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UPDATE on NFS Movie Library

UPDATE on NFS Movie Library

The new movie library has been working flawlessly!  I picked up a second flat screen that I mounted in the living room with its own PI.  Now I can start a movie, press pause, and resume on another TV in the other room.  The next step is building the movie library.

I have several hundred DVDs around the house that I cannot play without using a computer.  I am testing out a program on the mac called MakeMKV.   It takes about 40 minutes to save a DVD into a MKV file.  In order to save my whole collection will take three days of straight saving.  Likely it will take much longer, because who has the time to sit there for three says just watching DVDs save.

Because I am only saving my own purchased DVDs, I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble with the law!  Yet, when people come over I will be able to use the Kodi Media center to easily browse the movie library, watch trailers, and select what we want to watch.  I think this part of the project will finish it up.

Well… Need to hookup the Pi in my daughter’s room, so she can earn a movie to watch ….  that will be TBD later 🙂


Cascading Project(s)

Cascading Project(s)

You know how it goes, little simple change… leads to moving into a whole new house several states away.

Lucky for me this isn’t one of the simples changes… not yet.  This was a much easier (read simpler) change.

I have been using the Raspberry Pi2 Running OpenElec/Kodi for my media center needs.  It has worked for the most part without a glitch.  The only glitch was that streaming movies from my Windows share it would have some buffering issues. A little annoyance thats all.  That was until Microsoft.

Thats right, Microsoft.  We all know how they are, constant security flaws, updates, new versions, licensing nightmares, etc.  Well, I had enough!  It was time to say good bye to Microsoft.

Restore Laptop to Windows 10, update and sell.  That provided capital for buy the Pi’s.  It all went well, down the the last desktop that was used as NAS.

Easy Solution there as well… Move the 3TB drive to the Soekris, install some software and bingo. Ha

Running up to date OpenBSD, installed MySQL, Setup NFS and test.  I loaded the little single board PC 89% CPU, recompiled, and still streamed to the Pi without any buffering issues.  I now knew that this was the best solution.

Well.. here is a hint… not all that simple… But that is for later.

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