Plex Media Server (follow-up)

October 10, 2012
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Roku encoding all our movies A couple weeks ago we installed a Roku with a Plex channel on it so we can access our home media archive from the bedroom TV (and our mobile devices). I have discovered over the past two weeks that none of our files can be direct-played on the Roku; they […]


XBMC Live 10.0 CPU utilization on Zotac ZBOX HD-ND02

August 8, 2012

I have a Zotac ZBOX, which has been a wonderful little device. The Dual-core Atom within is not the most powerful of processors but the Ion graphics chip more than makes up for the CPU’s shortcomings. XBMC Live 10.0 runs on the machine and really maximizes the machine’s capabilities. A while back I ran some […]


Backing up XBMC Live 10.0 configuration to network CIFS share

March 1, 2011
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The last several posts have described my foray into HTPC territory. My XBMC Live installation is humming along nicely on the Zotac ZBOX HD-ND02, and we are thoroughly enjoying it. Although the installation of XBMC Live was quick and painless, I have made quite a few changes to the skin settings, media paths, SSD settings, […]


Tuning a Solid State Drive (SSD) on XBMC Live 10.0 HTPC

February 28, 2011
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I have a Kingston SSDNow S100 SS100S2/16G 2.5″ 16GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) in my home theater PC. Although this was my first actual taste of a SSD, I understood that TRIM must be enabled on the drive to keep it performing smoothly for the long haul. Otherwise it would gradually decline […]


XBMC Live 10.0 on a Zotac ZBOX HD-ND02 linked to OpenFiler VM media library

February 27, 2011

Introduction During the previous post I described my CD-to-FLAC project. The purpose of that project is two-fold: 1) create a digital, loss-less backup of all our existing CD collection, and 2) be able to access this mountain of media and play it on our main stereo system. I was already looking to possibly replace my […]