DIY Integrated Home Entertainment

I’ve always wanted my own Home Entertainment solution before I bought my Cubieboard. Now, after buying a Raspberry Pi, what I want came true. With some research and a weekend, I got it up and running perfect. What I have in my disposal for this to happen are: Cubieboard A10 with Cubian - NAS, nginx, CouchPotato, Transmission, Headphones and SickBeard Raspberry Pi B with Raspbmc USB Hard Drive - Attached to the Cubieboard OpenWRT Wifi Router - or any router you can manipulate DNS with Another Wifi Router - because the main router’s coverage is spotty upstairs, Raspberry Pi is attached to this router TV with HDMI (obviously) - spare HDMI input for the Raspberry Pi Cubieboard and Raspberry Pi are connected using LAN cables. [Read More]

Squeezing Cubieboard for Performance

For the past month, I’ve been pleasantly hacking my Cubieboard to try out several different things. This time, I wanna know how performant Cubieboard is. Benchmarks are configured in such a way to replicate a real Web Application. Preparing Here are the specs for my Cubieboard: AllWinner A10 ARM Single Core CPU 1 GB DDR3 @ 480 MHz 5V / 2A = 10 Watts SATA HD - 5400 RPM Cubian r7 - http://cubian. [Read More]

Cubieboard A10 - Part 3 - SATA Install with Cubian

Managed to get a temporary micro-SD Card lending from my wife and so a new episode with my Cubieboard starts. First off is to get the image writing to the micro-SD Card correctly. The problem is, I don’t have the SD Card adapter for the micro-SD Card. My Macbook has an SD Card reader but it’s useless without the adapter. So I rebooted my wife’s Galaxy S2 into the recovery ROM and mounted the micro-SD Card to my Macbook. [Read More]

Cubieboard - Part 2 - VPN

So after setting my Cubieboard for my liking, another thing I want is to be able to access it anywhere and anytime. The trouble is, the ISP I am with right now is blocking all incoming ports, needs a work around. After some browsing and also from past experiences, I feel PPTP is my best bet. Incredibly easy to implement from a client/server perspective. The challenge is to keep the tunnel open at all times. [Read More]

Cubieboard - Part 1

Yesterday, my Cubieboard A10 board arrived, Yeay! I got it from Ebay for US$ 58. Long story short, I now have the most powerful remote control for 10 Watts. To top it up, I created a DIY case from the foam provided on the package. Installing Lubuntu into NAND I don’t have a micro-SD card handy right now so I scoured the Internet on how get Linux running in it without a micro-SD card. [Read More]