A glitch in the Matrix

I don’t normally write about this kind of stuff but it’s one of those things that happens so infrequently that if I don’t catalogue it I won’t be able to trend it.  So…

When I was waking up this morning and I was still a little out of it, I experienced what can best be described as a stuttering of my vision.  Audio didn’t seem to stutter as I could hear the kids downstairs.  And I was more awake than asleep.  It’s similar to when a computer is playing a video and can’t keep up with the framerate.  Almost like my vision perception dropped to about 15fps.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened either.  I’d say it’s happened about 5 times in the last year.  I’m not sure but I think I’ve been tired most, if not all, of the times it’s happened.

A quick google didn’t turn up anything that’s afflicting others.  Could be neurological but so could a lot of other things.  I’ll be keeping an eye on it, no pun intended!  🙂

Please let this be cheap

Intel is showing off a really slick twist on the tablet PC at a conference this week.  Gizmodo has something about it here.  They are calling it the UrbanMax and to me it looks perfect!  I’m not sure the funny rounded edges look right but I love the concept.  In fact, the HP TC1100 I picked up a little while ago is very similar.  Same form factor when deployed even if the unwrapping is done a little differently.

Hopefully a manufacturer will run with this soon and I’ll have the opportunity to be pissed about how expensive it is!

Unraid! It’s on!

Yep, I’ve switched from Windows Server 2003 with RAID5 to Unraid.  I agonized over spending money on this but it really came down to one thing.  How difficult will it be to add incremental storage when I run out of the 2.25TB I currently have?  I’m in the process of ripping all of my DVD’s to the NAS for playback on Sage, whenever I get that.  I’m doing them as full rips so there’s no loss of quality or features.  That’s taking a lot of space!

With Unraid I’m able to slap in another 750GB drive (or bigger) and it’ll expand to fit that.  With every other solution the best I could do while still maintaining some redundancy was to add another RAID5 array.  Ok, RAID1 would have worked.  Either way, there’s no solution for expanding with a single drive that doesn’t involve moving data off somewhere else and rebuilding the array.  Except Unraid.

Speed seems fine so far but I’m not really hitting it hard yet.  Hopefully it’ll keep up with my ultimate goal of as many as 4 simultaneous HD writes.  2 from Hauppauge HD-PVR’s and 2 from HD Homerun OTA feeds.  It’ll be a while before I have all of that in though.

iPhone tethering is here!

I’m writing this from my Macbook, tethered or rather proxied, through my iPhone on Edge.  Can’t say it’s blistering fast but it’s certainly usable.  I even tried firing up Vista in Parallels to see if I could get that to work and I wasn’t able to.  I could ping the iPhone and I figured out how to get more than a dead connection.  But the best I could get was some gibberish on IE.  It’d be nice if I could use IE because then I’d have access to a better OWA client.

I’m sure this program will improve.  For now, I’m quite happy to have something!