You may have read of the new 4K Advanced Format drives now becoming popular on the market. In fact, if you’ve got a drive larger than 1 TB, you probably have one, even if you don’t know it. I’ve found lots of people assembling home NAS servers using 2 TB drives, linux software RAID or LVM, and all of them are concerned about aligning various parts of the storage infrastructure to the new 4K format. But, thanks to libblkid, you don’t have to.
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On my HTPC, XBMC outputs sound over HDMI to a Panasonic TX-37LZD70 TV. This works great in most respects. However, there is a 2-second delay between when XBMC starts playing audio (music or video with sound), and when it actually outputs from the TV speakers. The sound is in sync with the video; it just takes 2 seconds to start. It’s annoying to always hear a theme song start part-way into the first few notes.