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How to obtain root, install and run XBMC on D-Link Boxee Box

If you happened to be one of the ones (like me) who jumped on board with purchasing the first generation Boxee Box manufactured by D-Link, you probably ended up being just as disapointed as I was.  I originally purchased the Boxee Box because I was using, and liked, the Boxee fork of XBMC…unfortunately the support from Boxee was horrible, and they basically in my opinion didn’t care about their customers.  What few updates were released had problems they refused to fix, and eventually they ended up just dropping all support for the Boxee Box to focus on their newer release with the Boxee Cloud as those customers are now left high and dry after Samsung purchased Boxee Box and basically gave the middle finger to existing customers.  Not to mention the fact that Boxee and D-Link violated the GPL and would not provide root access to the device even though they were using Open Source code from XBMC.  Well luckily someone found an exploit and was able to gain root, which has now enabled us to be able to root the Boxee Box, and install XBMC. (more…)

Generate an inode report (file count) for Debian, CentOS, cPanel, RHEL, with INODES shell/bash script

If you have every used shared hosting, or are involved with the hosting business in any way, you should already know what an inode is. Each time a file is created, uploaded, and so on, an inode is created. This inode stores information like ownership, permissions, etc … basically all the metadata about the file. What is the purpose of limiting the amount of files/inodes? Because each shared host will have many customers on the same server, customers that have excessive amounts of inodes (anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 and up), can cause a heavy load on the server during backups, general operation, and can be taxing on hard drives. Most of the time excessive amounts of inodes is due to cache scripts installed by the user, catchall email accounts, and normally the customer/user doesn’t even know they exist. Well fear no more, I have created a shell/bash script that will help generate reports, and soon notify you about inode usage… (more…)

How to use MongoDB date aggregation operators in Node.js with Mongoose ($dayOfMonth, $dayOfYear, $dayOfWeek, etc)

While I was working on creating a tutorial for MongoDB aggregation I came across a few issues while trying to use the built in date aggregation operators.  I was storing the date in the db as the unix epoch timestamp.  I tried multiple variations such as “new Date()”, “new Date().getTime()”, “Date.now()”, etc, but none of those would work.  I kept getting this error “can’t convert from BSON type NumberDouble to Date”.  Turns out, the solution was very simple, and something I completely overlooked (more…)

How to count the number of values found for a field in MongoDB using Node.js and Mongoose (using aggregation)

This post is part 1 of a series of posts I will make regarding Node.js and MongoDB.  I will be using the Mongoose module for Node.js, but for the most part the MongoDB syntax is about the same.  The ultimate goal with this series is to take data from a MongoDB database, and use that data to create a dynamic graph/chart with Morris.js.

The first step to this process is learning about MongoDB aggregation. The data we will be using in this example is a collection of products, that has a field product_manufacturer.  We will use MongoDB to return to us, the total number of products that each manufacturer has in our database.  So let’s get started .. (more…)