Tag: Netflix

Moving from Widows XP to Linux (Ubuntu)

With the impending cutoff of April 8th for XP support I had to do something. A friend gave me his Dell Studio 1535 to rescue some data from it and hack around with. I’m on that machine now and posting about my experience going from an ancient Windows XP system to an Ubuntu 12.04-4 LTS operating system.
The initial install was a tiny bit clunky because the DVD drive on this box might have an issue. But the setup ran, converted all 320GB of space, encrypted my home directory etc. in a pretty short amount of time.

Setting it up required plugging in to a wired network – because then I could get the Broadcom driver for the Wifi card in the machine. Once that was done I disconnected the wired network and connected to my wireless network. Then I did all the system updates. That actually required a reboot because the Linux 3 kernel got upgraded in the process.

Then I setup a share – and installed Samba so I could see the Windows machines on the network. I discovered that Libre Office could read all my Word and Excel files and even read Access databases using a JET driver. Cool beans – and my iTunes library – copying as I speak.

Next up was testing it with online video sites. YouTube worked flawlessly with the Flash player. And hulu works as well. The heavy lift was Netflix.

I had to install a piece of software called Pipelight. In addition I had to add a User Agent Switcher to Firefox  -in fact right now it looks like I’m coming from Windows usin Firefox 26. Once I’d put those two things on the machine Netflix works without a hiccup now.

Overall I’d say I’m very pleased with the newest Ubuntu. The Gnome environment has gotten much slicker than in prior versions. I do have a disk with Kubuntu on it but I was looking and even though I’m an old KDE fan I just couldn’t do it. Ubuntu it is.

I’ve installed Clam AV on the machine too.

Now all that remains to be done is grabbing my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles and stuffing them on this machine.

But with all that in mind I really don’t have to virtualize me old XP box. I can just read and modify the documents right from the Ubuntu box. That’s a pleasant surprise. I had planned on spending a few days creating the image, setting up the VM etc. But didn’t have to do that. A++ Ubuntu!

Now I won’t say that Ubuntu is for the faint of heart. There are still some things you HAVE do from the command line. But as you can see, I’m already on WordPress too. In fact I’ve got one tab open to YouTube, another to Facebook, one to Reason Magazine, and this one to WordPress.

Speed wise – the Dell 1535 is a dual-core machine. And now that it doesn’t have Vista on it, the machine is pretty zippy. I’m loving it.



Something I’ve noticed about Netflix and Silverlight

The CPU misbehavior of Microsoft Silverlight seems to be sensitive to time of day.  I say this because earlier in the day I watched a video on Netflix and Silverlight behaved well. Didn’t have to kill it once.

But when it gets dark outside – after about 9PM I note Netflix and Silverlight start consuming CPU. So this leads me to believe network latency affects the Silverlight player. It probably doesn’t buffer well. Typical Microsoft shit application.

Netflix is having issues

I mean beyond the normal issues with Silverlight. When I try to load the page I get an error message saying the page didn’t load and to click to reload Netflix. It’s not the browser I’ve gotten the same error in IE, Chrome and Firefox. Tried it on a different machine and same thing. 

I think they fucked up their DNS record to be honest. If I go to movies.netflix.com/WiHome it works. But I just go to http://www.netflix.com I get the error. 

A New Series I’m Digging on Netflix

A new series is on Netflix, produced by them of course. There’s been press about it but it finally popped up on their splash page and I decided to take a look.

The series is “House of Cards” the story of majority whip Congressman Frank Underwood, his wife Carie, a reporter named Zoe Barnes, and the way in which political intrigue unfolds.

I compare the series to the “The Wire”. Like the former it looks at the unseemly underbelly of the beast.

TV: Something I noticed

So I had thought I might drop the Cox video service some time ago. But what kept me from doing so was that Keyron likes it for background noise.

But I noticed something the past few days. The TV has remained OFF. Net video has finally replaced the television.

If this continues on I may well tell Cox to shove their so called Advanced TV service at $90 per month straight up Hershey Highway!

I’ll pay the $60 a month for the net service because to me that has more utility than a television service. I can for example, post to my blog, chat on IRC, get nntp news feeds, RSS feeds, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. It’s funny – I was lamenting that Netflix only had The Twilight Zone when my favorite was the Outer Limits, the 1960’s version. And I note Hulu has the whole series, both the 1960’s and 1990’s versions.

Woops, update. The TV just got turned on damn it.

A comment I made on the Official Netflix Blog

So I was googling around trying to find out how to tame the wicked memory leak in Microsoft Silverlight.

Here’s a little video evidence of the leakage:

So anyhow I found the Official Netflix Blog on Blogger of all places. And I posted this comment in response to this post because if Netflix is brave enough to try and blame other thing I thought I should really tell em’ how pissed I am.

Your decision to use Silverlight really, really, really pissed me off.

Why? Because I’ve watched Silverlight consume almost 100% of my physical memory over time.

And that Netflix went with it and now Microsoft has backed away from it, well you made your bed. Eventually I’ll just get pissed off enough, setup an Amazon vid account and tell Netflix to kiss my ass for being so fucking stupid as to embrace a Microsoft product.

More on my Silverlight issues

I emailed Netlfix and asked why they forced us to go to SilverLight, no response as yet.

I also sent this to Microsoft, I wonder if I’ll get a response:

Why did you foist such a piece of crap on the public as Silverlight? Were you trying to kill Flash? Well, I’m not very happy with it, it does stuttering wonders on my older PC. I’ve expressed my displeasure to the team at Netflix too and I figured that you at Microsoft also deserve a ration of shit for such a crap product.

Yes I’m pissed off.