Why not use a Raspberry Pi to create a NAS as opposed to running a full server. This howto, blatantly copied from Computer Shopper 324, with a few tweaks, shows you how. Continue reading
I have a penchant for making full screen slideshows with a clock on them
Bought this little ultrabook, an i3 core, for the wife, has W8 on board and a great little machine, except for the fact the wireless kept dropping out every time I/she used it and required significant fiddling to get it working again, only for it to drop out again.
Checking online found many people with the same problem, given that Samsung ultrabook all have the same wireless card, an Intel Centrino Advanced-n 6235.
My router was kicking out DHCP and WPA2-Personal
So how to fix:
- Went to the Intel site and download the very latest drivers
- In Settings for the card, changed from AES to TKIP encryption
Connection is immediate and solid now
So new PC, i5 core 4670K, 4gb ram, Nvidia GTX 650, Triple Boot of W8, W7 and Xubuntu 12.04.3
W8 everything works except for DVB Stick
Xubuntu everything works except for Eyetoy webcam and DVB stick sometimes
W7 everything works
Shame as Eyetoy and DVB used to work fine on last system with 12.04
I just flick betwen the three of them depending on what is needed, and a boot to W7 then a reboot to Xubuntu makes the DVB work
Come on everyone!!
I need to write up the top of this post about Webconverger, but have been busy figuring out all the useful options for it. In simple terms, its a locked down bootable kiosk. Very clever, works on 486 and 686-pae machines. Also here so I can browse this whilst booted into webconverger 😉
http://webconverger.org Continue reading
This is a dirty hack that tidies things up a bit, depending on how your cli system is set up. I was too lazy to hand configure my wireless card, so I used wicd-curses. However, this doesn’t kick in until I am booted up. So I get the waiting for network delays of @ 1.5 minutes on the plymouth screen. To remove these, I had to edit a file:
sudo nano /etc/init/failsafe.conf
and then comment out the two sleep commands related to these messages, and comment out the resultant message about booting with no network. The segment in question should end up looking like this:
# Plymouth errors should not stop the script because we *must* reach
# the end of this script to avoid letting the system spin forever
# waiting on it to start.
$PLYMOUTH message --text="Waiting for network configuration..." || :
# sleep 40
$PLYMOUTH message --text="Waiting up to 60 more seconds for network configuration..." || :
# sleep 59
# $PLYMOUTH message --text="Booting system without full network configuration..." || :
Just remember you have done this if you decide to change your networking approach!
We have seen in my previous post how I setup the DPF to work against the framebuffer. Now it was time to automate things a bit.
- Autologin on Startup
- Start gnu screen on Boot
- Uploading New Images
- Screen On/Off Timer
- Reboot Timer
- Shutdown Timer
- Unique names/shuffle for file list
- Cycle Colour Change for Clock ?
Been wanting to have a go at this for a long time, and finally found some time to sit down and hack my way through it. Everyone else on the web seems to have used X to do this, but encouraged by all the work done on the cli and framebuffer by KMandla I felt this could be done. Now I’ve done all the hard work, I am happy to share it with you!
I won’t say which ones, but BT have taken it upon themselves to prevent access to some web sites urls.
There is a way round this using a proxy service called Tor, I’ll show how for Xubuntu. Tor also offers benefits of more anonymised browsing on the interweb.
This had me flummoxed for a while, if I wanted my HTC ONE-X or Jabra Clipper to connect to the PC, I always had to go into devices and then select audio sink before it would connect, this is having previously paired and trusted the devices.
A foray into /etc/bluetooth/ showed all the .conf files for bluetooth, including audio.conf.
In there is a setting for auto-connection. All you have to do is remove the comment from the last line of the coda, save out then restart bluetooth, and your devices should automagically connect next time you try
# Automatically connect both A2DP and HFP/HSP profiles for incoming
# connections. Some headsets that support both profiles will only connect the
# other one automatically so the default setting of true is usually a good
This is going to be of great help when using bluetooth headphones on our htpc, and also with my carpc for either connecting the phone to the car, or for other bluetooth uses (yet to be discovered but keyboard or remote possibilities)