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QNAP, Sick Beard & SABnzbd – Download TV Series automatically

QNAP, Sick Beard & SABnzbd – Download TV Series automatically
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Super Charge your XBMC(KODI)/HTPC Setup with fully automated download of TV Episodes …

QNAP (I use the QNAP TS-869 Pro) has some very flexible NAS devices, with expandable functionality by means of so called QPKG install packages. But QPKG’s are not only created by QNAP, quite a few volunteers seeking specific new functions for their beloved QNAP NAS create QPKG’s as well.

One of these functions is adding Sick Beard and SABnzbd which adds the option to automatically retrieve TV Series episodes that become available in Newsgroups. It does not only retrieve the files, but it also finds new episodes, relevant meta data, etc …

WordPress – Enable Link Manager without Plugin

WordPress – Enable Link Manager without Plugin
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WordPress, as awesome as it may be, has it’s funny streaks – with all due respect to the developers who have done some very respectable work. As of version 3.5, the “Link Manager” no longer appears on new installs, and that of course just after I decided to use “Link Manager” for my Links Page.

It can be brought back with a plugin, but why install yet another plugin when the code appears to still exist in the WordPress distribution?

A simple one-liner fixes this problem …

Tweaking4All Updated !!!

Tweaking4All Updated !!!
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If you are a regular visitor, then you have already noticed the “big” changes. 

We recently (hence the 3 day down time) changed a few things here at Tweaking4All.

The most obvious changes are of course the look of the website. A cleaner and easier on the eyes look.

With the changes a few things got “lost”, most importantly all the comments that users have placed – and I’m really sorry about that since regular visitors contributed a great deal … my apologies for that.

I hope everybody will enjoy the new Tweaking4All …

MacOS X – How to remove pre-installed applications

MacOS X – How to remove pre-installed applications
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MacOS X Lion (and other MacOS versions up to MacOS X El Capitan) come with few preinstalled applications like “Chess”, but you cannot remove/uninstall them the conventional way …

A waste of diskspace when you don’t really need the application (especially when you’re running low on space on your snappy SSD drive) …

A short article on how to remove these guys …

Create an installation disk (USB or DVD) for MacOS X

Create an installation disk (USB or DVD) for MacOS X
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Mac OS X Lion is the first version of the Mac OS X Operating System that can be downloaded through the App Store application.

On itself great, and the price (as usual) is definitely not a reason to not do it ($29.99).

But if you’re like me, then you really want a installation disk … for whatever reason (you don’t want to download it again for your other machine, you’d like to have a backup, installation through the App Store didn’t work, etc).

So here a short and quick explanation on how to do just that.

UPDATE: This trick works for other Mac OS X versions as well, even with MacOS X Maverick (free!)!

Copy or Move WordPress to another server

Copy or Move WordPress to another server
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Whenever creating a website, I typically first play at home on a testserver. Once I’m satisfied, I transfer the content to a production server.

In the past this was rather straight forward since I had developed the website from scratch. But when I started playing with WordPress this seemed a bit more cumbersome.

In this article I’ll show you a simple guide on how to copy or move your WordPress site to another server or to another domain in 5 steps.

QNAP – Installing MySQL and phpMyAdmin

QNAP – Installing MySQL and phpMyAdmin
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As you might have noticed; I really like my QNAP NAS – it has proven to be flexible and reliable.

One of the nice things is that quite a bit of functionality comes pre-installed.
For example MySQL is default installed on your QNAP (not enabled).

I’ll show you how to enable MySQL and how to install phpMyAdmin.

QNAP – How to install a Program (QPKG)

QNAP – How to install a Program (QPKG)
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This is a short article on how to install QPKG packages (applications) on your QNAP NAS.

There are quite a few (free!) QPKG’s out there, which expand functionality of your QNAP NAS.

Be aware though that certain packages can contain so called binaries – which are platform specific. QNAP, at this time, has 2 different platforms: ARM (Marvel) and Intel. So play attention that you pick the right one for your NAS.

SSD upgrade for Acer Iconia Tab W500

SSD upgrade for Acer Iconia Tab W500
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How do I upgrade the SSD (Solid State Disk) of my Acer Iconia Tab W500 Windows based tablet?
That’s what this article is about, in a nut shell. The  Acer Iconia Tab W500 standard comes with a minuscule 32Gb harddrive, actually it’s an SSD. After installing Windows 7 (or 8) and an application your disk is pretty much full … so what can we do to upgrade this to a more sizable 128Gb SSD?

In this article, I’ll show you how to open your Acer Iconia Tab W500 and how to replace the SSD with a larger one …

Restore AppleTV OS after erasing disk (Network method)

Restore AppleTV OS after erasing disk (Network method)
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So you erased the internal disk of your AppleTV and want to restore AppleTV OS?

It happened to me; playing with a 1st generation AppleTV, installing (and thus wiping) a AppleTV suitable Ubuntu version. Only to find out that I goofed up and had to go back to the original OS to change some video settings. Yes I was playing with CrystalBuntu and OpenElec … (highly recommend both!)

Now it appeared that restoring back to the original AppleTV OS wasn’t all that simple – since I literally wiped the entire disk – until I bumped into v1.1 of StmLabs’ Windows Installer UI.

UPDATE: There is an easier method available in this article “Restore AppleTV OS after erasing disk (Offline Method)“.

Custom Shortcodes for WordPress

Custom Shortcodes for WordPress
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A short description how to add your own ShortCodes to your WordPress based website.

One of the reason why WordPress is so popular is the ability to customize. This can be done with the enormous amount of (often free) plugins, or by writing custom code utilizing the WordPress powerful backend.

One of those customizable things are the so called “Shortcodes” where a simple tag (like a macro) handles a complex task or repetitive work.

I’ll show you in this article what Shortcodes are and to how to create your own custom ones with a simple example.

Posterization – Optimizing PNGs some more …

Posterization – Optimizing PNGs some more …
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How can we optimize PNG images even MORE …?

You might have looked at some of the PNG optimization tools out there like PNGOUT, although great tools, they can’t quite keep up with JPEG compression when it comes to photographs and other more complex graphics – but you’d like fast loading webpages yet still want to use transparency which is something JPEG and GIF do not [properly] support.

Another trick that will nibble off quite a few bytes is “Posterization” – a function found in Adobe Photoshop and most other graphics programs.

In this article I’ll show you how to use it and how beneficial it can be.

ImageOptim – PNG Optimalization for MacOS X

ImageOptim – PNG Optimalization for MacOS X
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In this article a quick and free trick to optimize PNGs on your Mac …

While developing and maintaining my website, I use several tools to optimize the size of my PNG image files.

So far I think that PNGOUT (for Windows see ardfry.com which also offers an Adobe Photoshop plugin) produces the best results. As a switcher between MacOS X and Windows I noticed the freely available PNGOUT port for MacOS … but unfortunately this is just a command line tool.

I started playing with the Automator included with MacOS X, dabbled with AppleScript and Shell scripts, but never got a really convenient and satisfying thing going … until I bumped into ImageOptim created by Kornel Lesinski.

iPod, iPad, iPhone – How to take a screenshot?

iPod, iPad, iPhone – How to take a screenshot?
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You have an iPad, iPod, iPhone … now how do I make a screenshot?

While writing my first articles for tweaking4ll I had the need for making screenshots of my iPad, which made me go on a search on how to do this.

Back when I started using my first iPhone, a special screenshot app was needed. In those days it would require a jailbreak and an install of that app. Seems however that since iOS 2.x a screenshot tool has been build-in the OS.

This works on the iPhoneiPad, and I suspect also on the iPod Touch.

Rename your TV Series Files

Rename your TV Series Files
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For those of you who use their computer for watching TV-Series, the following problem must sound familiar:

Filenames are inconsistent, odd characters in the filenames, missing titles, weird numbering, etc… Finding the correct names and renaming them all manually can be quite labor intense.

Thats is one of the reasons why I wrote: “Name My TV Series”.
It’s available for free for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X.

The main information source it uses is TheTVDB.com which offers the data for free. The only thing they ask, is that, if you’re up for it, you help in maintaining the database with TV Series information.

Note: Name My TV Series can now also be found on AlternativeTo.net, AddictiveTips.com and the Lazarus Application Gallery …

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