The radio in our Ford Mondeo reported a strange code:
RICP. This happened every time you tried to turn up the volume.
In the manuals this is described to be a mode the radio can be in, if there is a read panel for controlling the radio. Only – there is no such panel in our Mondeo 🙂
So after searching a lot and asking a lot of people, the conclusion is – the radio is broken. 🙁
I found a similar used one on ebay, and bought some “ISO CD stereo radio removal release keys”
Today I bought myself an Apple TV 2 (ATV2). Damn that thing is small!
First thing I did was to JailBreak it in order to get XBMC running on it. I used Seas0nPass from Firecore to do this. And fortunately it is very easy – they actually have an untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 – 9A406a).
In order to get XBMC running one just has to ssh to the ATV2 🙂
$ ssh root@<your ATV2 IP address> (Use “alpine” as your password if you haven’t changed it already.)
$ echo “deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
Every once in a while the ports software on the NAS needs to be “rebased” with the newest.
I have made a script that I can run in a
screen. It will update the ports tree and compile the new software:
portsnap fetch extract update
As I did a clean install and not an upgrade of my
FreeBSD 8.2 to
9.0, I have to reconfigure everything from scratch 🙂
I have 4 Western Digital disks with data – all in RAID-Z. And because they are Western Digital, they have 4K sectors and don’t work well with
ZFS. So I also have encrypted them with
geli – a standard trick.
I had a huge problem attaching the
geli devices after reinstall.
The devices have changed names, and the
geli attach will fail if using the “alias” device :-/
So if using e.g.
ad6s1e as provider under
8.2, then attach will fail under
geli: Provider ad6s1e is invalid
/dev/ad6s1e is now an alias for
/dev/ada0s1e (look in the
So remember to keep this in mind when editing
loader.conf. Also remember to copy
In Denmark one of the public TV channels (TV2) becomes commercial 11th of february. So either we could just stop seeing TV2, pay for seeing TV2, or find an alternative for all the movies and series…
I chose the last, and decided to get Netflix for the Apple TV. The problem here in Denmark is that there are no good online services for exactly that. I have heard about Netflix and wanted to try it on my ATV2.
There are solutions for bypassing the block that Netflix has: Unblock Us
- Go to Unblock Us and create a 7 day trial account.
- Follow their guide to set up you computer to use their DNS.
- Go to Netflix and create an account.
- If asked for an address use FakeUSAddress. If only asked for a US zip code, try to just add a zero before your danish one. Be aware there are small differences in tax in the different states. So chose a zip code from e.g. Florida 🙂
- After paying for Netflix with your danish credit card, you are up and running!
- If you need to setup an Apple TV 2 then just follow the guide at UnblockUS for Apple TV.
Back in November 2009 I installed my NAS with the newest FreeBSD: 8.0. I made some choices about partitioning that I now want to redo.
My initial partitioning was
/ had around
/tmp had around
/var had around
/home had around
And back then I actually decided that the
2 GB RAM in the server was enough, so I didn’t have a swap partition :-/
First – having no swap is bad when the server is very busy! And for home use there is no need to separate
/. And last – the
/ partition was way too small. I was having trouble using ports all the time, and need to clean up very often…
So I found a new HD for the new boot disk. Luckily I had a
WD Caviar Green 1TB with
64 MB cache. Perfect!
I settled for the following partitioning
/ has around
/home has around
The danish television (DRTV) has put a lot of their old material in digital form on the net. Visit Bonanza to see it from you browser (if you are from Denmark).
But I want to watch it on my Apple TV 🙂
That is where XBMC comes in. Just add it via the Add-on manager in XBMC.
Using the new bsdinstall works like a charm 🙂 Thanks!
I want a very small install – no
src (I’m ok with the prebuilt kernels).
So I just selected
ports – I want to be able to add ports.
It turns out that after boot I needed to install the following ports (with their dependencies):
Finally – need to find time to upgrade my NAS
Some of the nice new features are
- Updated version (28) of
- High performance
- new installer
I especially look forward to the new version of
ZFS – maybe I can get rid of
geli which I installed because WD disks have
4k sectors and
ZFS had terrible performance with that. So
geli translated those
4k sectors into
512 bytes sectors.