Author Archives: taliz

Flashing a dreambox via telnet/ftp

If you don’t have a nullmodem cable available this is an easy and fast way to install a new image on your dreambox. This method will only work with a .img image file.

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Home automation part II – location & day/night triggering

In part one I went through the setup of the Tellstick and controlling it via a browser and/or mobile phone app. In this part I’ll try to explain how to make it trigger based on your location and time of … Continue reading

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Making suspend & wakeup work on an ION board with Ubuntu, XBMC & MCE remote

Mostly for my own reference, but it might be useful for you too. Most of the problems and solutions I found via google was related to bugs in the 2.6 kernel, and the solution was often to downgrade. I am … Continue reading

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Automating your home – it’s easy!

Ever thought about how nice it would be to be able to power on, or off, everything in your home via your cell phone, or the internet? Just imagine one click on a button on your Android or iPhone and … Continue reading

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Setting UTF8 as default in FreeBSD shell & screen, useful for irssi

This is mostly for my own reference. Running irssi with UTF8 will produce garbage characters unless screen, shell and terminal(not documented here, most terminals use utf8 nowadays though) is also set to UTF8. The commands below will fix it, assuming … Continue reading

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Create a report of your Virtual Machine inventory in VMware vSphere with PowerCLI

Here’s a short Powershell script that outputs your virtual machine inventory to a csv-file. Replace VCip with the ip of your vCenter server. Replace VCuser and VCpass with, preferably, a read-only user with access to your vCenter environment. Save the … Continue reading

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Transcoding a stream from a Dreambox on FreeBSD using VLC

Do you want to watch your TV channels from home at work? Do you have a Dreambox? If so, continue reading. Streaming the raw output from a Dreambox over the internet usually makes it stutter. So transcoding it first to … Continue reading

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Setting up FreeBSD as a fileserver and Time Machine target in Mac OS X

Couldn’t find a post that was up to date, the closest one I found was this: http://thomas.pelletier.im/2010/01/time-machine-freebsd-and-afp-are-on-a-little-boat But it recommends Howl, which is deprecated. I decided to replace it with avahi. I based the avahi setup on these posts: http://www.kremalicious.com/2008/06/ubuntu-as-mac-file-server-and-time-machine-volume/ … Continue reading

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Finding ISOs mounted by Virtual Machines in vSphere

Well, I’ve never really gotten around to find a good answer on how to find which virtual machine has an ISO mounted. This has been problematic whenever moving the ISO storage, since it will just fail without telling you which … Continue reading

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