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Finally Buying a NAS

For years, I’ve had bouts of temptation when it comes to setting up a NAS. The other day, I finally made the leap and put one on order.

I’ve been using an External Thunderbay Thunderbolt drive enclosure for years, and it holds my iTunes TV and movie collection, as well as some other varied files.

My MacBook Pro has a large SSD, but not that large, so external storage is a must.

Here are the factors that finally conspired to make me plunge into the NAS world.

Compared to my normally-silent MBP, the fan and drives in that enclosure seem loud, so I mostly have it disconnected and powered down. My plan is to locate the NAS somewhere else, assuming it is louder than I’d like if I keep it in the same room.

I use a Time Capsule for Time Machine backups, and I know its days are numbered, as Apple (unwisely IMHO) got out of the router/storage game. And it’s actually been too small for a while now, I’d like to have more computers backing up to it and have a deeper version history.

I’d been thinking of switching to an iMac from my MBP when the new Apple Silicon iMacs release, and one thought was to buy that system with a large enough internal drive to hold all of my media. I have a fairly small collection, no ripped Blu-rays or anything, so all I need is around 4TB. Looking at the current price to bump an iMac up from 4TB to 8TB, and that $1,200 is an eye-opener.

I decided I could buy a lot of NAS for that price!

So here I am, with a Synology DS418 on order, and a few drives.

I started to do the thing I always do, and the thing that stopped my last NAS pondering a couple years back, which is steadily ramp up the price. “The DS418 looks fine, but what if I want to run something in Docker? I really should get the DS918. And gosh, the DS920 is not much more money than that, and …”

I’d do that, and then say, “wow, that’s a lot of money for what is basically some external storage”, and abandon the idea. So this time I just said, “The DS418 is plenty for your actual needs,” and clicked the button.

And I’m sure it will be. My needs are pretty simple, I don’t even expect to run Plex or anything like that. I am hoping the Synology AppleTV stuff will work well, but if it doesn’t my plan B (and maybe still actually plan A) is to do what I do today, and serve my media from my MBP, with it “directly” reading the media drive.

I’m sure there will be some surprises, both good and bad, but at least I decided to get in the game.

Watching the Final Space Shuttle Landing

Just got done watching the shuttle land for the final time.
Some random thoughts:
Double sonic boom was both louder and quieter than I expected. I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but keep in mind I’m running on about 4 hours sleep.

Rolled by fast!

Bigger than I expected.

Wow, lots of media there, and more people than I expected.

Took no pictures or videos of actual landing – happened fast and I’m glad I just experienced it.

Bittersweet that the USA has a period where we don’t have the ability to get men into space.

Can’t believe how much money we’ll gladly spend to blow shit up, and how little in comparison we spend for amazing things like the space program. Space is the future of our race, we are getting there way too slowly.

The Last Space Shuttle Flight

So a few weeks back, before the launch of the final space shuttle flight, I registered to “win” a chance to see the launch at NASA, as part of a “tweetup”. This was an opportunity given to anyone following NASA Tweetup on Twitter.
Out of thousands of registrations, they chose 150 to attend. I was not one of those 150. I did get placed on the 150-person wait list. So close!

It doesn’t end there though. Last week they announced that they were going to select 50 people from the 150-person wait list and invite them to watch the shuttle landing. My odds were 1 in 3! Friday, the day of the invitation emails, came and went. No invitation.

Cut to Sunday morning, when what do I find in my email inbox but an invitation to see the landing! My assumption is that although I missed the first 50, I was invited to fill the spot of someone who declined the invitation.

After much hesitation, and encouragement from friends and family, On Sunday afternoon I decided I was going!

This Thursday morning at 5:58 will find me, tired but excited, in Florida watching the final space shuttle land.