As the discussion around HTPC usage and economics of those choices have become more convoluted, so has this sub-forum. Anyone new to the game doesn't have a great path to follow in the stickies, and users who have been around much longer than me seem to ignore the stagnant stickies for some reason.
There used to be two hardware guides, one is now a link to a different site while the other is dependent upon a member who needs more donations to keep it going. Essentially the Guide to Building a HD HTPC (renethx guide) needs a "when he's here" disclaimer of some sort. Assassin's guide is essentially a knowledge base for those requesting Assassin's troubleshooting skills at this point, while the hardware guide is linked over to his blog.
The upscaling standard dvd movies sticky is completely invalid (for months now) unless someone would care to host the files elsewhere
- I realize that with custom wares (even makeMKV) sometimes there will be distribution issues, but the discussion and use of ffdshow had been stagnant for a while before it went completely dark. Does this mean it will remain trapped in sticky-land permanently?
The Guide to Building a Media Storage Server is not a guide. It's not really much of anything other than a mess. This is a interesting topic that seems worthy of it's own subforum, but it would seem there's plenty of room here since it's closely tied to our HTPC choices. A lot of the conversations seemed to start mentioning servers after Assassins server guide was published, but there is not really a good thread or sticky around here for server choices. Pros, cons, and considerations of server choices, in my mind, need a sticky as much as XBMC, Mediabrowser, WMC, etc and the existing sticky doesn't meet the mark. I wouldn't mind collaborating on a guide in this area, but I only have experience with the WHS and W7 network share approach. There's more I would like to learn around FreeNAS, linux servers, plex as a server, etc, and I think it would be helpful to others as well.
The NOTICE!! Everyone please read this before posting! sticky seems like a decent deterrent for OS trolls to steer clear of this forum, but it doesn't really prevent trolling and it adds very little value to the sticky list. Still plenty of AMD/Intel flaming and "never need anything more than a atom, celeron, etc" without any real discussion but an excess of passive-aggressive ad-hominem