PC Backup: The backup system seems like magic. How does it work? Unlike most backup products that operate at the file level, the Windows Home Server computer backup solution works on "clusters". Clusters are the lower level constructs of the file system. They are usually 4k bytes in size on most NTFS disks. The "magic" you are seeing is a result of the fact that Windows Home Server makes sure that any particular cluster is stored only once on the server...even if that cluster is found on multiple disks and within multiple files. This is known as "single instance storage" in geeky circles. Here's some more detail on how this works: The server side of the solution is a database (not some off the shelf database, but one developed specifically for this application). And this is how 220GB of data spread out across 4 computers can be stored in 98GB of space on your home server.
Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo SExpand @macrumpton: Click the image for the full size to see what I'm talking about. Here's a side-by-side shot of Miro and MPC, both playing the same frame of "Pioneer One" S01E01 720p (h264) mkv file. Even if you don't want to go the media center route, and are content with Miro for downloading, I highly suggest you get a good graphics card (if you need one) and a separate program to decode and play back the files. Miro is not comparable to a true Media Center by any stretch of the imagination. Things Miro is lacking: • Good support for remotes and internet/eventserver based control for phones. • Proper databasing (sort by name, aired date, release date, actor, genre, MPAA/TV rating, duration...) • Auto-discovery of missing supplemental media (Fanart, screen caps, cover art, subtitles and lyrics etc.) • Boot as an OS for HTPCs • User login with parental controls • Scripting and skinning extensability • Media flagging
Spotify - Large Scale, Low Latency, P2P Music-on-Demand Streaming by Gunnar Kreitz, Fredrik Niemelä Published in Proceedings of IEEE P2P'10 Abstract Spotify is a music streaming service offering low-latency access to a library of over 8 million music tracks. The service currently has a user base of over 7 million and has been available in six European countries since October 2008. Download What is a backup What is a backup?: There are very few computer users who have never had that horrible sinking feeling when they realise they have just lost a document, or worse still a whole computer's worth of information. The sinking feeling is because you know you haven't made a backup of your files for a very long time. The truth is very few of us are disciplined enough to regularly make a copy of all of our important computer files. It is something which many of us don't really know how to do properly, so just hope for the best and ignore taking action. It's actually very easy to make a copy of our work, also known as making a backup. There are various ways to make a backup, and usually the ultimate goal is having a copy of your important files on a medium such as a CD or device such as an external hard disk. The big advantage of external hard drive and Internet backups is that you no longer need to find a blank CD every time you which to make a copy of your files. What is a backup?
Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo @Domo: That's what he gets for being too slow! @Navin R Johnson: Couple of flaws with that. 1. They can take off their mask and get more 2. @BigCanada: 1. 2. I envision a system that recognizes that a group has arrived, estimates the number of people (erring on the high side) and dispenses candy. Voice prompting from the system will help the trick-or-treators to know what to do. Multiple trips to the door will result in multiple candies, yes.
What Cool Things Can I Do with All This Free Cloud Storage Space? I have been trying to figure out a way to use a cloud / file syncing service to automate a way to get all of my ebooks on one device. I have a Nook Tablet, but I have ebooks from other services like Amazon. I can easily strip the DRM (calm down, I paid for these) on my books using Libre, which is great, but right now I have to physically connect my device and transfer them. There is a dropbox app for the Nook, but I want to automate everything as much as possible. Any ideas? Not sure if you can do something similar on the Nook, but maybe you can... I think I can automate the DRM removal using some scripts if can find a command line DRM removal tool for OSX. I'm also trying to do as much as possible without rooting the device. I was assuming Dropbox on the Nook would offer an "open with Nook" option. Thanks for the tip, but like I said, I want to avoid installing another ereader app on a device that already provides that functionality natively. Ohhhh, got it.
Automation News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo @hahn: I don't know about all that. With the right safeguards in place, I think this would be secure enough for my tastes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Believe it or not, I'd feel a bit more secure with this system (with some tweaks) than a traditional lock-and-key system for the same reason I feel better about having extraneous cards in my wallet: If my phone (or overstuffed wallet) is missing, I'm going to know it.
Wake on LAN: Quick Way to Power Up Computer Remotely Custom Search Wake on Lan (WOL) is the implementation to power up your computer remotely from other computer within your home network or over the Internet by using special packet, called magic packet. On this article, I will show you how to power up your computer (remote computer) in your home network by using WOL implementation. Is there any requirement? Let say in your home network, you have computer A and computer B that are connected to network by using network cables. Remote Computer – Need to Enable Wake on LAN feature 1) Let’s talk about WOL support on computer motherboard first, you can usually locate and enable it under Power Management section on motherboard’s BIOS setup page. If you fail to locate this setting and your computer is pretty new, then most probably this setting is supported by default. Here are some WOL examples on motherboard’s BIOS settings: 2) Ok.. Note: Ensure that this remote computer is power connected after shutting it down. Return to top!!