What’s on your wifi?

Things typically running on our home wifi:

Catching Up

A few weeks back, the Deadliest Catch video game came out for the Xbox 360.  Seeing as Diann & I watch the show every week (yeah, we’re addicts), I decided to pick up the game.

Lo and behold, a few of the big names from the show would be at my local Gamestop to launch the game.  We brought the camera, and here I am with Josh Harris, Edgar Hansen, and Sig Hansen.  I spoke a bit of Norwegian to Edgar and Sig, and I’m pretty sure I caught them off guard, but, to their credit, they did talk back in Norwegian.

Josh Harris, Marius, Edgar & Sig Hansen

Yes, the title of the post is a really bad pun, but it wasn’t intended… honestly.

Geeking Out at Home

Diann and I spent last night doing something we didn’t think we’d be doing yet: looking at houses online.

To this date, I’ve avoided the insane Seattle real-estate market, but we figure it’s time to bite the bullet and jump in.  It just doesn’t show any indication of slowing down in the next 3 years or so more than it has in the last two months.

This is where the geeking out comes into play.  You see, our realtor had sent us a list of listings (list of listings? that doesn’t sound right) that we were supposed to look over and pick out a few that we were interested in.  Having only laptops in the house doesn’t exactly lend itself towards sharing screens to look at things.

(Warning: lots of product identifiers coming up)

Luckily, my Samsung TV (HL-S5687) has a VGA input.  I connected up the laptop to the TV, and we suddenly had a 1920×1080 (1080p for you theater buffs) screen about 10 feet away from us.  This was brilliant, except for the lack of ability to control the computer.  Several years back, though, I had bought a Bluetooth mouse, and I paired it up successfully to my Lenovo T60p.

There we are, sitting on our couch, looking at home listings on our TV.  Diann had our older laptop looking at addresses and tracking which MLS numbers we liked. So, you’d think we’d be content there.  Then Diann started playing music, and the tinny speakers on the laptop drove me nuts.

I cranked up the Xbox 360, and enabled Windows Media Connect on the laptop.  Shuffled all the music in the 360’s media player, and then we had our background music.

To sum up: Laptop connected wirelessly to the ‘net and VGA to a TV, controlled by a wireless Bluetooth mouse.  Another laptop connected wirelessly to the ‘net, streaming music to the Xbox 360.

I wish I had taken pictures.

Linux on the 360?

From [xbox-scene.com](http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox1data/sep/EEZuFZpZFEucRywmpU.php) comes the biggest understatement of the year:

> In order to run this current loader, you will need to execute the compiled version through serial cable, after booting a modified shader via the king kong disc (with a firmware modded dvd-rom), and you will need to compile your own linux kernel aswell. This is obviously for the more savvy of the xbox users

Emphasis mine. Yeah, you need to take apart the box, change the firmware on your dvd-rom (which if I recall right requires doing some surface mount soldering), compile a Linux kernel, and load this through a serial cable (which also requires some soldering).

Savvy indeed.