A Game of Thrones Season 4 Anticipation

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Spoiler Alerts!!! If you have not watched through Season 3, please read no further as this blog will contain some spoilers.

Game of Thrones, a hit series on HBO is returning April 6th, 2014 for their 4th Season. Episode 1 of Season 04 should be a huge hit. I know I am awaiting in anticipation for the new Season of the Game of Throne series. After Season 3's finale, I am stoked to see where the next season will take us. I have been reading A song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, after watching the first 3 Seasons of Game of Thrones and am simply astonished at how the Game of Throne Series follows the books. If you have not already, I highly recommend grabbing the BluRay of Season 1 of the Game of Thrones.

I am waiting to read the 4th book till after all of Season 4 has come to an end, simple because I love the series on TV and like to have a "guide line" if you will as I read the book. Putting faces to names always helps me with books. Granted the big differences from the Book to the Television set are the ages of the characters. It is hard to imagine, the recently deceased Rob Stark, as a 15 year old boy starting out. But somehow the characters works all the same. In my opinion, the cast of Game of Thrones on HBO was an excellent choice. Not that my opinion really matters.

If you have not yet done so, I highly suggest watching the Game of Thrones series. If you have watched all the Seasons of Game of Thrones, you should read and or listen to A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Book 1 by George R.R. Martin. The reader of the Audio Book series, Roy Dotrice, does an excellent job of reading the characters and is very pleasant to listen to. My favorite part about reading the books has been the clarification and understanding of certain characters in the Series. The biggest, perhaps, has been who John Snow really was and the origin of his last name. I know they state that he is a bastard, but it never made sense to me why he was called Snow (maybe I just missed that part in the TV Series). That was an eye opener and an "Ohhhhh" type moment.

So if you are bored of the same old stuff on ABC, NBC, CBS and other boring stations of the such. I would highly suggest checking out Game of Thrones on HBO. Maybe perhaps give the books a reading too. For me, it was well worth my boredom time to read and watch.

Posted by frost on Feb 26th, 2014 00:17 - Subscribe Bookmark and Share

Wrangler Jeans from Wal-Mart

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For me, finding a decent pair of jeans at a reasonable price is hard to come by. While I was at my parents house this past winter I decided I would take a trip to Wal-Mart as my recent pair of jeans wore a hole in the knee. I really just needed something for the stay, as I have other jeans (Levi's) at home. I was looking for a pair of jeans $20 or less that would just get me through the week. Well I found a hidden gem at Wal-Mart, which were a pair of Wrangler Jeans. The jeans cost me $14.99 + Tax and have been worth every penny.

The Fit
I am not much for tight fitting jeans, so the pair or wranglers I bought were Boot Cut, Relaxed Fit. They fit great, from the moment I tried them on and even today, they fit great. For the price I could not pass up a pair of jeans that fit that well. I never really considered Wal-Mart to buy my jeans, as I have had other clothing (and shoe) related items I bought from Wal-Mart that just wore out within a week. But I am glad I did not hesitate to buy these Wrangler Jeans.

The Style
Not being a stylish guy, I just like jeans that fit and do not have the "pre holed" designer holes in them (why would I want holes already in my jeans when I wear holes in them myself?). I am more of a simple man who likes a lighter color jean with no fancy design. Wal-mart had a few varieties for me to choose a darker color or a lighter. Although, I really liked both designs, in the end I decided to stick with the lighter color, as it seemed to suit me more.

The Wear and Tear
Well 9 months or so later, I am proud to say that my Wrangler jeans from Wal-Mart are still in tact, holeless and going strong. I tend to wear my clothes into the ground and can be very hard. However, these Wrangler Jeans that I bought from Wal-Mart have lived up to the challenge and still holding up. So the next time you are in the market for a new pair of Jeans, and do not want to spend an arm and a leg on a pair that will only last maybe a year of normal usage, I would suggest going and checking out Wal-Mart's Wrangler jeans, who knows, you may find that you been over spending on Jeans this whole time!

Posted by frost on Oct 14th, 2011 11:40 - Subscribe Bookmark and Share

Setup Network Streaming on the HP Touchpad

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Ever since I got my HP Touchpad I have been trying to find different uses for it. Today I successfully set up my HP Touchpad to stream Movies, Shows and Audio over my SAMBA share. This is thanks to the guys over at Pre-Central who figured out the Ubuntu Chroot environment. As the first step, you should head over there and work on installing the Chroot environment (I setup the Debian because I prefer that, but either or works).

HP Touchpad

Mounting the SAMBA Share
After the Chroot environment has been installed, go ahead and load it up in Xectuah. Once in you should be in the root directory by default. I made a directory called "Media". Notice the captiol M, since Linux is case sensitive, this will create that directory. There is already a "media" directory, but that tends to be used for other items. I find it best to just do the capital M instead of messing with that directory.

After you have the directory created, you will need to map your SAMBA share. (Note: Windows 7 Shares are different and may not work / need tweaking. I do not have a Windows box, so I will not be posting the directions on doing that). To map the samba share it is a simple command:
mount -t cifs //SERVERIPORHOSTNAME/Share /Media -o username=user,password=pass

Make sure to replace the "Share" with the actual name of the share and set the username/password if you need to. Once that is done, pop out of the card (do not close it). Go into Preware and install TouchPlayer. Open up TouchPlayer and Browse for Media. By default it should open under /media/internals we need to go up one directory and enter into ext3fs. Once in there enter the debian or ubuntu chroot folder (whichever you setup). And then enter the "Media" directory, and as long as the share connected you should be able to stream any file on your server just fine! I have not tried any 720p or 1080p content but it works great for my 480p videos and shows.

And there you have it. You can now easily stream your network media to your Touchpad. I have not tried this from a remote location yet, but I plan to setup an SSHFS or OpenVPN and try to connect to my home network and see how that streams. I figure it will be fine as long as the network can handle it. As always I will report my findings.

I tried a 720p Video I had, and it is streaming, it is a little choppy, but it does stream. If I come across a 1080p file and try it, I will report how that runs.

Update 2:
I have also found that using SSHFS yields a lot better performance over Samba. So if you have a linux File Server setup with SSH, this is deinfately the way to go. Even better, using the SSHFS remotely over a 1Mbit connection streams the 480p content perfectly. So it has the upside of being able to stream from almost anywhere!

Posted by frost on Sep 23rd, 2011 21:26 - Subscribe Bookmark and Share





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