streda, 27. januára 2010

ccache and Sun compilers

In order to make ccache work with Sun's compilers (I tested with Sun studio 12), the environment variable CCACHE_CPP2 needs to be exported. The variable is described in the manual.

nedeľa, 24. januára 2010

HTPC

The primary reason to start this blog is to help me remember things and perhaps share information that might help other people.

I bought a HTPC for last Christmas. Actually I bought the components and built it myself. So here is the hardware:
- MB Asus M3N78-VM based on nVidia GeForce 8200
- CPU AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 (2.8 GHz)
- RAM Kingston 2GB 800 MHz
- HDD SAMSUNG HD103SJ, 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32 MB
- PSU Enermax ECO80+ 350W
- TV Asus MyCinema P7131 dual
- wireless Asus WL-167g USB
- Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2
- DVD RW LG GH22NS40
- case THERMALTAKE VF7000BNS DH101
- Sweex wireless keyboard & mouse 2.4 GHz



I tried to pick a hardware that works well with Ubuntu, or other Linux distributions. The other concern was noise so I picked a good cooler and PSU.

My idea was to spend around 300€, finally the cost was about 400€ which is not too bad. The case itself cost more than 100€.
The operating system is Ubuntu 9.10 (32bit) and the media center is XBMC. I am also using MythTV for live TV. The PC is connected to my Samsung LE32 LCD TV via HDMI. I have it for a few years now, it's not a full HD but hey, till now I did not have any HD content to watch; it was sufficient for analog TV and DVDs.

The main reason to build a HTPC was that the DVDs my son watches over and over get ruined easily so I decided to make copies and store them somewhere. I also wanted to store all my photos and home videos in one place and make them available easily. So far this worked out quite well.

Hello world!

There's no better way to start a blog.. ;)