• Tinkering

    Somewhere in the last few days, Plex came across my radar. It took me about a day to have mom’s desktop computer set up as the media server, the hard drives of media plugged into it, and both Raspberry Pi’s loaded up with the RasPlex OS.

    And it’s pretty fucking cool. We have one centralized library, but I can set up sharing libraries within that. Those libraries can be shared or not to various users who are signed into the server. In this case it’s just me and my mom, but it’s handy because I can share all the TV shows with her, except for animated ones or anime, and I can share all the movies, her own library of music (I ripped all her CDs to digital), but not my music, which I know she’d have no interest in.

    So basically, it’s pretty fucking cool. And because both Kodi and Plex have their roots in XBMC, they’re remarkably similar in functionality.

  • Jesus Bob Fuck Me Running

    So I’ve spent I think 4 days dealing with my raspberry pi suddenly refusing to download anything. They start, go fast for about 15 seconds, and then just drop off and die completely. There might be a few stuttering starts but no real data transfer.

    Tried on my laptop. Same issue. With or without the VPN, with or without a proxy. At this point I’ve tried damn near everything and I’m really frustrated. Maybe my ISP is blocking me? This all started shortly after they did some work on my connection…

    Tonight I sit down at Mom’s computer. The only wired connection in the house. Downloads work perfectly. With or without the VPN, everything is fast and consistent.

    So after pulling my hair out all weekend, it’s a problem with the router, nothing nefarious at all. Tomorrow I need to send a message to the ISP.

  • Makeover Pi

    My Raspberry Pi got a make over today. I had previously installed a fan on it due to overheating issues but recently it started making a lot of noise.

    On inspection, the bearing was worn, causing a wobble, and the blades were tapping the casing.

    I went to Adafruit to order a new fan, but with shipping, it was more than I wanted to pay.

    Amazon showed me a kit with a case, that included a fan and 3 heat sinks. It was about $0.40 more expensive than just ordering the fan. This is the one I ended up ordering.

    It arrived this afternoon, and I set to putting the case together and getting everything hooked up.

    Unfortunately, while it came with plenty of hardware, the screws to mount the board to the base were way too short, but this was easily remedied by using the screws that came with my now broken fan.

    But it went together in the end, I got everything hooked back up, and it looks pretty damn good! I do miss my bright pink case but I think this will keep my Pi a lot cooler.

    Edit : uncooled Pi 3 was operating at about 175°F. Fan cooled Pi 3 in closed case was holding at about 140°F. Fan, 3 heat sinks and open case Pi 3 is operating at about 100°F. Big improvement!

  • Cooler Pi

    I bought myself a Raspberry Pi 3 for Christmas last year, giving my old 2 to my mom to work as a home theater setup.

    And for the most part, my 3 has operated flawlessly.

    But when I’m running Kodi, it gets hot – not just the “getting kind of warm” icon on screen but the one that’s red all the way to the top. And when it stays that way, it slows way down, freezes, and sometimes crashes. No Bueno.

    I also (I finally tracked the cause down to some recent updates) had a glitch where Kodi was suffering some really rough video playback. Took a few days on our frustratingly slow internet, but I eventually made a fresh installation of Raspbian, installed Kodi and Deluge, and left everything else as is. Got that rough playback cleared up!

    Anyway, I ordered this fan – it’s teensy tiny. I think 30mm? My case isn’t set up to house a fan, so I grabbed a drill, made a few holes in the lid, and mounted it. Works great too. I haven’t seen that little red thermometer once after it got cooled down!

    My Pi is happy and healthy again, and I’ve rediscovered podcasts. I saved about two dozen I want to check out, finished one (Missing Richard Simmons – really guys, let the poor man enjoy retirement!), and have been desperately trying to catch up on another (Sawbones- check it out, it’s so funny and you’ll learn stuff too!).