Hardware

disks

  • native command queueing (NCQ): a SATA tech that allows HD to internally reorder operations
    • also used in SSDs but for a reverse purpose: because the SSDs experience latency in the CPU; this allows for a batch of operations to be issued
    • obsoletes PATA tagged command queueing (TCQ), which was CPU intensive

Wireless NICs for Linux

work out of box:

avoid:

  • sabrent usb-a11n (RTL8188CUS, 12.04 defaults to RTL8192CU)

  • asus usb-n13 (RT3072, 10.04 works if correct drivers)

  • trendnet tew-423pi (RTL8185L, 10.04 defaults to something else and still sees disconnects if correct drivers, 12.04 works)

Media Players

  • sony bdp-s3100
    • blu-ray
    • netflix hulu+ amazon pandora
    • tv sideview (stream from android/ios app)
    • dlna client
    • released 1/2013
    • $118
    • audio issue: losing audio occasionally for couple secs
  • apple tv 3rd generation
    • $100
  • xbox one
    • blu-ray
    • many apps, games
    • incl kinect
    • $400
  • roku 3
    • many apps, dlna
    • no disc
    • $100
  • boxee
    • can stream to devices
    • cloud DVR
    • $100