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Multiple XBMC Front-ends with MySQL

This is pretty much taken and modified from http://contentwhores.com/media-centers/configuring-xbmc-to-use-a-mysql-library/.

For my scenario, I am using Ubuntu 9.04 Server with MySQL 5.0.75 for the server (and Samba for file shares) and XP Pro 32-bit running XBMC Dharma Beta 4

Webmin Setup
There are many connectors to manage your MySQL server, but I prefer Webmin. If you are going to have your server be headless but still wish to have somewhat of a graphical environment, use Webmin. To install as of 11/18/2010 run this set of commands:wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.520_all.deb && sudo dpgk -i webmin_1.520_all.deb && sudo apt-get install -f

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State of My Media Centers

With my new (to me) dual-core atom Zotac with NVidia Ion graphics, I've been wanting to push out a new media center to the living room. The living room machine is currently a dual-core 2.2GHz P4 with 2GB of RAM. Not great specs, but certainly not bad as it can push 1080p easily. The real concern I have with it is the size of the computer. It's a slighly-larger-than-mid tower and has only somewhat quiet fans constantly blowing. Over a movie I can't hear it, but without the TV on it is a little noticeable.

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Mac Mini PPC Media Center, Day 1

I've had a Mac Mini sitting in my garage for a good two years now. It works, to my knowledge, aside from a bad hard drive and no power supply. Last week sometime I ordered a power supply for about $20 on eBay, $10 under the standard price point ;-). So yesterday was Day 1 of the attempt to turn it into a Media Center or HTPC. Obviously this being a PPC G4 Mini, it won't run anything more than 720p from what I've read. But that doesn't matter, because it's going in the bedroom and the best I can stream over 802.11G is 720p MKV's. Linux Mint is my ideal OS for home stuff these days, but unfortunately they don't have a PowerPC Version. Ubuntu and Debian do, so I'm going with Ubuntu. I can always download and install the codecs and whatnot later. The machine only has 512MB PC3200, but my wife's machine has a spare 1GB stick of PC3200, so that's the first thing I swap out.
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Boxee is Bad

This bug is the reason why I haven't moved to Boxee. After reading multiple times, I still don't understand why this issue can't be fixed. I have an assortment of shows that are sitting on my hard drive at home. Boxee likes to fill in the gaps of what I don't have with those that are available online. Great. But, it also likes to search for any online content first instead of any local content. What this means is that my full local collection of South Park videos takes ~30 sec to 1 min to load because Boxee wants to check if there are any shows available online as well. WTH? THEY ARE ALL LOCAL, I DON'T CARE IF THEY ARE ONLINE-VIEWABLE!
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Swapping HTPC HD's

My HTPC died the other day. It didn't turn out as tragic as I thought, but nonetheless it was cause for concern. The dual-core 2GB machine had been running with a 5400 RPM laptop drive, so when it came time to replace I decided to use an old 80GB 7200 RPM drive from my old single-core 64-bit machine. Oddly enough, it booted right to my install of Linux Mint 7, perfect the first time. Once the HTPC booted, I ran the Hardware Drivers application to pick up the nVidia drivers for the card, and it ran itself at a full 1080p. It had xbmc previously loaded on it, and it ran flawlessly with it. After I verified that it would in fact play any videos I threw at it as well as startup and shutdown regularly, I ran the LIRC commands again to get my remote working, and presto! I was back in business!
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