The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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Ok, so this is a classic. I hadn’t read it in years though, and it’s still awesome. Loved it. Things to note that I hadn’t thought of before — “SubEtha” is talked about a lot, that probably explains “SubEtha Edit” which is an editor I have used in the past; the term “Googleplex” is used in the book, its also the name of the campus I work on; I love the idea of depressed computers, I should see if I can whip one up.

[isbn: 9780330492041;0345391802;0345453743]

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MythTV Chapter Ready: The Easy Way: Installing MythBuntu

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The The Easy Way: Installing MythBuntu chapter is now ready. This chapter provides an overview of a basic MythBuntu installation, which is something which wasn’t covered at all in Practical MythTV, as MythBuntu wasn’t ready at the time. MythBuntu provides a simple installation and configuration option for those people who want to build a new MythTV system from scratch, and want to hide the normal Ubuntu install.

Thanks to Michael Carden and Jost Stewart for their reviews of this chapter, as well as Paul Wayper for his comments.

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Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood

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This is the third book in the Deverry series, and is very readable. This book is a little different from the previous two because the two plots aren’t as strongly linked as they have been in the previous two books. In previous books they’ve been interleaved, whereas in this book the first half of the book is one plot, and the second half the other.

[isbn: 0586207414;0553285815]

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Prince of the Blood

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This is a follow on to the Riftwar Series that follows Borric and Erland (Arthura’s sons) as they travel to Kesh for the Empress’ 75th birthday celebrations. Along the way they grow up quite a lot, and learn what it means to rule.

To be honest, the story is ok, but a little shallow. Its not as good as the Riftwar Series or Daughter of the Empire. Its about as good as A Darkness at Sethanon I guess.

[isbn: 0586071407]

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MythTV Chapter Ready: Selecting Hardware

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The Selecting Hardware chapter is now ready. This chapter details the benefits of starting small, how to select the right hardware for a MythTV system if you’re building one from scratch, and what the authors use for their MythTV systems.

This chapter was originally written by Stewart Smith, and this version was reviewed by Josh Stewart. Thanks as well to Julien Goodwin and Michael Carden for their helpful comments.

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MythNetTV talk

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I gave a MythNetTV talk at linux.conf.au yesterday, and it went remarkably well. Hardly any fruit was thrown. I’m quite please that so far two patches have been sent to me after the talk, and questions in the talk promoted a release of version 7.

I should share the following resources from the talk: the slide deck, my cheat sheet, the MythTV book chapter beta which I wrote while gathering my thoughts for the talk. The last one is probably the most useful, as its pretty much an expanded version of the talk.

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MythNetTV release 7

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This release is smaller than the last one, but has some bug fixes which folk might find handy. New things in this release:

    Better testing:

  • r232: Simple script to create the unit testing database
    New features:

  • r210: Allow users to override the default bittorrent upload rate
  • r212: Provide more sync information when running in verbose mode
  • r216: Add the markunread command
  • r218: Make only one download attempt for a given show per 24 hour period
  • r220: Change download interval to one hour, update last attempt time more frequently
  • r222: Add –oldestfirst and –newestfirst flags, which alter NextDownloads behavior
  • r224: Add flag which forces downloads to run, even if they’ve failed recently
  • r226: Don’t mark a bittorrent download as complete just because the torrent file has been completely downloaded
  • r234: Use reasonable defaults for mysql configuration if no config file can be found
  • r236: Use reasonable defaults for mysql configuration if no config file can be found
  • r238: Use reasonable defaults for mysql configuration if no config file can be found
    Bug fixes:

  • r206: Make the output of “video.py length” more friendly
  • r208: Release man pages as well
  • r214: Fix a bug introduced in r210 which broke bittorrent downloads
  • r228: Fix a typo in the recordings_tool help text
  • r230: Fix a typo in the recordings_tool help text
  • r240: Reduce size of proxy name in the usage table to deal with key length limitations in MySQL
  • r242: The schema for the channel table changed in MythTV 0.21
  • r244: Fix typo
  • r246: Suppress repeated warnings of DB default use
  • r248: Bug fixes for linux.conf.au 2009 talk
  • r250: Include test runner script in release, prepare ChangeLog for release

Please grab your copy here.

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