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Install Emby Server on Arch Linux

17th April 2015 at 23:26

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Emby, previsously known as Media Browser 3 is a web based interface that allows to view and manage movies, TV series and music among other things. Emby can also scrape metadata for Kodi and other media center software. Another major feature is streaming local videos over the network or internet with automatic transcoding which can be very especially when bandwith is limited. Unfortunately there is no simple way to migrate from Media Browser 3 to Emby due to shortsighted design of the database. The simplest solution is to export metadata with “Save artwork and metadata into media folder” option and then import metadata from media folder into Emby once it is installed.

Install & Configure phpMyAdmin on Arch Linux

12th April 2015 at 00:56

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phpMyAdmin is a PHP based database administration tool. It allows database management via the GUI web interface as well as executing SQL queries manually. It is a great addition to a LAMP or LEMP server stack. Before installing phpMyAdmin install Apache web server, install PHP and install MySQL / MariaDB database.

Install & Configure PHP on Arch Linux

22nd March 2015 at 23:29

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PHP is a popular dynamic server side programming language. It’s commonly used as part of LAMP stack together with Apache web server. WordPress and many other Content Management Systems are based on PHP and require it to run.

Install & Configure Apache Web Server on Arch Linux

21st March 2015 at 17:04

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Apache is the most popular web server in the world and makes a great choice for anything from a powerful production server to a small personal home server. It is often installed as part of LAMP web service solution stack.

Configure Buzzer Alarm Notifications on Arch Linux

19th March 2015 at 14:46

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Many motherboards especially older or higher end ones have a small speaker or more commonly a piezoelectric buzzer that can be used as an alarm. This can be very useful as a last resort for alerting users of serious issues when other notification methods fail to get the user’s attention.

Configure Shared XBMC / Kodi Database on Arch Linux

17th March 2015 at 23:12

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A centralized MySQL or MariaDB database allows any number of XBMC / Kodi clients to share the same media library and to be constantly in sync with each other. This also has potential to greatly improve scraping performance since only a single database needs to be updated. Most useful feature is probably the synced watch and resume counter which allows resuming of paused media from any client. Before configuring Kodi first make sure to install & configure MySQL / MariaDB on Arch Linux including the section on remote access to MySQL databases.

Install & Configure MySQL / MariaDB on Arch Linux

16th March 2015 at 21:48

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Relational database like MySQL is one of the required components to setup a web server as well as other rarer uses such as when configuring a shared XBMC / Kodi database. On Arch Linux MySQL has been replaced by a functionally identical community fork called MariaDB. The installation is also practically identical and as simple as can be expected though with a possibility of some odd errors.

Configure Command Line Notifications on Linux

12th March 2015 at 22:09

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Terminal notifications are not very useful these days since GUI is used far more often than command line. In any case it can be handy in some scenarios and it is good to know that no matter the mode of interaction the notification will always reach the user.

Install Media Browser on Arch Linux

12th March 2015 at 08:11

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Media Browser 3 is a web based interface that allows to view and manage movies, TV series and music among other things. Unfortunately Media Browser is unreasonably limited without paid features and that begs the question why one would use Media Browser when Plex Server is a much more well developed project. Free features still have some merit and Plex Server does not work with XBMC / Kodi which makes Media browser the only option in this case. The installation is painless so there is no reason not to give it a try.

Optimize XBMC / Kodi Cache Settings on Linux

8th March 2015 at 10:45

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Prior to changing cache settings install Kodi on Arch Linux. The default cache size in XBMC / Kodi is quite conservative especially when considering high bitrate streams. This lack of buffer can cause “Cache is Full” errors when streaming video and a general poor streaming performance. Increasing the cache should fix this issue. Cache settings are changed manually by editing advancedsettings.xml file which also has more cache related settings that can improve streaming.