Category Archives: Gadgets & Gizmos

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 »

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 »

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 »

Fixing My Parents Network Part 1

By | June 17, 2014

A couple months ago, my parents finally replaced their old Sony console TV (a tube TV) with a bright shiny new Samsung 60″ Smart TV.  Its a thing of beauty.  The picture is crisp and sharp and has excellent color.  Being one of Samsung’s Smart TV’s, it also has networking capabilities and can stream things from the Internet.… Read More »

Linux Soft Phone Roundup

By | November 12, 2010

I’ve been working heavily with VoIP for the last couple of years, and every few months I find myself looking at SIP soft phones again.  I haven’t really used them at all under Linux in a long time because none of them quite fit my needs or are as good as the ones available under Windows.  Because of… Read More »