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I am still looking after an not-too-expensive but "good" NAS for my home network. There are quite a lot of differnet models out there, that will meet my expectations. Unfortuantly, I could not find a comperasion that shows all the features I want.
In this article, I try to assemble such a comperasion. But be warned: Its matched to the needs and features I want, sorted to the importance:
- Supports at least Samba. FTP, rsync and other non-proprietary protocols a plus
- MUST NOT use NDAS
- Unit must use a "common" file system (I case of hardware-failure, I want my data back)
- Enclosure must have place for all hardrives
- RAID support. That is you need at least two physical hardrives.
- Power efficient (otherwise I could recycle an old computer)
- Should be able to run custom software. So this usually narrows down to a linux driven box with any access to it (to enable ssh for example)
- Max. 350 € for 1 Terra Byte of gross storage.
- Not-too short on RAM
Models over 350 are not reviewed at all. This is simply over my budget I planing to spend. (Of course, if the manufacturer would send me a unit for review... ;-) )
I took a closer look at these candidates: Maxtor Shared Storage II, Western Digital My Book World Edition II, and finally the Thecus N2100.
[Updated Dec 10 2007]
Now, some thousand pictures (10 Gigabytes) later, it is time for a first resume.
Welcome to the official recaptcha-for-lifetype-plugin development article
After the first release of the plugin, I decided that it would be better to have a dedicated article to the plugin development. Well, this is it.(More)
The filtering proxy used here is sometimes just too stupid (lots of false-positives, inserting a (program) confusing and on bigger downloads unreliable progess bar, etc). This weirdness also jeopardized an automatic updated of my favorite theme. What I learned, is, that you can install themes manually. The problem is, that the instructions on http://wiki.mozilla.org/Installing_Extensions are wrong: There is no "Tool" menu.
But its even simpler: Just drag & drop the downloaded .jar file into the Themes manager, and Firefox will do the rest.
I had an annoying problem with my smartmontools. The startup script kept telling me, that it fails upon starting. Well, this was annoying but not critical.
But now that there is a new smartmontools package upstream, this discovered a bug: After installation, smartmontools barks in its postinst script as it fails to start. (See bugreport)
(update: read on where to get the latest version)
BTW: I uploaded updated versions of my avr-gcc builds as debian packages: The files linked inlcude my patch to support the AT90PWM316*. The patch is already upstrea, and according Jörg Wünsche, it will be applied to the upcoming release of the official toolchain.
As the PWM316 chip is just a great device for lightning. I used the patched gcc already for a commercial project.
The story why I needed to create the patch reads as a WTF, and is therefore noteworthy: The hardware-team accidentially soldered the PWM316 into the circuit, instead of the PWM3B. As time was tough and new hardware not feasible in the projects timeline, I had to get the gcc running...
Well, thats off-topic: Here are the files: