Breakages

Does breaking things count as progress? How about multiple breakages? So far I’ve managed to compile FreeNAS with varying degrees of success and failure. Either I’m not getting the commands right half the time or I’ve tinkered with something I shouldn’t have and reduced the reliability. Bugger!

FreeNAS, FreeBSD and fucking FFmpeg

Hitting a brick wall when you’re close to getting something finished is one of those things in life that you hope will never happen but generally tends to.  It’s exactly what happened to me yesterday in my quest to make a package for Serviio that I could just install on FreeNAS. Creating the FreeBSD build ...

Google Contacts meet Google Plus

Well, I don’t know who’s smoking crack at Google this week but the chocolate factory definitely needs to start taking some samples and testing for illegal substances. Apparently in the latest bit of joined up thinking everything in your Google Plus circles is now included in your Google Contacts. Now at first glance this might ...

That’s LAME

That's LAME
Well, whilst on my mission to make Serviio and FreeNAS live in perfect harmony as simply as possible, I’ve just stumbled upon the fact that LAME has been updated to version 3.99.2. Does anyone have a summary of the differences / new features  in version 3.99 as the changelog is absolutely enormous and it made ...

Fiddling with FreeNAS 1

Fiddling with FreeNAS
A few months ago I purchased a HP Microserver because it had become necessary to improve my storage arrangements at home.  Before then I had stored things, well actually everything, on a ReadyNAS Duo that had a been running on a pair of 500GB that mirrored each other for redundancy.  This was not an ideal ...

Tweets do not site content make

Tweets do not site content make
It struck me today that “social networking” whilst a great way of keeping in touch with people was actually sucking all the content away from my websites, especially this blog. I’ve had this site since 2002 in one version or another.  Ever since Twitter and Facebook showed up though it’s been even more seriously neglected. ...

Fix broken portage on RPS running OVH Release 2

Fix broken portage on RPS running OVH Release 2
It was always going to happen. With my current web host (OVH) when setting up my server (RPS) I chose to run it using their custom version of gentoo Linux (OVH Release 2).  They offer a number of choices but this seemed like the best pick because it was their release running on their hardware ...

Twitter Tools & OAuth Problems

Twitter Tools & OAuth Problems
Well, I’ve finally gotten to the bottom of this bloody stupid problem. If you have Twitter Tools installed and keep getting stupid error messages with no obvious issues in sight then check the date and time on your web server (I used this handy command line guide for my remotely hosted Linux web server). This ...

Connecting to a linux share from windows 3

Connecting to a linux share from windows
I’ve been having one of those annoying problems connecting to my NAS that I wasn’t able to pin down.  Finally after a bit of a rummage on the internet I stumbled across the following on Tomshardware.com: Hi all, I have  a similar problem with Ubuntu Server and Windows Vista and Seven. I have created a ...

Everything in moderation 2

Everything in moderation
Forum moderation.  Sometimes I really do wonder why people do it, myself included.  Recent discussions in the forums of FreddysHouse really have led me to wonder. Unlike a lot of forums on the internet that are set up by completing a form in 2 minutes on a free forums website, FreddysHouse has a bit of ...