Get your NAS fully automated with SABnzbd

Alright. Time to go old-school (unfortunately). I promise this will be one of the few overly complicated posts I’ll ever write here – but in order to install the Usenet clientSABnzbd on our NAS this is what we need to go through. This is what Linux is like – amazingly user-friendly. Bah, in terms of usability you should only consider Linux when there are no alternatives, at least if you want a simple life. However, as long as you can copy paste this should be perfectly ok and easy enough. So without further ado, here goes SABnzbd part 2, installing it on a ReadyNAS. And remember Ford Prefect in the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic.

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The future is 30% closer

I read recently that illegal downloading was up 30% in the UK over the last couple of years. After sifting through the general media outcry and big words they did say some things that made sense, among the many things that didn’t. The researchers say the main reasons for increase in downloads are:

  1. Better technology and faster broadband
  2. It keeps getting easier and easier to download illegally
  3. The new generation simply don’t care about the risks of downloading
  4. Availability is a big issue and a lot of content is only available to download

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Cinavia Audio Watermark

What is Cinavia, and what does it have to do with me… and by the way why can’t I play this video file?

Well, likely, that is just random coincidence. But it could be that you can’t watch that movie in your home theater system because of the Cinavia DRM. It is a digital rights management system that requires two parts – a watermark in the audio stream and appropriate hardware to detect the stamp.

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Where in the world is my iPad? aka How to defeat content blocking

Streaming media is the future. Content blocking because of distribution rights is stupid.

You want to use Hulu outside of the US? View content from the BBC iPlayer outside of the UK? Or maybe you’re just a European that want to use American streaming services for TV, say the ABC player? – Not even a challenge, that’s how easy it is. And yes, this will also work across 3G network, and for anyone anywhere in the world. Also note you do not need to jailbreak your device to make this work.

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Digital Pariah

I recall long ago a colleague of mine told me there is nothing more annoying than technology gone haywire, nothing can aggravate you more than when your laptop doesn’t function at work, your WiFi connection craps up or simply when Microsoft Word just stops working the way you want it to. Let’s not even begin to discuss non-functional printers at work.

I know there are kids starving in Africa yet I’m going mental because my ISP can’t seem to deliver a stable internet connection. I think many people in the industrial world recognize themselves in this. Today Facebook status updates are like hard drugs to an addict, take it away and instant withdrawal symptoms.

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One Remote to rule them all

“Three Remote Controls for all Family-members under the roof,
Seven for the Kids in their various rooms,
Nine for all your friends doomed to confusion,
One for Yourself on the coffee table
Lost under the TV-couch where the Shadows lie.
One Remote to rule them all, One Remote to find them,
One Remote to bring them all and in the Digital Home bind them
Lost under the TV-couch where the Shadows lie.”

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SABnzbd – full auto Usenet download

Alright, so you have a Usenet provider (like Giganews) and a means of searching for files (indexing sites like Newzbin and nzbMatrix). Now you just need a means of actually downloading something. Following the same logic as BitTorrent you will need a download client, and there are quite a few of them availible on the net. I’m only going to mention one, and go through how you install it, because I consider it to be the best one.

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