August 2007


Well, I finally got MythTV all setup and running how I would like. Thanks in part to the work of Jarod Wilson’s Fedora Myth(tv)ology and the MythTV.org Wiki I’ve installed all the software and configured everything to work with my hardware. I’ve also converted over to the new TV listings supply from Schedules Direct since Zap2It labs is closing the end of this month.

Here are the specs of my MythTV Box:

  • Fedora Core 6 (may migrate to CentOS 5)
  • AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800 CPU
  • 2 GB DDR Ram (512MB x 4)
  • 2x Seagate 400GB SATA 300 HD in Raid 1 (will migrate to Raid 0 soon)
  • nVidia 6150 Chipset motherboard with built in HD scaling component video out
  • MCE USB IR sensor
  • Hauppauge PVR-500 Dual Analog Tuner (NTSC)
  • Silicondust HDHomeRun Dual High Definition Tuner (ATSC/QAM)
  • NMediaPC HTPC 200 Case
  • Logitech Harmony 880 Remote (makes it all easy to run).

LiveTV and programmed listing recording works perfectly. I have about 360GB of space dedicated to Media storage. I’ve found that even Analog TV takes a lot of storage space (about 1GB per 30 minutes) to get good quality video that scales well to the 1920x1080i resolution I’m running on my HD TV. I’ll probably play with the analog recording settings more to try and find the optimal quality to still create nice images, but right now the picture of analog TV looks better through MythTV than it does with the TV’s built in Analog tuners. My only complaint is fast action shots show a little tearing/pixeling, but that’s more an artifact of 1080i than the MythTV. Wish the TV accepted 1080p or even 720p, but it’s an older Toshiba CRT HDTV that only does 1080i, 480p, and 480i. Still, the picture is beautiful!

One small non-tech related post. Mid August, our son was born and joined our small happy family of Mother, Father, and Muirna (our dog). He was a healthy 9 lbs 4oz and mother and child are doing well. Very busy learning how to fit our lives into our son’s schedule, but all very happy.

Oh, and yes, I have learned that sleep is optional.

Well, today is a good day not to live or work in Germany if you make your living with technology.  Today Germany officially makes it illegal to use or develop security tools which could at all be used as “hacking tools” regardless of actual use or intent.  That means you can’t create or use a tool to scan your own network for errors in security that you made.  So you’ll just have to wait until some Black Hat hacker breaks into your network to learn of your mistakes.  Man is this a stupid law..

Germany enacts “anti-hacker” law

Well, LinuxWorld San Francisco Expo and Conference wrapped up this week. I was the Security Track Chair (Part of the Program Committee) and hope that people found the talks helpful and full of quality tech info. Unfortunately I missed out on attending this year, as I’m currently on baby watch (waiting for our first child to make his debut into the world). Looking forward to getting some feedback and finding out how things went.

LinuxWorld Expo San Francisco 2007

Excellent news for the Linux community, Judge Dale Kimball ruled late yesterday that SCO does not own the Unix and Unixware copyrights, that in fact Novell owns the copyright. This seriously guts SCO’s lawsuits with IBM, RedHat, AutoZone, and the Linux world in general. After having failed to provide any examples of code in Linux that infringed, then changing their case to a contract dispute with IBM over copyright, they have now been told they don’t even own that copyright. Doesn’t look good for SCO, hopefully this is the end of their FUD (why do I doubt that 🙁 ).

Judge rules Novell owns Unix copyrights.

Wrote another article about Grids.  This one is about migrating from WS-RF to WS-RT.  It covers some of the general issues and components of each standard you’ll have to focus on and provides links to more detailed information for implementing your solution.  I had some experience with WS-RF and this article helped me learn more about WS-RT myself.  Hope it help others as well!

Migrating from WSRF to WSRT 

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