Build Your Own Media Server With Plex

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Over the years there have been a few things I have been trying to get around to doing. You know, those things that you’ve been putting off until next week, and next week never comes. Well, one thing that has been on my to-do-list for the longest time is building a home media server. I’ve always wanted a way to stream my collection of movies, pictures, and music around my home and mobile devices. Of course at this point in the game, there are some standing technologies already out there like Apple TV, but I always like the DIY-Free solution if at all possible. The solution that I have is Plex. So. let’s learn how to build your own media server with Plex.

1. First, you need an old PC that can be used as a server. It doesn’t have to be “beefy”, but just something that can connect to your local network with at least 1GB of RAM. Keep in mind that the more memory and processing power the better. I used a decent PC that I had around the house. I believe that it was a Pentium 4 with a Gig or two of RAM running Ubuntu (13.04).

2. After you have your system the way that you want it, go over to the Plex website and download the server install. Now, if you’re running Ubuntu or any other Linux Distro, make sure you go over to the app store to find the latest version of the Plex Server.
Plex Website

3. Ok, now it’s time to install the server. The installation is a very simple process. You will find slight differences depending on the OS, but over it is straight forward. The Plex website has step by step instructions on this process.
Plex Installation

4. Now that everything is installed properly, it’s time to get this bad boy setup. The configuration process is fairly simple. You are able to access the configuration page through your browser using the local address that is provided. Make sure that you at least have some videos available for testing.

You’re going to want to name your server. If you do not give it a name, it will default to the computer’s name. This name is going to appear in your Plex accounts, clients, and Roku apps.

There is also an extensive name convention that you are going to want to adopt to ensure that your videos and music are being displayed and categorized properly within the server (e.g. The Movie (2013).avi).
Plex will automatically reach out to the internet and download the movie’s title images and descriptions when it is named properly. Check out the Plex website for instructions.
Plex Config

5.Lastly, have fun! With this setup you will now be able to stream from your server to your Roku or mobile devices using downloadable apps. If you’re like me and have extra PC’s and devices lying around, you can plug those into your TV or display and start watching your favorite movies.

Plex Media Server
So tell me, how do you stream your videos?

Let me know if you have any questions. Please leave comments
Build your own media server with Plex

Create CSS Buttons Without Knowing Code

Have you ever had the desire to make your own outstanding web elements like buttons and menus? Have you ever had a cool idea for a button or page element, but just couldn’t quite figure out how to code it? Well, I have the perfect solution for you, CSS-Shack. Maybe you never heard of it. So, what is this wonder tool all about? CSS-Shack is a Chrome Web / Desktop App , which allows you to create Layers Styles (just like you would in any other image editing software), and export them into a single CSS file.

You all know my philosophy on tools that are supposed to be the next big thing. I believe that every tool that you add to your web development toolbox should do these few things: Make design and development, easier, faster, and ultimately better. When I came across this application I new instantly that this was the tool to make web design just that much simpler. Create CSS buttons without knowing code, how great is that?

Create CSS Buttons Without Knowing Code

Google Drive for Linux?

More than a year and a half ago, Google promised to bring its Google Drive to the Linux. Those who want to use the cloud-synchronized file system on the the open-source operating system, though, will have to keep on waiting.
Google DriveIn April 2012, when Google Drive launched, Google said, “The team is working on a sync client for Linux.” In May 2013, the update was, “The team is still working on it.” I asked for another update and got it Sunday: Google doesn’t “have anything new to share at this time in terms of timing.”
So Linux fans apparently can at least take heart that the project is still alive.
Google Drive synchronizes files across multiple devices and provides the file system used by the online apps of Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. It integrates with the file native file systems on Windows, OS X, and Chrome OS.
The software’s absence is a simmering issue for some. Gripes that bear the hashtag #driveforlinux surface on Google+, and 23,590 people have signed a petition seeking Google Drive support on Linux.
It’s frustrating for fans of Linux on personal computers, but when it comes to software support, Google is still a better ally than many software companies. Google Drive for Linux may be a low priority, but it’s a lot higher than Linux versions of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Apple iTunes.
Somehow, though, Google Drive rival Dropbox managed to get its app working on Linux, including support for Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora versions of the operating system.
Linux fans worked for years to make their open-source operating system a useful alternative to Windows, but were hampered by the operating system’s technical challenges and by missing software. Where Linux did succeed with mainstream consumers — as the foundation for Android — few know that it’s running under the covers. Even programmers write to a higher-level software interface, a Java-like virtual machine.

Stephen Shankland – CNET

Google Drive for Linux?

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How To Create CSS Menus – Part 3

Ok, here’s the third part to the series on How To Create CSS Menus – Part 3. We’ve been learning a lot of cool stuff lately and I’m hoping that you’re able to take this information and create great web pages. One reason that I started this series was because it often times gets a little frustrating to find the simple menus that you need for your web projects. Instead of hunting code or plugins, let’s just make them ourselves. Again, these are simple examples to get you started on some really cool menus. Remember, no JavaScript, no JQuery, just HTML and CSS. Enjoy! Please leave me comments and tell me how useful these tutorials are to you. As always, it’s time to get Tech Savvy!

How To Create CSS Menus – Part 3

Google’s Chrome Web Browser

There are so many web browsers now a days that one could choose to be their favorite way to surf the internet. With the number of people who are looking for sheer flexibility, speed, and functionality rising, there is one choice that I would like to highlight. This browser has moved to my number one pick and recommendation, Google Chrome Browser. That’s right, Chrome is the way to go.

According to W3School’s Browser Stats, Google’s Chrome Web Browser has been the #1 used browser for the last two years. Check out the video below to see why.

Google Chrome Browser

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How To Create CSS Menus – Part 2

Hey, I hope that you have been enjoying the recent articles on creating css menus. One reason that I started this series was because it often times gets alittle frustrating to find the simple menus that you need for your web projects. Instead of hunting code or plugins, let’s just make them ourselves. Again, these are simple examples to get you started on some really cool menus. Remember, no JavaScript, no JQuery, just HTML and CSS. Enjoy!
How To Create CSS Menus

How To Create CSS Menus

I realized that I made a mistake in a previous posting. I gave information on the CSS menu topic, but I linked a video about creating CSS buttons. So, lets start over and try it all again!

Today, I have a great tip for everyone that I think you all will enjoy. Many times while working on websites and doing different projects I would reach into my recycled scripts and snippets to pull out my favorite navigation menus. I would decide whether I wanted a horizontal or vertical menu. I would decide how detailed it needed to be, then I would insert the code and begin editing. These scripts would be various JavaScript and JQuery scripts that I would come across and file for feature use in other projects. But just the other day I thought to myself, “Why am I using tons of JavaScript and JQuery code for stuff that I know I could do with CSS?” With this in mind, I set out to make my process of creating a website’s menu a little easier.

I want to show you how to create menus with CSS. That’s right all CSS!

How To Create CSS Menus


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Create Menus With CSS

Today I have a great tip for everyone that I think you all will enjoy. Many times while working on websites and doing different projects I would reach into my recycled scripts and snippets to pull out my favorite navigation menus. I would decide whether I wanted a horizontal or vertical menu. I would decide how detailed it needed to be, then I would insert the code and begin editing. These scripts would be various JavaScript and JQuery scripts that I would come across and file for feature use in other projects. But just the other day I thought to myself, “Why am I using tons of JavaScript and JQuery code for stuff that I know I could do with CSS?” With this in mind, I set out to make my process of creating a website’s menu a little easier.

I want to show you how to create menus with CSS. That’s right all CSS!

Create Menus With CSS
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Learn HTML With W3Schools


Learn HTML With W3Schools
Hey guys, i just wanted to share another really great resource website called W3Schools. I’m always telling my readers and viewers to learn html with W3Schools because these resource will make your web development experiences easier, faster, and over all better.


W3Schools is a web developer information website, with tutorials and references relating to web development topics such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL. The site derives its name from the abbreviation for the World Wide Web; W3 is a numeronym of WWW. The site provides a reference manual covering many aspects of web programming, including technologies such as HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, ASP, SQL etc.
W3schools presents thousands of code examples. By using the online editor provided, readers can edit the examples and execute the code experimentally.

This website is packed with up-to-date standards and web technologies that will improve your web development skills for sure. My vote is definitely–learn html with W3Schools. Hey, don’t just take it from me, check it out for yourself!

Rockstar Consortium Sues Google, Samsung, and HTC

Rockstar LawsuitThat’s right, Rockstar Consortium sues Google, Samsung, and HTC today as they attempt to prove mobile phone patent infringement.

Rockstar, which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony, is going after manufacturers of mobile phones that run the Google Android Operating System. Rockstar spent around $4.5 Billion buying up thousands of patents when the telecoms giant went bankrupt in 2009. Google lost the bidding war and things have been kind of rough ever since. The Rockstar lawsuit claims Google has infringed seven patents that relate to the way internet search terms match up with relevant advertising.

In my opinion, this is just another one of those times when the big manufacturers play “who has the biggest guns”. So, I guess we will see in the coming months exactly how all of this is going to pan out.

Rockstar Consortium Sues Google, Samsung, and HTC

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