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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
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I had to download all of Buffy Season 4 because FX skipped one episode. Such is the annoying nature of mass p2p in 2005.

I should have mentioned I updated the CV_SHRINE a couple of days ago. There's a new mod by graa, heven.it. YOU WILL LISTEN!

I hate making my own animated userpics. I always have to cut way too much.

Current Music Necros - Point of Departure
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2005-12-02 03:25 pm (UTC)
golly what is your user pic?
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From: entropy512
2005-12-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
Looks like something from the end of a show of Mythbusters (interestingly enough, one of a number of episodes where I only caught the end).

Kevin - were you using BitTorrent or something else? Many clients (Azureus is one) allow you to select only some files from a multi-file torrent.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-02 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a torrent. I'll have to look into getting another client. I've only ever used the stock bittorrent client, since it can run in screen on a terminal. That's a good tip though, thanks!
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From: entropy512
2005-12-03 03:35 am (UTC)
I generally stuck with the BT client for everything except for multi-file torrents where I only wanted some files for the same reason you did, but sometime back in September-October I started noticing some WEIRD behavior from the stock client and have been dealing with Azureus' bloat since then.

Specifically, with some torrents, the stock client would behave as if my firewall ports were not open (horrible download rates, and frequently zero upload whatsoever), despite the fact that I have the appropriate ports forwarded to the machine I run BT on. Azureus, on the other hand, would work fine with the exact same network setup and torrents.

I'll give the stock client another try in a month or so, although by then I might not have a need for it since I'll finally have cable again. :)

Speaking of cable, do you know of a good place to find out what a particular cable provider might have available unencrypted? I'm contemplating buying an HD-3000 or the new AirStar-HD5000 (also supported under Linux, and a few people think it performs better than the PCHDTV HD3000), except that I don't know if there will be anything for it to receive. I know that OTA reception via antenna is NOT going to happen where I'm moving, but I'm wondering if I might be able to get some digital/HD content. (The provider in question would be either Time Warner - Southern Tier NY or Time Warner - Central NY)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-03 05:17 pm (UTC)
You might try the Local HDTV Info and Reception board on AVSForums.

What kind of performance difference do they have? My HD-3000 uses ~2% CPU when it's on.. all it has to do is pull the stream off the air.
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From: entropy512
2005-12-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
"performance" in this case meaning ability to deal with multipath and weak signals for OTA reception, not CPU performance, plus apparently some people have had issues with the HD3000 simply not locking to some cable QAM channels where the AirStar did for unknown reasons, even though cable systems should NOT have multipath (unless the cable company screwed up and there are some improper terminations resulting in reflections somewhere.)

I believe the AirStar also had support for hardware PID stripping, which would allow CPU usage to remain low even when only tuning one subchannel from a stream and saving it to disk, thus saving quite a bit of disk space in situations such as FOX's 480p streams. (Or has FOX moved to real HD since then?) I'm not sure if Myth supports the hardware PID stripping though, and I'm not sure if that 2% includes software PID stripping on your box. I haven't done any HD reception under Linux yet, stupid MDP-100. :( That reminds me, I need to sell the MyHD on eBay since it's basically a paperweight for me.
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From: entropy512
2005-12-03 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot to say, I've looked around on AVS, so far I haven't been able to find any info on Southern Tier or CNY, just Time Warner in NYC. Although if they have unencrypted QAM in NYC, they'll probably have it in STNY.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-12-02 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yep, those guys got it. I added mythbusters to my mythtv lineup last week. It's filling that void left by the disappearance of Junkyard Wars/Scrapheap Challenge.
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