Category: Hot Stuff

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Bootable Windows ISO

It appears that either I got a bad ISO for Windows 7 or Microsoft generally provides unbootable ISO’s. In either case, I was faced with the problem of getting a 2,5GB Windows 7 ISO which would not boot from a...

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PS3: Recovery menu – fix your BluRay issues

It appears that more and more people suffer failures on the PS3 where games don’t load or the BluRay drive seems to fail. A number of people have reported that in most instances the issue seems to be a corruption...

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DSL switching – improve your gaming

Network response and ping-time are the most important factors when it comes to gaming. In South Africa (and perhaps other countries) the so called “unshaped ADSL access” is extremely expensive (twice as much as normal, shaped access). Axxess DSL has...

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Squid: Restrict access to websites

If you have followed my guidelines on how to install Squid, you might have noticed that the assumption was, that your home-user base would not abuse the net. You add a ten-year old on school-holidays and YouTube to the mix...

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PS3: Rip your DVDs with full surround sound

A good 5 months ago, I showed you how to rip DVDs and play them with 5.1 surround sound via a simple vobcopy command on Linux. Although the method was quick, I didn’t realize that this was not easily possible...

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OS X: Time Machine backup

My article OSX Time Machine backup to Synology DS107+ has been really popular over the last few months. The comments on the posting alone should provide a feel of how well this worked for most of the OSX users. I...

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PS3: Get the latest firmware

My Synology NAS is really versatile and fulfills the most mundane tasks. At this point in time the NAS serves up my iTunes, streams HD-movies to the PS3, has all my software stored centrally, is used as an iPhoto server,...

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ADSL router statistics

In a previous post I explained how to gather statistics for your Netgear DG834 DSL modem router. Thanks for all the donations!! I have made some subtle changes in the router.cgi to display SNR/attenuation in one chart and display the...

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NAS: Create your own caching proxy

There you are, with that 1TB NAS and you surf mostly the same websites and in the process waste plenty of time waiting on downloads. So why not install your own Squid-proxy server on your NAS? With the Synology and...