This article walks you through how to install the resetperms plug-in for OpenMediaVault (OMV). This is a very handy plug-in especially if you copy large quantities of files into or out of a remote location and need to adjust permissions. As I read this back that is an awful lot of ‘in’s.

I will take resetperms any day of the week, as opposed to the awful kicking and screaming that inevitably occurs after I have copied tera-bytes of information only to find out that I do not have the necessary permissions to work with the files and folders on a…

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Wow what a difference! If you have read a couple of my other articles you may know about my adventures with file sharing on a home network.

Taking a homebrew approach at setting all this up has proven… interesting.

Not the least of which was when I figured out why syncing was so slow to the RAID on my file server. In one sentence: I needed to change sync to async in fstab. There! Article finished. Just kidding; please keep reading to learn more.

For those who may not know, fstab is where Linux goes to get mounting options for…

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In this article I walk quickly through *most* of the steps needed to set up a file server for home sharing for a DIY networked attached storage (NAS). Spoiler alert: it is very basic and uses Samba. Yes, some of you might be thinking I really ought to check out an honest-to-goodness server for NAS such as OpenMediaVault. Yes, I did in fact go that route at first but then opted to do things manually. I am a control freak. There. I said it.

Important: all of the steps in this article assume a local…

Brother ADS-1250W multi-document scanner.
Brother ADS-1250W multi-document scanner.
Brother ADS-1250W multi-document scanner

In part 1 of this article I discussed how to connect the ADS-1250W to a network. Part 2 is where I do a walk-through of how to set it up in Ubuntu.

Provided you completed all of the steps in Part 1, your Brother ADS-1250W scanner should now be connected on your network.

This article assumes you are using Ubuntu 20.04, your mileage may vary with other distributions.

Assign Static IP

Once logged into Ubuntu the first thing you should do to continue with the scanner setup is assign your scanner a fixed IP address.

Make sure your scanner is powered on for…

In this article I do a brief walk-through of a home-built Network-attached storage (NAS) device entitled ‘MaximusNAS’. You can think of it like an external hard-drive or HDD on steroids, like having your own private cloud. As opposed to an external drive, it sits on your network. Provided you have configured it correctly your NAS can be used to serve up files and folders as well as stream media. Playing music and movies is great but for my situation I opted to keep the usage limited to reading and writing files and folders.

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There comes a time for every piece…

Stacks of office paper.
Stacks of office paper.
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In this two-part article I walk through the steps I took to set up my Brother ADS-1250W scanner, a nifty little piece of kit for office dwellers and road warriors alike.

Step 1 — Grab a hot cup of your beverage of choice; I hope you find this article entertaining!


I purchased the Brother ADS-1250W multi-document scanner for a couple of reasons. Number one: low-cost. It was lower in price than a lot of competing products, at least at the time that I purchased it.

Second: portability. The scanner comes in a sleek package with several folding parts that make…

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Clap if you are a pet owner!

We have three in our house and love them dearly.

Needless to say there are more than a couple of cat photos on one of our older computers that I wanted to move to network-attached storage. Being a bit cautious I also wanted to have a backup configured to a separate Linux server on our home network for key bits and pieces. This article is useful for setting up a Network File System (NFS) service on one Linux machine on a local network to enable file sharing between various computers.

Configure Server

Install NFS on…

I like taking long walks with my dog.

It gives me a much-needed chance to reflect, to get a bit of fresh air and prespective.

We are very fortunate to live close to a huge network of shared trails of varying difficulties; there is something for everyone. Lots of mountain-bikers frequent the pathways as do walkers, runners and other outdoorsey-type people.

Depending on the amount of time I want to spend I can take one of shorter, more popular loops. Or, opt for one of the longer loops like North Dogsled or PWT. …

Samba is a very handy utility for sharing files and folders on a home network. I have been using it for several years but every time I configure a new machine I have to re-trace my steps through various notes I left for myself. Not efficient at all!

Right. Time for a new article to tie all the pieces together!

In this tutorial we will be setting up Samba to use two shared folders, one to test and another for day-to-day sharing. You will want to change items marked with <..> to suit your particular situation. We will also be…

Secure shell (SSH) is a very handy tool for connecting to your Raspberry Pi, especially if you do not have a monitor, keyboard and mouse at your disposal. Think of SSH as a remote log-in which allows you to work on another system potentially far-removed from the comfort of your easy chair, office chair, standing desk, granite slab or whatever other work area you chose.

Wait, hold on: I might have heard about SSH but what is this ‘Raspberry Pi’, anyway? Dear readers, allow me to present:

Raspberry Pi single-board computer.
Raspberry Pi single-board computer.
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Think of the Raspberry Pi as a tiny computer running Raspbian, a flavour…

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Engineer with a small dash of quirkiness, always on the lookout for new things to learn. Avid sailor and adventurer. Publisher of good(?) ideas.

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