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September 10, 2017

Countries IP address/range/blocks list

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 2:11 pm

August 20, 2017

E2Streamer – Easily Stream from any Enigma2 based STB to your PC

Filed under: Windows — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 1:47 am

I have written a small C# program which makes it very easy to stream from any enigma2 based STB to your PC.
It retrieves the STB bouquets using the STB IP address and then you can stream the channels by double clicking on the channel names.
It uses VLC to stream the channels and VLC should be installed in the default location “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe”.

20/08/2017 :
– Initial Release

05/09/2017 :
– Version bumped to 1.1
– Added “Zap to Channel” Checkbox
– Added “Minimize to Tray” Checkbox
– Added “UnZap !” Button
– Added Copyright info

06/09/2017 :
– Version bumped to 1.2
– Added OnScreen Icon
– Added Quit button
– Bug fixes

07/09/2017 :
– Version bumped to 1.3
– Added “Select Player” button
– Bug fixes

Download links:
E2Streamer 1.3
E2Streamer 1.2
E2Streamer 1.1
E2Streamer 1.0

August 14, 2017

Download YouTube videos on raspberry pi on a certain time of the day using aria2

Filed under: General — admin @ 11:40 pm

In this post I am going to show you how to setup a system to download YouTube videos on a raspberry pi on a certain time of the day !
I know this is a weird case of usage, but if your internet speed is low and cant watch YouTube videos directly or your daily internet traffic is limited, it may be useful. it can download your favorite YouTube videos for you when you are sleep !
This is actually not a simple system and I am not going through all of the details because the post will become very long and I am lazy :p. I will provide the information which you can not find anywhere else, other steps can be found on other websites.
So here is our design :

Youtube -> Chrome extension -> API (PHP file) on raspberry pi -> a file (/etc/youtube) containing YouTube links
Cronjob 1 -> Process /etc/youtube -> Get download links -> Aria2 (paused mode)
Cronjob 2 -> Start Aria2

Lets start with chrome extension, it is a very simple extension and consists of 2 files.
You can download the extension source by this link : youtube-chrome-ext download
Unzip this file and open sample.js
On line 15 you will see this :

client.get("" + info.linkUrl, function(response) {});

Change to your own raspberry pi IP address.
Now open chrome extensions page chrome://extensions/ and enable developer mode. “Load unpacked extension” button will appear, click on it and browse to extension folder and select it. it will install the extension inside chrome.
Now if you click on any link inside chrome, you would see a new option called “YouTube Downloader”, clicking on it will send the link to our raspberry pi API which we will implement in next step.

Now lets create our PHP API file, needless to say you need to have a web server and PHP installed on your raspberry pi.
Create a file named ydl.php in /var/www/html folder with the following source :

header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *');
$file = '/etc/youtube';
$current = file_get_contents($file);
$current .= $url;
file_put_contents($file, $current);

As you can see this is a very simple API. it appends the YouTube links which are sent by our chrome extension to a file named /etc/youtube.
As this file does not exist at the first time, lets create it and give it proper permissions. run following commands on raspberry pi :

touch /etc/youtube
chmod 666 /etc/youtube

Now it is time to test our API, open YouTube website, right click on several videos and choose “YouTube Downloader” then check the contents of /etc/youtube on raspberry pi, the links should be there.

Next step is to create the scripts which process /etc/youtube file and send the download links to Aria2.
Create the following files with their respective sources :
/usr/bin/process_youtube :

while IFS='' read -r line || [[ -n "$line" ]]; do
        /usr/bin/ $line
done < /etc/youtube

rm /etc/youtube.old
mv /etc/youtube /etc/youtube.old
touch /etc/youtube
chmod 666 /etc/youtube

/usr/bin/ :

import xmlrpclib,sys,commands
out=commands.getoutput("/usr/local/bin/youtube-dl -f 'best' -g -e --get-id "+sys.argv[1])
s = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy('http://localhost:6800/rpc')
if (len(out.splitlines()[0].strip())<10):


set proper permissions for both files :

chmod 755 /usr/bin/process_youtube
chmod 755 /usr/bin/

As you can see we will be using python for second script. so you need to have python installed as well.
There is also another program which is responsible to get the download link for us named youtube-dl.
You should install the latest version from this link :

The reason that I chose to use Aria2 is that it is a VERY good and flexible download manager, better than anything else that you can find on Windows or Mac hands down so I highly recommend it. You need to install Aria2 as well :
here is my aria2 config file :


Pay attention to last 3 lines of config specially rpc-secret. it is a token that other programs will use to communicate with aria2 daemon. so change XXXX to a password of your choosing. also notice the “token:XXXX” in the /usr/bin/ file. change XXXX to the password that you set in aria2 config file.
You can (should) also install a web user interface for Aria2 from this link :
The webui will act as GUI for aria2 in your web browser so you can see what it is doing and control it as u wish.

If you pay attention to the python code you would see that it adds the links in paused mode :


The reason is that if we start to download immediately, youtube-dl may fail to get other links from YouTube website because your download bandwidth is full (thats the point).
so we need 2 more scripts to start/stop Aria2 :
/usr/bin/ :


import xmlrpclib
s = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy('http://localhost:6800/rpc')

/usr/bin/ :


import xmlrpclib
s = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy('http://localhost:6800/rpc')

dont forget to set proper permissions :

chmod 755 /usr/bin/
chmod 755 /usr/bin/

and change XXXX to the secret that you set in aria2 config file.
now you can create the cronjobs :

2 3 * * * /usr/bin/process_youtube
5 3 * * * /usr/bin/
55 8 * * * /usr/bin/

It will add YouTube links to aria2 @ 3:02 AM
Starts all downloads in aria2 @ 3:05 AM
Pauses all downloads in aria2 @ 8:55 AM

Good luck on implementing this system, it is not easy. But you will learn a lot if you try and you are persistent.

April 26, 2017

Email to Telegram gateway

Filed under: PHP — Tags: , , , — admin @ 7:21 am

1.Create your own Telegram bot based on this tutorial :
or this one :
2.Create an email forwarder in cPanel and pipe it into a PHP script. make sure the script is executable (755 permission).
3.Here is the php script that will forward the email to your telegram bot :
Dont forget to adjust $url variable in telegram function based on first step.

#!/usr/local/bin/php -q
function mailRead($iKlimit = "")
	if ($iKlimit == "") {
		$iKlimit = 1024;
	$sErrorSTDINFail = "Error - failed to read mail from STDIN!";
	$fp = fopen("php://stdin", "r");
	if (!$fp) {
		echo $sErrorSTDINFail;
	$sEmail = "";
	if ($iKlimit == - 1) {
		while (!feof($fp)) {
			$sEmail .= fread($fp, 1024);
	else {
		while (!feof($fp) && $i_limit < $iKlimit) {
			$sEmail .= fread($fp, 1024);
	return $sEmail;

function telegram($m)
	$url = '';
	$url .= urlencode($m);
	$ch = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
	$response = curl_exec($ch);

$mail = mailRead(4096);
$lines = explode("\n", $mail);

$from = "";
$subject = "";
$headers = "";
$message = "";
$splittingheaders = true;

for ($i = 0; $i < count($lines); $i++) {
	if ($splittingheaders) {
		$headers .= $lines[$i] . "\n";
		if (preg_match("/^Subject: (.*)/", $lines[$i], $matches)) {
			$subject = $matches[1];
		if (preg_match("/^From: (.*)/", $lines[$i], $matches)) {
			$from = $matches[1];
		if (preg_match("/^To: (.*)/", $lines[$i], $matches)) {
			$to = $matches[1];
	else {
		$message .= $lines[$i] . "\n";
	if (trim($lines[$i]) == "") {
		$splittingheaders = false;

telegram("From: $from\nSubject: $subject\nMessage: $message");

April 5, 2017

How to monitor bandwidth/traffic usage on a router

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 4:32 pm

Usually users dont care about their Internet traffic usage, especially on broadband lines as ISP’s provide unmetered bandwidth.
Unfortunately it is not the case for everyone, I have to pay for every single gigabyte of traffic that I use to my ISP. Can you believe that !?
Recently I noticed my ISP usage statistics are a tad high, so I decided to log my usage myself and compare it to my ISP stats.
I have a Mikrotik router which is somewhat advanced, so I expected an easy straight forward solution to measure my daily traffic, but to my surprise I was wrong.
Most solutions available are inaccurate -like query speed of interface every 5 minutes and calculate an estimate- or hard to implement and overkill.
So I came up with a novel idea. Here is the principle:
Most routers keep inbound & outbound bandwidth counters of their network interfaces. If we can query these numbers through SNMP on predefined intervals, we can calculate interface traffic precisely.

AdminseHow BitcoinUnlimited and ElectrumX servers online !

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:31 am

It’s been quite a while that I’ve been running a bitcoin unlimited node and an electrumx server as a contribution to bitcoin network.
I bought all of my bitcoins in 2010-2011 for $10 each and have already made a quite nice 120.000% profit on my investment so a contribution was due.
Both servers provide auto discovery and as a client, you usually don’t need to configure your server or peers manually but technically you can!
If you needed a reliable and fast bitcoin node peer or electrum server, feel free use the following :

Bitcoin Unlimited node:

Electrum TCP:

Electrum SSL:

February 13, 2017

Excellent window manager for Windows/Mac OS X

Filed under: MAC OS X,Windows — Tags: , , , — admin @ 6:33 am

About 1 year ago I bought a 34″ LG ultra wide monitor (21:9). Ultra wide monitors are usually used as a replacement of multiple monitors and thus using a window manager is mandatory with them.
For the past year I was using LG’s crappy “Split Screen” software which comes with monitor until recently I found this great window manager called Divvy. It saved me from all issues I had with “Split Screen” and provides more features and flexibility, so I thought it is necessary to give them a shout-out.
If you are in need of a good window manager don’t hesitate to use Divvy and possibly support them by buying its license. It is worth every penny.
Here is the link :

February 4, 2017

Excellent tool for benchmarking disk iops in Linux

Filed under: General — admin @ 1:02 am

May 6, 2016

Intel XHCI USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 10

Filed under: Windows — Tags: , , , — admin @ 11:07 pm

Intel has not released official XHCI USB 3.0 drivers for Windows 10 and the one that comes with Windows 10 by default is a generic one provided by MS and buggy. Here you can check intel website :

Fortunately some people have managed to mod the driver provided by Intel for Windows 7 to Windows 10 :

May 5, 2016

Convert whole directory video/audio files using ffmpeg in Windows

Filed under: Windows — Tags: , , , — admin @ 9:05 pm

The following command converts all AVI files in a directory to H264 480p using ffmpeg :

FOR /F "tokens=*" %G IN ('dir /b *.avi') DO ffmpeg -i "%G" -codec:v libx264 -preset slow -b:v 500k -maxrate 500k -bufsize 1000k -vf scale=-1:480 -threads 0 -codec:a aac -b:a 128k "%~nG.mp4"
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