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That is awesome.

I played descent 1 and 2 for hours on end back in the day, never got to play 3 as I didn’t have a 3d card yet and they dropped the software renderer option.

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I played Crysis on a Vuzix VR920 in around 2008, that was my first VR other than a virtual boy.

Dual 640x480, frame interleaved 3d at 30hz per eye! if you drop a single frame the eyes got out of sync and switched! I think I had dual 9600GTs at the time and it struggled. I think it also struggled on the dual 9800GTX+ I had after that.

head tracking was purely gyro/accelerometer based and worked very poorly.

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What is your network infrastructure that is giving you those poor performance numbers?

Most consumer all in one routers are crap but not that bad. the file server should always connect to the main hub of the network with Ethernet (whether that be the router, a switch or an all-in-one crap box), these days pretty much everything should be at least 1gigabit.

Are you trying to use wifi for everything? that’s a recipe for disaster unless you really know what you are doing and have multiple APs and careful signal strength and channel management

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The shield pro 2019 is probably still the best overall, it’s not perfect as there are some weaknesses due to the age of its chipset, but for all the common formats used in Movies and TV it works perfectly, especially if you are playing full remux files, not re-encoded compressed video. Kodi runs very well, Plex runs very well, Jellyfin is mostly perfect too, but has some limitations in the current version.

Yes it supports HDR10 (not10+) and Dolby Vision, which covers 98% of all 4K blurays and TV shows, anything HDR10+ just gets played in HDR10 compatibility mode, if you TV doesn’t do DV it plays the HDR10 layer on 99% of files. There are some issues with HLG as it isnt properly supported but you don’t come across that format all that often and there is usually an SDR or regular HDR version available, if your TV supports manually activating HLG then it works fine.

Yes there is a minor colour bug in some DV content, no it isn’t the end of the world as some people make it out to be.

It is one of the only players that will give you full DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support, it has a very nice configurable upscaler for lower res content (AI upscale on low works excellently with minimal artifacts), it still has a lot going for it despite its age.

Also its easy to decrapify with ADB, you can easily configure third party launchers and other fun stuff.

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You should consider upgrading to some kind of mesh system then. sure they aren’t perfect, but even a basic 3 node kit could probably increase your throughput ten fold. If you want to use DDWRT or OpnSense or whatever you can still run it separately and route internet traffic or use it for your DHCP server.

To stream a 4K bluray remux rips on your Lan you need a solid 150mbit minimum between server and player to be reliable for example. I am hardwired all the way except for mobiles, but even on Wi-Fi I can easily pull 400-500mbit real world throughput through most of the house thanks to my Wifi6 setup with multiple APs

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Yea I’ve got 3 in my video distribution rig at the moment, one 2015, a 2017 and a 2019 and they are all going strong, all on projectivy and some adb tweaks though.

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Prowlarr is good because it combines usenet indexers and torrents. Makes it very easy to search for anything and compare versions/sources.

You are going to be trapped in a room for 12 hours with a mid 2000s office desktop with no internet connection and an external hard drive; what are you putting on the hard drive?

I’ve got some DOOM WADs I have been meaning to play so I would probably grab Trench Foot, Total Chaos, and the sequel to Ashes 2063, Ashes: Afterglow with a portable install of GZDoom to play them....

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Morrowind, RCT2, Total Annihilation with all my mods and Deadlock 2 as well if I have time.

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LCDs do tend to speak somewhat standardised languages, but there is a lot more to a modern TV than just an LCD controller.

Color and white balance calibration, image/motion processing, HDR Processing, backlight control/dimming zones, input management, audio decoding/encoding/passthrough, digitizing analogue sources, HDMI licencing, Dolby licencing, etc.

If you want a better smart TV the best thing to do is to get a hackable TV like most android based models, replace the launcher, strip out system apps and telemetry with ADB and start fresh, then either leave it offline or use filtering to only allow access to the services you approve.

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Not sure if there’s a list, but most Android based TVs can be cleaned and modded to some degree via ADB. If you can access the dev settings in android, chances are you can do a lot to make it better, strip out some google or branded packages, replace the launcher to block OS level ads etc. Projectivy usually works well since it supports input switching on many devices, but it’s still better to do all of this to a separate box and then plug it into a TV that is firewalled/filtered/offline. more control and less to fuck up.

Rooting and unlocking bootloaders is more complex as these android devices dont have normal recovery systems and require a lot of custom drivers to make the video and audio processing work, so it’s not worth going that far.

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I have seen some talk over on XDA forums, but since there is more to an android TV than just the basic android OS, it’s a bit trickier without risking losing licences/compatibility/DRM/features.

Some older LG webOS tvs can be rooted and custom apps installed too such as ad free youtube players etc.

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Gets even weirder when you see LGs webOS kinda started out as PalmOS

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I haven’t watched this one but every clip I see is increasingly unhinged.

I guess I have to add it to my watchlist.

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I haven’t thought about powder toy for **so **many years.

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Aussie here, We’re still very much a car centric country, but for major public events we are pretty much hardwired to use public transport. I dont know what the actual parking capacity of the MCG is, but Marvel Stadium (Docklands) is only 500 cars with 55000 seats(not including the many nearby free and paid parking locations), that is much smaller than the MCG at over 100000 capacity, one of the worlds highest capacity stadiums despite our puny population.

Apart from most stadiums having extensive train, bus and drop-off access, we also have Park and Ride programs that can temporarily scale up to cover events like this which can basically turn any unused land into a large temporary carpark with dedicated bus services that take you either to the venue directly or to the local train station when they both have limited parking.

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I replaced 4x Pi4 4gb with a single N95 mini PC with 16gb ram and wont look back.

Only PI left in my home is just running a 24/7 USBIP bridge.

the only reason to use a pi is if you need GPIO pins for custom devices.

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Yip, I have a Linux VM running on one of my boxes in the garage that is plugged into a video matrix so I can bring it up on any screen in the house, I use the pi to connect Keyboard/Mouse/controllers etc to that when I’m using it.

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In most cases yes, but hdd space is cheap enough that lossless compression is just the best option. Can always use them as originals to spin off mp3s or other compressed files when needed.

300cds would only be around 120 gigs flac compressed

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I use Ubooquity and Komga, both mainly for the OPDS service which I access on various devices.

Ubooquity is good for basic book and file serving, but does support graphics. Komga is very much graphic focussed and is very good at it.

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Yea no shit It’s also a significant chunk of regular youtube now too

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In general for smaller servers I actually recommend starting fresh for the new server rather than trying to transfer your metadata over, but if you want to try the instructions are here that’s just if you want to maintain any custom matching data, watched status, preferred languages etc etc.

You can run it on the out of the box windows install if you aren’t comfortable linuxing (though I’d suggest something like proxmox or ubuntu) just install plex server, plug in the old HDDs, map the new library locations then set up plex player on the shield to point to the new server (hardcode the IP in plex players settings if you have trouble)

As for the hardware itself, if its just plex and the usual ancillary apps that go with it you can use an N100 or N95 and get plenty of performance for more than 4 clients as long as you don’t need to transcode too much.

If you need to transcode 4x high bitrate 4k streams at once comfortably you definitely need something a bit beefier than those little CPUs (mostly they are memory and cache limited), but not much more, you don’t need an i7 for it, just an i3 or i5 class cpu will do.

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We know spez’ secrets too.

Dude loved the jailbait subreddit before it was banned for obvious reasons.

He was a moderator.

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Funilly enough Fosters is japanese now, and hasn’t been Australian for decades.

Asahi have been buying up all of Australia’s breweries, even a bunch of popular micros are owned by them now.

Before asahi, they were owned by ABINBEV and SABMiller.

It was actually made in many countries by the likes of Heineken, Coors, Molson, and others. I don’t think any true fosters has been made in Australia and exported for a very long time.

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Didn’t Asahi acquire all of lion Nathan breweries over a decade ago?

Edit, actually kirin owns lion Nathan, but asahi definitely aquaired some of their brands a while ago.

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For a while it was in the international section of one of the big liquor stores. Thought that was funny.

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