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AlbumArtExchange alternative, or perhaps even better?

By Kode | | Website

With AlbumArtExchange’s policy of blocking entire countries from using its database, fanart.tv has been touted by some as a viable alternative to AlbumArtExchange for album covers. We have some very different goals from AlbumArtExchange though, they allow the same image at different resolutions, whereas we believe this is wasteful and only allow high quality images at a single high resolution of 1000 x 1000px. As well as a single image size, all our images go through a moderation process to ensure only the highest quality images are available, so while we might not have the sheer quantity, we believe we can’t be …
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Contributor statistics

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

About 5 months ago we added a Contributor statistics section, but other than a brief mention in a newsletter at the time we haven’t really explained what it is, how it’s used, and how to earn points. Firstly, don’t take it too seriously, we added it to create some friendly rivalry, and hopefully encourage people to become more involved in the site as well as giving people identifiable objectives to achieve. Submitting images The first and probably most important way to earn points is by contributing artwork.  The key on the contributor statistics page shows how many points are awarded …
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Personal API keys

By Kode | | Feature Updates, Latest News, Website

With the launch of v3 of the API we also introduced the concept of personal API keys, but it seems we never really posted anywhere why we added them or the benefits of using a personal API key. There were a couple of reasons for adding personal API keys, the first was to try and help with our problem of obscurity, last year our API was used nearly 2 billion times, but 99.9% of end users using our service will never have heard of us. Some well meaning developers make their end users get their own API key to use, …
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Top 10 API traffic 2014

By Kode | | Latest News, Lists, Website

Here is a round up of where the top 10 API requests came from in 2014 CouchPotato – 644,082,434 requests Artwork Downloader (XBMC plugin) – 209,834,813 requests XBMC – 206,617,136 requests MusicBee – 165,351,915 requests Media Browser – 135,124,989 requests MovingPictures (MediaPortal plugin) – 60,223,256 requests Bandtrace – 52,950,673 requests Media Center Master – 24,659,996 requests AlbumArtDownloader – 19,843,007 requests Mediaportal – 17,100,273 requests Just missing out on the top 10 were drimpal and Artist Slideshow with 13,449,252 and 10,704,100 requests respectively. Overall we had 1,720,436,424 requests in 2014. You can compare these results to last years list here. If you are inspired to create your own app, or want to use our API in your …
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Building a NAS Media Server Part Two: Choosing and installing an operating system

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Hardware << Contents >> Next: Software>> Choosing the right operating system for your NAS Media Server is essential. I recommend that you use a Linux / BSD rather than a windows based OS mainly because they require far less hardware resources. Another benefit is that common Linux / BSD distributions are available for free. If you have experience with any Linux distribution, you should consider using a server os based on that distribution. I have experience with CentOS 6 (running a VPS on it) Debian 7 (home server) and Ubuntu 12/13 (home server). I can recommend all three …
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Building a NAS Media Server Part One: Hardware

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Why? << Contents >> Next: Operating System>> Hardware You won’t need high end hardware to create a NAS media server since it is just holding and sharing your data along with some minor tasks that usually won’t need much CPU power. Mainboard The mainboard is the heart of our server. The more SATA ports you have, the more drives you can connect. A good choice is a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. It has 8 onboard SATA 6GB/s connectors. The Intel z87 chipset can only have 6 SATA controllers, so 2 of the ports are running on a single Marvell 88SE9172 …
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How to Build a NAS Media Server

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

If you have a rapidly expanding media collection, you’ll no doubt have experienced the challenge of where and how to store it. This step-by-step guide will help you build and administrate your own NAS Media Server, starting with choosing hardware all the way to applying the finishing touches. Why build your own NAS Media Server? Why should you build a network attached storage server instead buying one from a manufacturer? While there are a huge selection of prebuilt options are available, a custom NAS server can be much more flexible than a prebuilt system with it’s own operating system. If you’re planning …
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Building a NAS Server Part Three: Setting up your NAS

By Lucas Schad | | Media Centre, Tutorials

<< Previous: Operating System << Contents >> Next: Software>> Set up your NAS Server Setup your network configuration Since you are running a server I guess you don’t want to run it in dhcp mode. $ sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces sudo will run your command with root (administrator) privileges – you have to enter your password to do this. Further informations for the sudo command. Your output should look like this # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5). # The loopback network interface auto lo iface lo inet loopback # The primary …
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Babylon 5 – 20 Years Since The First Season Began!

By SFJunkie | | TV

Today 20 years ago on January 26, 1994, Babylon 5 kicked off it’s first season. Almost a year before that, on February 22, 1993, the pilot The Gathering aired and it took almost a full year before Babylon 5‘s first season began. Since about 1987 Creator J.M Straczynski had the Babylon 5 universe in his head. Five or six years before anybody heard of a Narn, a Minbari or a Centauri, they were already alive in Straczynski’s mind. He and Douglas Netter tried to sell it to various networks/companies but nobody seemed interested. At the time there was not a lot of sci-fi on TV, only Star …
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Removing advertisements from the site

By Kode | | Feature Updates, Latest News, Website

We know adverts are annoying, but for websites offering free services and without a sponsor, they are a very important part of keeping that service running. On the other hand a lot of our users already help us in other ways, so to thank them we will be giving users the ability to turn off ads if they match one of the following conditions. VIP Memeber Really help us out and become a VIP member, find out more on the VIP page as well as removing ads it also unlocks a load of other benefits. Moderators Moderators do a hard and …
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