Who Shall Control My Media? Part 3 – Media Players

By | June 18, 2016

Media players are a interesting topic.  Over the past couple of years, we’ve tried a variety of them.  The first one was back in 2007 and was the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-520 that got its media from a UPNP Media server.  It was designed to fit into a home entertainment unit, the typical ~19 inches wide and looked a… Read More »

Installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on Asus ZenBook UX501VW

By | April 25, 2016

UPDATE – Dec 1, 2018 – I’ve Finally installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on the Asus ZenBook UX501VW First off, let me first say, what a nightmare this was.  After the relative ease of installing Ubuntu 15.10 on the ZenBook I was more than a bit disappointed with how difficult it was installing Ubuntu 16.04. The stock Ubuntu 16.04 spin would… Read More »

Installing Ubuntu 15.10 on the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW, Redux

By | March 27, 2016

Update 2016-04-25, this post is obsolete.  I now have information on installing Ubuntu 16.04 at https://marclewis.com/2016/04/25/installing-ubuntu-16-04-lts-on-asus-zenbook-ux501vw/ After writing about installing Ubuntu 14.04 on the ZenBook Pro I used it for about a month or so, but was not really happy with it.  Nothing seemed quite right.  Fonts were off, cursor sizes were off, applications didn’t look quite like they were… Read More »

Who shall control my media? Part 2 – Infrastructure

By | February 28, 2016

The infrastructure I’ve had our media setup on has changed quite a bit over the years, too.  When I first started streaming stuff, I was using UPNP servers to serve a D-Link streamer.  It worked pretty well for the first generation of this type of product.  I used DiVX to encode our DVD collection, and things weren’t bad.… Read More »

Who shall control my media? Part 1

By | February 27, 2016

Over the last couple of years, the entire media landscape has changed. We were quite happy with MythTV, but its pretty limited in its scope, it can only handle TV, Recorded TV, Videos, Music and Pictures that are on its local drives. Now, add in the fact that we’ve had a Roku now for a while, as well… Read More »

Installing Ubuntu on the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW

By | February 21, 2016

Update 2016-04-25, this post is obsolete.  I now have information on installing Ubuntu 16.04 at https://marclewis.com/2016/04/25/installing-ubuntu-16-04-lts-on-asus-zenbook-ux501vw/ After receiving my new ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW, the first thing I did was prepare it to dual boot between Windows 10 and Ubuntu.  I’m not a fan of Windows at all, but I do understand that sometimes its required, so I need… Read More »

TP-LINK HS100 WiFi Smart Plug and Amazon Echo First Impressions

By | February 20, 2016

With Jessica not being nearly as mobile any more, we decided it was time to start looking into a little bit of home automation. To start, we decided to just add a couple of controls for our lights. The TP-LINK HS100 WiFi Smart Plug seemed like a good way to get started as TP-LINK makes fairly decent products… Read More »