Jul 16 2014

OnePlus One Arrived

OnePlus One

I am happy to announce that I received the OnePlus One today and I am writing a review of it. Here are the specs as a sneak preview: Continue reading


Apr 18 2014

Howto: Can’t Update Synology DSM

Can't Update Synology DSM

The latest problem with the Synology DSM is that the DSM can’t be updated as it normally would. This problem occurs at least with the DSM version 4.2-3211. In this tutorial I will show you how to update it manually.
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Dec 04 2013

ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Arrived

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini

I am happy to announce that I received ZTE Nubia Z5 mini yesterday and I am writing a review about it. Here are the specs as a sneak preview:

  • 4.7″ Sharp display panel with the resolution of 1280×720
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor @ 1.5GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP Sony CCD rear camera with Konica-Minolta lens
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 16 GB flash
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 2,300 mAh battery

I cannot wait to test the camera because the samples that I have seen have looked even better than the ones taken with my Xiaomi Mi-2, so stay tuned for more.

ZTE Nubia Z5 mini


Nov 26 2013

Howto: Disable Mcrypt in Laravel

Some of the order installations or embedded (ARM processor) builds of PHP may not have PHP Mcrypt module pre-compiled and available. For example Synology entry-level NASes have ARM processors as does my Synology DS-413j. I tried to install Mcrypt via ipkg but it is not available. I tried to compile it from the sources but was not successfull. Continue reading


Oct 28 2013

Howto: Dynamic Virtual Hosts in Synology

Dynamic Virtual Hosts

When dealing with several clients and software that requires to be run on a dedicated domain, running Apache virtual hosts is a must. If you need many vhosts you will end up copy-pasting basically the same Apache configuration all over again. But instead of duplicating the entries you can use Apache’s dynamic virtual hosts configuration where you create a pattern for all future virtual hosts and then just place new vhosts in a correct place in directory hierarchy and voilà, it works automatically! Here’s how to do it. Continue reading


Aug 26 2013

Howto: Rescue Files After Hard Drive Failure

Recently hard drive in my parents’ Windows desktop computer broke down. There was suppose to be a nice scheduled backup system onto the other spare hard drives but when I inspected the situation, I noticed that it had not run in 18 months. This is how I managed to rescue what was there to be rescued. Continue reading


Aug 21 2013

Review: Jiayu G3

Jiayu G3

Priced at $160/120 € (summer 2013), the Jiayu G3 seems a luring budget Android smartphone. This review tells how it survived a two-month test period and how it compares to other more expensive Android phones. Continue reading


Aug 01 2013

Howto: Move Disks from One Synology NAS to Another Model

Moving Disks Between Synology

If your old Synology NAS breaks down or you upgrade to a newer NAS with perhaps more disk slots it is important that you can move the old disks – including the old RAID setup – to the new one. The problem is that if the new NAS presumes that the disks installed are empty, it may initiate and build a new RAID erasing your precious data in the process. There is a good guide how to do it on Synology website and I used it as a baseline when doing my own upgrading. Synology calls this process “data migration”. Here is how I moved my disks safely. Continue reading


May 31 2013

Howto: Upgrade Synology Hard Drives to Larger Capacity

Synology DS211j

Recently one of my 2 TB hard drives in Synology broke down. While waiting for the replacement drive to arrive from Sweden, I decided to upgrade my drives from 2 x 2 TB to 2 x 3 TB. If you would also like to replace your hard drives in Synology to bigger ones, here’s how to do it. Continue reading


May 28 2013

Cron Scheduling Doesn’t Work with Synology

Just a quick tip if you have trouble getting your Synology to run scheduled tasks specified in crontab. After a reboot I fought a while with my DS211j as no scheduled task worked – no matter how I wrote the commands in crontab. However I found the solution from Synology forum. Restart crond and it starts working:

  1. SSH login as root
  2. killall crond
  3. /usr/syno/etc/rc.d/S04crond.sh start
  4. Verify that your scheduled task is running

That’s it, enjoy!

*** UPDATE Aug 06, 2014: Since DSM update 5.x this method won’t work because /usr/syno/etc/rc.d/S04crond.sh does not exist anymore. Use /usr/syno/sbin/synoservicectl –restart crond instead. ***