video is best enjoyed on the TV

We recently acquired an Asus O!Play HDP-R1. This is a small box which connects to the TV and the home network so it can play video shared over the network. Since our main source of entertainment is downloaded video, we’d been looking out for something like this for a while, and this one had the […]

basement music player part 1

Having got the old computer hooked up to the network I proceeded to work on its setup. My main intention for it is to play music from the network drive, while I’m down in the basement working on my other hobbies. I upgraded it with the latest Debian, since that is about the only Linux […]

recycling

A while back, I put our old computer elizabeth on a shelf in the basement. Frustratingly, it was fairly close to our cable modem, which is connected to the home network, but there is only a single cable run up to the router which is on the first (ground) floor, and which is where it […]

dns323 podcast and torrent downloader

I’ve expanded on my previous podcast downloader program so that it gets torrents as well. I was running Automatic but it seemed silly to have two programs doing more or less the same thing. I also didn’t like the configuration of Automatic, which has a global set of regexps it applies to all feeds to […]

home server upgrades

At home we have a D-Link DNS-323 and I think it is great. We originally fitted it with a pair of 500GB drives, but a while back I commented that once 1TB drives were available for below $100 I would upgrade. With the pre-Christmas sales that time came… To perform the upgrade, first I moved […]

the open wireless network debate

A while back I posted my tips on how to secure a home wireless router. I’ve been thinking about this again because Bruce Schneier started a debate about open wireless networks, by explaining why he leaves his open. I feel sympathetic to his viewpoint, but my network is not open, so why? My ISP’s terms […]