I am 71, a retired computer programmer who last worked on a Cray YMP using UNIX and I wrote programs in C about 1990. I have been retired now for 15+ years. I spend some time of the DirecTV forum and the DBSTALK forum discussing Directv HD-DVRs. I had a used eSATA and I was going to mount it on a new HD-DVR, but for some reason I decided that I wanted to look at the recordings on disk. I did not know it was coded in LINUX and it was XTS (real time). Anyhow I downloaded Ubuntu Linux (for free) and made my PC into a dual boot PC, ie MS Vista or Ubuntu Linux. It was tricky getting a "clean superblock" on the eSATA, but after several trys I got it to work okay. I did a ls -lat and found the data directory and I did another ls -lat to see the previous recordings. All this got me to thinking about "old times" and I decided that I would get a few books and run some c. I had hoped that I would remember more, but I am sad to say that I didn't. So I am a old old novice novice C programmer. I am afraid that means I may be asking a lot of "not too smart" questions.
Best Wishes to ALL!!