How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer

Posted on December 17, 2012. Filed under: Linux, Web 2.0, Web site creation | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has instructions on How To Create A Home Server With Ubuntu, Amahi & Your Old Computer.

If you need an online server, this is one low-budget way to create one.

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vortexbox.org

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

vortexbox.org is a way to repurpose that old PC you replaced — instead of just recycling it out of the house!

vortexbox will erase everything on your computer and replace the software with a ” free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network  media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.”

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Set up a personal, home SSH server

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking | Tags: , , , |

Set up a personal, home SSH server with this tutorial from Lifehacker.

Be able to access your home files from anywhere on the Internet.

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Fixing Windows 7 IPv6 Headaches

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: networking, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , |

ZDNet tells you how to Fixing Windows 7 IPv6 Headaches
because “Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 both still use random interface identifiers when creating its IPv6 addresses. While Windows 7 is now certified as being IPv6 Ready, it’s not quite on target by default.”

Instructions here on a simple fix.

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Convert student-free Windows Server 2008 R2 into Windows 7

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , , , |

This is actually Microsoft-legal!

ZDNet has a post on how to Convert student-free Windows Server 2008 R2 into Windows 7.

Windows Server 2008 is the server version of Windows 7.

Students can download this and use it legally, and these instructions show how to make it look and act like Windows 7.

Note: this is a 64-bit only system, so your computer must be able to handle that.  Download it from the Microsoft Dreamspark site.

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How to assign a domain name to your home web server

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker’s “Geek to Live” feature has instructions on How to assign a domain name to your home web server.

They use the free DynDNS service.

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How to set up a personal home web server

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , |

The Lifehacker “Geek to Live” feature has instructions on How to set up a personal home web server.

It uses Apache HTTP Server.

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Dns Jumper Changes DNS Settings Fast

Posted on February 1, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Dns Jumper let you Change DNS Settings Fast.

This article shows you WHY you might want to change your DNS, and how to use this portable freeware to do it easily.

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Server2Go – Self configurable WAMPP Stack

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Web site creation | Tags: , , , |

Server2Go – Self configurable WAMPP Stack is freeware that lets you create a server for a stand-alone website or similar application.

Runs from CD-ROM, USB flash drive, or hard drive and provides an Apache-type webserver on Windows (Mac support coming).

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Unlock’s Tweaks for Network and Internet

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, Help, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Unlock for Us has a series on tweaking your network and Internet connections.

Part 1

Part 2

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Weezo makes your computer a server

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, networking | Tags: , , , , |

Weezo exe, from Peer 2 World “turns your computer into a secure Web server, thus enabling you both to access your PC for personal use, and instantly share your content (photos, music, videos, Web cam, Web TV) with whoever you want. All of this – as Weezo can be extended – can be accessed through a simple Web browser. Weezo is mostly open source, and relies on open and secure technologies such as Apache, PHP and OpenSSL. Version 1.1.1 new remote administration, Flash Web cam, rich tooltips, and performance improvements.”

For Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.  Recommended by ZDNet.

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Virtual network tutorials

Posted on June 8, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Additional help on setting up virtual networks so you can move files, even remote control computers:

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to control a computer remotely.

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to access a home server behind a router/firewall.

Lifehacker has a tutorial on how to assign a domain name to your home web server using DynDNS.

[updated June 23, 2008]

Chris Pirillo (the famous “Lockergnome” guy) is a fan of the Virtual Private Network freeware Hamachi for accessing your computer from elsewhere securely.

“Hamachi allows you to create your own VPN basically… for free! You can add other users to it, and share files with them in a secure manner. Some of the features of Hamachi:

  • LAN over the Internet Arrange multiple computers into their own secure network, just as if they were connected by a physical cable.
  • Remote Access Remote control any machine on your network with Remote Desktop.
  • Files and Network Drives Access critical files and network drives.
  • Zero-configuration Works without having to adjust a firewall or router.
  • Security Industry leading encryption and authentication.
  • Cost Effective Basic version is free to use.”
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Create your own web server with HFS HTTP File Server

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , |

Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert Newsletter has a section on using HFS HTTP File Server to set up your own file server, which could be just for sharing files, or even for hosting your own web site.

Advice and security precaution links are included.

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So what’s your IP address at the moment?

Posted on May 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Okay, so here’s the quick explanation of how this works and how to get around it:

1. There are not enough IP addresses (specific unchanging Internet addresses) in the world right now for everyone to have one.

2. Internet Service Providers (UA Fort Smith, the cable company, the phone company — whoever you go through to get on the Internet) gets around this by assigning numbers to current at-the-moment users, and then recycling them when those users sign off (or go inactive long enough).

3. That means that today your address might be, say, 12.345.678.901 when you login in.  Then you go to lunch, and the ISP recycles that number when you don’t use it for a bit.  Then you come back from lunch, and now your address is 12.345.678.234.  The last three digits are the ones that indicate you as apart from everyone else on line at the moment with that ISP network.

4. Normally you won’t ever notice this, but for certain purposes, you might need a static or fixed address.

For example, if you are dealing with a high-security situation where a secure network only allows certain addresses to login, you’d have to give a shorter version with a wild card as part of it, such as 12.345.678.* and open it up for almost anybody using the same ISP which you do.  That’s not good security, and you might not be allowed to do that.

Or, you want to look a little more professional with an unchanging address, but you can’t afford that kind of thing right now for your home or small office network.  Or maybe you’d like to access your computer at home from work, but don’t have a set address for it so you can address it.

So, you either pay extra (ouch!) for a static, unchanging address — or you use a free service like DynDNS for a free hostname that points to your dynamic IP or static IP address or URL. They also provide an update mechanism which makes the hostname work with your dynamic IP address.

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Recycling your old computer by repurposing it

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Firewall, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, networking, recycling | Tags: , , , , , , |

Daily Cup of Tech has an article on how to use your old computer for something else.

How about turning it into a firewall/router to network everything else?

How about a file server?

How about a print server?

How about… oh, just check the article for ideas.

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Cheat Sheet for SQL Server

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: programming | Tags: , , , , |

I Love Jack Daniels” has a number of handy cheat sheets for programmers.  There is no apparent requirement to share the same taste in drinks just to use the cheat sheet, however.

SQL Server Cheat Sheet

Posted in Cheat Sheets, July 20, 2007

“Microsoft’s SQL Server is a powerful database server that integrates well with other Microsoft technologies like ASP and .NET, and includes some of the best database management tools available. This A4 reference lists the various functions available in SQL Server, and demonstrates the creation of stored procedures, triggers and functions.”

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