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I Thought My CPU Fan Was Working Hard…

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Got My Replacement Asus P8P67 Pro Motherboard from Newegg

Fedex’d overnight with a free UPS return label. I got it installed and running within an hour. Here’s the new and old boxes. Note the new sections highlighted in red indicating the new revision. It shipped with the 1305 BIOS … Continue reading

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Recording MMS Streams with Mplayer

Sometimes open source really comes through. Here’s how to record MMS streams with mplayer: mplayer -dumpstream -dumpfile stream.wmv mms://<URL>

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My New Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k Computer

My MacBook Pro serves me well but I really wanted something with a little more horsepower, and the laptop’s always hooked up to 100 things so its not so easy to pick it up and move around. I’ve been looking … Continue reading

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Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Per a previous post I built a new computer using the Intel Sandy Bridge 2600k processor.  When I purchased the system it wasn’t clear if that trick tower CPU cooler would be included so I simply ordered the retail 2600k … Continue reading

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Growing A Huge XFS Volume

K, I’ve got 4 2GB drives mirrored and welded together with LVM. I backed up everything on the old volume (twice in some cases). I deleted the old 6.5 TB Volume. That takes balls. I created a new 1.5TB mirror … Continue reading

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Building a New Massive MythTV Media Volume with RAID 1 and LVM.

So I’ve got four new 2TB drives mirrored together in pairs with mdadm, then welded together with LVM. Here are the commands I used to execute the build. fdisk /dev/sdf # note the mdadm arguments below are prefixed with double … Continue reading

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Access a MSSQL Database with Perl Quickie

use strict; use FindBin; use lib(“e:\\re\\scripts\\lib”); use vars qw($opt_h); use Getopt::Std; use Util; use Logger; use DBI; use LWP::Simple; if (main()) { exit(0); # DOS Success Code } else { exit(1); # DOS Failure } sub main() { if (! … Continue reading

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Antec 650 MythTV Home Server

Here’s the stats of the server and some gratuitous pictures: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8500 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 … Continue reading

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Upgrading the Antec Titan 650 Server With Rosewill 4 Channel PCIe to SATA II and 5.25 Drive Bay

When I built this system two years ago I decided to span a volume across multiple large hard drives with LVM to get the storage capacity I wanted. I would also keep backups of everything I had so if even … Continue reading

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