Friday, September 24, 2010

Uptime

A while ago I installed new DNS-servers for a client. They're sitting way behind two layers of firewalls and the environment is therefore quiet and friendly. We were just contacted to set up some new name servers - since it had been a while since the last iteration.

# uptime
12:47:42 up 1633 days, 13:15, 4 users, load average: 0.03, 0.03, 0.00
Indeed, it has been a while.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's just too easy

I'm often among early adopters. Not so with flat screen TVs. Just got a one of the way flat Samsung "LED" ones. My wife wanted white frame, I wanted DLNA support. Digital Living Network Alliance has made a UPnP based standard for connecting multimedia appliances to network resources. Like my (*cough* our) new TV. All our network resources run Linux though, so windows software is no good for us. One of my colleagues figured this out for us, there are multiple DLNA servers for Linux. One of the most promising was TVMOBiLi. And they make Debian and Fedora packages. To get it working with Samsungs you, right now, need a release candidate (I installed 1.4.0.2196).

Start it. Point browser to http://localhost:30888/ where there is a nice web GUI. Click the "SETTINGS" link, and set up all the different directories we use for movies, mp3s and pictures. Fire up media player app on TV, and it already knows about the tvmobili server. And browsing the My Content folder on the TV showed all our files. And Samsung firmwares supports quite a lot of video and sound codecs.

Sometimes being slow to adopt new stuff saves a lot of work. And deprived me of a learning adventure. I still don't know much about DLNA.

Happy though.