Synology DS1813+

Synology DS1813+

It arrived today, in a big box… My brand new NAS and 6 drives.

Opened the box at work cause one of the guys (Hi Matt), wanted to see what it looked like, but then it went back in the box and I put it in the car.

Once I got home and sorted out all the house/life stuffs, I set out to install the drives. I was amazed at how quick and easy it was to install the drives, completely tool-less.

Once I had the drives installed I booted it up, it took a couple of minutes, and all the lights flashed away.

After a quick network scan, I found the IP and then connected to it, and was greeted by a quick start wizard. Nice and simple.

It took about an hour to build the initial volume (6x3TiB ~= 18TiB volume). And it’s still busy verifying the volume which is gonna take a while.

Then I just need to move all my data from my old server, and then put the two 3TiB drives from there into the NAS, and then all done :)


Welcome to my Blog

Lets give this blog thing another go. It’s been a while since I last posted anything on a blog.

I have tried different things and I keep ending back here, on wordpress.

I also managed to pull in some of the old posts on my GitHub pages site.


Media centre

A while ago I learned about the RaspberryPI, and I found out that it was good enough to use as a media player. Well I managed to get two, loaded OpenELEC on them, setup XBMC MySQL syncing and now both tvs are connected to my media collection.

I even got XBMC running on my Android tablet, also hooked up to the MySQL db, the only problem I had was that the paths were not working on the Android client, but a quick tweak to the path substitution in the XBMC advanced config file and everything is working.

The only thing I need now if to upgrade my space, currently running out of space. I’m looking to get the Qnap TS-870 Pro and 8 x 4TiB Western Digital Red harddrives. P.S. Donations are welcome ;)

I’m hoping to put up a tutorial on how to setup OpenELEC and MySQL syncing, just need to make some time.

UPDATE Managed to get myself the Synology DS1813+ and 6 x 3TiB Western Digital Green Drives (I already have two), so this should last a while ;)


Sony Xperia

I am really impressed with the new line of gadgets from Sony, so adding to my wishlist are the following:

My cellphone contract is up for renewal in April, I’m hoping that the Z2 will be available, but if it’s not available then I will have to wait an extra month or two ;)

UPDATE Got my upgrade on 18th June 2014, all together I got the Z2, Style Cover, Smartband and Smart Watch 2.

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