Backing Up Drupal from Shared Hosting

For a standard Drupal install, there are two things that need to be backed up: the files and the database. With most shared hosting there is a certain amount of redundancy and backups, but you (and I) don't have control over that. This should solve all of that.
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Auto-Mounting SSHFS at Startup

Mounting SSHFS at Startup

This tutorial was created using information from the following sites:
Connecting SSH Without Using A Password
How To Automount SSHFS Filesystems Automatically at Startup

Background
There are two reasons why I did this. The first is that I constantly move files back and forth between systems using the command line, and SSHFS is the easiest way to do it. The second is that I am connecting my XBMC's together using MySQL for the database, but thumbnail files need to stay in the .xbmc/userdata folder on each machine. This will also setup an easy rsync without having to create an SSH connection on the fly.

SSH Passwordless Login

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Multiple XBMC Front-ends with MySQL

This is pretty much taken and modified from http://contentwhores.com/media-centers/configuring-xbmc-to-use-a-mysql-library/.

For my scenario, I am using Ubuntu 9.04 Server with MySQL 5.0.75 for the server (and Samba for file shares) and XP Pro 32-bit running XBMC Dharma Beta 4

Webmin Setup
There are many connectors to manage your MySQL server, but I prefer Webmin. If you are going to have your server be headless but still wish to have somewhat of a graphical environment, use Webmin. To install as of 11/18/2010 run this set of commands:wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.520_all.deb && sudo dpgk -i webmin_1.520_all.deb && sudo apt-get install -f

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State of My Media Centers

With my new (to me) dual-core atom Zotac with NVidia Ion graphics, I've been wanting to push out a new media center to the living room. The living room machine is currently a dual-core 2.2GHz P4 with 2GB of RAM. Not great specs, but certainly not bad as it can push 1080p easily. The real concern I have with it is the size of the computer. It's a slighly-larger-than-mid tower and has only somewhat quiet fans constantly blowing. Over a movie I can't hear it, but without the TV on it is a little noticeable.

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My Personal Netflix

If you are OK with having to take out a DVD each time you wish to watch a movie, you probably still enjoy your Discman and hate when it has to buffer the CD's or skips. For the rest of us with a large collection of movies and TV shows, it makes sense to store them better. This is where file servers and media centers come together. A file server is essentially a computer with the ability to share files to another computer over a network. This can be done in the form of a NAS, a server, a desktop computer, whatever. It just has to send files to another computer on request. Once that is in place, you can and should use media center software with 10-foot displays*. I recommend MediaPortal, xbmc, or boxee.
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