Author Archives: Jon

So, what have I been up to?

Four months…give or take.  I didn’t even bother to look at the last time I posted as I know it’s been forever and this site is pretty much used like that old dusty dictionary left high on the shelf for those of you still clinging onto Windows Media Center.  That’s OK…at least it has a purpose.

Well, in the past four months I’ve mostly been busy with…life.  The new job does not allow me to do anything but actual work, so I don’t even look at this site during the day.  My evenings are spent with my family, doing family stuff.  Any extra time I have is usually spent on homework as I’m at about the 2/3 mark of getting my Master’s degree now.

I have been keeping up with Media Browser 3, although I don’t really test or play with any of the new features unless they’re something I can directly use in my home.  I recently consolidated some servers in my basement as power outages were picking apart the oldest running ones.  I think I’m down to three now (Windows Server, MB3 Server, and unRAID).  Just waiting on some replacement batteries for an old 1100VA UPS I have to arrive.  They were supposed to be here yesterday…anyway, I don’t want to talk about it.

Not a whole lot else that’s gone on in my HTPC world.  I’d like to say I won’t be such a stranger, but I’d be lying.  One day, maybe I’ll have some additional time.

Stupid updates.

So, the latest update of the theme I was using apparently broke everything.  Not sure if it’s a specific plugin incompatibility or the theme itself, but other themes work with all plugins enabled, so I blame the theme.  Until it gets fixed, things are going to look uglier than normal.  I don’t have the time to rearrange everything right now, but access to articles and whatnot should be fine.

As I said…busy, busy, busy.

When I said I didn’t know how much I’d get to post due to starting a new job, well, I wasn’t real sure what I was in for.  It’s been busier for me than expected.  My commute pretty much sucks as I have to do my training period at a location that takes me 2 hours to get home due to rush hour traffic.  My work day is always hectic too…not much chance of me ever posting while at work.  Weekends aren’t much different as they’re now about the only time I have to catch up on my Master’s projects for the week.  However, I have had to keep things going in my HTPC environment and it has led to a few new toys.  Unfortunately, most have been maintenance-related, as I’ve had a few things kick the bucket.

First, it was my Windows 2012 Server system, which was primarily my WINS, WSUS, and Usenet box.  Not quite sure what went wrong with it, but it just wouldn’t boot anymore.  It was old, so I couldn’t really complain.  I hit eBay up and found a suitable replacement in a used Dell SC1435 1U system.  It had dual Opteron 270 quad-cores and 8GB DDR2 in it.  No drives, but I popped a leftover SAS 5/iR in it and had a spare 10K 146GB SAS drive for the OS and a 320GB SATA drive for storage.  It’s been working quite well and it was super cheap.

I also had to replace the SSD in my bedroom HTPC.  It was one of the cheap Microcenter rebranded ADATA drives that many had issues with.  Mine worked well, but after 2 years of reliable usage, it started to show signs of what plagued that drive in its infancy – not showing up at boot and dropping completely offline out of the blue.  I replaced it with a 64GB Kingston drive and it’s been working great.

Finally, I went to Microcenter yesterday and purchased two new Toshiba 3TB drives for my unRAID,  One will be used to get the last three 1TB drives out of my system, consolidating all that data, and then adding the second to give me additional storage.  I’ll probably stick the leftover drives in something else, despite being pretty old.  They won’t be counted on for keeping anything critical anyway.

I barely get to participate on the MB3 site anymore and that’s probably the hardest thing.  I do keep up with what’s going on, but it’s just from an outside-looking-in perspective.  Better than nothing, I suppose.

Well, for now, that’s about it.  Hopefully I can find some time to drop back in and leave something of more worth, but in due time.


Sorry about the downtime.  My VPS host is run by a bunch of retarded sloths.  I can only hope this would be the last time something like this happens, but on the bright side, I’m getting pretty good with recovering this.  I should put it on my resume.

MB3 for the Windows Phone is out. New MB3 Forum!

Yesterday marked the date for the latest client release from the MB3 Team.  This time, it’s a WP8 (Windows Phone) client!  Also earlier this week, we saw the closing of our beloved Media Browser Community Tracker.  However, the new Media Browser 3 site is now in full swing (with working chat, I might add), so head on over and re-join the exciting new community.

It’s an exciting time for us MB3 fans.  Get involved!