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Home server based on Ubuntu Server 9.10

I have just bougth a new HW to replace my pretty outdated home server and decided to install Ubuntu server on it. The hardware itself is a standard desktop PC, with and Athlon II X2 CPU and 4 Gigabytes of RAM. This amount of RAM is only needed because I plan to run Virtual Machines on the server, which is consuming a lot of memory. I have 3 SATA disks in the machine one with 250G and two each 1T. The 250G disk is ment for the system, while the 2 bigger disks will form the 2T data storage part.

The basic networking funcions like DHCP, DNS are provided by a Ericsson W25 3G router so this server is mainly to provide storage for the Windows and Linux computers at home. As a server running continuosly consumes a lot of power, this server can be remotely shut down and waken up, to run only when it is needed.

So here are the steps of the installation:

Install Base System: Download the Ubuntu Server 9.10 64 bit version and do a standard installation. I have used a 20 G install partition and ac…

Ericsson W25 Administration manual and root password available

On their support forum Ericcson made available the Administation manual which also includes the passwords needed to get root access to the 3G router.

This gives the possiblility for every owner, to get access to the Linux inside the box, and do some customization like DynDNS, WEB server, speed tests automatic restarts and more.

Windows 7 immediatly waking up after sleep

At home I have set up a new Windows 7 computer and the intention is to put it to sleep mode when we don't use it, to achieve ~5 sec start time.

When I set it up, I realized, that as soon as I put it to sleep mode, it waked up. After checking the event viewer, it turned out that it received the wake up signal from the network.

Finaly I figured out that on the configuration menu of the Ethernet adapter on the Power Management tab, I had to check that only allow magic packet to wake up computer.

This solved the problem immediately.

Custom firmware for everything

I like very much custom firmware and altrough I have very little experience with it, I like very much reading about it.

So here is a list of links to different custom firmware sites:

Firmware for MP3 players - RockBox

Firmware for Canon cameras - CHDK

Firmware for Western Digital Media Players - B-RAD

Firmware for Asus O!Play Media Players - MiniModding

Firmware for Samsung TVs - SamyGo

Firmware for Raidsonic NAS-1000/NAS-2000 NAS devices -

Firmware for routers:



Tomato firmware

Freetz for AVM FritzBox

Accessing WAP sites from a desktop computer

Sometimes you may need to access WAP sites from your desktop computer, for example if you want to save a downloaded java game or you want to access some information on WAP which is normally only accessible from a phone.

There are two problems to be solved:
user agent setting for the browser - you may need to change this, in order to make the web site think that you are browsing it from a mobile phoneusing the operator's wap network, because some content is only available if you are accessing it from the operators network.Changing user agent
For the first, theeasiest solution is to use Firefox and then change the 'general.useragent.override' setting of the browser for example to:
to simulate a Nokia 6230.
You can check your browsers user agent on this web page.
For a list of user agent string for different phones go here.
Using the WAP network
The easiest way of connecting your computer to the WAP…