If you want to use MyBook lights for something useful, not just to see, if the disk is turning, or the disk is too warm,if you have a gmail account, you can use gmail notifier to see if there are unread emails in your inbox.
What it does:
The gmail notifier is a bash script, which downloads xml atom file, then counts number of unread mails and then it blinks, if there's something new.
It checks every 30 minutes for mail. At night it turns off lights(I like it that way). It needs minimum traffic. Let's say max 0.6kb*2*24h*30d~=1MB per month.(actually 2/3 of it, because at night it doesn't download anything).
MyBook 1st edition, you must check commands to turn on/off lights on 2nd edition(may be the same).
$PATH with optware is optional, or you could specify the path manually in script.
wget-ssl package installed. (ipkg install ssl). Remove standard wget form optware, if it promts for it.
When you read it, you have to wait another 30minutes, when the lights turn down. It has some flows, but it's indeed useful.
Another "bug" is, that the script doesn't check certificate and it wakes up the disk(wget to stdout would help). These are all TODOs.
It could ping my laptop's IP and when I'm online, it could checks more often, if I read mails.
#!/bin/bash # Gmail lights notifier for WD MyBook World 1st ed. # The blue ring on MyBook will blink, when the mail arrives. # # Author: Marcel Kanta # # Licence: GPLv2 or greater # # Installation: 1. Specify http-user and http-password # in ~/.wgetrc and chmod 600 it for security. # 2. You should have optware and wget-ssl package installed on MyBook. # 3. Add the path in script to optware's wget, or add /opt/bin to $PATH. # 4. chown YourUser /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness # and chown YourUser /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:fuel-gauge/brightness # Start: Try "nohup sh gmail_lights.sh >/dev/null&" # Notes: 1. TODO: --no-check-certificate parameter is not so secure # 2. Edit this script and you can get Binary weather forecast # (could notifies you, if it rains tomorrow) # 3. enjoy :) while true; do #maybe cron will do this job better HOUR=`date | tr -s " "|tr ":" " "| cut -d " " -f 4` if [ $HOUR -le 22 ] && [ $HOUR -ge 8 ]; then #get and parse xml output for number of unread mails wget --no-check-certificate https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom -O atom$$ 2>/dev/null if [ `grep -c "<entry>" <atom$$` -eq 0 ]; then #turn off the lights chmod u+w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:fuel-gauge/brightness chmod u-w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness else # you've got the mail! :) chmod u+w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:fuel-gauge/brightness chmod u-w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness fi; rm atom$$; else #sleep at night chmod u+w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:fuel-gauge/brightness chmod u-w /sys/class/leds/wdc-leds:power/brightness sleep 1800;#checks every hour fi; sleep 1800; done