looking for the best multimedia jukebox


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I was walking about the basement yesterday and realized I have far too many CD’s and DVD’s. Its time to digitize all of them. I have most of the CD’s done at this point and stored on my iPod. I need to finish up the LP’s and cassette tapes and the music will be all digital.

I am looking for a device that will in the end have a built in blu-ray player and will allow me to connect it to my network and store digital movies on it. There are a number of “multimedia jukeboxes” out there but in the end I would like one that is easily used. We have a 300 disk blu-ray player in the home theater but I would like to be able to store and in the end reuse all of the video I have in the house. I used to have a powerfile box on my network before they went out of business. That did a great job of allowing pictures and movies to be shared via a computer throughout the whole house.

So any suggestions great blogosphere?

What is the best (and don’t say Windows Home Server, I’ve tried that one) standalone network attached multimedia jukebox? I don’t want the complexity of adding another home server to my network. I just want a box I can plus in, when I remember put a dvd in so it will be automatically added to the system and go on from there.

I could do it with iTunes but then I am limited in the end in what device can play it back. Home sharing works but it is bound to a computer and of course that means a box you have to leave on all the time (or remember to turn it on when you want to use it).

thoughts?

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Dylan may be crazy…


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Ok, my dog may be crazy.

Yesterday he decided he didn’t like football. I like football. It was the first IU game of the season and I don’t often get to watch IU games anymore. So we had a discussion. He agreed, once he had most of the pillows and the entire end of the bed that we could watch football. But he glared at me the rest of the game.

Its hard to realize that less than 18 months ago Dylan didn’t live with us. Of course, 6 months ago we were dealing with a landlord who just didn’t really care. They weren’t a bunch of horrible people, they were just ineffective. Its sad really when you think about it, you do something to make money for your family but in the end if you don’t do it well everyone around you notices.

I am on vacation today (slept in hence the late blog). Lots to do today including pulling together the receipts and spending the hour or so to do my expense reports. Sometimes, you just have to buckle down and get it done. Plus filing in August is a value add, it pays the bill before it is due to the credit card.

The home theater team arrives Tuesday. I am hoping they will be prompt, I will have to work from home while they are installing the home theater.

PS. Go Hoosiers. Coach Wilson – very classy having the team kneel the last drive. ISU played well.

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On game changers and MADDEN 25


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Game changers are an interesting concept. I am a huge football fan and a game changer is someone on the team that makes a specific play that makes (or breaks) the team’s effort. Simply by that person being on the field of play the game is changed radically.

There are game changes in technology as well. They (the game changers) are not often people however. in fact they are seldom one person (Gates, Jobs are two examples of game changers that were people altering the technology world). They are seldom less than a technology. Where Microsoft rules the seas and created the vast system of disconnected solutions built for specific business problems. Apple built locked container ships that always brought the goods to you, but didn’t vary from the course or let people add things to the ship that weren’t on the original manifest.

Both have risen and fallen over the past 5 years. Apple hit bottom in the early 2000’s and Microsoft is heading that way right now. They will both fall and rise again. It is the nature of change.

The debate (open system or cloud system) continues.

I am on vacation tomorrow and really looking forward to a day of rest. Plus I have a copy of Madden 25 that arrived from Amazon waiting to be played.

time to get rolling!

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A tribute to a voice and greatness


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I  learned of the message of Dr. King when I was seven years old in first grade. We were exposed to his speeches and I was instantly a fan. His death, like that of Bobby Kennedy is a memory of my childhood I cannot shake. I have a dream Dr. King because of you.

My dream starts with equality for all. Regardless…religion, weight, height, skin color, accent, disability or orientation we are all equal.

My dream is easier than Dr. King’s. Why? I don’t have to stand in the streets and be beaten or sprayed with a fire hose. I don’t have to walk in fear across a bridge. My dream is possible because of the men and women who stood next to, in front of and behind Dr. King. The people willing to die for dreams.

So on this day let us remember his greatness. A shared common good that makes each of us stronger. It makes us a better nation still struggling for that dream. No, not a nation only, a world. A better world for the struggles that cry out to us “I have a dream.”

The drum major doesn’t only lead us when the band is playing. He leads us when we are quiet and alone or standing together not playing but the music is there. The beat Dr. King you started will never stop.

We have a dream.

It was once represented by the lady in the harbor. Her beckoning arms open and inviting to any and all that would come. Then the drum major became you Dr. King. The statue in the park now. Taken from us far to early with so much of the path yet to walk.

We still hear you.

We still dream.

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King…

“And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve. (Amen) You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. (All right) You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. (Amen) You only need a heart full of grace, (Yes, sir, Amen) a soul generated by love. (Yes) And you can be that servant.” (From Dr. King’s last sermon).

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Stress


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Stress.

if you answer the door when it knocks, in the end it will knock you on your butt. I am focusing right now on stress reduction. It is a little painful light that annoys you all day. The sound in fact of a mosquito buzzing around your ear but you can’t swat that mosquito. It is armored and returns again and again.

Reflection:

That which shapes my path cannot shape me. Only the good that is around me will and should shape me. The bad should flow around me like a river under a bridge. Stopping for nothing and moving on.

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First full day of High School


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Do you remember those days of September when we were young…

Today the boys are officially freshmen in high school. There is a part of me that is extremely proud of both of them. There is another part that still sees them as the little boys we brought home from the hospital now more than 15 years ago. We brought them home and within 5 days Nick was back in the NICU. He was born with an infection that untreated would have probably been well let’s not think about that end state.

Yesterday we had a great walk. We talked about what was coming (high school) and what they dreamed of being. I love it when we have our, as Nick calls them, great walk discussions. Jackie actually got up and did the full older sister thing walking them to school. Dylan went along but most because someone said walk.

Family is a wonder that grows around you. Then they leave the nest to fly and its back to the way it began. The beginning was Barb,  Becca and I. The end will be Barb and I. It isn’t our story alone and we won’t ever be alone. I am proud of the people our kids have become.

To the adult, and young adults I live with I am proud of all of you.

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Change can be good…


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Interesting reality this morning. There is room in my office for two large office dogs (or LOD’s as they like to be addressed) there is not room in my office for 2 LOD’s and a human. I’ve been asked to move out of their office.

I wonder where I am going to sit in the future.

I’ve been playing with the leap controller and frankly, it is very cool. It works as well as the Kinect does, and is a blast to play with. I find myself painting with my hands for an hour at a time. I probably should be doing other things but I just can’t help it.

I am doing backups today, online and machine. I still have a couple of things to connect in my home office but for the most part I am ready to rock and roll. Plus my office is about 85% organized and you can see the floor. (for my office is clean and you can see the floor for all you star trek original series fans).

I’ve gotten a huge number of emails from friends as I noted yesterday about the whole Steve Balmer things. It really has become Steve Blamer. That isn’t fair to him. The world changed radically during his tenure. I was a loyal MS employee and bought a Zune, but frankly everything I spent on the Zune wasn’t 1/2 of what I could easily spend on an iPOD. And in the end have a much better device.

I believe as I have told everyone who has emailed me that for Microsoft to be relevant they will have to go one of two directions from here. The first is to completely go cloud, but there is already a huge competitor waiting there, and its not like Netscape and the browser wars where you can embed and extend. The new world is all about portability and that will impact both Microsoft and Oracle heavily in the next couple of years.

Change can be a good thing.

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