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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