Convert avi to mp4 to stream via the Chromecast [Ubuntu]

I just bought a Chromecast in the name of laziness. Being able to cast youtube, netflix, twitch, my laptop web browser and moreĀ on an ordinary TV via HDMI is pretty cool, but there’s one big missing feature: streaming local media. As other blogs and reddit threads have mentioned, you can often hit Ctrl + O in Chrome and load a video into your browser, but not all media types are supported. Namely the avi format. Read more…

How to: Tether on a tethering restricted network [Ubuntu]

Lots of mobile operators don’t like you using your phone as an internet access point for other devices, even though you’re paying for a set amount of bandwidth. If this is the case, or you just fancy an SSH tunnel to securely use the internet, then this is for you.

To set up an SSH tunnel, you’ll want a VPS server. I highly recommend DigitalOcean as you’re able to spin up a VM and destroy it a few hours later, essentially costing you a few pennies to run your anonymous operation. Read more…

How to install Transmission Torrent downloader in CentOS 6

Looking online at some blogs which explain how to install Transmission torrent downloader, I’ve found that some of the links they give have expired, return 404’s or offer very out-dated versions of the downloader. As a result, here is how you can install the transmission daemon on CentOS 6 on a 32 bit machine:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
rpm -ivh rpmforge-release-0.5.2-2.el6.rf.i686.rpm
rpm -ivh 

sudo yum install transmission*