Organize and Enjoy Your Media with Plex

In a couple recent posts regarding my home media server, I discussed Plex, an amazing software package that includes server and client software along with a web player and mobile apps. Though you can read all about Plex at plex.tv or in my previous posts, I want to take a few minutes to discuss some of the features that makes Plex a powerhouse when it comes to enjoying your media.

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Media Server - Updates

As mentioned sporadically throughout the first four media server posts, the original setup has changed. While the server has stayed mostly the same, nearly every aspect of playback has changed in at least some small way. As one may expect, not every change made was for the better. However, 9 months of incremental tweaks have resulted in a stable environment that has provided hours of hassle-free enjoyment. Complete elimination of the Lenovo Q190, server hardware changes, and an adjustment to remote playback are all discussed in detail below.

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Media Server - Playback

The forth and final planned Media Server post is not about the server itself but rather about the actual viewing of content stored on the server. With the server protecting my data, it was time to start enjoying the time and money spent thus far.

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Media Server - Server Software

This third Media Server post details the server software that makes the server a server. From operating system to data protection, choices are nearly endless but the few selected below represent the easiest and most feature-filled combination I could put together.

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Media Server - Hardware

This second post of the Media Server series describes the server hardware. Though there is an external Blu-ray drive, universal remote control, and a different PC as the media client, this post focuses on internal server hardware. Without further adieu, the hardware:

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Media Server - Overview

I have spent years building an extensive movie collection that requires lots of shelf space and is useless when away from my Blu-ray player. Before buying yet another bookshelf I decided to research ways to digitize my collection. What began with a dozen movies occupying a few gigabytes has since grown to include my entire movie collection occupying over 7,000 gigabytes. As usual, the road to where I am today was not easy and included plenty of missteps along the way.

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The "new" new JustinVoelker.com

For what seems to be the millionth time, JustinVoelker.com has been rebuilt, repurposed, and redesigned. Originally a playground for web development and self-learning, it quickly became a personal blog which eventually transitioned to an extremely small technology blog. At its inception, the purpose of the technology blog was to document for others (and myself) small technology-related tips to make like easier, safer, or more enjoyable. For example, disabling an irritating popup when connecting your phone to your computer or enabling secure browsing for Gmail and Facebook. I quickly ran out of topics that truly interested me and the site stagnated.

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