Mounting a Windows Network share as a Local Device in Linux Mint

Just because I’ve had to work it out, I’ve got Picassa all installed in Linux Mint 16 (no mean feat as you probably know). Now I need to be able to get to the Network share that has the pictures on it.

sudo mount -t cifs //<ServerName>/<ShareName> /mnt/<MountName> –verbose -o user=<WindowsUserName>

That obviously mounts the network share to somewhere that Linux can see it (in the above case /mnt/<MountName>), so if we ls /mnt/<MountName> we will get the list of files/folders back.

OK, so lets get it so that Picassa/Wine can get to it easily.

cd ~/.wine/drive_c
ln -s /mnt/<MountName> /<FolderName>

That will create a symbolic link to the mnt folder, (obviously use something Windows can ‘see’ not <FolderName>) and then launch Picassa, tools, monitor folders, and set it to the pictures folder.

Done.

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PLEX NowTV Client 2.8.2

Here’s the latest version of the PLEX client for the NowTV.

As always it’s based entirely on the hard work of the ROKU Plex Team, so here’s a direct link over to their release information for this 2.8.2 release.

Basically this release brings things more in line with the current releases on other platforms. Now a word of warning, I’ve NOT had chance yet to test this release on the NowTV, so if there are any issues obviously let me know and then roll back to a 2.6.x release. I will have a play later.

Also because the way things work with the NowTV (not being a ‘real’ ROKU and using the official channels) this release might require a PlexPass account to work, as the way that the PLEX team licences the new code has changed slightly (see the post linked above).

Download Plex-NowTV-2.8.2 and install in the usual manner. I will rebuild this shortly, please see comment from Shaun below.
Also RARflix-3.0.7 for testing

10Tb of space for free?

Yup you read that right.

Downside? It’s on a Chinese provider, but they say they are bringing their smaller service to USA/Europe… however you can get their Chinese 10Tb service now…

Goto www.imqq.com and create an account, don’t bother downloading the app or owt, just get an account (kinda like Chinese version of skype)

Download http://www.weiyun.com/download.html?WYTAG=weiyun.portal.index and install it (it’s virus free, I’ve checked on a few scanners now)

Open up the ZIP I’ve attached then goto C:\Program Files (x86)\Tencent\weiyun\I18N or C:\Program Files\Tencent\weiyun\I18N and unpack overwriting the files (it translates to English)

Log-in etc (use email address or the account number to login

Now download the IOS or Android app from play store/applestore just search f

or Weiyun (it’s in Chinese, but hey), click through the app and login, once logged in just uninstall it if you like.

Goto http://www.weiyun.com/act/10t.html?lang=cn&from=3018 to upgrade to 10Tb 

Goto http://www.weiyun.com/disk/index-en.html for the online storage

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Plex for NowTV version 2.6.9

I’ve put together the 2.6.9 build for Plex on the NowTV.

Here’s the lowdown on the update (from the Roku form on Plex)

NEW:
- Update supported H.264 level to 4.1.
- Add clock to home screen.

FIXES:
- Fix a crash when adding servers manually.
- Fix episode title when watched status changes. (thanks ljunkie!)

Install is the same as always, connect to the HTTP://ipAddress for the admin screen, upload the zip and make sure you get the installed OK message.

Plex-nTV-2.6.9 For the Download.
NOTE : A couple of the new features need the latest Plex Server (0.9.8.7)

Kali Linux, Cinnamon and the Menu

OK, so Kali… Love it

Cinnamon.. My desktop manager of choice

Screenshot from 2013-09-20 19:43:51< both together…. trouble, no Kali menu!

There’s loads of guides on installing Cinnamon on Kali, it’s pretty simple, just a matter of apt-get install cinnamon but none that detailed why the menu’s went missing. I decided it has to be fixed!

Now for fixing the menu, Cinnamon has issues with the /etc/xdg/menus folder layout, has done for ages, and still not been fixed, however a ‘patch’ was put in back in Mint 14, so we can take advantage of that.

From a shell,

cd .config/menus
ln -s cinnamon-applications-merged /etc/xdg/menus/applications-merged

Sorted… We just need a link called cinnamon-applications-merged and point it at the etc/xdg/menus that way all the .menu files are processed.

Slimming Friendly Donner Kebab

Yeah, I know, sounds wrong doesn’t it?

But it’s true, works out at about 8 Syns (Slimming World), so for a Cheats Fast Food then it’s great, so good I’ve decided to write it down, that way I’ll remember it.

What you need

  1. Pack Extra Lean Lamb Mince (400g/500g)
  2. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried Mixed herbs
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/2 very finely diced Red Onion 
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli or 1/4 Mild Chilli finely diced (with or without seeds/pith, upto you on heat)
  8. Small handful fresh Mint
  9. Seasoning (Salt and Pepper)

Grab a bowl and drop in the dried ingredients, very finely dice the onion and chilli and add that, make sure you pop some Salt in with the onion, only a pinch or so for now.

Pop the mince in and get your hands in and mush it all together, work it well you want all the ingredients all the way through.

Add a good grind of Black pepper, and a good pinch of salt (Lamb really needs Salt) you can test the seasoning by taking a small patty and frying it. Add the chopped mint and give it a scrunch through, cover with clingfilm and pop in the fridge overnight, or a couple hours to let everything mingle.

To cook, take out the mixture, and form into a ‘log’, make sure you try to get the mince as tight as possible, try make sure there are no air pockets in the mixture.

Pop the ‘log’ onto a baking tray, pop in the oven at 180c for about 35 mins, Tip away any oil/fat and turn it over to caramelise the other side and pop back in the oven for 35 mins.

Take it out of the oven, let it stand for 10 minutes or so, take a sharp knife and slice as thinly as you can.

Warm your Pita bread through (White Pita Bread is 7 syns), pop the meat into the Pita, along with finely sliced Red Onions, Cabbage etc (your choice), great served with Mint Yoghurt (natural fat free Yoghurt, with finely chopped mint stirred through it).

The only Syns are in the Pita and any toppings, sauces etc you may use. Goes great with Potato Wedges made the same way as the Syn Free Chips and Salad.

Virgin SuperHub2, and IP Addresses

I’ve been told the SuperHub1 was a terrible device, and had a little higher hopes for the SuperHub2.

Installed fine, Speed is decent (see below, done over 5ghz WiFi), however the device wouldn’t let me use 192.168.1.x address range, complained that the Modem already had this.

A little SSH’ing later, and it isn’t actually the Modem, it’s actually the ‘Guest’ WiFi ranges (you can have 2 guest networks on each band, the internal address for the modem is actually 192.168.1.15, go figure?)

Anyhow, log into the device’s HTTP management interface, goto advance, then Goto DHCP Settings (odd place for the device IP I know!), change the device IP address to 192.168.16.x (I moved it to 254), save the config and let it reboot etc.

This will then move all of the other ‘reserved’ ranges to above 192.168.16.x, so now when we login to the router (remember it’s new IP address) we can goto the same config area and change the IP address to 192.168.1.x and hey presto, a sensible IP address range.

Now you ask why I would want to use another range, well because all of my devices are already configured for that range set, and some of my VM lans are 192.168.0.x so saves confusion.

Anyhow, thought I would share, as the SuperHub2 is a fairly new device.

Plex for NowTV version 2.6.8

Just thought, seems as I’ve updated my personal one here’s the latest Roku Plex Client (2.6.8) packaged for the NowTV

Couple of bug fixes etc, here’s the quick rundown from the Plex Forums

NEW:

  – Add transcode session info to the HUD. (press down on the remote while a video is playing)
  – Add a toggle for DTS support.
FIXES:
  – Fix a crash in Playback Options for non-library content.
  – Fix for Direct Playable content flung from iOS.
  – Fix H.264 level preference.
Download Here, install in the usual way (use a browser to connect to the NowTV box, upload the ZIP file, wait for the Install Success)