Those of you who know me fairly well know that I'm a total HTPC geek. It's to the point where I outright refuse to subscribe to cable television or even hook up an antenna to my TV. This geekery combined with my affinity for Linux leads me to running XBMC on Linux on my little home theater machine. It's been a pretty smooth experience with the exception of getting my remote work with it. If you're struggling with it too, hopefully my tales will help you get it going.

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Moving Servers and Doing It Right

Well, I finally bit the bullet and got a Linode account. So far I'm pretty happy with it. I figured that with the costs of power and bandwidth, I was almost spending $20/month to run my old server on my own hardware. Incidentally, the lowest-grade Linode VM costs that much and is enough to suit my needs.

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Stupid Linux Trick #5245

Want to share what you're doing with another person logged into the same system? All you need is a FIFO, cat, and script.

On your session: mkfifo foo script -f foo

On the viewer's session:

      cat foo

The viewer can then see everything that you're doing as if they're looking over your shoulder!

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PXE boot with DD-WRT and Ubuntu

After spending all afternoon fighting with my new server and my DD-WRT router, I finally figured out how to get my server to PXE boot and fire up an Ubuntu install. All it really involved was setting up TFTP on another box (my desktop, to be specific), adding a line to DD-WRT's DNSMasq options, and configuring the damn server to boot from PXE, which was the hardest part. Luckily, for those of you who are struggling with it, here's how I did it.

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