The house that Craig built

OK, I really didn’t build one, but I recently bought a house. We are not talking BillG
size of a house, and I have no yard because it is a townhouse condo, but I am happy
with it and it is much bigger than my current apartment. I have been thinking about
all the cool stuff I want to do, particularly the internet infrastructure I want to
put in. My current apartment, while nice, is so small that I could not leave the computer
designated as a server running overnight, otherwise it would be so loud it would keep
me awake (if I was smart, I would have bought a quieter fan for around $15, but that
would not be fun, would it?). Now with 3 bedrooms, I can leave it in a separate room
turned on 24 hours a day without being disturbed.

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What kind of neat things do I have planned? Well, first off I will be upgrading the
wireless system to the new Microsoft
wireless router. I will do this because I have a video capture card on
one computer where I can record TV shows into MPEG, and with the higher bandwidth
I can copy the 11GB file to my laptop (1 hour == 11GB of data) which has a 3.06GHz
P4 to edit them using Windows Movie Maker to make them into WMV files. I will keep
the old Microsoft 802.11b around for my Pocket PC which has a compact flash wireless
card. I have all my music files stored on my server computer in WMA format and, once
I can figure out how WM Server works (they changed it a lot since the last time I
configured it on NT4), I can stream the music to my my Pocket PC. Lastly I can start
serving my personal website off of my server rather than leaving them on my ISP’s
servers, which gives me the benefit of using ASP .NET and not static HTML.

Comments (3)

  1. Craig Skibo says:

    Everything works fine. I have a ATI AIW 9800 card that will eencode to WMV (the files are smaller than noted above). I then copy these to my server where I can stream the video to my laptop, and I use some of the tools from media server which will reduce the bit rate for viewing on my pocket PC. I used WMP to copy all my CDs to the server, and I wrote a small program to generate a web page that points to the music on the server. I open the web page on my Pocket PC, click the link, and the data is streamed to the PPC. I also opened up port 80 that serves up my personal web page, along with my parent’s small business web page. I have not had any problems so far.

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