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New Flawless Server 2.0-Beta Released!

Written by Mr. X on Friday, 04 July 2014.

New Flawless Server 2.0-Beta Released!

I've just released the lastest version of the flawless server based on the new Linux Mint 17 MATE LTS! Flawless Server 2.0 will be bringing all the same apps you loved in FSv1, as well as much more.

Check out what's new here: http://flawless-server.com

Download the Beta here: http://flawless-server.com/download

 

Mr. X

 

How To Convert YouTube to MP3, Then Send Straight To Server! [Android]

Written by Mr. X on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Android

YouTube is a great way to get unique music that you can't find anywhere else. In previous posts (and if your using the Flawless Server), I've showed you how to aquire loads of music using the automated newsgroup search tool, Headphones. Headphones is an awesome tool for getting most everything you want musicwise, however it has one shortcomming. It relies entirely on the MusicBrianz open-source music encyclopedia, which is an incredible collection of information. However being open-source and community debendent for submissions, MusicBrainz sometimes lags behind with current releases and is typically void of any super indie, undergroud, or otherwise too small to be important artists. While you can search for your hard to find artists via the major newsgroup indexers, many times this doesn't yield great results.

However, there's another great place to find loads of music, epecially the really hard to find stuff. YouTube!

You've probably already heard of many of these types of tools, but a lot of them involve pasting the URL into a webpage and waiting for your download. Then once you get the mp3, manually moving it to your server to get picked up by your music library manager. But my goal with anything is to make it as automated as possible, and in this post I'll show you how to use two simple Android apps to to achieve a simple YouTube to Server solution, with just a few touches.

The [Flawless] Server Gets Its Own Site!

Written by Mr. X on Monday, 25 November 2013. Posted in Home Entertainment

The [Flawless] Server has grown rapidly in popularity and I felt it deserved its own site. It's pretty much the same pages for now, but by having its own site allows the [Flawless] Server to really have its own identity and allow Httpimpin to get back being a blog.

Head on over to http://flawless-server.com to check out the new site (and new logo!)

[Flawless] Server RC1 Released, Includes New Swag!

Written by Mr. X on Monday, 11 November 2013.

[Flawless] Server RC1 Released, Includes New Swag!
 

I am thrilled to anouce the release of the [Flawless] Server RC1. This release brings some refinements to the implementation of the media acquisition services as well as adds Newznab and ownCloud, which completes the roadmap to the first major release.

Heres what's new in RC1:

  • New Software/Services
    • Newznab Classic
    • ownCloud 5
    • ISPConfig 3
    • Ajenti
    • PeerGuardian
    • Madsonic upgraded
  • Better Implementation of Media Acquisition Services
    • Sabnzbd, Sickbeard, CouchPotato, Headphones, & Madsonic are all now pre-configured to run under the user 'flawless'. This results in less end-user configuration so you and get up and running faster.
    • Sabnzbd, Sickbeard, CouchPotato, & Headphones have also been better configured to run from the /opt directory, no more config settings in the /home/[user] folder.
  • Plus much more!

 

Download the installable ISO and find out more here:

[Flawless] Server RC1 ISO Released!

 

[Flawless] Server RC1 ISO Comming Soon!

Written by Mr. X on Friday, 25 October 2013.

Just wanted to let you all know that I am finalizing the RC1 release of the [Flawless] Cloud Media Server and hope to have it out in the next few days or so. Keep checking back for updates!

Mr. X

 

[Update] 10/30/2013:   Ran into a small snag during testing so it will be a bit longer before I get it out. Sorry for the delay...

Download the [Flawless] Cloud Media Server Now!

Written by Mr. X on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Download the [Flawless] Cloud Media Server Now!

Httpimpin is proud to annouce the first Beta release of the [Flawless] Cloud Media Server. This is a first of its kind purpose built Linux server that's sole focus is acquiring and distributing media throughout the home and beyond. It does this by leveraging some very cool automated content acquisition software, then makes it available via two powerful library managers, Plex and Madsonic (a Subsonic mod). Using a Linux Mint base, it is a remix of the popular OS enabling the [Flawless] Server to directily benefit from their solid and stable approach to Linux development.

Download the installable ISO and find out more here:

[Flawless] Server Beta ISO Released!

Install the New Plex Home Theater On Linux Mint 15!

Written by Mr. X on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Install the New Plex Home Theater On Linux Mint 15!

Plex Home Theater is the new Linux port of their flagship app, Plex Media Center, which is a fork of XBMC. Since using Plex Media Server on my Linux based [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, I have become a huge fan. Plex provides a complete media ecosystem by not only building a great back end server, but by also creating front end clients for all the major operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Roku, and now Linux!) that all talk and integrate seamlessly with each other allowing you to store your media library and metadata all in one central place. Not only is the Plex media ecosystem robust, but it's easy to use, and I mean easy. One of the biggest challenges I have faced with different front end media clients is the overcomplexity of the interface. The only front end device that has gone the distance in my house and remained the primary front end client is Boxee Box. This is due to Boxee Box's extremely easy to use interface (another XBMC port), which is absent of the endless options and configurations that I feel are currently plaguing the XBMC product. Plex Home Theater on the other hand, while being a fork from XBMC, has decided to put simplicity at the forefront creating an smooth user friendly interface, allowing more that just tech enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a truely increadible media experience.

Build Your Own Private Usenet Indexer Using Newznab Classic

Written by Mr. X on Wednesday, 17 April 2013. Posted in Home Entertainment, Web

Build Your Own Private Usenet Indexer Using Newznab Classic

With the recent shutdown of some of the largest Usenet indexing sites, it became immediately apparent for the need to maintain an alternative [private] indexer. Luckily, there is a great free indexer available called Newznab, which actually runs many of the pubic usenet indexing sites, including the relatively large NZB.su.

Newznab's popularity has soared virtually overnight as the formative alternative to the here today, gone tomorrow problems facing many of the public index sites. By allowing you to quickly set up your own private indexer, your not subject to the volatility currently being experienced in the usenet arena because it's run from your own server and you control who accesses it. In this guide, I'll take you through setting up the free version (Newznab Classic) and then in a future post we'll move on to upgrading to Newznab Plus. Setting up a private usenet indexer is a perfect addon to your [Flawless] Cloud Media Server.

  

Ultimate Dream Machine Wishlist For A New [Flawless] Cloud Media Server This Holiday Season

Written by Mr. X on Thursday, 29 November 2012. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Ultimate Dream Machine Wishlist For A New [Flawless] Cloud Media Server This Holiday Season

With the holiday season fast approaching, time to get your holiday wishlists out now. To help you along, here's the httpimpin Dream Machine Wishlist (Dreamlist) for a new [Flawless] Cloud Media Server. Use this list to create the ultimate cloud media server to start 2013 off right, with all the high-end components needed to make your server unmatched in the personal cloud media space. 

11 Sick Android Apps To Connect, Manage, And Stream Everything On Your [Flawless] Cloud Media Server

Written by Mr. X on Saturday, 03 November 2012. Posted in PC, Android

11 Sick Android Apps To Connect, Manage, And Stream Everything On Your [Flawless] Cloud Media Server

Now that you've built your [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, you may be wondering how to access all your music, movies, pictures, and files, as well as manage your new content acquisition when your not at home? Easy. Here's the list of the top 11 Android Apps I use to connect, manage, and steam massive amounts of media from my Galaxy Nexus.

Upgrade CouchPotato v1 to v2 (CouchPotatoServer)

Written by Mr. X on Saturday, 11 August 2012. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Upgrade CouchPotato v1 to v2 (CouchPotatoServer)

In this quick post I'll take you through how to upgrated/migrate your CouchPotato installation from CouchPotato v1 to v2 (now called CouchPotatoServer). CouchPotato is an automatic NZB downloader that allows you to easily add and manage movies in your "Want" list. This tutorial is based on the original CouchPotato v1 installation which was done as part of the [Flawless] Cloud Media Server build. CouchPotato v2 (CouchPotatoServer) offers many enhancements and improved code over its predicessor, but one of the main drivers to upgrade is the added API feature that allows you to connect to it via your favorite Android NZB App, which I'll cover in a future post.

New Cream - [Flawless] Cloud Media Server Build v2 - Linux Mint Cinnamon Remix!

Written by Mr. X on Sunday, 29 July 2012. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Build a flawless cloud media server using linux mint, sabdnzb+, sickbeard, couchpotato, headphones, subsonic, owncloud, plex, plus bonus swag!

New Cream - [Flawless] Cloud Media Server Build v2 - Linux Mint Cinnamon Remix!

After using Ubuntu for the first build of my [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, I learned a lot. Namely, Unity is the biggest piece of sh^t pushed out to the masses to date, and has got to go...  along with Ubuntu too. In this post I'm taking you much further down the rabbit hole in a vastly expanded step-by-step guide to building your own cloud media server using Linux Mint Cinnamon, the 2012 winner for best Linux desktop. This is a purpose-built server, no bullsh^t, and will allow you to access all your movies, music, pictures, and files from anywhere, including your friend's house while he's crying over you seamlessly streaming the latest yet to be released blockbuster hit right through his PS3! So if your ready to build a kick-ass [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, read on.

[UPDATE] - I've taken this build and created an downloadable ISO for the [Flawless] Server that comes with all this goodness pre-installed. I recommend starting here.

Upgrade Your ownCloud Instance To Version 4.0

Written by Mr. X on Wednesday, 23 May 2012. Posted in PC, Web

Upgrade Your ownCloud Instance To Version 4.0

ownCloud is an increadible open-source cloud based sync software, which offers many advantages over dropbox. Version 4.0 was just release and has some tight new features including:

  • File Versioning
  • Encryption
  • Drag and Drop file syncing

Read more for the easy update process.

Convert Your Entire Movie Library From VOB To MKV

Written by Mr. X on Thursday, 17 May 2012. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Convert Your Entire Movie Library From VOB To MKV

If your like me and have been building your digital movie library since the age of DVD, you most likely have the majority of your movies encoded in a multi-file .VOB set. VOB, like many other formats, is just a container that houses digital video encoded with an MPEG-2 codec. While I may eventually replace these standard-def movies with high-def formats based on the more modern h.264 codec, the time has come to update all those VOBs to a single file container format.

Build A Flawless Cloud Media Server Using Your Existing HTPC

Written by Mr. X on Monday, 14 May 2012. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Build A Flawless Cloud Media Server Using Your Existing HTPC

Getting tired of Windows Media Ceter? Windows Home Server too? Repurpose that bloated Windows Media Center HTPC as an Flawless Cloud Media Server with all sorts of cream on top. Create a sick linux stack that will put all the others to shame and definiately make your friends insanely jealous. But not to worry, we'll give them access too through the use of some really cool cloud services. Replace the core of your home entertainment infrastructure with a flawless [home/cloud] media server ready to stream your sh^t anywhere and set up with some kick ass automation.

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