Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
Heh, funny, this is exactly what I'm in the process of doing. Hell, if I can convince my cheapskate friends to pick up NASes, I'd start syncing with them too, especially the friends on the other side of the country from me, for the geographical separation.
Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?
This may not be the cheapest solution, but it's what I'm planning to do...
- Everyone acquires a NAS device (Drobo, Synology, etc) of an appropriate capacity, ideally something that can handle several TB and is expandable.
- Fill up with 4TB drives.
- Install BitTorrent Sync, and share out a portion of the NAS.
You can install the client on your desktop, mobile, linux, and freebsd devices, too (you'll want a supported NAS, so something linux-based or FreeNAS or such, unfortunately nothing MIPS-based.
I'm primarily planning on just dropping something (probably a Drobo 5N) off at my mom's (she & my step-dad aren't tech savvy), and setting everything up for them, including backups of their PCs to the device, sharing of photos & videos, etc. And then setting up replication of critical, irreplaceable data between their place and mine. On my side, I already have a Synology DS1813+ that I need to set up, first.
The Synology stuff also has the capability to deal with IP Cameras for monitoring (though I suspect that if you just set up a share to dump images to, you won't need a license for it). For streaming, I believe both Drobo & Synology (as well as others) have media servers, so app-enabled TVs, BluRay players, and game consoles should be able to stream appropriate movies and music as needed.
I'm thinking the NAS, my laptop (which I'll also start backups to the NAS, likely NOT shared), my VPS, and my mobile devices (phone, tablet) will all sync, as will my wife's laptop & devices.
Yes, this is probably heavily overdone, but it also avoids putting private data on systems that I don't control, and avoids the commercial cloud providers at the same time. And, not surprisingly, I play a sysadmin for my day job, so this ties in nicely with that, too.
Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?
Seeing "CompuAdd" brought back memories. I may still even have a mouse pad from them. Got my first SoundBlaster there, too, with about a year's saved allowance... (Some of us /.ers were alive back then)
Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
Through sheer coincidence, I started shopping for a "large" home NAS today (large to me, at least, 5-8 bays for 4 TB drives), while snowed in at home. So I've been looking a lot at drives, too. This may definitely help, especially since I do have a budget.
Of course for work, this may help even more, since I'm shopping for stuff for there during my day job. I think I'll probably specify Hitachi drives where possible for that. Oddly, most of the drives in our cluster happen to *already* be Hitachi 2 TB SATA drives.
US Geneticist Discusses North Korea Trip With Dennis Rodman
Sounds like Mr. Wiggin designed the place. At least there were no rotating knives...
Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords
Especially every 90 days...
Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks
If the situation were reversed and democrats were demanding the abolishion of the second amendment
The Constitution doesn't work that way. To make it apples to apples, drop ACA in the current form, recraft it as a Constitutional amendment (which would require a 2/3 supermajority of *both* houses of Congress, or a national convention at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures, but no amendment's ever successfully come out of that, so we're stuck with Congress...), and get 3/4 of the states to ratify it. Then you'll have a comparison of like to like.
Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites
I can pretty much guarantee that there are IT people (as well as others) in each of those agencies that have been designated "essential" who are still going into work and checking things. Source: I used to work for an NIH contractor during the last threatened shutdown (well, all the Obama years threatened shutdowns), and was designated essential to keep our VM/Web/HPC infrastructure up and running. I'm kinda sorry I left, I'd love to see what's happening there now.
Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
Kinda makes me glad I have an unlocked Nexus 4... Sure, it doesn't have LTE, but...
* Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
* GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
* 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
* HSPA+ 42
Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
Where a buddy of mine works, there's a tiny clause in the employment contract stating employees aren't eligible for re-hire if they don't give three months' notice. It's completely insane, and they missed out on getting a new COO because a decade ago the guy worked there & just gave a standard 2 weeks... And it wasn't discovered until they'd made the decision to hire him...
Places my wife has worked just have a blanket policy that they won't re-hire someone.
Book Review: The Healthy Programmer
Alas, we literally lost...
Samsung Smart TV: Basically a Linux Box Running Vulnerable Web Apps
And people tell me that after my horrific Hamstrung experience with one of their pump & dump phones, I'm stupid for refusing to consider any electronics from them ever again...
Schneier Has Something Good To Say About Airport Security
Yeah, our trip to Cancun a few years ago, we got a red light on the way in through customs. They're surprisingly efficient at the search, probably because they don't want to piss off the tourists.
Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?
My stepdad has (or at least had) one of those style zappers. Gnats and other flying pests small enough to get through screens are often a real problem where he lives, so he'd set it up over a bowl of vinegar in the kitchen. After a few hours, the counter around it would have dozens, if not hundreds, of formerly flying pests.
TV Programmers Seek the Elusive Dog Market
OK, so I'm a dog owner, and I spoil the hell out of my dogs. So much so that I spend my lunch break at home, walking them, then wolf down food. I buy super-premium dog food (hint: they need less, so there's less mess and it lasts longer). I have shelves of my pantry dedicated to treats. There's more room for the dogs on the sofa than for me and my wife. And I'd never even think that having my dogs watch TV is a good idea. Besides, they're constantly entertained laying on the ottoman by the window, barking at anything and everything that passes the house...
The Physics Behind Waterslides
So we turned to some experts: the people who design water parks rides, a physicist with three small children, and two 14-year-old twins who are self-described "water park enthusiasts."
So, a couple teens, a dad whose specialty is particle physics, and the actual people who design the slides. Glad someone has some actual experience...
Cray X-MP Simulator Resurrects Piece of Computer History
Opus the Penguin is a critical part of the entire X-MP era. So, yes, the computations go faster.
Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?
A friend of mine was totally gray in high school. Never got carded because of it...
The Free State Project, One Decade Later
Rep. Warden’s Democratic opponent in 2012, Aaron Gill, alleged that Free Staters threatened New Hampshire’s ideals. “Imagine what happens when 20,000 Free Staters move here, get elected and vote,” he said in a letter to the Concord Monitor.
Yes, imagine when 20,000 people who are actively engaged and informed about what's going on in politics and the world have the temerity to vote and make their voices heard. 20,000 people who won't just vote a party line. 20,000 people who believe they can make a difference and are actually working to do so...
Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Probably make me dislike Star Trek as much as I'm beginning to dislike Doctor Who. Which is ironic, considering my favorite Tennant episodes were written by Moffat, but now that he's in control, it feels like every episode has to be more over-the-top than the one before it, especially in series 7.5.
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