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Cole Brodine

About Me

Born Jan 7, 1982 (Extrapolate my age from that)

I'm a Distribution Engineer working for Nebraska Public Power District in Kearney Nebraska. I'm also a member of IEEE. I design Distribution power lines. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2005 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I'm married and have one child, both of which love MythTV.

I started of using Red Hat Linux in 2001 and moved to Suse, then Mandrake before settling on Gentoo as my Linux of choice in 2003.

My first PVR was a Replay TV which had the skip recording ability. It died and become unusable. I couldn't live without the "commercial skip" feature which was already squashed by Hollywood. Thanks to google, I found MythTV and have been a happy user ever since. I first installed MythTV version .17 on a Gentoo Linux box and have been upgrading and improving ever since.

I lurk on the mailing list, occasionally answering an easy question. I can also be found on the Gentoo Forums.

If you really want to know more about me, by homepage is although it is completely non-linux related. (My MythTV Link is passworded, so don't even try :) )

My MythTV Systems


  • Antec LifeStyle OVERTURE Black Steel Quiet Media Case
  • TruePower 380Watt ATX12V Power Supply
  • ASUS P4C800 DELUXE Socket 478 Intel Motherboard
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor
  • 1 GB of PC 3200 DDR
  • MSI MX440-T8X GeForce4 64MB DDR AGP
  • Lite-On 16x DVD +/- RW
  • 80 GB Hard drive (main drive)
  • 200 GB Hard drive (dedicated to recordings)
  • Hauppauge PVR-250 TV Tuner Card

Running Gentoo Base System with Vanilla Sources Currently running MythTV 0.20_p12599 from Gentoo's Portage Tree.

Dedicated Frontend

  • Shuttle ST62K Intel Socket 478 w/ built in ATI 9100IGP (RS300) Aluminum Case
  • 1 GB PC 3200 DDR
  • Intel Celeron D 315 Prescott 2.26GHz
  • Creative Labs 6x DVD Player
  • 12 GB 5400 RPM Hard drive (salvaged)
  • Serial IR Receiver (bought from LIRC and MythTV Store on Ebay)

Running Gentoo Base System with Vanilla Sources Currently running MythTV 0.20_p12599 from Gentoo's Portage Tree.

My Network

My TV Service

I have TV Service through DirecTV. I control the set top box using a serial cable instead of an IR blaster. Just Standard service so far, no HD yet. My DirecTV STB is connected to my PVR-250 via S-Video and a Composite Audio to Headphone adapter.

I use Zap2it for my TV listings.

My Other Computers

I have several other computers (7) running various versions of Gentoo and Windows XP. Most are either built by me, hand-me-down computers, or are Franken-computers. I've had some expirience with over clocking and water-cooling systems.

Contacting Me

E-mail is the best method to contact me. cbrodine+mythtv at

I use Gaim to Chat, so I'm usually connected to all the major chat networks.

MSN Messenger:
Yahoo Messenger: brodinec
ICQ: 5857320
Google Talk: cbrodine at