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Comment: Media Server or Media Player? (Score 1) 420

by cslewis2007 (#45967455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
The original poster was asking for advice concerning media servers, yet most of the comments here have been about players. Personally, I think the need for a media server has largely gone away. Most NAS devices support either DLNA, NFS, SMB, etc., and any media player worth its salt can find sources on the local network and play them. Yes, if you want to be able to transcode on the fly, then Plex makes sense, but how much transcoding is really required these days. My current set up includes: Dlink DNS-325 running firefly that my Roku soundbridges / iTunes clients use for music. Yes, it's old school, but I love the soundbridges. In terms of media players, I use the D-Link boxee box. It's not super fast, but it can use nfs to stream movies from the DNS-325. I would like to run XBMC on it instead, but I'd lose Netflix if I did that.

+ - Ask Slashdot - Looking for media import software

Submitted by cslewis2007
cslewis2007 (1120851) writes "I am facing what I believe is a common problem — I have a variety of media capture devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, cameras, etc.), that all sync to different computers. I am looking for a program that will allow me to import the media into a consistent file structure (based on when the media was created — using EXIF information). The problem that I have is that each camera's manufacture has their own way of dealing with their device's media — Sony's PMB doesn't import into a 'date-taken' folder, HP's Photo Essential doesn't handle mt2s files, etc.

The problem is compounded when I want to consolidate all the my family's media files into one spot (for backup purposes and for streaming). There are issues such as filename collisions, since different camera's will name their .jpgs the same way. Even with iPhoto, there may be collisions if more than one computer is used to sync, and there may be duplicates (which happens if you charge your iPhone on a mac and accidentally let iphoto import its pictures.

Does anyone know of a great media import program that will deal with the issues I described.

I don't want to use a 'cloud based way', because I want to be able to serve the image, etc. locally on my lan to my monitors, computers, picture frames, etc."

Comment: Using SSID to send data (Score 2, Interesting) 165

by cslewis2007 (#40194149) Attached to: SSID As the New Community Bulletin Board and Yard Sign
Has anyone managed to send data using this technique? I realize that the data payload would be very small, but considering how fast you can switch SSIDs I imagine this should be possible. The main advantage is that you wouldn't need to actually assign an IP address to your computer in order to receive data - which should reduce the potential for malicious access. I did a quick google search and didn't find anything under "send data using ssid". Anyone seen something like this? What is the theoretical / practical data throughput? Could multiple routers be used in parallel to increase throughput? (like in the old days of bonding ISDN channels together)
Windows

+ - Ask Slashdot: Replacement for Windows Task Scheduller 1

Submitted by cslewis2007
cslewis2007 (1120851) writes "I am looking for a replacement to the built in windows task scheduler.

Specifically I want to be able to have the tool track how long a task
runs for and record this information in a database of some sort, so
that I can see over time how long jobs take to run.

Can someone suggest such a tool?

I would prefer to find an off the shelf program rather than having to code something myself."

Comment: unintended consequences (Score 0) 449

by cslewis2007 (#38178718) Attached to: 15 Years In Jail For Clicking 'Like'
could we ever have really conceived that this would have been one of the unintended consequences of an implementation of computer science? I know it's somewhat facile, but really, expressing oneself in a virtual digital media would result in persecution and possible incarceration? Is there a way to to fix this? Or is this kind of thing just an inevitable consequence of technology allowing us to express ourselves such that a state can exploit and use that freedom of expression against us? How many degrees of separation is it, I wonder, from Kevin Bacon, to an extended jail term in Thailand?

Comment: QNX - schmoo n x (Score 0) 262

by cslewis2007 (#37756966) Attached to: RIM Unveils New OS Based On QNX
Who needs another operating system? RIM had a great run. Even if QNX is the best OS ever (until the next best OS ever), it doesn't change the fact that RIM's infrastructure is proven-ably unscalable and has not evolved. It's too bad, but that's the reality. Who knows what the the next quarter will bring, but I bet that the playbook will be resigned to the dust bin of technology. There is no way, no way, that RIM can supplant the iPad or the Android tablets.

Comment: cygwin (Score 0) 226

by cslewis2007 (#37480066) Attached to: SUA Deprecated In Windows 8?
There are serious licensing issues involved with using cygwin - anything that links to the cygwin1.dll is tainted by the GPL and it's source must be released. You can by a license from RedHat, but it is very expensive. MKS had a competitive product that didn't have the licensing issue (although you had to buy runtimes for each machine or machine instance you wanted to run you app on. Will cygwin even work under Windows 8?

Comment: this reminds me of how texting worked in There.com (Score 1) 106

by cslewis2007 (#36690396) Attached to: Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk
You saw every keystroke that other people were typing in real time. I think there are real advantages, because you anticipate what someone is abou to type and interrupt them in realtime. I think that can save time in some conversations. However, the typos, and the backspaces did become tedious.
Programming

What Software Specification Tools Do You Use? 200

Posted by timothy
from the who-asked-who-when dept.
IronWilliamCash writes "I currently work for a small software development company and for many years we have been using internally built tools for all our software specifications, bugs, change requests and the like. Traceability is a big issue as we are CMMI level 2, and thus our internal processes need to be clear and everything must be documented. We are currently looking into getting a unified solution for this, and after quite a bit of Googling, there are quite a few different options (Contour, Kovair, MKS, Doors, CaliberFM, Accept360, etc.). I was wondering: what do other Slashdotters use in their everyday life? Does it fulfill your needs? And what is the most important part in a specification management tool?"

Comment: We can do better... (Score 1) 516

by cslewis2007 (#33460092) Attached to: Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?
It seems obvious to me, that after many comments, that there is no consensus to this question. The art in deciding what is the best technological solution in terms of streaming video to the living room remains unevolved. Everyone has their opinion. I use a dlink 323 that talks to my xbox 360, but it sucks - requiring time consuming transcoding and the all too familiar experience of a data file that for all intents and purposes should play, simply doesn't. I know in my heart of hearts that there ought to be an inexpensive open hardware solution that can stream content from either an internal or network based source video and dts audio to my TV but it simply doesn't today. At least there doesn't seem be to a definitive, universally accepted as the best way to do this, at least at cost of less than $400. I think this community can do better. We should be able to define a hareware platform / software configuration that is both open and reliable to do this simple task.

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