Building a VortexBox

  • Episode 338
  • March 11, 2014

Making CD/DVD/Blu-Ray ripping a breeze by building a system to do all your ripping and tagging for you automatically.

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Topics Covered:

  • {play 6:01}Hacking SuperTuxKart to unlock all races.
  • {play 12:30}Feature: Building a VortexBox.
    • VortexBox can be used to archive a backup of your CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, and makes it incredibly easy to do so.
    • VortexBox is a headless server (no need for a monitor, keyboard or mouse), but you'll require a monitor and keyboard for the initial installation.
    • Warning: The VortexBox installation process will wipe the contents of your hard drive without asking.
    • {play 20:01}Rachel Xu stops by to say hello, but is in a mysterious disguise.
    • Connecting to our freshly installed VortexBox system from a web browser on our network.
    • Note: Our network was having major issues which also caused VortexBox to encounter some issues, but typically it would work better than in our demonstration.
    • Inserting a disc will automatically start ripping.
    • VortexBox rips directly to FLAC (lossless audio) for audio CDs, and then allows FLAC Mirroring, which automatically converts your rips to MP3.
    • Restarting services on VortexBox (such as samba) directly through the browser interface.
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  • {play 44:16}Welcome to our newly registered viewers!
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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd


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