Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Technology Post - Geexbox

Do you have an old computer or a laptop/net book sitting around just gathering dust? If so then I have an entertaining suggestion for you: Geexbox.

Geexbox is a fully standalone media player that loads from system boot on a flash drive to play movies, music and pictures. Check out the site for all of the details.

I have an Acer Aspire One that I keep beside the bed to watch movies on and to listen to audio as I go to sleep. This past week I have gotten strung out on a show from *HULU called 'Daybreak' - it is a cross between '24' and 'Groundhog Day'. Daybreak aired for half of a season in 2006/2007. I Watched all thirteen episodes twice. I have Geexbox loaded on one of my 4GB flash drives and since the program itself only use 23MB, that leaves a lot of room for movies and music.

When I get ready for bed I fire up the net book and press F12 to to bring up the boot menu so I can select the drive and let Geexbox do the rest. The Geexbox menu system is very easy to use and navigate through.

I usually have bible teaching going as I sleep and this lets the Word of God slip into my unconscious mind. It does make for some interesting dreams.

Any questions that you might have about Geexbox can be sent via the blog comments section; I am happy to share this cool application with you.

The next thing that I want to do is build a small PC with good HD video out and plenty of RAM so I can hook it up to my HDTV in the living room for instant access to our video collection that I could rip and store to the Hard Drive and even stream content over the household wireless network.

4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5, King James Version)

Audio of the day: Dr. Chuck Missler and part Five of Twenty-two in his study of the Book of John.

Study #5 - John Chapter Five (15.80MB MP3)

This collection of audio is from the 1990's and is not the most recent series of studies in this book. You can find the most recent recordings for sale at Dr. Missler's website The audio that I am offering can be found at Firefighters For Christ free of charge.


Spitfire said...

Sounds like a really cool program. What kind of platform does it need to run? (I think platform is the right know: XP, 2000, Vista, MacOS)I don't have an old puter not being used right now, but it's great to keep in the back of my little pea brain! Little Critter is using the old puter in his room...lots of stuff for him with no internet access. (Yep, Mom and Dad are SO mean!!!)
But my laptop is getting pretty old and once we finish paying off bills, I'd love to get a newer, better equiped Geezex could be great to use on this laptop. Hmmm. We'll have to see. Shalom, Spitfire

Christopher Willis said...

Good Morning Spitfire,

Geexbox is a self contained operating system; a very limited one because it is only a media player. The OS is a Linux kernel that loads into memory from the flash drive, it does not matter what OS is installed on the machine itself. Geexbox runs directly from the machines installed memory and the hard drive in the machine is just used for storage. I hope this answers your question.