Lame site and Xbox to boot

I was starting to think that my site was getting little to no attention.  I hoped that if I were to update it to the new version of WordPress it would spur my interest again … but yet all it has done is create 3-4 new posts all talking about an upgrade.  Not exactly what I call good times in the world of blogging.

After hearing Chase talk about his new fairly new Xbox setup with XBoxMediaCenter installed I was wanting to get an Xbox and do the same.  And I think the stars might be aligned just right or something as Brian and I were talking the other day and he actually just picked up an Xbox and is looking to sell it, even has the DVD remote which is a plus.  So after talking with him, I was going to go to Vegas and get it this weekend, but I had forgotten this was the same weekend Alexis was coming to visit me for her spring break.  I have made other plans on getting the Xbox though so I should have it Monday afternoon if all goes as planned. 

From there I am planning on installing a new hard drive in it (120 gigs) and installing XBoxMediaCenter, this will replace the MythTV Box that I recently created.  I have no plans on getting rid of the MythTV box but instead, I am going to turn that into a Fileserver/Backend/Desktop and just stream all recordings to the Xbox.  I am creating a new category on the site here for the Xbox and will be posting updates to how the install goes and everything that I do to it.

HostingCon.2006 and the Vegas Experience Explained

I thought that I would take a minute to sit back and write about the whole trip to HostingCon 2006 in Las Vegas. The drive to Vegas began at 8am on a Sunday, I got there by 11:15am. It was a very hot drive, the Worlds Biggest Thermometer claimed it to be 120 degrees out. After getting to Vegas I just dinked around and got situated for Monday morning. Out of the many pointless trips I have made to Vegas this was not one of them. All in all HostingCon wasn’t as great as I thought it was going to be, but then again I have never been to something like it so maybe I was just expecting more. The exhibit hall was pretty impressive… well most of it was anyways. I got a ton of free Pens, shirts and some other odds and ends. Liquid Web, Microsoft and Modernbill seemed to have the best booths there, the others were just so so. Anyways I learned a lot about SEO/PPC which was my main goal for going. I also learned a lot about Google and how their search engine does the rankings which was pretty interesting. They take a lot of different things into account that I never would have thought of checking. Besides HostingCon I got to hang out with Brian and his Girlfriend which was cool. One of the nights we ended up at the Palms, saw Robert Duvall and ended up in a hotel party on the 26th Floor of the Palms. Was a sweet view and a nice room, Lil John was even at the party hanging out. The night didn’t end there, but it did end when I was escorted out of the strip club. Gotta love Vegas. On the last night I was there I found a Sony DSC N-1 Camera at a club. Its pretty slick, I can say its better than any other camera I have ever owned.