Network update and a new home server

With the countdown on to starting anew job, and the winter nights now here I decided to get on with updating my home network.

Expect a lot more of these annoying caricatures

My network is a mix of Linux Windows Tablets Phones Smart Speakers and sometimes other IOT devices

Last winter I used an old hp media smart ex475 machine gifted to me by my friend Brian.

Brian and his brother Andrew have gifted me a lot of there old kit over the years.

If you are into Raspberry PI , they make expanson boards go check them out. These guys are truly real life wallace and grommit characters.

The old mediasmart device was modded a while ago see the link below

When I was gifted the machine it was back on windows, which this winter decided not to boot, with a bit of head scratching I decided to forgo the old OS as it was no longer supported.

Suprisingly my choice was Linux Mint – version 19.3 as the box is 32 bit.

I could have gone LMDE4 but that wasnt on a usb stick at the time LOL.

After working out the boot order and which HDD to remove in order to install a new OS. Bay 2 as it happens, I installed Mint

I then had to set a static IP – YouTube was my tutor.

Samba then went on – a user was added and a group — I’m very unsure about this. Basically I left most shared folders read only one read and write and one private, the place I can keep all my 3d files and tutorials.

That was it. It sits quietly on the floor on a large piece of sponge till it is moved to its final resting spot.

I have 2 Linux mint machine with larger HDD in which I will plug into the network and turn on purely for back up. They won’t even be plugged into the power unless I’m backing up to them. Not the most sophisticated method of air gapping but a very cheap option. Yes an exteranal HDD would have been simpler but I don’t want to spend any money, and the machines are just sat there anyway.


The evil monster once again provides me with some free content.

My phone now lets me post avatars to Facebook, which I can download and modify for use on my blog. Social media does have a use after all.

Thanks for reading

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Regards Neil

I have also renamed my Dalek site on blogger – if anyone wants to hazard a guess there will be a small gif for the most imaginative answer

5 Replies to “Network update and a new home server”

  1. Hi Neil, well I think you will be proud of me….not only did I install Linux but I managed to install Blender from the Software Manager feature! Unfortunately it was ver 2.8 and Blender is now at 2.9….however I fixed this and downloaded the latest Blender and installed it. Installation is a little more involved than using a Windows Installer but I got the software up and running and I love the new Blender.

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    1. You don’t have to install it. You can run it from inside a folder. It took me a while to get used to that. Congratulations on achieving it though. There are a lot of good quality programs in the software manager. I download blender from other places sometimes don’t work 100%

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      1. Hi again, yes I got the latest stable build from too as I had heard Flatpak and Snap downloads sometimes didn’t have all the features. I had to look up which folder to extract to but I think I have a handle on it now, I even updated the Launch Menu so Blender appears in the “start menu” and I put a launch icon in the Task Bar.
        On a side note, I noticed a notification telling me I have updates available, do I need to apply all of them or can they be ignored?


      2. That’s the joy of Linux, you get to choose. I install all updates. Most of the time you don’t need to reboot.
        None of the your machine is updating and shutting down annoyance.

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      3. Ah thanks for that. It’s just I have no idea what most of these update packages are, for example I have an update listed as “Larry Wall’s Extraction and Report Language” and I’m like, “Who is Larry Wall?”
        Ok, I’ll install the recommended packs. Thanks.

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