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Category Archives: Tutorials

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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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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Navigating Fanart.tv

By akovia | | Tutorials, Uncategorized, Website

Well you managed to find your way here. Now let’s go exploring! This site has many faces that might not be so obvious to the uninitiated. The aim of this guide is to help you understand how everything is laid out, and how to get the most out of the site. Let’s look at the parts: The DataBase: These pages are the core of the site and the reason you are probably here. They are also the easiest pages navigate and explore. If you’ve already read the “Getting Started” guide then you should have a basic understanding of these pages. …
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Custom Made Doctor Who Lightbox Poster

By Kode | | Tutorials, TV

After seeing some awesome looking DIY lightbox posters over on avsforum I decided to make something similar, the information on avsforum is mostly from people from the US so hopefully this will help some people in the UK on where to source materials. I didn’t go for a full poster size one as that would have required 3 x 5M LED strips and was bigger than I wanted to make it, so instead I based my size around using a single strip and ended up deciding on making my image 1100mm x 230mm.   The Doctor Who Image   We are …
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Reflective cdart

By Peerless | | Movies, Music, Tutorials, Website

INTRODUCTION We all love our media collection. It’s easy to forget that not too long ago, we had to get up from our confy chairs and actually change the CD from the disc tray. Nowadays, we can easily convert our albums to our favorite format, and enjoy an organized and astheticaly pleasing media library. We do it primarly for ourselves, but it’s always nice to impress friends, who have absolutly no knowledge of media centers. They’re eyes glow with amazement and you never felt so proud of your media library… until: “Hey! There’s something wrong with the CD!” As he …
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