Review: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (VG)

October 17, 2015 2 comments

I just finished Everbody’s Gone To The Rapture, a gorgeous, non-linear mystery storytelling tour-de-force, that is not without some minor problems.

Review: 5 out of 10. Recommend if you’re in the right frame of mind for a snail’s-pace non-linear story, but if you’re looking for something other than a sci-fi walking simulator, you’ll be disappointed.

Where'd Everybody Go?

Where’d Everybody Go?

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The Joys of Sony PS4 Customer Service

September 8, 2015 3 comments
Awesome game!

Awesome game!

Back in April I bought a PlayStation 4, having held off for a while to see if the prices would come down. At that time, there was a rare sale on Amazon and I thought I’d bite the bullet. After all, I had already bought The Last of Us and was dying to play the game anyway.

While I was actually able to play the game, the PS4 has given me nothing but trouble otherwise. Immediately I got hit with the dreaded “Error CE-32889-0” which prevented me from playing the very last chapter of Metro: Last Light, crashing upon startup every time, and teasing me with letting me play a minute-and-a-half of Assassin’s Creed: Unity before throwing up the error and kicking me back to the dashboard.

Worse, the controllers suck. Unlike the XBox (I have a 360, not a XBox One) or PS3, where a controller can last for up to 8 hours, the PS4 controllers died after 45 minutes out of the box. Both of them (I got the PS4 bundle with two controllers). Slowly, but steadily, they began to lose their charges even more, eventually getting to the point where they would only work while plugged in (note, this was after only two months of use!)

Eventually, the PS4 became unusable, and then the controllers wouldn’t even turn on. Doing a hard reset on the controllers didn’t help. So, I turned to Sony Customer Support for help. Read more…

Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 3

August 30, 2015 2 comments

This is the third installment of the 3-2-1 backup workflow that I have established using Synology’s DSM 5.2 software.

My goal is to illustrate a multi-tiered backup plan using my Synology equipment and the built-in tools to establish a resilient method for surviving data loss.

In the first post, I discussed some of the considerations of backups and a provided a general overview of Synology’s tools to accomplish the tasks. In the second, I went through some of the specific step-by-step for backing up a wide variety of disaggregated data volumes to my DiskStation DS1813+, complete with versioning.

In this post, we’ll look at the next stage of data availability, which is syncing to the secondary DS1511+ and preparing the data for off-site backup:

  • Prepares the data for cloud storage environments
  • Creates a copy of the most recent backed up data
  • Creates independent backups for easier troubleshooting and restoration
High level logical flow. Note the colors

High level logical flow. Note the colors

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Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 2

August 25, 2015 8 comments

In the first article, I started talking about how to use the Synology to solve my various backup problems. I’m a bit picky about how the way I like my data organized, and as usual your mileage will vary, but because of the nature of my setup I need to use a variety of tools available within the Synology ecosystem.

In a nutshell, I wanted a backup methodology that ensures revisions, on-site copies for fast restoration, and encrypted off-site backups for “last-resort storage.”

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Logical backup workflow for my environment

Let’s take a look at the first stage of this process – getting the files from the Mac to the DS1813+. Read more…

Synology Hybrid Backup, Part 1

August 25, 2015 3 comments
Where is my data!?

Where is my data!?

We’ve all had it happen: that moment when the computer freezes, and hours of work is lost forever. But when the loss is catastrophic – a bad disk drive, the dreaded ‘clicking’ noise that signals you’re in deep, deep trouble, etc. – you know just how soul-crushing it can be.

I have a particular plan in mind for satisfying my own personal paranoia about data loss. After spending numerous days and weeks fighting with individual external hard drives, a few years ago I decided to move to network-attached storage (NAS) devices. I’ve made no secret that I consider my move from Drobo to Synology one of the best ones I’ve ever made as a consumer.

A few months ago, Synology announced some major work done in their operating system, DSM, to include some robust backup strategies, including encryption, cloud storage, and synchronization. As I wrote at the time, this could be a big deal (especially for me), and I’ve been dying to try it out.

I finally got the chance. Read more…

August GoodGuys Car Show, California (Pictorial)

August 23, 2015 1 comment

Had some fun walking around in the sun in Pleasanton, CA, looking at the gorgeous cars on display.

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Guest Post: Pluto, A Once-In-A-Lifetime-Event

July 14, 2015 4 comments

By Landon Curt Noll

Pluto, 2015 (NASA)

I want to call your attention to a significant event in our solar system: for the first time in history a spacecraft called New Horizons will pass by the Double Dwarf Planet pair Pluto and Charon. Read more…


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