Posts Tagged ‘NAS’

November 2020

29Nov20

There’s been lots happening this month, with the puppy growing, some IT failures, moving on from some previously loved products and services, more updates on streaming and VR, and a few things I forgot in October… Puppy He’s done a lot of growing from the start of the month: To the end of the month: […]


Background Earlier in the year I wrote about upgrading from my old DS411j to a new DS420j, and how simple the upgrade process was. But I knew there would be trouble ahead, as Synology doesn’t provide a way to upgrade volumes created on its 32bit systems past 16TB. Last weekend one of my HGST 4TB […]


TL;DR The DS420j is one of my more boring tech purchases. It does exactly the same stuff as my old DS411j from nine years ago. But has enough CPU and memory to do it with ease rather than being stretched to the limit. Background I bought a Synology DS411j Network Attached Storage (NAS) box in […]


TL;DR I’ve been a fan of HP Microservers since the original NL36 model. When the newer Gen8 servers came to market they were a bit pricey, but the cost has come down, and cash back deals have returned. Faster CPUs, larger official memory capacity, dual NICs and remote console capabilities makes these ideal for a […]


My old Kiss Dp-600 media player has been getting progressively less reliable, so for a little while I’ve been telling the kids that I’d replace it with a Raspberry Pi. Of course getting hold of one has proven far from simple. Some time ago the prospect of using XBMC on the Raspi was confirmed, leading […]


For many years I ran a desktop PC in my home office, and it was always on in order to provide various services to other machines scattered around the house. The one good thing about this arrangement was that the room was always warm in winter. After getting my NAS and Microserver I started paying […]


For quite some time I’ve run my main PC as a hybrid workstation and server. When I built the machine (over 5 years ago) I got a fancy motherboard with onboard RAID5 and popped in 4x300GB drives. It got a mid life upgrade to 4x750GB (which gave a usable 2TB volume), but that was bursting […]