Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Musing

I'm bored waiting for my friend to go and return from the States with my latest toy. I'm getting the new Linkstation LS Pro XHL - it's basically a LS Live v3 (Bittorrent model) with a faster CPU (1.2Ghz Kirkwood ARM processor) so should be ideal for usenet downloads and bittorrent. I already posted how to bootstrap this box on NAS-Central forums so I can add IPKG and Optware. Now some waiting!!

Also built a mini ITX rig. Based on Intel's D945GCLF2 mobo - that has an Atom 330 (dual 1.6Ghz). It's also a good board for Amithlon and for Hackintosh and XP and Linux. Yeah, all done already. Looking at a new ITX rig though so this one will be sold.

Oh and my son has taken my MSI Wind clone off my hands, so all mobile browsing is iPhone only.

I therefore NEED some more toys!

Monday, April 20, 2009


I was browsing for sources to find a few files to complete my TOSEC collections of Amiga stuff and came across Torrentzip. It’s all rather clever really. Basically run your collection through CLR Mame Pro’s renaming function to make sure you’re named the same way as the source torrent’s files and then drag the whole folder of files that you want to complete onto Torrentzip. It then zips the files in the same way as the source torrent and when you join the torrent to download it can work out what files you already have and only downloads the missing ones. Simple but so clever. Only took me a few Mb on a 6Gb torrent to complete my sets.

I see no reason why this would not work with the Linkstation torrent client. However I am waiting for my LS-Pro-XHL before I can test this. I should be posting a review here (or somewhere else depending on how things go) a few weeks before the XHL goes on sale in Europe.

Fingers crossed ;)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Flashed my "new" eBay Linkstation with Stevie's firmware as it arrived in EM mode (nice!). Noticed on my Kill-a-Watt that it read 12W which is actually a couple of watts less than the previous LS Live's I've used. Only difference is Stevie's firmware (should make no difference) and that this is a LS Live v2. Not unhappy.

Anyway, in quest for more efficiency I popped the HD out (different guide for this as the layout is different) and popped in a 160gb SATA 2.5" laptop drive I had lying around.

Result? 8W when drive in use... that's fricking awesome... Just now moving 500gb of data off my Eeebox to the 500gb SATA the LS came with, then pop the 500gb drive from the Eee (2.5" of course) and have to copy 500gb over again. Still, it will be a nicer quieter and more economical Linkstation.

Then onto the customisations, Optware, NZBget etc.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lord of the Boxes - The Fellowship of the Linkstation

I struggled for a title for this entry which is also rather overdue - I hadn't done any entry this year!!

Should it be Star Wars or Lord of the Rings themed? Blog Wars or Lord of the Boxes? Return of the Linkstation, The Linkstation Strikes Back, A New Linkstation or The Fellowship of the Linkstation, The Two Boxes, Return of the Linkstation. Ah, who cares.

I have a new Linkstation (again) - this must be my fourth Linkstation Live. They are so hackable. I wanted to try the new firmware produced by "StevieWonder". I'm still very pleased with my Eee Box but that can be put to more general PC duties and the Linkstation can return to the server and download duties. I expect the box tomorrow and will be swapping the HD for my 500gb notebook drive (which will be silent and lower power consumption). I'll pop it on the Kill-A-Watt and report the change in usage when done. Then the Stevie Wonder firmware plus NZBget.

Oh and I should be re-visiting Amithlon, OSX and Linux on a Quad Boot machine. That will be fun!