All posts by Andrew Lataille

Google Chrome OS

Google recently unveiled that they are currently developing a eventually open-source operating system to run on netbooks to regular PCs. The OS will first be implemented with netbooks then expanded to PCs and possibly other devices in the near future. Google as also stated that this project has no affiliation with the Google Android project. Not many details about Chrome OS have been release except that it runs off a Linux kernel it incorporates custom window manager system and a “security layer” built into the OS. Google has partnered up with several different companies throughout the industry including Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments. Which means Chrome OS will not only run on x86 but ARM processors as well. Since it is believed to be a Web OS because of the mention of developing new applications with Web technologies. So it its believed to basically be a sort of Cloud Computing OS. But we will wait to see what the future has to unfold for the future of this project in the second half of 2010.

redTool iPod Jailbreaking

RedTool Logo

The iPod Touch jailbreaking tool “RedTool” is one of the easiest ways to jailbreak an iPodtouch 1g/2g. Its current version is 1.02 an is in active development by developer chris stroud. It incorporates a LogoManager to change the boot and recovery logos. It also includes the option to do a Verbose boot. Not only can you generate a jailbroken iPod firmware you can flash the nor on your current iPod firmware to jailbreak without the need to restore. RedTool also allows for the booting of tethered jailbroken iPods. It allows you to boot your ipod if you jailbroke it with  or without run rs and into and out of recovery mode an reset auto-boot. RedTool also features an updater and is available in several different languages.

[RedTool Website]

Windows 7 Free For Over One Year


Tomorrow Microsoft will be releasing their release canidate on may 5th which happen to be tomorrow. Microsoft will offer the windows 7 release canidate for free to all until june 1st 2010. Which is much longer than previous operating systems. The time period being a little over a year..The release canidate will feature updates to all even pirates which i wouldnt understand why if its free.

Personally I think its microsofts way of getting people and businesses more interested and back into windows. Becauyse more and more people are making switches to Macs and are downloading Linux.

Ubuntu 9.04 Released


The latest release of Ubuntu is 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope available in the normal desktop and server 32-bit and 64-bit editions. But Canonical has something  new this time around is the Netbook Remix edition designed especially around of course netbooks.


*Download Page*

Change log:

System Requirements:

  • Desktop & Laptop

    • Required

      • 300MHz x86 Processor
      • 256MB Ram
      • 4GB HDD Space
      • VGA @ 640×480
    • Recommended

      • 700MHz x86 Processor
      • 384MB Ram (With Compositing)
      • 8GB HDD Space
      • VGA @ 1024×768
  • Server

    • 300MHz x86 Processor
    • 64MB Ram
    • 500MB HDD Space
    • VGA @ 640×480

How Do You Get Around The Web?

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Personally I use firefox beacuse of it endless customization ability. So I can make it my own. Previously I’ve used Internet Explorer and Opera but i found that they lacked what I needed which is a sense of personal bliss. If you use another browser that isn’t listed please feel free to comment about it and we could possibly add it. Or if you use one of the above please tell us why its good enough for you to use?

FreeNAS RSS Extentsion

FreeNAS Transmission RSS extentsion is a PHP script installed to your FreeNAS box. It adds a tab called extentsions with a subsection called rss in which it is possible to add feeds, add filters, and RSS history about and to the feeds. This is useful to auto download torrents such as movies or tvshows or even music or even games.  If you haven’t already customized your feed you can add specific filter exceptions to exclude torrents from being download cause they do not meet your criteria or you already have a similar file (i.e. episode). With this you can be positive it will not redownload media or unwanted media. This enables your FreeNAS box to act as a dvr of sorts. It could auto torrent every new episode from a bittorrent tracker as they become available for download (as this is still illegal if you are breaking international copyright laws).

FreeNAS RSS Extentsion Homepage

How to install:

1. You must have atleast one share were you would create a folder called RSS.

2. Then in the freenas web panel inder the advanced tab you select the command section you execute the command*

“chmod 0777 /mnt/”yourshare”/RSS/install.php

3. Then run the command*


4. Then reload the page and the new tab and section should appear.


Replace the “yourshare” with your share name without the the quotation marks

FreeNAS 0.7.4502

FreeNAS,a Specialized distribution of FreeBSD, is a Open-Source Network Attached Storage server based on the m0n0wall firewall software. It has a shell on the local machince but is administered from a web panel with a local website using PHP script. It is basically a NOS (Network Operating System) because it contain many varied network features such as Bittorrent, FTP ,Webserver, NFS, SSH, AFP, and Etc. The Main usage of FreeNAS is for Network Storage which could be done in a multitude of ways such as Hardware RAID, Software Raid, FAT32, NTFS, ZFS, and the natively supported UFS. After you actually have a storage device setup you can share it across your network using CIFS/Samba or even over the internet With previously mentions protocols. FreeNAS has a very small foot print its installer is only around 70MB and can be installed from a LiveCD or from a flash drive. It isnt nessacary to but FreeNAS can store your system configuration in an XML file on a flash drive/card, hard drive, and one a floppy disk. also on each one of those you are capable of installing FreeNAS.

FreeNAS is good for people looking for a weekend project who have a old spare computer and some hard drives (SATA and/or IDE) laying around and would mind some extra storage. Also it can be used like a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) by install the Transmission RSS extension that is currently being developed by tresni on Google code. Which you could setup to automatically download Movies, TV Shows, or any other type of media available through bitttorrent.

All in all I think this software is amazing and there is so many possibilities you could do with it. There are also a couple of alternatives that i currently have not proceeded to look into such as OpenFiler.

(These images show off the FreeNAS web interface and my current FreeNAS setup along with an ghetto attempt. )

Change Log:
-Bug fixes
ZFS filesystem
-Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.22
-Update dependencies
-Replace msntp with FreeBSD’s ntpdate
-Fix problem with DAAP & Mac iTunes 8.1
-Improve status informations
-Code/Layout improvemments
-Updated transmission to 1.51
-Add ability to mount UDF ISO images
-Downgrade samba to 3.0.32
-Upgrade ProFTPD to 1.3.2
-Upgrade mDNSResponder to 1.08.6
-Add standalone gzip port
-Upgrade cdialog to 1.1.20080316
-Upgrade rsync to 3.0.5

Live CD V0.7.4502 Prerelease