Thoughts about “Going All In”

Many of your may have read the blog post I wrote two days ago about National Community Church’s leadership retreat.  I tend to be contemplative after an event is over or past.  I think over the things that happened in production and also in what was preached, said, done, or communicated.  The theme talked about going “all in”.  It encouraged the leadership of the church and volunteer leadership to commit to what God had called them to do in the church.  NCC has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years.  The focus that the pastors wanted to create was one that communicated a specific purpose and direction for the church that may have been lost in the rapid growth and expansion of the church.  It can be hard to feel a sense of ownership or a sense of familiarity in something that is always changing.  The rapid growth and new ministries and opportunities cannot be fully realized or developed if there are not committed and willing volunteers to back those ministries.  The leadership retreat served as a time of fellowship, encouragement, teaching, empowerment, and vision.  God has been doing some great things at NCC and has been richly blessing their faithfulness.

God has really been impressing on my heart how following Him cannot be a casual thing.  It can’t be something that I do one day and then do less of the next day.  I think of how in Revelation 3, the Lord speaks through John saying that He would rather have the church be hot or cold rather then lukewarm.  Otherwise, being lukewarm makes God so sick that he would rather spit you out!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be spit out by God!  I want God to tell me “well done good and faithful servant” at the end of my time on earth when I see Him face to face.

This may seem like a very basic thought and concept, but it is very important.

On the way home to PA yesterday, I was listening to the new Stellar Kart CD today and the song “Everything Is Different Now” caught my ear.  It talked about getting pulled into what God has for you and what He is doing in your life.  It talks about getting “caught up in your gravity”.  That phrase kind of hit me.  Caught up in your gravity…that is a phrase that is jam packed with stuff.  It implies a “leap of faith”.  It is also something you are drawn to.  It requires a decision that is irreversible and something that you cannot turn back from.  Once you jump into what God has and what He is calling you too, there is simply no turning back; you take that step…that jump… and you start falling further and further into what God has for you and living your life completely devoted to him.

Most of you know my degree is in music.  It has always been a part of me and has always been a way that I communicate beyond just words.  Music creates more of an emotional connection for a human being.  I just want to quote some lyrics from “Everything Is Different Now”.  These lyrics sum up what I’m feeling in my heart for my Lord and Savior right now.

It’s beautiful
How you surround me
Pull me in
And don’t let go
I am yours til the end
I am caught in your gravity
I’m not going back
To the way that it used to be
A sad sad song
That was yesterday

(CHORUS)
Everything is different now
You’re the love
I’ve finally found
Everything is different now
Because of you

Stellar Kart – Everything Is Different Now

Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/stellarkart/music/songs/everything-is-different-now-65392748

Thoughts?  Reflections of your own?  Comment, or email me jason@jasoncastellente.com

Equipped Podcast guest

Many of you who know me, know of my passion for audio and teaching audio.  You all probably know that I really have a burden on my heart for technology in the church and clearly communicating the love and the message of Jesus Christ through technology.  In December, I had the opportunity to speak on a podcast called Equipped which is actually now available on iTunes.  You can check it out here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/equipped-e01-websites/id398466957

Let me know what you think!!  Comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

National Community Church – Leadership Retreat

Today was the seventh day of working at National Community Church.  It has been quite a whirlwind.  I started at a crazy time for them because this past week, they were gearing up for one of their biggest events of the year.  Their leadership retreat was held at a campground in West Virginia.  The church believes firmly that their calling as a church is to invest in people and in leaders.  They believe this so firmly that they offer this leadership retreat to their leaders who are active in the church free of charge.  There were almost 300 people in attendance this past Friday and Saturday.  I really loved how they spent time teaching about leadership and helping their volunteers to sharpen their skills and develop new tools for being successful in their ministry.  That’s so cool…I love that they don’t just shove people into a ministry to give them the opportunity to serve, and then just leave them to figure it out on their own.  They give their leaders the “tools” to do their ministry well.

It was an interesting time for the production crew because we had a ton of crazy and insane things happen!  First, we had issues with getting the lighting racks flown.  Then, we had issues with DMX, then we realized that we had a bad dimmer pack up on the lighting rack.  After we finally got all of those issues squared away, we had plenty of other issues to deal with.  We had issues with a rental company showing up on time with our rental gear.  Eventually, it took them over a day too long to get the snake and screens to us.  We were past the start time of the event before the gear showed up.  What I was impressed with, was the grace that the leadership extended to the production staff and how much they applauded our efforts.  The leadership realized that the issues were out of our control, and they extended grace.  I really appreciated that.

I enjoyed the leadership retreat because I was able to hear different worship leaders in the church lead worship teams.  I was also able to hear three of the church’s pastors preach and hear their wisdom.

I am super tired at this point.  Tomorrow, we have staff meeting and then I’ll be heading home to Pennsylvania for some much needed time off and rest.  I’m excited to see my family and spend some time with them.

Feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

NCC Leadership Retreat Preparation

So, I’m two days into my work at NCC.  Everyone is working super hard in preparation for the leadership retreat NCC is doing this Friday and Saturday.  It is going to be at the Potomac Park Camp and the tech crew is loading up and heading out tomorrow (Thursday) morning.  I am looking forward to being involved in my first event with NCC and I can’t wait to hear the pastors of the church preach and teach for their leaders.  I’m sure there is much to learn and I can’t wait to hear their wisdom and knowledge.  I’m looking forward as well to working with new tech and production people.  Time to get some sleep.  It will be alot of work, but also alot of fun for me.

Comments are welcome or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com.

Here goes EVERYTHING

This weekend was my last weekend mixing for Chosen 2010.  We were at the second weekend of Penndel Winter Retreats at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center.  It was a weekend of memories for me.  Memories of Penndel events from the past, people including students I have met and talked with, leaders I have learned from, and media nerds I have been blessed to work with, and great times of music, teaching, worship, and seeking God with everything and through everything.

This weekend, the Youth Alive missionary for Penndel, Jason Lamer, told a story that impacted me.  His story went something like this…  There was a man who got on a plane.  He sat back and thought about where he was going and anticipated where he was going.  Or at least, where he thought it was going.  During the flight, the voice of the pilot came over the loudspeakers saying that the engine of the plane was on fire and that all the passengers of the plane would need to put on their parachutes and prepare to jump in order to save their lives.  The man on the plane was afraid and upset and as he prepared for what he had to do in order to survive, thoughts were running through his head.  He was thinking, “this is not what I had planned”, “this is not what I wanted”, “why does this have to happen?”, “this isn’t my destination”.  And as he stood on the brink of jumping, he took a deep breath and said, “Here goes nothing!”.

On that same plane was another man…another man who was eager and excited simply to be on the plane.  He was prepared for anything and was willing to go wherever.  He wasn’t afraid.  Sure, he had a destination in mind but he wasn’t hesitant to change direction if he was called to.  When the voice of the pilot came over the loudspeaker explaining that the engine of the plane was on fire and that everyone would have to put on their parachutes and prepare to jump, he leapt into action.  He grabbed his parachute and was first in line.  Thoughts were running through his head too, but they were quite different then the other man.  This man knew that this is not what he had planned but he was willing to change and do what was necessary.  No, it was not what he wanted, but it was what had to be done because he was commanded to do it.  I am sure he did not understand why it had to happen, but instead of being afraid of stepping forward and taking that jump, he was excited by it.  No, it was certainly not his destination, but he was thrilled that he was going to jump in spite of circumstances that may have not seemed ideal but ultimately, was the best thing to do.  And without hesitation, that man with the wind blowing in his face, leap out of the plain and shouted, “Here…goes…EVERYTHING!!”

The first man was more concerned about where he was going, then the ride along the way.  He was caught up in his own plans and life and what he was going to do rather then an experience that could change his life forever.  It certainly may not have been what he wanted, but it was necessary for him at that moment in time.  It was necessary for him to jump.  It wasn’t all for nothing; it was all for everything.

Sometimes, God changes the course of our lives when we least expect it.  He creates a path for us and points us towards it and then all of the sudden, there is a cliff.  A lot of times, when we see that cliff, we think that God has forgotten us, or he has abandoned us, or he doesn’t care about us anymore.  But, that is just the contrary.  He has NOT forgotten us!  He has NOT abandoned us!  He cares very deeply for us!  He has placed that in our lives so that by faith, we will jump.  He has placed that in our lives so that we can experience a fullness, a fulfillment, and an excitement that we have maybe never felt before.

This just really impacted me deeply and I have been thinking about it all weekend and I am still thinking through it.  My life is at a point like that now.  I am getting ready to jump into something that I have never really done before but I am looking forward to doing.  It’s a step forward that I am super nervous about taking, but it is also a major step forward.  Someone once said that to risk nothing in life is to not live.  I want my life to be worth living.  I want my life to count for something greater then myself.  I want my life to be a building block in the Kingdom of God.  I want my Savior and my God, to be proud of me and how I have invest what He has blessed me with.  I am so incredibly grateful for my salvation and for life.  May the things that I do, may they all be an offering back to the God to saved me and gave me life.

 

“May the word of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14

 

Lightining fast speeds with simultaneous voice…finally – The HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon

I think everyone saw the graphic on HTC’s website a few weeks ago which had the catch phrase, “It’s not your dream phone.  It’s the one after that.”  It certainly caught my eye.  And the fact that I love phones made me wonder exactly what was coming out.  It was apparent that it would be a Verizon 4G LTE phone, but still, you’ve got to be a least a little excited that something new was coming to HTC.

HTC has made some huge leaps in the smart phone market making some pretty sweet devices that are available for everyone on every major carrier.  Of course that’s part of the Android way.  It is an open-source “I love everyone” platform while phones like the iPhone have been pretty limited until more recently with the announcement of the iPhone for Verizon.  Although, I can’t say I am tickled pink by that announcement like everyone else seems to be.  You have to examine the facts before you get so excited.  First of all, the iPhone 4 for Verizon, as it stands now, is NOT LTE compatible.  So, in other words, if you are an early adopter, you’ll be disappointed when the new iPhone 5, or whatever they will call it, comes out before your two year contract ends and you are left with only 3G on your nifty new Verizon iPhone 4.  It’s great that you have the new personal hotspot, but still, wouldn’t you rather be able to use that personal hotspot with the new 4G LTE network instead of the 3G networks.  Granted, their 3G is still pretty fast for a mobile device, but I would personally rather have access to the fastest data if I am paying the same amount.

Many people also missed the fact that you can’t talk on your phone and use data at the same time on the new iPhone 4 for Verizon.  Some people say “so what”, but I think that can be a big deal if you are using the GPS and talking on speakerphone while driving to meet someone or trying to make arraignments or plans while discussing it with your buddy.  It’s kind of funny because Verizon, being kind of the “giant” of cell phone carriers, did not really have this while AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have had this capability for a long time.  This brings me full circle back to HTC.

The phone that HTC “pulled the sheet off of” a couple of weeks ago was the HTC Thunderbolt.  This is a phone is an Android phone that is compatible with the 4G LTE network.  But to me, the big selling point that really did not get much emphasis in the press release is that this phone is in fact able to deliver blazing fast 4G data and Verizon’s dependable voice coverage simultaneously.  And it also gives you the option to create a Wi-Fi hotspot which can carry the load of up to eight simultaneous connections.

I just happened to take note of this and thought it might be interesting to those you read my blog.

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Birth of the iDroid – How to dualboot your iPhone with iOS and Android

For the past year and a half, I have been using an iPhone unlocked and jailbroken on T-Mobile.  It started when my old Motorola W490 flip phone started acting up and I decided to go for it and bought a brand new iPhone 2G off of eBay.  It was a good deal and I used it for a while but eventually sold it and upgraded to an iPhone 3G.  Unfortunately, the 3G data hardware in the iPhone is not compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network, so I was confined to the bubble of T-Mobile’s edge network.  Although, the benefit to this was that since the iPhone was limited on their network, they let it go as a regular phone instead of a smartphone since it was limited to edge only.  I have only been paying $5 a month for unlimited data since I got it.  Not too shabby.

My problem now is that I am bored with it and I am tired of the limitations.  I have seriously considered going to AT&T but I got freaked out along with everyone else when data was recently capped at 2GB per month for $25.  I have gone over 2GB per month with only edge access; I think I would probably sail through that 2GB of bandwidth even faster if I had faster data.

I have been thinking about going Android on T-Mobile because I can still get the unlimited data that I really want and kind of need while still having a pretty nifty HTC smartphone.  Anyway, I was googling around and happened to find a way for you to dual boot your iPhone running firmware 3.1.2 jailbroken with the Android 2.2.1 ROM.  What the heck?  Why not try it?

So I investigated it a little further and found out that you can do this hack completely through Cydia using an app called bootlace.  This app basically creates “bootcamp” on your iPhone (similarly to running multiple OS’s on you Mac) where you can select your iOS, terminal, or Android when you power up your phone.  This is great because you can leave your current phone and everything on it in tact while you give Android a whirl.

Basically, you open up Cydia and look for the “Bootlace” app which is hosted by “Bigboss”.  Install the package and run the program.  It then checks to make sure you iPhone is compatible and makes sure your baseband and firmware will support the dual boot.  If it checks out, you just tap the “Openiboot” option and then tap the green “install” button.  It prompts you to continue at your own risk, which is your choice.  If you so choose to continue, you risk bricking your phone and having to do a full restore on it or restore from a back up.  It’s up to you, but I did it and it worked.  Just follow the steps and let the installer go.  Then, reboot your phone.  When you turn your phone back on, it will prompt you to choose your operating system.  Navigate with the volume rocker on the side and press the home key to select either, iOS, terminal, or Android.

I played with Android 2.2.1 on my iPhone for a little while and even made a call with it.  It seems to work fine for basic phone functions but is quite slow.  Maybe it would be faster if you had only Android on there instead of iOS as well.  The GUI was the same as any Android phone I have ever used and I was able to look through the options and settings.  I have to admit, I was pretty impressed that an OS like Android, that was not developed for the iPhone could run pretty decently on there and not really cause any issues with the existing iOS install.  You can tell that this is obviously a beta thing that is still being developed by open source developers all over.  That is simply the beauty of Android; the fact that it can be developed by all kinds of people wherever and then shared.

For the time being, I am running the normal iOS 3.1.2 for the time being.  I will probably be playing with this a little more in the next few days.  Overall, I do like the Android OS and would probably like having an Android phone.  I love the iPhone and have absolutely nothing against Apple or the iOS.  I just like to get my hands on new things and try things out.  That is one of the biggest reasons I am probably going to go Android.  The other issue is pricing and rates for the iPhone whether it is with AT&T or Verizon.  We will see what phone and provider I end up with after I take the plunge and move to DC.  Ultimately, service is the biggest deal so if I don’t have service where I live, work, and play, I’ll drop that carrier like a hot potato.  We shall see how things pan out.

If you are interested in learning more about Android on the iPhone or making an iDroid, check out the iDroid Project Wiki at the link below.

http://www.idroidproject.org/wiki/Main_Page

Also, feel free to check out my website at www.jasoncastellente.com

The iPhone vs. Android is a continual debate and I am sure after reading this, you’ll have something to say!  Feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

Android booting on my iPhone 3G

Penndel Winter Retreat Week 1 Production

One of the first events that I mixed for when I toured for Valley Forge Christian College was a Penndel  Assemblies of God youth camp at the Phillip Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle, PA.  I still remember the camp, stage design, theme and kids.  The theme was “Driven” and the catch phrase was “What drives you?”  They talked about living a life driven by God, the Bible and His ways and driving your live down the road He has marked out for you.  It’s been quite a while since that camp and Penndel books a VFCC worship team for most of their events and I have been to almost all of their youth events in the past two years and I have a great amount of respect for their communication of the gospel and how they do such an amazing job at meeting kids ranging from ages 12-17 where they are in their lives and helping them to learn and understand the Bible and what God has for them in their lives.  They clearly and consistently communicate salvation in a critical stage of their lives and then foster and encourage spiritually maturity and high standards in every aspect of life.  This is desperately needed in a generation of young people who want to feel that someone cares about them and understands them and their situation.

This past weekend kicked off a three consecutive weekend Winter Retreat 2011 for middle and high school students at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle, PA.  Their theme for this event was “Parallel”.  They are focusing on living a life parallel to the one that Jesus lived during his time on earth and to follow his blameless example.  I love how they have created an environment and stage design that reflects what the theme is and helps to non-verbally communicate and reiterate the message and theme of the event.

A big deal to me is that the Penndel Youth Department is committed to a great production in every aspect but also realizes that in order to cultivate growth in new leaders, they need to be given an opportunity to develop skills that they might not have otherwise had an opportunity to discover and then to take those skills back to their home churches and youth groups and use those skills to help communicate the gospel more effectively where they have been planted.  They do this by announcing that students can volunteer to help with the production.  Penndel runs full IMAG video for all their services in 1080p.  They usually have at least 3 camera angles that are feed to two huge 16:10 screens on each side of the stage.  They also use various LCD TV’s placed strategically in their stage designs which are usually pretty elaborate.  For example, at Winter Retreat this year, they had 5 levels of staging.  In their production room backstage, they have a portable video rig with a Panasonic video mixer, screen for video mixing, Mac Pro for recording and for running Renewed Vision’s Pro Video Player and a few Mac Mini’s running Propresenter through a network.  They use alot of student volunteers and interns to run the production.  It’s a pretty sweet opportunity for students because I know at that age I was dying to get my hands on gear like that and never had the chance.

Their most recent upgrade has been their own house sound system through the generous donation of churches and through new gear.  They run a Avid (Digidesign) Venue SC48 console as their FOH board.  They run a digital output to a BSS system processor which then goes to various Crest, Crown and QSC amps powering their EAW mains.  Their most recent purchase was new EAW SB2001 subwoofers and QSC PL380 amplifiers.  The subwoofers have dual 21″ drivers in each and they put out some seriously deep low end.

The masterminds behind this are Nick Palomo who is the head of the media department for the Penndel District.  He built the department up when he was hired and has created a standard for excellence while still helping to train up the next generation of talented production personnel.  More recently, Sam Cornwell has joined the media staff as the Youth Creative Media Lead bringing a new set of talents to the table.  This is all part of a youth department led by District Youth Director, Doug Sayers.

I have enjoyed working with the district for roughly the past two years and still try to make it a point to be a their events as much as I can.  I am extremely thankful for the time I have spent there because it is always a learning a growing experience.  They have taught me alot about production, event management, and being able to simply react to a situation positively and quickly solve whatever is necessary.  One of the reasons I have developed the skills that I’m going to make my living on is because of their investment in my life.  I believe you are blessed for sowing seeds into the kingdom of God and I know their investment has been yielding great returns not just with better and better events each time, but also through encouraging teens, giving them opportunity to shine, and through pouring their heart, soul, and life passions into students.  I have seen it with my own eyes and watched students develop and grow.

I’m excited for what God is doing spiritually and through their ministry and lives.  I believe God is going to great things because of how much they have poured into it and because of their selfless dedication.  I am excited to go back next weekend and mix again for Winter Retreat week 2 and for Chosen 2010.  I’m praying for God to do something big in the lives of the leaders, staff, media and production team, as well as the students.

Check out the Penndel District Youth Department at www.penndelyouth.com

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Feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

Thoughts, life, and the NEXT CHAPTER!

Looking back on my life, I am constantly amazed at how God has worked in me and through me.  We are created as worshippers of our Savior and King over all the heavens and the earth.  He sent His one and only Son to live a blameless life and to die a horrible death on the cross.  He rose again defying all odds and now offers eternal life as a free gift to those who are willing to accept it.  In return, he asks us to follow Him and walk in His ways.  He asks us to follow Him at all costs and to give our lives back to Him as a living sacrifice.

At a young age, I have always tried to follow in those ways and to live my life as unto the God who saved me.  Even though I am still relatively young, I have still been alive long enough to see that God has ordained my footsteps and has walked with me through various decisions in my life.  I am thankful for his provision and guidance.  Maybe not every decision has been “the right thing” but ultimately, God was still in control and He directed me down the paths that He had for me.

My last four years or so at Valley Forge Christian College helped me to learn and grow dramatically.  Through many professors and staff, I learned more then just academics.  I learned how to apply the practical academics, musical skills, and music technology into furthering the Kingdom of God.  VFCC did much more then just teach the skills, they encouraged you and many times gave you the opportunity to put those skills into practice.

One huge part of me putting things into practice and learning things through experience alone was the past two years of touring as an audio engineer for Pneuma 2009 and Chosen 2010.  Those summers and semester bookings taught me how to take the musical and technical skills I had learned and use them in a real application in real time.  I learned to think on my feet and with my ears.  I learned to jump right in and try my hardest to make something work.  And when I didn’t know what to do, God gave me the wisdom to know how to figure it out or to place something or someone in my path to help me press forward.  Also, throw in the variables of travel, relationships with people on the team, friends from school, family back home, and the day-to-day relationships I made with people along the way, and that makes for a challenge!  I know I grew and God taught me so much in those times.  Even now, I know I was so blessed to be part of Chosen and Pneuma these past two years.  The things I learned, the ways I grew, relationships I developed, the friends I made and the connections I made were awesome.  I am so thankful for Chosen and Pneuma and I pray that God continues to use them in ways bigger and better then they would have ever expected.

But, part of a journey includes moving on…moving forward.  I know I always want to be challenged and pushed to work harder and do more then I have before.  In everything I want to further the Kingdom of God while still using my talents and giftings that are from the Lord.  He gave me life and made a way for me to have eternal life; I feel like that in return, I should give my life back to Him as an offering of worship so that He may be glorified in my life.

That brings me to the next chapter of my life.  I have been offered a position as the production coordinator of National Community Church located in Washington DC.  National Community Church uses coffeehouses and movie cinemas as venues for church.  They currently have six locations in the Washington DC and Virginia areas and have plans to open more and to build a new building.  NCC began meeting in the Union Station movie theaters until they closed down.  They continued meeting at their coffeehouse, Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse, just a short distance away.  God, then, place a vision in their hearts to expand what they were doing into the movie theaters of the Washington DC area and surrounding areas.  They brought it before their congregation who decided corporately that this was the direction God wanted for their church.  And with that, the multi-site vision of National Community Church was born.  As God blessed their faithfulness, they opened more locations and currently they have six locations.  They are constantly looking at new locations where they can expand to and will be kicking off their seventh location later this year.

I am so excited about what God is doing at National Community Church and blessed to be able to be a part of their team reaching the Washington DC area.  I love their presentation and their style.  It’s so out of the box and new.  It’s relevant to the culture and meets people where they are.  They fuse what this generation gravitates to, the coffeehouses and theaters, and then reclaims that medium to communicate the Gospel and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

I’m still trying to work out logistics of moving to DC and starting the job, but it’s going to be fairly quick.  It will probably be around the end of this month.  It’s going to be interesting to figure all that out but I believe that God will lead me and guide me in this new chapter of my life.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me, worked with me, given me opportunities, and invested in my life over the years.  Without all of you, this wouldn’t have happened.

Feel free, as always, to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com

Home Theater Systems – Part 2 Linux running XMBC

The Linux platform has huge potential for development of media center entertainment options. It is open-source so basically anyone who wants to develop software can make something sweet run on there. Making a media center is either more complicated or less complicated depending on your experience. If you have the ability to build or modify the hardware of a computer, then you’re probably in good shape. If you can’t, you can always just pick up another system built with the specs you want. It is important to make sure you have some way to output HD video and a processor with RAM enough to make sure the computer can play video well.  The capacity to store a lot of data would be good if you have alot of movies, DVDs or TV shows that you want to archive on a hard drive.

There is software available for free to organize and display your video on whatever screen you might have. XMBC is a great program with a slick GUI.  You can check it out at http://www.xbmc.org.

XBMC is some pretty sweet software and is actually available for Windows, Mac, on Linux.  You can use it to manage your media library of music, pictures and videos.  It even has a weather widget within the software and an RSS reader so you can keep up to date on what is important to you.  The software offers settings within it so that you can use virtually any source for your data.  You can store your data on an internal drive, on another computer or even a network storage device.  This allows you access to all of your media all through one easy to use program.

Another interesting fact about Linux is that the file format used by Linux, is readable and writable through both Mac and Windows operating systems.  So, in other words, sharing files across other platforms is much easier and also giving your Linux media center access to all of your media is easier whether the media data is stored on Windows, Linux, or Mac file formats.

Anyway, at some point in the future, I plan on talking about different software I have tried for media and entertainment on various platforms.

If there is anything that you might think is interesting for me to know about, consider or think about, please feel free to comment or email me at jason@jasoncastellente.com.

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