My Synology DS916+: a year later.

DS916+

I got my Synology DS916+ 14 months ago and I loaded it with 4x3TB disks (which seemed like the best price/performance option within reasonable pricing at the time).

It was quite an investment for a home user, but I decided to do so after my TimeCapsule 2TB power supply failed for the second or third time and after I realised that throughout the past years (*) I’ve spent a good amount of money for non-reliable hard disks that eventually failed, or got full or just got outdated (for example my old firewire disks).

HDD setup.

Like I mentioned, I got 4x2TB HDD.

I setup 3 of them as single 5.5TB volume using SHR (Synology Hybrid RAID) to increase data redundancy. This is where I save anything that’s valuable and impossible to replicate if lost.

The last HDD, I kept it as a single 2.7TB Volume. It’s where I save data that are either redundant like our TimeMachine backups, ripped music and video from physical media, etc.

Encrypted Shared Folders.

For most data (our photos, docs, etc) I use encrypted shared folders. This ensures that if the disks are stollen, the data will be inaccessible.

CloudSync to backup from Synology.

CloudSync allows you to sync data between a Synology DiskStation and cloud services. I use it in two ways.

I back up the data stored on DS916+ to Backblaze B2. This ensures that whatever I store on my DS916+, it is also backed up to Backblaze (also, encrypted). Again, I only backup the important stuff that are irreplaceable.

CloudSync to backup to Synology.

My laptop does not have enough disk space to store all my Dropbox files, so I use selective sync and as a result some of my files are only on Dropbox servers. I like Dropbox a lot, but I don’t want to trust them to hold the only copy of my files.

So, I use CloudSync to backup my Dropbox account to my Synology. This means that any file uploaded to my Dropbox account, it is automatically replicated to DS916+.

Remote access and VPN

Synology gives a couple of ways to remotely access your DiskStation, but I’m quite sceptical about exposing various services over the internet. Instead, I setup the included VPN Server and when I need to access my files remotely I connect to it through VPN. As an added bonus I can also access all my home computers remotely, and I also have my personal VPN server I can use when I travel.

Photos

Synology recently added Moments that’s supposed to be a place where you can store all your phots and videos, browse them through a browser or a mobile app, organise them either manually or automatically, etc. It is quite promising, and I’m especially interested in it as a way to a) not depend on a service by Google or Dropbox or Apple to manage my photos and b) as a way to aggregate family photos and videos from various sources (our mobile phones, cameras, etc.) in a single archive. However, I’m not still there, so I can not tell you it can replace the services or apps you may already use.

Accessing stored media from Apple TV

I use Infuse on our Apple TV to access the media stored on my Synology and it works like a charm.

Overall

DS916+ has been one of the best purchases I ever did. If it broke down, I would rush to replace it with a new one.


(*) 2008 flash back bonus for my Internet friends: πρόβλημα με το WD MyBook World II (συνέχεια) + home storage, πρόβλημα με το WD MyBook World II

UNITs: An alternative name for NTFs

ERC721 describes a standard interface for non-fungible tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. ERC721 calls this kind of tokens “NFT” (Non-Fungible Tokens).

“NFT” Word Choice

“NFT” was satisfactory to nearly everyone surveyed and is widely applicable to a broad universe of distinguishable digital assets. We recognize that “deed” is very descriptive for certain applications of this standard (notably, physical property).

Alternatives considered: distinguishable asset, title, token, asset, equity, ticket

It seems to me that the general public will have difficulty grasping what “non-fungible” means and as a result the acronym “NFT” (even if pronounced as “nifties” which is cute and friendlier) will not help the typical user understand what they are buying into.

I’m no expert in Solitidy, but I had a look at the interface described by ERC721. And it seems to me that the core properties of a token that complies to it are uniqueness and transferability. Based on this, I would like to suggest “UNIT” as an alternative to “NFT”.

A UNIT token is a UNiquely Identifiable and Transferable token.

It’s simple, accurate (to my understanding), self-explanatory. As an additional bonus, the naming “1x” (as opposed to 0x, which ironically can be pronounced “Xerox”) can be used for projects related to UNIT tokens.

Το Άρθρο 13 και γιατί πρέπει να το σταματήσουμε

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“Remember the time YouTube Content ID took down a video with birds chirping in the background because an avant-garde song in its copyright database also had birds chirping in the background? Remember the time NASA’s videos of a Mars landing got taken down by a news agency? Remember the time a live stream got cut off because people started singing “Happy Birthday”?” — via The Verge

Το Άρθρο 13 θέλει να μετατρέψει όλο το Internet σε ένα χώρο στον οποίο οτιδήποτε μπορεί να εξαφανιστεί, αρκεί μία πλατφόρμα να θεωρήσει ότι παραβιάζεται κάποιο copyright.

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You know that thing called blogging – Om on Tech

What people don’t realize about blogs is that they are never a complete story. They are incomplete and by nature more mysterious, more episodic, and thus more interesting. Blogs are meant not to leave you with everything. The whole idea is to think to deliberate, and to come back again and again, to finish what was started a long time ago. But there is no end, just a pause, for a voice to start, talking again. I think somewhere along the line I forgot what it is to blog. — Source: You know that thing called blogging – Om on Tech