Using a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-350 for Media Center

Since I have built a new PC, it was up in the air to what I was going to do with the one that was replaced. After some thinking I thought that I could make a Media Center PC. Now I’m not too familiar with the MythTV or BeyondTV feel, but I have always liked the Windows interface. So that’s the route I decided to take.

Let me explain my intent here first. I already have a Dish DVR box, so I am not interested in running a line from that to my PC and back to the TV. Why else run a Media Center then? First off, I have a ton of music. Secondly I feel that it would be simple way to store movies and/or videos and to play them directly to the TV. Lastly, and most important, I have all the seasons of Lost downloaded and I’m only at the beginning of the second season… :) (more…)

Open DNS Servers

For the longest time I have been a big fan of using OpenDNS‘ DNS servers. For any of you that are not familiar, you can point your DNS to their servers ( & and have about perfect domain name resolution. With some ISPs that I can name, this is Read more…

DD-WRT Router as DSL Gateway

So you put DD-WRT on your router and now you want to use it as the gateway for your DSL connection? Well, first you need to get some information from the gateway that your provider supplied you. You will need the following:

  • User Name of the account (probably the main email address)
  • Password of the account
  • Service Name of your provider
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After that last post, I thought it may be a good idea to explain a little about newsgroups in general. Many friends and coworkers of mine always ask me how I find so many programs, movies (full DVD’s), and CD’s. I try to explain that I use newsgroups to download the binaries, but all I get in response is: “Well, can you find me …?”. So here goes my tutorial, if you will… (more…)