Stream WMC to Roku

rokuSo I bought Ashlyne a Roku last year, and the one thing that discouraged me from buying more of them was the inability to stream live and recorded TV from my Windows Media Center to it. Every couple months I search for solutions, don’t find anything worthwhile, and shelf the idea. Last week I finally found some software that would do it. While the interface on the Roku still leaves much to be desired, it’s a wonderful start and works rather well. With this interface you can also stream to a web browser. They have an Android client as well, but thus far I don’t see a ‘Live TV’ option in it.

First component is ServerWMC, which is available here. Set this up first and make sure Windows doesn’t give any weird errors before continuing. I had to change my port because stuff?

Second is MediaBrowser, available here. It does the streaming, and also allows you to setup your other media libraries on your WMC for streaming.

After installing MediaBrowser, goto its plugin settings and install the ServerWMC plugin to interface with ServerWMC.

Then install the private MediaBrowser channel in Roku from here.

MediaBrowser also has a NextPVR plugin, but I don’t use it. Presumably the same interface.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Should be up and streaming live TV to Roku in no time!

And for an actual guide to setting up MediaBrowser and ServerWMC (but not Roku), go here.

Chaos in Carroll County 2

The family and I went on Saturday night to an independent wrestling show, held by ACW and BTW, called Chaos in Carroll County 2. It’s probably the first live event I’ve been to in a decade, and oh how I missed it. We went primarily to get pictures with Jake “the Snake” Roberts, but we also grabbed pictures with Tommy Dreamer and Shane Douglas.  At the end Jake “the Snake” asked everyone to stick around a few minutes, and went into a testimony about how he hit rock bottom and was consumed for so many years by drugs and how DDP saved him and helped him live a healthier lifestyle and keep him clean.  The show was pretty decent overall, and I’m glad we went.

I’d like to hit up some more ACW shows in the future, and maybe even hit up CZW TOD this summer.

Killing a stalled FTP job

We’ve been having a scheduled FTP job hang up, and it’s holding up tons of other processes randomly over the last few weeks. Frustrated by how much work it sometimes takes to fix the errors it causes, I made a simple script change to start the job, wait 30 seconds (since it generally takes less than 15 seconds to complete), then kills it if it’s been hung up. It’ll then notify me that it had to be killed. Code follows.

start “ftpjob” ftp -s:ftpscript.txt
@timeout /t 30
REM taskkill /fi “WINDOWTITLE eq ftpjob*” /f
taskkill /fi “WINDOWTITLE eq ftpjob*” 2>NUL | findstr SUCCESS >NUL
@ECHO OFF
set taskerror=%errorlevel%
if %taskerror% == 1 (
echo ftpjob FTP was not running
)
if %taskerror% == 0 (
echo Killed ftpjob FTP. Sending email …
mapisend -u “nope” -p “hahafunny” -r “nottelling” -s “ftpjob ftp killed”
)

GREAT weekend

I must say that this was just a great weekend. I don’t even have the words to describe it.

First, it was a super relaxing weekend with no kids. While I do love the kids, it’s nice when they’re away and you can just relax and not entertain anyone or have them wake you up early on your Saturday morning for something silly.

Slept in Saturday morning, then spent the rest of my morning just enjoying being married. We got stuff ready for the Affordable Christmas Market that our church and another church was sponsoring. Spent a couple hours just helping people and loving on them, which was just amazing.

Went home and spent a few more hours just loving life with my wife.

Then went out to Abbey Burger Bistro with some amazing men from my church. Spent a couple hours in the most random conversations about sports, comic books and movies, Android, and robotics. Had my very first kangaroo burger, and on a pretzel roll. Just a great time.

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Got home and spent EVEN MORE time just talking with my wife. Bliss!

Sunday morning I got up to get ready for church. Saw deer in my neighborhood on my way to grab coffee.

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Went to morning service at City Bible Church Baltimore with a GREAT sermon. My wife and I spent an awesome afternoon with some of the most amazing people we know enjoying lunch and laughs. And then headed to an evening at home with Ashlyne.

After a horribly long week at work, it was nice to cast off the stress of that drama and just enjoy life again. And I did.