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+ - Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?

Submitted by file terminator
file terminator (985503) writes "I want to buy a network drive for home usage, and am looking for something that would allow for secure and encrypted remote backups over the Internet to a second network drive, preferably advanced enough that all drive content does not have to be transmitted every time. The solution may come as a pair of network drives, and two-way synching would actually be a plus. The drives would be behind respective NATs and setup must allow connecting to any target port. The solution should be readily available (no obscure/local brands/solutions) and not unreasonably expensive. Does anyone have any recommendations for a full out of the box solution?"

Comment: Re:I'm tired of you ethical moralists (Score 1) 554

by file terminator (#26721527) Attached to: Human-Animal Hybrids Fail

I tend to see moral certainty as a crutch. Life is not black and white, what seems wrong in one situation may seem right in another.

First, YES, life is gray--but there are SHADES of gray, not just one dull gray where everything is acceptable. Some of those shades are so close to either black or white that there really is no practical difference. To blurt out "but it is gray, and gray means OK" shows an inability to understand degrees.

Second, if something seems wrong in one situation and right in another, perhaps that is because it IS wrong in one situation and right in another? If I consider it wrong to imprison an innocent person but right to imprison a mass murderer, it only shows that I have an understanding of circumstance, not that imprisoning people is a gray area.

Comment: Re:suggestions ... (Score 1) 378

by file terminator (#22304720) Attached to: The Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition Preview Books
Temple of Elemental Evil. You can probably get it as some sort of budget release, or as part of some collection. "(Atari) Action Triple Pack," which also includes Demon Stone and Magic Battlegrounds, might be a cheap alternative. Admittedly, I haven't played the Neverwinter Nights games, but ToEE is very close to the paper and pen experience. The game carters to your general party alignment and has different endings depending on that, as well as on how well you do.

Having said that, ToEE is one of the "most flawed PoS games" I've ever played. The game itself trudges along without crashing most of the time, but the game world logic falters regularly. Example 1 (spoiler): Later in the game you will need a sledgehammer, among other things. You can complete the game without it, but not perfectly. The sledgehammer is found in two places in the entire game I think, and at the time you find yourself needing it, it may no longer be available (discarded). Joy! Example 2: You can create magic items, but are restricted to whatever masterwork weapons you find. There is no way to commission a particular weapon type, in spite of there being several weaponsmiths around. Example 3: Certain feats are very limited. I picked "Craft Wonderous Items" for my wizard, only to learn that there is exactly one such item in the game that he can craft, and furthermore his alignment prevented him from making that item! Joy! Example 4: You can't use a higher level spell slot for a lower level spell, which is especially annoying with the sorcerer.

ToEE has potential for a great paper and pen replacement, but has so many flaws that it cripples the experience. I understand there is a modding community that has worked out the flaws and bugs and added spells and abilities and raised the level cap and so on. If you choose to try it out (and I think it is worth it), do by all means apply the mods first (they are incompatible with existing save games). This and this are probably good ways to get started.

In general, you may like game or dislike it (it's based on a very old module), but this is probably the closest to "paper and pen" you will get in a computer game, and IMO worth a look because of that alone. You may actually come out with a greater understanding of the 3.5 rules than you had before.

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