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Comment Re:Why reinvent the wheel? (Score 3, Insightful) 134


I have a Synology NAS (which is good for many other reasons than cams) and have a D-Link DCS-2132L hooked up to it.

The built-in web interface to the camera did not require any ActiveX, though perhaps it did need a Quicktime plugin on my mac to display H.264. Supports RTP / RTSP/ RTCP but I haven't tried it because why would I? I hate to sound like a Synology who*e, but it's worked great for me out of the box. I'm watching my cat sleep on my iPhone as I type this.

Comment Re:Gonna buy a ticket to Star Wars this December? (Score 1) 614

I was part of the initial RIF when Disney bought Lucasfilm, when they canned over a third of the company. My replacement was internal so I didn't really have to train anyone, but it's aggravating to see how Disney still calls a 'retention bonus' a 'severance'. In my case I was required to stay on at the company for almost five months to get my 'severance'. Apparently they don't know what a severance really is (compensation for past work, not future.) I bailed early so I wouldn't kill myself and forewent a few months of salary, just for my mental health. That place is pretty devious.

In any case, I'd buy my Star Wars tickets right now if I could. Despite their shenanigans, they produce some entertainments that are like crack for a child of the 80's.

Comment Why bother with Windows? Or a PC at all? (Score 1) 253

You should seriously consider a small NAS. Windows is not an ideal media server OS. I'd almost argue that Linux isn't even that great for the purpose, considering the horsepower you need to give it to serve video. Better to get hardware that's purpose-built to do what you want it to do. Plus most NASs have remote, web-based admin. Easy peasy. Easier to expand drives on-the-fly while running instead of having to tear apart a PC tower or box or whatever, keep a keyboard and monitor in your attic, etc.

I'm partial to Synology, and they make a couple devices that hit the sweet-spot when considering drive bays, drive sizes, media capability and cost.

Note that Synology runs Plex (as well as other media servers), as well as a wealth of other useful stuff that takes close to zero configuration (file shares, cloud backup, use it as a Time Machine target, etc.)

I've built a MythTV box. It was fun, but ultimately I decided that my time was worth more than what I was spending maintaining the thing and fixing things that broke when I upgraded and whatnot.

It's funny. In my 20's I'd spend 10 hours of my time to save 20 bucks on some stupid little project. Now in my 40's I'll spend that 20 bucks to have 10 hours of free time instead.

Since a NAS is essentially a box with drives in it, there's fewer things to break due to the dust that it'll suck in. I have mine in my livingroom and I have to clean it out about once a month. In an attic, you'd have to build some kind of acrylic box with a ventilation system in it, one would guess. If you live in a cooler climate you probably won't have to worry about heat so much, but it's the dust that will kill you in any environment. Maybe get the parts to an old hood (like in your kitchen, the ventilation thingy over your stove) and modify that to suck the air/dust away from whatever device you end up with, and blow it out your roof.

Comment Re:You are asking the wrong queston... (Score 1) 343

Hey, you know what solves process problems? Software that can enforce processes.

Restricting editing of a document only leads to severe pain. However, some sort of system that, say, tells you *who* is editing that file might be handy.

I don't think this is a two-step process. Improvement of the process itself and implementation of said process (through software) should be done at the same time. Monkeying with the current process, changing it all around, then implementing a new system based on that is a pretty big waste of time.

Agreed that putting files on a filesystem and setting people loose on it is a bad thing, but don't take a step backward just so you can take two steps forward.

Comment Re:perforce (Score 2) 343

Aside from Perforce itself, non-developers should look into Perforce Commons, a web-based frontend to document storage. It's all drag-and-droppy and pretty and has search and etc. etc. It's a good solution if the organization is paranoid about having all their documents in the cloud.

If they're not paranoid about that, why not Dropbox or something similar? They have their desktop apps so non-developers won't have to be confused about web interfaces and whatnot.

Please downvote anyone that says 'SharePoint'.

Comment Why so much anti-cloud sentiment? (Score 1) 251

A few years ago I resigned myself to the fact that every thing about me, probably even my DNA sequence, is out there on various systems and will get stolen or compromised one day. I do what I can to keep things secure, but there's only so far I'm willing to go. If you have been reading a few security blogs over the last few years, you'd know that more and more experts (whoever they are) are recommending that corporations focus more toward mitigation of security breaches while taking resources away from prevention. It's kinda like getting mugged or in a car accident. Eventually, it's just going to happen to you. This is how we live in 2015.

Backing up to DVD or thumb drives or whatever is so 1990's. You may as well have a stack of Zip disks. Physical media is as stealable as anything else in your house. And BTW, if you do get burglarized, guess what the first thing is that they take? That's right, any box in the bottom of your closet or in your garage with a lock on it.

The cloud is technology agnostic so format doesn't matter, you shouldn't have to worry about that. It'll evolve over time but that's not your concern.

Buy yourself a little NAS, load it with 4-5 fat drives. Put everything important on it. Back your laptops and PCs up to it. Encrypt what you feel like encrypting. Push it all to Glacier, which costs a penny per GB. Done. No trips to the bank. No wasting time burning media that will degrade. No physical items to lose.

It probably is a good idea to have more than one copy of everything, just know that as soon as you make physical media of something, it's outdated. Someone else on this thread mentioned keeping a NAS at someone else's house, perhaps your grandma in another state. I'm personally not that paranoid about my stuff so I don't do that, but it's probably a good practice.

Fewer and fewer laptops are coming with dvd/bluray drives built in. Over the last decade we have seen fewer and fewer models of external drives/burners in stores. The writing is on the wall. In perhaps a decade or two you won't have choice, your stuff will be in the cloud (or whatever they change the name to), may as well get on that business now.

Comment Re:Not a chance. (Score 1) 331

"Drive space is cheap" can be interpreted as "Throw more storage at it", a notion the IT community dismissed as absurd over a decade ago. If I just kept throwing drives at my data, I'd quickly run out of physical space on my NAS, would have to buy a 10 bay unit and put six more drives in it, etc., etc. People who say 'drive space is cheap' never actually adhere to that philosophy, which is a weird paradox because they're more likely the ones that manage their storage in a more sane way, yet they give out this horrible advice.

Or maybe these are the people that have 30 TB of storage on a small 'heater' next to their TV, but with 3 year's worth of time machine backups on it. Either way, 'drive space is cheap' is pretty lame.

Comment Be patient (Score 1) 464

OP doesn't mention how long he's been wearing progressives. It takes a while, up to two weeks, for your eyes to get used to progressives. And you absolutely can not wear any other glasses while you are getting used to progressives. My first 2-3 days with progressives saw me stepping off curbs early and almost eating it on stairs all the time, but after a few days I fell in love with them. The warping on the lower sides is gone, since my eyes don't naturally look there any more, and I can wear them all the time without worrying about not being able to, say, see a street sign then quickly look at my speedometer, without losing focus.

I'm far sighted and wear the glasses all the time, except when sleeping of course, so my eyes don't 'defocus', for lack of a better word.

As an added bonus I've noticed my posture at work has improved, since the glasses force me to look straight ahead with my chin level. I slouch less and find it harder to lean back in my chair with my head tipped back ... all the lazy things you do that trick you into thinking you're more comfortable, but just end up tweaking your back.

Stick with progressives for at least two weeks before you give up on them and do something cumbersome like carry around extra pairs of glasses with you, in addition to whatever's on your face. You'll end up needing a European carry-all to keep track of all your stuff.

Comment Right on SWA (Score 1) 928

Entitled jerk-face acts like a whiny bitch and gets tossed from a flight? I'm not sure I see the problem here.

Oh wait, I do. It's that we as a people have become so uppity that if we don't get our way we act like petulant children, and cry and moan and stomp our feet so the whole world can see.

I applaud SWA for being so in tune with Twitter that they could take action so quickly. They should go all the way an ban this crybaby from all future flights.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)