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Have you ever heard of google cloud print? It allows you to add your printers to the cloud and share them. You can print on them from any device supporting this service, even if you are on another network. This sounds pretty cool, I gave it a try and I am really amazed.

None of my printers doesn’t support cloud print directly, so I need a google chrome installation to share the printer. But I don’t want to have my computer to run when printing remotely. There is a project called Google CloudPrint on Linux which allows you to use this nice service from the command line. At this point the dockstar or the linkstation joines the game.

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Recently some friends and me were talking about streaming music from iTunes to my dockstar with an usb sound device connected.
I knew there is a solution, so I started some research an found shairport at mafipulation.org. The project looks quite interesting and I tried to set everything up that I am able to play my music remotely.

First there are some dependencies you need to install:

Now all you need to do is download the sources, make and install them:
Get the sources at github.com/albertz/shairport/downloads.

[ratings] Today I noticed there is a new version of miniDLNA available. When the build process was running I decided to make a deb-file that you guys don't have to compile the sources yourself. Some people don't want to install the build-environment or sources of dependencies, that's two of the reasons why I put the files together into an installable deb-file, there you go: (Look at the updates below for feature versions!) [crayon-58f032144a08b102909426/] Now edit the config in /etc/minidlna.conf and...

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It’s nice to have a little home-server like the Seagate Dockstar or the Buffalo Linkstation running debian quite smoothly. What do you do if you would like to use your printer and scanner with more than one device?

Yes, you connect it to your server and share it over the network!
Because I had to set this up in two locations for now I decided to write down those steps I took from powering on the printer through printing the first testpage I can scan later on.

This HowTo requires debian squeeze installed on your Dockstar/Linkstation. If you haven’t done this yet, please refer to other articles in this blog.

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Well, if you want to have a secure connection to your dockstar or even your home net, this post describes all steps you have to take to get this done. In my setup I have a dd-wrt router connected to the internet and forwarding all needed ports to the dockstar. You probably don’t use a firewall on the debian machine, but you will have to, because we need package forwarding to reach the home net through the VPN tunnel. I assume you don’t use your dockstar as the default gateway for your LAN, so you will need an additional route in the router:

Let me explain the path of the packages of a ping from a remote machine to a host in the LAN. For the different subnets refer to the exhibit (VPN: 10.8.0.0/24; LAN: 192.168.0.0/24).

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You want to turn your little home-server into a download agent you can control through a web-interface or a jabber account on your mobile phone? Then follow these few steps to get this done quickly.
What is pyLoad? Let’s read the introduction from the developers’ website:

pyLoad is a fast, lightweight and full featured download manager for many One-Click-Hoster, container formats like DLC, video sites or just plain http/ftp links. It aims for low hardware requirements and platform independence to be runnable on all kind of systems (desktop pc, netbook, NAS, router).
Despite its strict restriction it is packed full of features just like webinterface, captcha recognition, unrar and much more. [http://pyload.org]

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Having debian installed on the dockstar is quite nice but how about access to the data in there? In this article I will explain how you easily set up a data-storage with autofs, hd-idle, samba and proftpd.
I assume you have debian squeeze running on a usb stick and your data you want to share on your network is stored on an external hard-drive.