Podcasting What Geeks Really Want To Hear

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Episode 50 URLs & Notes (MP3) (AAC)

posted by Nem W Schlecht at 01:13 in General,Podcast    


  1. I was just thinking about the database filesystem you spoke about…

    Performing changes to sets of files could be atomic due to the database’s transaction support.

    Comment by albud — February 16, 2007 @ 07:34

  2. Yeah, you’re right. It wouldn’t be the most efficient but it would work. Sometimes performance isn’t a concern, and file systems can be very fast. Unix’es are very good at using file systems for storing all kinds of things, including devices. Huge RDMSes (is that the way you refer to more than one relational database management systems?) can use raw disk to hold data and they lay down their own “filesystem” instead of going through the overhead of laying a file down on top of a Unix file system. Less overhead. There performance matters.

    Comment by cgrant — February 16, 2007 @ 23:20

  3. Thanks for addressing my comments from Ep 49.

    Interestingly I now find myself in a dilemma. My Airport Express flaked out on me. I took it on a trip and when I came back to plug it in, no lights, no response to ping, no nothing. This Airport Express has been primarily used for AirTunes.

    So what do I do to replace it?

    – Apple TV ($299)
    – Roku ($199)
    – Airport Express ($99)

    The insidious thing is that each option is $100 difference. I can easily talk myself from one to the next, but not from the cheapest to highest.

    What other recommendations do others have?

    Brian G.

    Comment by Brian G. — February 22, 2007 @ 21:02

  4. Hmm.. if you’ve been using it for AirTunes, you don’t have many options. AppleTV or Roku both seem like overkill (money-wise). I have a Logitech BlueTooth solution that was fairly cheap, but it only plays nice with iTunes on a PC (FF/Rew, etc. don’t work with a Mac, but generic audio does).

    I’d go with a refurb Airport Express for $90 from the Apple store. Maybe you can get a better deal on eBay, though.

    This is one thing I’ve been thinking about a lot, and I mentioned it when we talked about AppleTV – where the hell is all the streaming (wired or wireless) component equipment? My DVD player is now over 2 years old and it is still the same price and there’s nothing on the market that’s even close. A hacked AppleTV (that does more than MPEG-4 and H.264) will come close, but will still be more expensive. I just keep thinking about all the money people are throwing away burning shit to CDs/DVDs to use in their entertainment center.

    Also, I know a dude named Dan that can fix almost anything. Maybe he can fix your flaked out Airport Express (although, he’ll probably want to keep it in exchange for fixing it!)

    Comment by Nem W Schlecht — February 22, 2007 @ 21:52

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