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Synology USB Station 2 first quick overview

Posted 07-16-2011 at 05:56 AM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

Recently I've bought this quite nice boxie, mainly for playing with it.
Here's what I have in mine, I've updated to next available firmware version, 1417, since last one almost got my box broken.
BusyBox v1.16.1 (2010-09-18 17:01:14 CST) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

USBStation2> echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches 
USBStation2> free
              total         used         free       shared
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Building an open-desktop environment

Posted 07-08-2011 at 01:25 PM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

It's more a notes for myself, but can be useful for someone.
My target was to build a lightweight X11 desktop system that will perform very basic tasks, but my extra requirements were an ability to use clipboard manager with history.
Previously, I've been using Xfce for a long time, but, when it came to impossibility of taskbar manual sorting in it, I decided to go for something much more minimal.
Though, my first attempt was to build xfce-panel from 4.6 tree, which I successfully...
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How does I/O error for HDD read looks like?

Posted 05-20-2011 at 04:01 AM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

A bit of scary story with happy ending. Below I describe how failing HDD may look in your syslogs, and how I "resolved" this issue.
NOTICE: when you see I/O errors anywhere, or you see something like this in syslog YOUR FIRST TASK IS TO MAKE BACKUPS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!!! ONLY WHEN YOU ARE SURE YOUR DATA IS NOW BACKED UP AND SAFE, you may proceed with something like "fixing"!

Recently had an accident involving few bad blocks on HDD. The target was Seagate...
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Two computers, one old acoustic system, no digital input: what to do?

Posted 05-09-2011 at 03:07 PM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

The short answer could have been "utilize analog and digital inputs" but my case here is quite old system having only one input.
I didn't really look into this question until I had to, today.
Some days before, when I was experiencing troubles with sound in Steam I installed pulseaudio and during search for it noticed "network" word in description. So I thought maybe I can set it up so I will send sound from second computer to first(over gigabit home LAN), which...
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More notes on HD video playback in Linux: vlc code++, mplayer speed++

Posted 04-26-2011 at 10:16 AM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

Few days ago I've built a new gentoo environment: my previous system became a junkyard, so I ended up rebuilding it. First thing I've tested, is how it runs HD.

To mention entire list of updates:
Old system: Linux x86_64 [amd64], nvidia-drivers 260.19.29, libx264 0.0.20101029(portage), mplayer 1.0_rc4_p20100612(--version gives SVN-r30554-4.4.3), vlc 1.1.4.
New system: Linux x86_64 [amd64], nvidia-drivers 260.19.36, libx264 0.0.20110223(portage), mplayer...
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