What format should I convert .ts/.mkv files to?

Recently I have found .ts and .mkv files popping up more and more. I understand the .mkv file format is this open source blah blah container, but it just doesn't play well in most of the media players and also results in very large video files. I can convert them in the mpeg4 file format and reduce the filesize by half and be left a quality that has no noticeble change in audio/video quality. I'm not a fan of either, mostly because it gives my xbox 360 media center problems when trying to stream them from my PC that I use as my media center.

How to Embed Subtitles into your Videos

If you have movies with subtitle files (.srt or .idx/.sub) you know that you are unable to watch them through your XBOX 360 media center and other players that do not support subtitles. It's a shame that the XBOX can't handle these separate files and display your video with them.

There is a work around. You can install PS3 Media Server (initially it was developed for the PS3, however it has grown and now supports the XBOX 360) and serve your files with the subtitles and watch your movies with subtitles on your XBOX. I don't like this method for a few reasons,

WOL - WAKE ON LAN Explained

Would you like to turn on your PC remotely?
Perhaps from a different room in your house? Perhaps from your backyard? PERHAPS from a beach in the bahamas?

I hope to help people understand what Wake on LAN (WOL) is and how to use it. If you have an Xbox 360 and have ever turned it on and loaded media center with your PC turned off, you might notice your PC will automatically turn on. How does this happen? Well, when your Xbox doesn't get a response from your PC, it will send a "magic packet" to your PC. This magic packet will turn on your PC as long as your PC has the WOLfeature enabled. Most modern PCs and Macs support WOL and have it enabled by default.

How to Access your Multimedia Collection from Anywhere in the World

Recently I have been moving my media collection into the 21st century. What does that mean? Well, I'll tell you what it means to me. It means I should be able to easily access my ENTIRE collection from anywhere in the world and with ease.

So how does one do this?

With an investment of time and some money for sure, but the outcome is awesome! You will need the following:

How to Setup a Dynamic DNS Service to Access your Home PC

Our global IP address (the IP address that points to your network at your house) is very important if we want to access things on our devices connected to our home networks. Each of your devices have a local IP address, which probably looks something like this...192.168.x.x. This address is the local IP address and does NOTHING for us when we are outside our network (i.e. connected to the internet at our office or friend's house).

How to Create an Interactive Batch Program

Files on windows with the file extension ".bat" are called batch files. These are usually small files with some lines of Windows batch code that can help automate things for users. They are commonly used to do the following:

Does Windows Have Symlinks? YES!

So I was trying to do something the other day with my ServeToMe server. I wanted to add certain folders to the media server that were on different drives. For personal reasons, I wanted to add the folders I wanted to share under the existing folders I was currently sharing, so I thought I would create shortcut files to those folders and drop them inside the folders I was already sharing. I quickly found out that this didn't work.

How to Start a Windows Application when your Computer Starts

I'm going to show you how to make a Windows program start automatically when you turn on your PC (without requiring you to logon to your account). Typically software that is meant to run unattended will have an option to run as a Windows service. This enables the application to start once Windows finishes loading BUT prior to someone logging in.

WHY WOULD I NEED THIS?

Facebook Share/Like - How to Control what Data is Shared from your Site

For web admins and designers, it's important to control what data Facebook pulls from your site when users share your URL through their wall posts, status updates, and like/share buttons. If you check Facebook's developer pages it explains this quite clearly. You will need to specify metatags to tell Facebook what data to grab. Below are the tags they recommend setting in your header so that the proper data is passed to Facebook.

<meta property="og:title" content="title" />
<meta property="og:description" content="description" />
<meta property="og:image" content="thumbnail_image" />

Understanding Port Forwarding

 

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