Share organization and FTP access on the Segate Central Cloud Storage.

More on the Segate Central NAS device:

The device has several shares available after setup in its web interface. By the way, if you do not know it’s IP address, Just browse to “Workgroup”->”Name of the Nas”-> “Public”. Then view the contents of the file: “Manage Seagate Central Central3TB.url”. It is a link for windows users, but linux users will be able to figure it out.

By default, it makes a windows share for:

1) Public: which is accessable by anyone on the network. It has the link mentioned above and three folders: Music, Photos, and Videos. If you put your media in those folders, it is also shared out on DLNA. This folder is also shared out via a Public FTP server (vsFTP).

2) User shares: shares named for each user created in the web interface, and only accessable to the user under the windows “share” permission scheme. You will need to supply the username/password for access.

3) Attached drive folders: Each drive is mounted in a folder and shared out. The drive currently connected to mine and formated with the linux ext3 format is: “usb1-1share1”.

All of these shares can be accessed in the associated directory in the “/share” directory.

 

Segate Central Personal Cloud Storage

I just bought a “Central” and I love it. It is a good device even if all you want is a cheap NAS. But, it is soo much more.

It comes with linux on it. Segate was smart enough to leave it open for users to shell into. Many companies would not have the same faith.

I bought a 3tb model. I got it on sale at “BestBuy” for $149.99USD.

To gain access, just ssh to the device using what ever user/password you set up in the web interface. Unfortunately, all users have shell access by default, and root is _NOT_ passworded. Just type “su” to gain superuser status.

I do have issues with linux clients. When copying large files, it hangs. I think the drive is spinning down from “inactivty”. I have had similar issues with external drives.

One easy workaround is to simply plug in a drive to the USB 3.0 Plug on the back. After a reboot, my 2TB Segate external drive was mounted in the “/shares” folder. I then coppied the files on the command line. I have a few TB of data to copy so I will let you know how it ends.

I got the idea when I saw the file “/etc/filesystems”:
minix
fat
vfat
ext2
ext3

Which is probably the list of filesystems it is set up to read by default. I had an ext3 formated drive that I was using with a Buffalo DDWRT router. I was also able to mount a 3TB NTFS partition. I have not yet tried an ext4 partition.

I intend to dig some more into this little gem, and post what I find here.

Must haves for droid.

I have had a few friends ask if they should get a droid. If all you use it for is a phone…no. But if you want more–get the following apps (most are free):

A Online Radio: you have an unlimited data plan, right? A online radio tunes you into streaming audio. Stations from all over the world and every genre. Plays shoutcast, icecast, and several AAC formats.

bTunes: an audio player that looks suspiciously like another popular audio player’s interface. Plays mp3 audio, and downloads album art from last.fm.

WordPress: I used this app on my droid to do this post…just to prove my point.

Andrometer: ever wonder how tall a particular building or hill is? Andrometer uses triangulation, gps, and the compass the same way a surveyor uses a range-finder. Cool.

DocumentsToGo($9.99USD): ten bucks on sale, and then you can edit and view word, excell, and powerpoint files. Not perfect, but great in a pinch.

EasyNote: it allows you to jot notes, and quickly categorize them. You can also set alarms and e-mail them, making it the most flexible note app around.

Submarine Sounds for Droid(Android)

I recently made a few ringtones/alerts for my Droid using Submarine and Navy sounds. They can be found at: SubSounds at RapidShare. WordPress will not let me upload any mp3 files. The sounds are as follows:

688DiveAlarm.mp3 – 688 Dive Alarm
688General.mp3 – 688 General Alarm
688PowerPlantCasualty.mp3 – 688 Power Plant Casualty Alarm
726CollisionAlarm.mp3 – 726 Collision Alarm
726GeneralAlarm.mp3 – 726 General Alarm
726MissileJettison.mp3 – 726 Missile Jettison Alarm
726MissleEmergency.mp3 – 726 Missile Emergency Alarm
726PowerPlantCasualty.mp3 – 726 Power Plant Casualty Alarm
BilgeHighLevel.mp3 – Submarine Bilge High Level Alarm
EAM.mp3 – EAM Alarm

This is the md5 sum for the file:
a21319308cb2ce868b7ea44fe4e9f62f SubSounds.zip
If you do not know what an md5 is, don’t worry about it.

Hacking the iSee360i.

Big note: Please only use this for movies that you have legal right to. Use these instructions at your own peril.

This is the device in question: an ipod paired with iSee360i video recorder. I have tested it with an ipod photo 30gb and a ipod video 30gb(first gen). I got it at a TJ Maxx for $15 USD.

After installing the software on my ipod, I looked into the files therein. It installs a folder called “iSee” which is hidden. The contents are as follows (ROCKBOX is my ipod, BTW):

One file which I think may be promising is “Firmware.elf”. Methinks this is the firmware for the device. I viewed one of the sample videos in VLC. The videos are encoded like this:

Stream 1
Type: Audio
Codec: mpga
Channels: Stereo
Sample rate: 44100 Hz
Bitrate: 128 kb/s
Stream 0
Type: Video
Codec: XVID
Resolution: 640x480
Display resolution: 640x480
Frame rate: 29.970000

It this point most of you are thinking we could simply copy a properly encoded video into the video folder. I was wrong too. You must have a thumbnail jpeg that is 320×449 pixels. Every picture that I have edited or saved from the GIMP comes up flat black. You can copy one of the samples, and rename it. The thumbnail must be titled the same as the movie, except “.jpg”. All avi movies must have the “.AVI” extension (CASE SENSITIVE!).

Movie and JPEG thumbnail.

Once again I thought this would be enough to make the infernal machine work. Alas, I discovered that one must add a text entry in “YER_IPOD/iSee/video.txt”.

[Video\your_folder\Yer_movie.AVI]
CAT=Samples
DESC=yer_stinkin_movie
TITLE=Monky smells finger(or whatever)

Once the text entry is made, a black empty space shows up instead of a preview, but the movie is now selectable and can be played.

A few notes, in no particular order:

  • AVI movie extensions are capitalized. JPEG (.jpg) extensions are not capitalized.
  • If you encode the movie improperly, the device assumes it was not completely loaded properly, and promptly deletes the movie and thumbnail for you. Nice machine…
  • I used fairly high bitrates (e.g. 2200 kb/s) and got ok results. Lower bitrates tend to look awful.
  • I encoded a few at 25fps, and they seem to play ok. The codec and size seem to be the important things to be precise about.
  • I plan to work on a script or program to ease the encoding, coping to the appropriate folder, and text file entries.
  • The .txt files begin and end with an extra line. They are probably there for a reason.

I am quite satisfied with myself for finding a way to use free software to make this strange little screen work.

iSee360i Ipod video player.

I got a new toy today. it is a iSee360i video player for the ipod. It’s key feature is that it attaches to an Ipod and has a larger screen. It does not directly play Itune$ content, but it simply uses the Ipod for storage. I have seen prices on the Google for this thing from $24-$250USD. I got it at a TJ Maxx for $15. YES $15! It also RECORDS video from a composite video connector.

I was able to encode video using vlc and load it on the Ipod without using the included software (in linux).

The company that makes it doesn’t appear to be in business. It comes with “Vidiscape” by a company called VIVIDA. It works to transfer video to and from the device. The real turkey in the box is “Media Converter” from Arcsoft. The install from the provided disk doesn’t appear to work on Windows 7, and I believe it will not work anywhere else either. The shortcut installed by default is broken, and therefore, it will not do the transcoding that is needed to watch media on the device. That is why i decided to find a way to encode and copy videos to view on the device without the included software.

Now if only someone would port Rockbox to this thing…

My next post will detail how to add video to the ipod/iSee.