Sunday, August 16, 2015

Patches, scripts and other usefull stuff

This GitHub site has information about how to switch to vanilla Kernel.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Book Live NAS compared with a Synology NAS

Since my accident I have been using a Synology NAS. Here is my opinion on strengths and weaknesses of the two NAS devices.

My Book Live strength:
  • Stylish
  • Few simple easy-to-use features out of the box
  • Simple web interface
  • Easy to "hack" - installing non-out-of-the-box software

Synology strength: 
  • High nerd-factor
  • Many features out of the box
  • Has multiple USB ports
  • Advanced web interface

Sunday, August 18, 2013

No no no no... My My Book Live got bricked - dead - crashed - unresponsive... Can I recover my data?

Yesterday I was - again - changing my home network. I was changing a cheap wifi router into a dd-wrt client repeater. Then suddenly I was unable access my precious NAS. I guessed that it has something to do with the network changes - possible my local DNS server. However after several hours it was clear to me that my My Book Live was broken. I have tried everything. Resetting the device. Changing my DHCP server. Tried a lot... Then i started thinking if I have backup of all my data... I have all my family pictures. All my music. Lots of documents. I guess that the last time I did a backup was about 6 month ago. Not good.

Here's what I did to recover my data. First I removed the harddisk:

The I used my universal harddisk/USB kit:

And I was happy to see that the drive was detected on my Windows box. Then I downloaded the free DiskInternals Linux Reader. This small tool works perfectly. I was then able to copy all my data to another disk. I was very happy to recover all my data. I can strongly recommend this tool.

Right now I am using an old Synology NAS - however I would have my stylish fanless NAS back... Hmmm...