ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

AWStats – how is my server being accessed

My recent blog about cron reminded me that I’d started this one, but hadn’t got around to finishing it.  I’m using cron in the same jail to run an hourly task to update the web statistic for AWStats that I’d set up in my reverse proxy jail.  I had AWStats set-up and running on my old FEMP jail, which I blogged about here.  It actually makes much more sense for this to happen on my reverse-proxy jail so I can track ALL of the stuff coming into my network.

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Philips Fidelio – now doing what it should!

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What is a Philips Fidelio I hear you ask?  Well, it’s an Airplay speaker I’ve had for about six years and for the most of that time it has gone completely unused, mainly because it was completely unusable!  After posting a review on the Philips website, I’ve now been sent a firmware updated, and it appears to be doing what it should, almost! read more…

Virgin Media Superhub 3 – even faster broadband!

You might remember earlier this year when I got a surprise call from Virgin Media and a new TiVo v6 box, which I blogged about here.  Well, this time it was my turn to call Virgin and try to negotiate a better price for my Broadband, TV, and Telephone services.  The result was a saving of £10 and a new Superhub 3 which will bump up my broadband speed from 200 to 300Mbps 😀

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SSL Certificate Renewal

It was time for my SSL certificate renewal, which I blogged about creating here.  At the end of that blog, the dry-run had worked fine, so I wasn’t expecting any issues with the renewal.  Expectations are not always reality though… read more…

Resize VirtualBox Disk

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I received an e-mail today telling me that CrashPlan hadn’t backed up for the last 3 days.  I have CrashPlan running in a VirtualBox jail as I blogged about here, and I very rarely check it as it just does its stuff in the background, and sends me a weekly update to say everything is fine.

So I used a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to check the VM and was surprised to see error messages to say it has run out of disk space.  When I’d set it up I’d created a virtual disk of 20GB, which I’d assumed would be plenty, but when I investigated it appeared to be all but full.  So the daunting task of increasing the size of the VirtualBox .vdi file, which I’ve done before on a Windows VM, but not one running in a Jail on my FreeNAS server. read more…

emby

The first question I’d be asking if I’d read the other Plex 🙁 emby:-) blog is whether emby is actually a good replacement for Plex, or is it just too much of a compromise?  Well, ‘out of the box’ so to speak, I’d probably say it wasn’t but it’s not too difficult to add in some of the missing pieces and after a few days configuring and testing I’d say it mostly is.

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Butterflies

Beautiful, aren’t they?  Never really thought about it?  Probably!  And why on earth are you blogging about butterflies? Good question, and one that probably needs addressing right now! (more…)

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