Running CRON Jobs That Require GUI

I am using FreeFileSync utility for mirroring contents of several HDDs, call it software RAID if you must 🙂 This software can be run in batch mode however unlike many Linux native utilities this one is not text mode by default and require more than just a terminal to run. By any means this fact […]

How to Boot with UEFI from USB Stick

Nowadays BIOS boot is considered to be “legacy” way of booting and EFI is the emergent default mode. However people still confuse the two and lots of tools for creating bootable media ignore EFI and go with standard BIOS boot. So, what do you need to boot in (U)EFI mode? Obtain OS image/zip that is […]

From Plex to Serviio via MiniDLNA

I’ve decided to make a switch – NUC (previously wrote about it here) is replaced by Raspberry Pi 3 B in Media Player role and NUC itself will serve File Server role from now on. In order to do that, I have made some reconfiguration and also installed Plex on my NUC (which has Ubuntu […]

Fixing Screen Tearing on Linux Mint 17.3

I’m on Nvidia GF770 GTX, there is a decent, though proprietary, driver for my GPU from Nvidia but what bothers me a lot is that even despite having the correct driver with 3D-capabilities, able to run demanding 3D games I am still having a trivial issue of screen tearing in games and videos.. I have […]

Raspberry Pi 3 B as Media Center

Over the weekend experimented with OpenELEC Linux flavor for Raspberry Pi 1 B. Experimented with wired and wireless connection options, unfortunately in all cases performance was very laggy on high quality HD movies, if 720p was ok in some cases, 1080 was never played at an acceptable level. I compare it with Intel NUC which […]

Split Traffic Per Process

The task at hand: route traffic from different processes to 2 distinct wifi adapters. First adapter is switched to normal wifi, second to the router with persistent vpn connection. I need an ability to chose which process will use which adapter. I have searched for solution and found very similar here: http://superuser.com/questions/271915/route-the-traffic-over-specific-interface-for-a-process-in-linux/1048913 So, just adapted […]

Plex, Twonky, XBMC & NUC

DLNA was out there for quite a while now, call me a slowpoke but I finally decided to give it a try! First question that needs to be answered is WHY? Well, if you have a bunch of stuff like music, movies and photos on your home file server (NAS) it is likely you want to […]

Reusing RDP session on Linux

This continues to be a pain every time I install new Linux distro on some device I need remote access to: If you install whatever is available on Ubuntu / Mint (and I suspect a number of other Linux flavors) – say xrdp + tightvnc, what you get is non-persistent remote desktop session, meaning once […]