Synology Download Station: add search modules

The Synology Download Station is a great application for downloading torrents but sometimes it’s unable to find the things you are looking for.

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It happened to me and as I was looking through the settings for a way to add a search engine I found out it has to be a .dlm file. I don’t know when this was changed but I remember that I could just add a URL but ala. So I was searching for .dlm files when I encountered the SynoBoost website.

The SynoBoost website has more than 30 search engine files waiting to be downloaded. About half of the search engines require authorization but that still leaves a lot of search engines to add to your Download Station.
Credits to the SynoBoost project!

Detailed instructions on how to add the search engines can be found at the  installation page. The page is a bit outdated due to the screenshots from a previous version of the Download Manager but you will get the general idea on how to add the search engines.

With search results
Happy DL and remember it’s not about searching, it’s about finding 😉

Cross platform RSS solution for free

Newsgator free products

RSS readers FeedDemon (Windows) and NetNewsWire (MacOSX) are now freeware! On my PC I have been using FeedDemon (the paid version) for several years now and recently bought NetNewsWire for my MacBook. Stupid me I should have waited a month ;-(

The feeds I read at home and at work are synchronized through the online Newsgator synchronization service. So I have the same feeds on my MacBook, my PC at work and my PC at home. You only have to create an account at Newsgator to get it working. A simple solution for those who use use multiple workstations and want more from an RSS reader then what the web based readers have to offer.

The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd


From the same producer as “The Office” comes this new British sitcom about an IT Department and their inhabitants.
Two sterotype sysadmins without people skills a female manager who knows nothing about computers and a couple of other colorfull characters make this serie into a must-see.


All six episode are available online:


1) Yesterday’s Jam



2) Calamity Jen



3) Fifty fifty



4) The Red Door



5) The Haunting of Bill Crouse



6) Aunt Irma Visits



For more information about this serie visit the official “The IT Crowd” web site.

Sticky keys …

While writing my previous blogentry I held my clumsy fingers a bit to long on the shift key. You now what happens next ….

Sticky keys pop-up and before you know it you have locked your shift key in the pressed down state. Bugger. Next thing is how to get it out of this state.

What follows is a good example of  user obfuscation. You open up the Accesability dialog and try to gain control over your keyboard. Checkboxes all over the place. Oh well it’s late and will skip the torture story. I Googled for a solution and found it at TweakXP.com. 

By Default a feature called Sticky Keys will be enabled on your PC. To disable this feature follow these steps:

1. Press SHIFT 5 times consecutively. The StickyKeys box will pop up.

2. Click Settings. Accessibility Options pops up.

3. On the “Keyboard” tab click the “Settings” button in the “StickyKeys” section.

4. Uncheck the items in this window and click OK.

5. Click Apply and OK on Accessibility Options.

The solution was to uncheck all items! Duh!

But I’m still wondering, this is an accesability option that keeps the shift key in a “pressed” state. The only thing to do to get it in this tate is to press it 5 times. This just doen’t make sense to me.

What ‘s running under svchost.exe?

You press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to display the Task Manager and browse through all your tasks to see what’s slowing down your machine. Then there is this “svchost.exe” that shows up several times. Sometimes running the tasks as SYSTEM, NETWORK SERVICE or LOCAL SERVICE.

To find out what is running behind the svchost you can use the commandline tool “tasklist”.

Open a command prompt.

Type “tasklist /svc”, hit [Enter] and behold you can actually see what is running behind the svchost.exe.