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A big increase in traffic on the way

By Kode | | Uncategorized

As some of you might know, trakt.tv is set to remove images from their API results at the end of October.  This is intended to reduce their bandwidth by around 850TB/mo. As a result of this change, fanart.tv’s bandwidth is set to massively increase as some developers start using us to provide images instead.  This has already started, and in just the last 5 days our bandwidth has doubled. We are currently at about 60-70% capacity, which means it’s likely we are going to need to upgrade some of our infrastructure.  If you are in a position to help us …
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Recent Email Issues

By Kode | | Latest News, Website

We have been having issues with people receiving emails recently.  It hasn’t affected everyone, but enough people that we have changed how emails are sent. If you have signed up for an account recently but never received your confirmation email, choosing “Forgot Password” should now allow you to reset your password. New signups should work fine.


The best Usenet provider? No, but it is the perfect Usenet setup

By Kode | | Latest News, Tutorials, Website

When looking for the best Usenet provider I soon realised it was harder than it sounded.  In this post I detail what I think is the perfect Usenet setup, certainly for my needs and I hope yours as well.  I spent a lot of time researching different providers to come up with what I think is the best value option. Some Background I was a Giganews Diamond customer for years, and while I was generally fairly happy with it, I decided to look into whether it was possible to have a more robust setup, for less money, and boy, was …
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Recent API Issues

By Kode | | Uncategorized

We were recently contacted by Cloudflare and told we were on the wrong package for the amount of bandwidth we were using (and the type of content we were caching, mainly images from the API assets) and that we should move to the enterprise plan for $2000/mo. Of course, this is more than a couple of years of donations so wasn’t remotely feasible, which prompted me to set up a varnish server to handle the asset requests. This was deployed nearly 2 weeks ago and has mostly been working perfectly, however there were a couple of teething problems and some continuing …
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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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