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This how to guide will show you how to enjoy online video content from Internet sites like Google Video and YouTube on your Sony PSP. This guide assumes you have some basic computer knowledge and know how to connect the PSP to a Windows computer using a USB... more

Today PTVupgrade officially rebranded and relaunched as DVRupgrade. The fifth generation website provides a more efficient and easier to navigate user interface as well as integrated tools such as a knowledgebase and help desk as well as integrating the... more

Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) users enjoy an excellent 4.3" 16:9 widescreen TFT screaming for video content. While there are currently over 430 Universal Media Disc (UMD) movies, fewer movie studios including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Paramount... more

Neuros believes their MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is the solution for people who underutilitze their portable video devices because of the hassle involved to convert video from DVR or other video feeds and for those of us that still watch the same three overpriced... more

Article courtesy of Garry Parker at parker1.co.uk. Introduction My MythTV system records DVB programmes into very large MPEG2 files. These can be streamed around the house over a wireless-g connection without any problems. The bast way to do this is to... more

Article courtesy of Garry Parker at parker1.co.uk. Welcome to part 2 of Garry's guide on installing MythTV the easy way. It's assumed that you've followed part 1 and got the basic system working. Now we'll concentrate on some of the additional components... more

Article courtesy of Garry Parker at parker1.co.uk. Introduction With the release of Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), installing MythTV is now easier than ever. Ubuntu is a great basis for a general purpose MythTV box and now comes with the latest version of MythTV... more

I see this question asked on various bulletin boards from time to time: "Why would anyone want more than one TiVo?" My response to them is usually "Why would you not want more than one?" The following will discuss all of the DirecTV TiVos I have in my home... more

[UPDATED 10/30/06] The "Zipper" is one of several methods that can be used to enable certain networking features, such as telnet, FTP, MultiRoom Viewing (MRV), and Home Media Option (HMO), with a Series 2 DirecTiVo. The following assumes you are building a... more

Imagine a teaching auditorium full of students, each with their own laptop, able to watch whatever is taking place on stage through their laptop and a wireless connection. Not only is the lesson being wirelessly multicasted to all of the student's laptops... more

Have you ever wished you could watch videos (such as those "20-second clips") that reside on your PC, via your TiVo? With Tivoserver (and MRV), you can! The following instructions (for Windows XP) assume you have a Series 2 DirecTivo running 6.2 that has... more

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FLATennaPHOENIX, AZ – August 20, 2014 – Channel Master, the nation’s leading manufacturer of broadcast reception products since... more


PR release PHOENIX, AZ – July 9, 2014

Furthering its TV Freedom™ initiative for consumers, Channel Master announced today the launch of a new DVR+ model that includes a 1TB... more


I recently decided to give the Squeezebox Server on my MediaSmart EX495.  If you are not familiar with any of the Squeezebox products, they are worth looking at if you'd like to have a device that can connect to your stereo and your network, and play your audio files from a centralized file repository.  Squeeze products... more


So, today I decided it was time to add a few drives to my EX495, just to see how it easy it was, expand the capacity, and more importantly, ensure that I had some redundancy in the case of a drive failure.  

After doing a bit or reading, I came to the realization that the MediaSmart Server does not use... more


As I mentioned in my 2nd article (Part 2 of Setting IUp my MediaSmart EX495), one other aspect of getting rid of the "network critical" warning on my Home Server Console dashboard was to enable remote access.  As I said before,

Enabling the Web Services was easy enough.  It was a bit of a magical experience,... more


Adding Storage for Capacity and Redundancy

So, today I decided it was time to add a few drives to my EX495, just to see how it easy it was, expand the capacity, and more importantly, ensure that I had some redundancy in the case of a drive failure.  

After doing a bit or reading, I came to the realization that the MediaSmart Server does not use RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) for reliability, but instead uses "File Duplication" to ensure that if one drive fails, another contains the data so that nothing important is lost.  Of course, the operating system manages the information, so the end-result of a hard drive failure does not require much on the users' part, other than the replacement of the defective drive.  In my opinion, RAID is more efficient than "File Duplication" but it is also more expensive to implement, and does have some stricter guidelines when it comes to the configuration of multiple disks in a system.  

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