Mega Cloud Sync in Command Line on Arch Linux

Mega Cloud Sync in Command Line on Arch Linux

Mega is a more secure cloud based hosting service that encrypts your data unlike more common services like Dropbox. For very sensitive data it’s still advisable to go with a service that specialises in enterprise data security. Free users are supplied with 50 GB storage which is more than even a generous service like Copy which provides up to 45 GB with 5 referrals.

ESP8266: Configure as a Station / Client

Wire & configure ESP8266 07 Wi-Fi Module

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi module can function as a Station / Client which allows other Access Points (APs) to connect to it. Station (STA) mode is useful when the module will only send / push data to another device as opposed to receiving / serving data. Prior to setting up the module as a Station, wire & configure ESP8266 module. It is also possible to configure ESP8266 module as an Access Point or both AP and STA modes simultaneously.

ESP8266: Configure as an Access Point

Wire & configure ESP8266 ESP07 Wi-Fi Module

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi module can function as an Access Point allowing other Stations / Clients to connect to it like they would to any router. Prior to setting up the module for use wire & configure ESP8266 module. Besides configuring the module as an Access Point it is possible to configure ESP8266 module as a Client / Station or both modes simultaneously.

Install FlexGet on Arch Linux

Install FlexGet on Arch Linux

FlexGet is a download manager similar to NZBGet or uTorrent Server except that it is Command Line only and has no Graphical interface. It can handle torrents as well as nzb’s and can be configured to download content from many sources including rss. Since it has no graphical interface it can be quite complicated to configure. On the other hand it is not limited to downloading specific media types like movies so it is very powerful in how it can be configured. If couchpotato, sonarr and headphones just isn’t enough, Flexget can fill in the gaps.

Install Home Assistant on Arch Linux

Install Home Assistant on Arch Linux

Home Assistant is a Python 3 based home automation platform that can interface with a plethora of devices. It is relatively new and thus requires some knowledge especially when configuring it. Most of the configuration is done via YAML config file.

Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels

Setup Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels

There are multiple methods and devices to get Ambilight like effects. One of the simplest is to use Arduino with WS2801 or similar lights. Arduino is easy to program with the help of Adafruit library. Boblight Add-On for Kodi (XBMC) along with the Boblight Daemon outputs the required data from the video stream to Arduino via USB or possibly another communication method.

Setup Ambilight with Kodi & Boblight on Arch Linux

Ambilight with Boblight Add-on & Kodi / XBMC on Arch Linux

Boblight uses server-client model and consists of two component parts. The client component captures video or audio input, processes the stream and sends the resulting light data to the server. In this case the client is Kodi Boblight Add-On. Boblight daemon – boblightd runs in the background and translates the light data from the client into commands for the external light controller such a Arduino. Before configuring the software build Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels.

Install Mosquitto MQTT Broker on Arch Linux

Install Mosquitto MQTT Broker on Arch Linux

Mosquitto is a lightweight MQTT broker that uses publish/subscribe model. Since it is written in Python it can run on practically any Linux and many other systems. It also comes with command line utilities to publish and subscribe to MQTT clients.

Install Tvheadend on Ubuntu 14.04

Install Tvheadend on Ubuntu Linux

Tvheadend is a TV streaming server for Linux. Hardware devices can be managed and live TV can be viewed directly via the web interface albeit with somewhat of an outdated user interface. It makes a great back-end to a media centre such as Kodi. Among other things it can also record based on user defined schedule.

Install Deluge on Arch Linux

Install Deluge Server & Web Interface on Arch Linux

Deluge is a Python based torrent client that consists of a back-end and front-end components. Daemon runs in the background while the interface can be one of several options. For a headless server web interface component is the most obvious option.

Fix YouTube Stuttering Video in Chrome

Fix YouTube Video Stuttering

YouTube stuttering can be very frustrating and make certain videos practically unwatchable. There are many reasons why this may happen such as a slow or overtaxed computer, insufficient bandwith or even issues with the video service. Often however even with more common issues eliminated stuttering can still persist.

Install aMule on Arch Linux

Install aMule the eMule like Client for e2Dk and Kademlia networks on Arch Linux

aMule is an eMule-like client for eD2k and Kademlia networks. While these networks are quite outdated by today’s standards, they do occasionally have older content not available anywhere else. It comes with a web interface that has limited configuration options.

Force Hard Drives to Sleep on Ubuntu 14.04

Activate Num-Lock at Boot on Ubuntu 14.04

One of the more important traits of a good home server is low power consumption. Hard drives can account for a big chunk if not the majority of power usage of a home server depending on the number of drives. Most hard drives can be put into sleep or stand-by mode to reduce power usage dramatically. Western Digital drives require a more forceful method which is where hd-idle tool comes into play. Hd-idle is a simple tool that can force both SATA and USB hard disk devices into stand-by mode.

Install Xorg X11 Window System on Arch Linux

Install Xorg X11 Window System on Arch Linux

Xorg is required to have any output on the display and which in turn requires video drivers to be installed. There is practically one choice when it comes to a window system – X11, aka X Window System. Certain additional packages need to be installed to enable keyboard support, hardware acceleration and more. Depending on the hardware more packages may need to be installed. They can be found in the xorg package that contains all dependencies however it is wasteful to install so many unused packages.

Install Calibre eBook Manager on Arch Linux

Install Calibre ebook managment software on Arch Linux

Calibre is an eBook management application that can be used on multiple platforms. Calibre server on the other hand runs as a web service. It is not as feature rich and seems very outdated, buggy and clunky to use. It is however the only option currently available and does provide basic functionality that allows to browse and download eBooks from a web browser.