24/10/13 23:11, by , Categories: computing
UPDATE: Please note Michael's comment below - this post is now out of date, as they have moved to gibhub permenantly. The latest branch should also not require all of the steps required below (particularly to do with Perl).

My previous post appears to have garnered a fair bit of interest from those running a local Squeezebox Server on their Pi, and there was a particular demand for the .deb package that I compiled based on my own compiled system. So, with 7.8 being released and my understanding of the SBS system continuing to improve, I think it's about time that I updated my tutorial and generated a proper .deb from source...

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HostPapa (In)Secure FTP

  06/03/13 12:11, by , Categories: computing
UPDATE: So, I've had an update from HostPapa. I can summarise this post with the following three quotes from support I have had in the last fortnight:
   "FTP over SSL/TLS wont be supported on our servers."
   "We do not provide with SFTP at HostPapa anymore."
   "It appears the only option is to use plain FTP."
Quite incredible.

UPDATE 2: Another update from HostPapa. I appear to have found my way to a more senior member of staff, who finally apologised for the issues and lack of clarity. In what seemed like the best solution at this point, they cancelled my contract and refunded the remainder of the term. So I'm now with another host - the rumours are that this one is just as bad, but it is cheap...!

After a fortnight of frustration with my host, HostPapa, I need to vent my irritation somewhere. A blog post seems the ideal solution!

HostPapa have served me excellently over the past couple of years: 'unlimited' space and bandwidth (presumably not truly unlimited, but certainly more than I currently need), and a relatively complete offer in terms of server functionality. There have of course been issues: their shared servers allow access to a shared /tmp directory, which caused me problems once, when someone else had previously installed a blog package, leaving detritus which prevented my install due to ownership issues.

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  29/09/12 09:39, by , Categories: RPi, squeezebox , Tags: logitech media server, raspberry pi, raspbian, rpi, squeezebox, squeezeboxserver
edit: new post for version 7.8 here, (to include a deb package)

It's been a long time coming, but Logitech has finally dumped the fantastic Squeezebox systems they bought from Slim Devices some years ago. Ultimately, I think they never understood the product they bought: incredibly powerful and widely revered for its audio fidelity/quality, its plugin structure, but requiring a fairly high level of technical expertise. From my original SB3, I now have a selection of players round the house, run from my home server. And perhaps I should treat myself to a Touch before they disappear forever...

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The Pi-Server

  26/09/12 21:59, by , Categories: Uncategorized , Tags: pi, raspbian, server

Let's start with a prediction: The Cloud won't last.

That might be controversial, but having been running my own home server for a couple of years, I think that the future is going to see everyone owning their own "personal cloud" system: probably in the form of a small box you plug in at home, and that stores and runs everything on every device you own, wherever you are.

That means not only your photos, videos and music stored safely on your home network and streamed to your phone, but also all your applications, settings and desktop too. You arrive at work; your phone is wirelessly connected; and the screen flashes up with the desktop as you just left at home. You're on the train; you open you phone to continue watching the same TV programme you were watching on TV last night.

Anyway, that's not the point of this post, which is actually a refresh of my home server setup. Having been playing with my Raspberry Pi for a couple of months, I think it's going to make an excellent replacement for my old Buffalo Linkstation which currently holds together my home network.

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