ownCloud + Bit Torrent Sync = Dropbox Clone!


ownCloud is a very good self hosted solution to host all your contacts, photos, documents etc. Now, ownCloud does provide its own file sync application, but I believe using BitTorrent Sync is much better solution to keep your files in sync between your local machine and your ownCloud installation.

This post won’t cover installation of ownCloud, or BitTorrent Sync (see my post here for BTSync setup) and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes!

Continue reading

Keep HDMI Powered off on Raspberry Pi

On the debian based OS’s (Raspbmc / Raspbian), if you run the device headless most of the time you can ensure the HDMI port is powered off by editing /etc/rc.local and adding the below line above exit 0:

/opt/vc/bin/tvservice -o

(notice its the same line that I posted in the script to turn XBMC off and on in Raspbmc).

Reboot and done. Not sure how much you gain from this but its a nice little trick.

domain.com/~user/ website setup – Lighttpd

If you want to enable the users on your linux box have their own home page, where you can access from domain.com/~user, its pretty simple!

  1. Edit /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

Under server.modules add: “mod_userdir”

In the main body of the file, add userdir.path = “public_html”.

2. Add the “public_html” folder.

In your account root, (cd ~). run mkdir “public_html”

3. Insert a test index.html file.

cd public_html to get into the directory.

sudo nano index.html to create the index file.

<html><body><h1>Done!</h1></body></html> the html to add to the file. Save and close the file.

4. Restart lighttpd.

sudo /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

Done! If this didnt work for you leave me a comment and I will see if I can help.