Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Dec 2010 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes First of all: the entire OSNews team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Even if you're not religious, there's always porn on the internet, right? Anywho, these wishes are a bit tardy, but that's because I've been fighting a battle with my computer the past few days trying to find a way to record Minecraft footage so I could make a Christmas wish from inside my creations - a losing battle, so it would seem. So, for Christmas, I have two OSNews Asks items for you to ponder. First, help me record Minecraft footage. Second, and this is of more practical use to myself and probably others as well, help me to set up an automatic backup solution that backs up the contents of one folder on an external hard drive to another external drive.
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RE[3]: omgminecraft
by Lennie on Sun 26th Dec 2010 10:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: omgminecraft"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

Two possibilities:
1. Thom already tried that and it didn't work for some reason
2. Thom can't be bothered to try that because he is busy doing other things and as it already works he has very little reason to change anything

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RE[4]: omgminecraft
by DeadFishMan on Sun 26th Dec 2010 15:49 in reply to "RE[3]: omgminecraft"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

Two possibilities:
1. Thom already tried that and it didn't work for some reason
2. Thom can't be bothered to try that because he is busy doing other things and as it already works he has very little reason to change anything


I am not suggesting that he should go out of his way to change an existing (and working) setup for something that might or might not work for him. That would have been a waste of time, indeed. My peeve was with the assertion that 'Linux audio and graphics stacks are a mess' and therefore it is not an option for a HTPC. While the driver situation is far from ideal, no arguments there, the existing solutions are serviceable enough to the point that a lot of people are happy with their MythTVs, Boxees, XBMCs, Roku Boxes, etc.

If this statement were coming from Walt Mossberg which, despite what he might think about himself, is as clueless as a doorstep then it would be somewhat understandable but as one of OSNews editors, Thom should definitely know better that that.

Now for the sake of an argument, let's say that Thom did change his HTPC to a Linux-based solution and that it meets his needs properly as far as the media center part is concerned. Then he could simply setup a rsync job in cron to handle his backup to some other location easily - a five minutes task, if that - or install something like GRSync, Sparkleshare or Back in Time if using a GUI is what floats his boat. The possibilities are virtually endless there...

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RE[5]: omgminecraft
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 26th Dec 2010 17:13 in reply to "RE[4]: omgminecraft"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

If this statement were coming from Walt Mossberg which, despite what he might think about himself, is as clueless as a doorstep then it would be somewhat understandable but as one of OSNews editors, Thom should definitely know better that that.


And you think I didn't try running it on Linux?

- surround sound issues, optical out not working, and so on.
- X is incompatible with my bog-standard HDTV (1080i). All I get is either a garbled screen, or a black one.

Using another (smaller) monitor, I did get to test everything out.

- Linux could not properly display 720p and up, while Windows could.
- Remote control took hours to get working.
- Random crashes
- Random audio glitches
- Random video glitches
- Sleep/wake did not work.
- Boot time from power button to Boxee twice as long as on Windows 7.

And these are just the issue I remember. I tested all this on two machines, results more or less the same. So please, don't come in here and just assume that I'm talking out of my ass.

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