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It's Official: Moxi DVR is Dead

I've been expecting this news for some time now, but I went to the Moxi web site tonight to be greeted by the following:The Moxi HD DVR and Moxi Mate are no longer available for purchase. Program guide data and technial support for the Moxi HD DVR will be available until December 31, 2013.Hell's bells. Such a nice setup but I knew they wouldn't be around forever.My reason for going to the site tonight is because I think the hard drive in mine is starting to die and I was going to poke around to see what's involved with replacing the drive. I guess I still have nearly two years of life in the thing if I can get the hard drive replaced.But, this is timely also because maybe it's the push I need to get off cable anyway. Particularly with the latest announcement from Amazon of their content agreement with Viacom (and more to come, I'm sure), do I need cable? I have Netflix, Hulu Plus, PlayOn and PlayLater, computers galore, Roku ... is the DVR as we know it finally…

Automatically Backing Up Directories From Windows to a Pogoplug

Since this was more confusing than it should be I thought I'd throw this out into the wild in the hopes others in this situation will come across it in their searches.If you have a Pogoplug (and if you don't, get one! they're awesome!) you may find yourself wanting to back up specific directories on a Windows machine to your Pogoplug. Note that on Linux you can of course connect to the Pogoplug and use whatever Linux scripts/tools you want to back stuff up (rsync being my tool of choice), but since Pogoplug does have a native Windows Pogplug Uploader tool you can use that to get this all going pretty easily on Windows.The only tricks here are figuring out the Pogoplug terminology and then figuring out how to configure things. Nothing against Pogoplug since I know they're trying to make a buck, but by default everything you do either in the browser-based tool or in the Windows application will drive you towards using Pogoplug's cloud space as your backup. This is a …

HP Pavilion dv7t

After my rant about Lenovo I figured I should follow up with a brief post about what I bought to replace it, which is an HP Pavilion dv7t. Overall I'm very impressed--it's a really nice laptop for the money and lightyears better than the Lenovo G770.If you don't feel like reading my Lenovo rant, bottom line is the G770 I bought was very crashy and Lenovo wanted another $179 to fix a brand-new computer that hadn't ever worked well.Rather than fund Lenovo's nonsense I decided to spend that additional money on a different computer and I'm very glad I did. Since Costco has an awesome 90-day return policy on computers I ordered the HP (also from Costco--they had a good deal and in addition to the great return policy they extend the manufacturer's warranty by 2 full years) before returning the Lenovo, so I had the HP and Lenovo side by side while I reinstalled all my software and transferred files.The HP is built so much better than the Lenovo it's not even f…