I have moved passed my hesitations and on to getting it done. Yay for me, but who really cares. It's not that big of a deal. What needs to happen is me getting more involved in getting "real" stuff done around the house.

This will not be happening today as I'm coming off of an 18 hours shift with a 4-5 hours turn around into a 10 hour shift. So, it's all about the sleep for me. I hope to do more work around the house on Wednesday though. Maybe find a little of this focus for things that really matter. Getting the law mowed, some pictures hung, finishing the work in my office and you get the idea.

So. Yeah. That's it about that for now.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Interesting situation...

Here I sit, on my day off having gotten up nice and early to attack the day.  As the morning wore on I started to become more and more anxious about something.  I was having trouble nailing it down until just recently.  Let me insert a little back story here:

I have a media server that deals out our movies, TV shows, music, etc.  It's running Windows 7 and is working just fine.  In my never ending quest to make things different or better, I have decided to change the Operating system and consolidate some functions from another computer, to the server.  Simple enough, right?  Well, there was the brainstorming of ideas, the researching those ideas, making decisions about those ideas and then planning out the decisions made.  All in all this took about a week.  Not too bad right?  You wouldn't think so, but now I'm in the position to do the work (the fun part some would call it) and I sit here dreading it.  Why?  I have no real clue...

So I find myself frozen, almost unable to complete other tasks because of this "elephant" in the room.  What am I to do?  The only thing I can think of is to press on through it.  The only question in my head is that if this thing that I once wanted to do has now become a chore, why do it?  You have to remember that nothing is 'broken' at this point.  Everything works just fine.  I'm just a tinkerer by nature.

I think I pysch'd myself out on this one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Knee deep

So what has the last two months brought me.  Several things.  A shiny new-to-me sport bike destined for the track as she is not road legal, meaning no lights, registration, license plate, etc.  I have continued my quest to always change my network and home computers.  Why be simply satisfied with something that merely works?  When you can completely change it to where it only barely works!  Oh I'm down 40+ lbs with only really having changed the medicines I was on.  Actually all I did was add one for A.D.D. and it counteracted the weight gain of the other two medicines.  Yeah for me.

I've been struggling lately with getting things done.  I seem to be more focused on the decision making and planning but when it comes to the execution, I lack.  Not sure why that is happening.

Not really sure what more to say right now.  (see what I mean...?)  I've been planning to write something on my blog for a while now, but once it comes time to execute....blah.  Even stuff I seem to be really excited about I struggle with....like reworking my network and media server.  I can already tell that I'm going to struggle tomorrow getting it done, but maybe I'm wrong.  I'll wake up and dive right in.  Could have worked on it some today be decided to do other things.

What other things?

Well, I would tell you but then you might think that all in all I really did nothing for several hours.  Or at least I accomplished nothing during that time.  Does anyone else have these problems?