Bootable Install Media from Windows 7 Upgrade

Microsoft announced that it will be offering Windows 7 Home Premium upgrades at a discounted price of $30.00 for a limited time to students. To take advantage of the discount you simply must have a .edu email address and make your way over to the Windows 7 Online Store. Once purchased you are immediately able […]

Hard Drive Standby / Spin-down / Sleep Script for a Linux Media Server

Reliably spinning-down drives to reduce energy consumption based on inactivity using the traditional hdparm configuration unfortunately isn’t always a working solution. To configure the spin-down of drives based on inactivity relies on the hard drive manufacturer to implement these features correctly in the firmware which apparently isn’t always the case. The two Samsung SpinPoint 1GB […]

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Automatically Downloading Quicktime Trailers and Posters

I’ve written a bash shell script to automatically download the latest Apple Quicktime Movie trailers for consumption on our HTPC. This script will download high definition trailers and fall back to lower resolutions for any trailers that are not published in HD while keeping a record of downloads to avoid duplicates. The movie posters for […]