Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category.

Automatic Shutdown/Wake Up on FreeNAS

In an attempt to conserve as much electricity as I can, I used some python scripting to automatically turn my FreeNAS server on and off as required. Requires programming knowledge.

OpenWRT, a great alternative to DD-WRT

A short opinion on the 3rd party firmwares DD-WRT and OpenWRT, running on my TP-Link TL-WR1043ND router.

FreeNAS: Simultaneous AFP/CIFS shares done neatly

Learn how to hide Mac OS specific files from being displayed to a Windows client when using simultaneous AFP and Samba/CIFS shares.

Network File Server using FreeNAS (Part 1)

Juggling around files can be a nightmare when you have multiple computers, especially when you use multiple operating systems. Trying to back up files can easily turn into a mess once you have multiple copies of files here and there, and you may constantly worry about hard drive failure.

By building a NAS yourself, you can solve these issues and save a lot of money compared to buying a commercial NAS product!

Home network setup

Recently, I made the change to fiber optic for internet, boosting my download/upload speeds to 5Mbps/5Mbps. At the same time, I decided that it was time to do some upgrades to the network in my house, in particular a gigabit network and having all computers on a domain. In terms of complexity, of course this is a very small network setup compared to those you get in large companies and campuses, but for a home network, it’s probably more than an average user may have.

Facelift

I’ve been tired of the look of my site for a long time now – so it’s time to welcome a new look, even though the content is still very old.

I probably still won’t be posting to this blog as much as I used to back in the old days, but hopefully for anyone visiting, it won’t be as much of an eyesore as it used to be!

Enjoy!

Mac OSX Lion not sleeping

While using a brand new 2011 iMac (21″), I noticed that putting it to sleep (Apple Menu > Sleep) would not work – the screen would turn off, but the computer itself would still remain on.

Here’s the solution – including an application which you can use!

16bit WAV Network Audio Streamer (Server/Client)

For one of my course projects, I decided to make a crossplatform network audio streaming server & client. Tired of low quality voice-chat, I decided to make something which delivers a lot better quality – i.e. 2ch 16bit wav.