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Don’t forget the Media Server!


It’s the holiday season and you should be listening to Christmas music at work. The best way to do that is to go to http://media.clapboard.org and navigate to the Christmas folder.  I have modern Christmas crap, classic Christmas crap, mashup Christmas crap… you name it!

That’s all.  For now.

update: I’ve done a complete backup of the server so I’m safe while I’m away, and I’ve updated the server software to run the newest and best code.  Now listing out 88GB of music spread over 17,000 songs takes as little time as it can (even though it’s still not super fast).  Let me know if you somehow don’t have an account but want one.

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Action CupcakeIn case any of you were wondering why Clapboard no longer loads like the tubes from the servers are steeped in syrup, it’s because we’re finally on a VPS.

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Okay, so here I am, updating from the open WiFi network in the house in BelAir. Housesitting is weird – there’s nothing much that I’m responsible for, there’s no one to talk to, and the space is unfamiliar.  The upside is that it’s actually a very comfortable place (i’m not always comfortable in places this far outside of my pay grade) and there’s a pool.  I’ve managed to drag a lounger out into the sun (none permanently live in the sun, oddly) and I’m finally settled  enough to get into a routine.  I’ll be doing some writing here for sure, as well as plenty of reading.

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I like WinDirStat




It’s an old program, but it works fine on Win7, and it gives a simple, boxy view of your HDD usage.  I’ve been turning to it for a long time to help me understand my biggest offenders in the HDD-size wars.  I’ve never really been a guy who just adds more storage as I fill mine up, probably because by the time I fill my workstation HDD with stuff, it’s time to get a new computer.  It definitely helps that I have like 2ish TB in my WHS in the closet, although that’s really only doing a few hundred GB of music and movies at the moment, but that’s okay.

If I start doing more video editing eventually, that’ll take up some space (as the new HDD rips for Choice Investigations take up like 21GB), but even that will likely be just SD video most of the time.  I do want to shoot a Sizzle Reel for a reality project, but I’ll need a camera for a week and quite a few interviews to make that happen. And I know me….
Moral of the story: I’ll probably be a long time filling up the 600GB I have available to me at the moment.  The computer will likely be irrelevant before it’s time to add more storage.

Anyway, happy Tuesday.

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Tombstone, my computer



MonitorAMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core ProcessorMoBo

Asus M3A79T Deluxe Motherboard (w/onboard 5.1-channel Audio)


PNY GeForce 9800GT 512MB PCI-E Video Card (Primary)

MSI GeForce 9400GT 256MB PCI-E Video Card (Secondary)RAM

HDD3x Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB 7200 RPM w/16MB Cache arranged in RAID 5 (595GB avail. to Windows)

850-Watt RAIDMAX Modular PS

RAIDMAX Aztec Case

Windows 7 RC

24″ SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P (center)
2x 19″ Hanns-G HX191D (L&R)
19″ Generic (top)