Archives for November 2012

Windows 7/Windows 8 Media Center

A lot of you have been asking about setting up your own Media Center PC…I’ve included a post that I did about this time last year, however, the only thing that has changed is how I do my cable tv setup. Instead of using a Hauppauge 1800 internal TV tuner, I’m now using a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Prime. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I get asked a lot about building a media center pc at a reasonable price. What are the benefits of having a media center pc and how does it integrate with other equipment. There really is no simple answer and I can assure you that there probably aren’t any two media center setups identical. It really doesn’t have to be an expensive project either. You’ll just have to take your time and shop around. Since I hardly ever throw anything away that has to do with pc’s or servers, I had most of these parts on shelves and in drawers. So, I’ll explain my setup (which is always changing) and maybe it’ll give you some kind of idea of what to do in case you want to build your own media center pc. A lot of money can be saved by going with a Linux distro and media center software for Linux, neither will cost you a dime. I’m a Windows person, so that’s direction I took. I’m using Windows 7 Ultimate and the license isn’t cheap.

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime

silicondust-hdhomerun-primeLooking for a great Christmas gift for your tech savvy significant other? This may just be the ticket. The Silicon HDHomeRun Prime is a cable TV tuner for computers – Ethernet attached. Once the cablecard tuner is connected to your home router you can access the HDHomeRun Tuners from any computer, anywhere in your home. HDHomeRun PRIME supports CableCARD™ conditional access, providing access to the premium cable channels from your PC. Insert an M-Card cablecard from your cable provider and you’ll be able to watch and record all the digital cable channels you subscribe to, including HD and premium channels in 100% digital quality. [Read more…]

Sink And Vanity 99% Complete

Started the day putting the finishing touches on the new vanity base, last bit of stain and detail. Wasn’t long before it was installed and we had finally had running water again. We still need to get the window treatment up and the vanity will be draped on the inside with the same material to hide it’s contents. Not bad for a weekend project. To have this custom built, it would’ve cost many hundreds of dollars, we did it for just a fraction of the cost. We’re both very pleased with the outcome!

Basement Vanity And Sink Build

We’ve spent the past 2 years looking for just the right vanity for our downstairs bathroom! I kid you not….2 years. A couple of weeks ago, we gave up and decided to build it ourselves. Lenora did a lot of researching online and put together a design that she liked, along with a material list and today, we finally started building the vanity. After a not so quick trip to Lowes we stained the baseboard for the bathroom and began doing some trial and error on the vanity. And after 8 hours or so, it’s roughed in pretty well, plumbing fixtures are finished and tomorrow we’ll finish construction of the vanity, install the baseboard and sink and hopefully by sundown tomorrow, we’ll finally have a working sink in the bathroom.