Today I wanted to add another OS to a netbook, an Asus Eee. My common practice is to boot a gparted ISO from a USB flash drive, move some data and partitions around and add a new logical partition to the end of the extended partition space. Write everything back out to disk. Then I’d boot the install disk/ISO and install to that newly created partition. Life was good, usually.
Today, I was greeted with gparted showing unallocated for the entire drive, all 160GB – unallocated. Ouch. This is the first time I’ve had partition table issues, ever, in over 20 yrs.
Today I was notified by my DNS provider that someone had requested the password be reset. They sent the reset link in the email on file and told me the IP address of the requester – in this case it was from Taipei, Taiwan 112. Good thing the DNS guys have a correct email address for me, huh? I suspect they hacked the ISP email address which I haven’t used in about … 10 years. Sometimes you get lucky. DNS – Domain Name Service is the telephone book of the internet. Learn more about DNS from Wikipedia.
- I won’t be resetting that password anytime soon. It is fairly long and random.
- I will be blocking all access to this blog from that ISP, however.
Below is the email that we just received concerning the long promised Silicon Dust HD HomeRun Prime Networked QAM cable recorder with CableCARD decryption. It supports Multistream-CableCARDs (m-cards).
It appears this device will only with with Windows7 Media Center due to DRM requirements for CableCARD compatibility. That could be an issue for many Linux users.
HDHomeRun® PRIME™ News…
You signed up to receive HDHomeRun PRIME news on our website and thought we had forgotten about you? Not at all…
Today’s big news – the HDHomeRun PRIME just became available for pre-order!
- Premium digital cable TV for your PCs
- Triple tuner – watch/record three channels at once from one or multiple computers
- CableCARD – all the digital cable channels you subscribe to, including HD and premium channels in 100% digital quality
- Windows 7 Windows Media Center – full featured DVR
- XBOX 360 – extend Windows 7 Windows Media Center to your big screen through your XBOX 360
- More information: HDHomeRun PRIME and HDHR3-CC
- Pre-ordering through NewEgg: HDHomeRun PRIME
HDHomeRun PRIME 6CC:
- Home-theater form factor – add 6 premium cable TV tuners to your home theater system
- More information: HDHomeRun PRIME and HDHR3-6CC
- Pre-ordering for the 6CC will be online in the coming week
Orders will be fulfilled by NewEgg in the order in which they are received for each model. Your credit card will not be charged until near the ship date.
Both models are expected to begin shipping in volume in July, with the 6-tuner model expected to ship a little ahead of the 3-tuner model.
Ted H – CEO
Silicondust Inc. USA
There are a few questions that this email doesn’t answer:
- Will the CableCARD decryption work with MythTV, GB-PVR, BeyondTV, SnapStream and other non-MS-Windows Media Center solutions?
- Linux systems supported?
- Can recordings be archived for playback by non-DRM devices?
Network Upgrade May Be Needed
The tuner does have GigE networking (1000 base-tx), which is needed to stream 3 full HD programs. If you get this device, you’ll need a GigE switch and may need a GigE router to avoid dropped packets on your network. The good news is that GigE switches are $20 and work just fine. Many WiFi routers that support 802.11n include GigE switches, but you’ll want to check yours, since 50% are still only 100base-t. Older wifi routers with 802.11g are are almost always 100base-t. If you don’t know networking, just get a GigE router and it will be easier. No switch needed.
3 Tuner Model
I just looked at Newegg and the HDHR3-CC (3 tuner model) is $250 + $7 shipping. It also lists only Windows7 as the supported OS. No others.
6 Tuner Model
NewEgg doesn’t have a page for the 6-tuner model mentioned in the email above.
I’ve been a Skype user for many years. I’ve even had the paid subscription for months at a time. Generally, it did what I needed better than other solutions, until I tried to make it my home phone too. That worked, but not as well (quality) as I’d like.
Anyway, I find myself trying to get the latest versions of Skype for my systems this morning and ran into a few issues.
Here are things that didn’t work for me – for a normal user, these would be show stoppers.
The LXDE-based Ubuntu release for low powered systems will be officially supported by Canonical according to this announcement
I’m not certain if this is good or bad. There are some things that I’d like to see updated in Lubuntu , but I definitely don’t want to see some of the new features without a way to fall back to the old way.
Some advice for Canonical – remember that people use Lubuntu for stability first and lower system resource requirements. Any changes that impact those 2 main items need to be carefully considered.
You may want to try out the 11.04 Lubuntu release.
I like the latest Ubuntu Natty 11.04, but it doesn’t like my system. It locked up much too often to be used here. That’s too bad because I became addicted to the quick launch using keyboard shortcuts. Addicted.
So after the last crash running unity-2D, I gave up on Unity, 11.04, and started using my LXDE-based Ubuntu 10.04 again. I missed those built-in keyboard quick launchers enough to look up how to create them. It was pretty easy to add them to LXDE. I suspect it is possible to do similar settings for Gnome-based desktops, but the examples below will not work for stock gnome.
A first look at Natty Narwhal, aka Ubuntu 11.04, under VirtualBox 4.0.6. I’m coming from this as a daily user of Lubuntu 10.04 LTS. I don’t use Gnome much as I find it bloated and slow.
I’ve been using Natty for about a week. In general, I like the new interface. It isn’t nearly as big a change as others would have you think. It is easy to change to a different interface like the old Gnome or even the Unity-2D for the graphics impaired machines, like mine. Give it a week and learn the keyboard shortcuts, I think you’ll like it. I found myself trying to use them on my non-Natty systems and missing those shortcuts when they weren’t available. That says something to me.
Sure I’m a little late, but I recently discovered the Panucci Resuming Player for Nokia N800/N810/N900 internet tablets. I’ve tried music playback programs and have always been disappointed since they didn’t support 30 second skip forward, backwards or resume after power off exactly where I was previously. Panucci does all these things.
Gnome3 was released this week. I usually don’t try new releases, since I prefer to let others find the issues, report them and wait for the fixes. After reading an article over at LifeHacker and seeing all the unknown questions about gnome3, I decided to grab an ISO and give it a try. Below is a very short look.