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von Martin Michlmayr (Debian Project)
Donnerstag, 31.05.2007, Saal 4: Kaiserslautern , 16:00-17:00 Uhr
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are gaining popularity and are available quite inexpensively. For most customers, they are basically just a hard drive that you connect to the network for file storage. In reality, these devices are complete, even if fairly low-end, computers – and Debian can be installed on some of them. This talk will show how combining a NAS with Debian gives you a low-power and quiet server for home use. In particular, it will cover two devices: the Linksys NSLU2 and the Thecus N2100.
Über den Autor Martin Michlmayr:
Martin Michlmayr has been involved in various free software projects for over 10 years. He used to be the Volunteer Coordinator for the GNUstep Project and acted as Publicity Director for Linux International. In 2000, Martin joined the Debian Project, and he was later elected Debian Project Leader (DPL) as which he acted for two years. Martin holds Master degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Software Engineering, and started a PhD at the University of Cambridge in January 2004. His research focuses on quality management in free software projects.

Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi


Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi


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Question by orkspace: What backup solution is right for me?
I have a desktop PC running Windows XP SP2. I have around 100 gigs (and steadily growing) of data that I’d like to back up.

Until now, I’ve been manually copying the data to an external 80gig hard drive. As I’ve outgrown that drive, I thought that it would be a good time to reevaluate my storage strategy.

Here are the options as I understand them:
1. Burn to archival DVD and store offsite (I’d like to avoid this because of the time and expense involved — I also don’t really trust CDs/DVDs).
2. Buy a bigger external drive and install some or other backup utility — hopefully there’s an open source Win32 progam that’d work well.
3. Buy/make an external RAID array. (Is this necessary? I’m not looking for performance, just for reliable data storage. I also have no idea what’s involved in making a RAID array, beyond getting a couple of identical drives).
4. Network storage? Wouldn’t this be prohibitively expensive (not to mention time-consuming)?

Feedback?
Re “Data”:

It’s the usual already-compressed digital media stuff: mp3s, jpegs, mpegs. I haven’t found it worth the effort to compress anything.
Follow up:
The pricing on the online storage sites that some of you have suggested is prohibitive; ~ $ 100/month for 200 gigs (the $ 15/month is for 2 gigs or so).

Best answer:

Answer by yuvid6
You can purchase a USB 2.0 external hard drive that supports up to a 1000GB hard drive. That would be about $ 50. Adaptec is a good one. If you look around you can purchase a 200 GB hard drive for about $ 120. That should solve your storage problems. Good luck

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What customers say about Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi?

  1. 235 of 238 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A excellent Network and disk player – but only incremental improvements over last years BDP-S590, March 18, 2013
    By 
    Adrian

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    This review is from: Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Electronics)

    This is a full featured BD/DVD/Network player.

    The player uses the same XMB (Xross Media Bar) interface as last years players and the PS3. All the same services are on this player as last year, including all the popular ones – Netflix, Amazon, VUDU, Hulu and Crackle. The Netflix interface supports the new Super HD (5800kb/s) stream, with Dolby Digital + audio. Amazon also supports Watchlists and Dolby Digital 5.1 bitstream. I mention this, because its one of the few players out there that does.

    New for 2013 is the Youtube app, that gets a serious facelift, and supports HD streams and a new look.

    Disk start up times have also being improved over last year by at least 10 seconds (compared to the top of the line BDP-S790 from 2012).

    A lot of folks complained about text input on last years player, as the onscreen keyboard used a numeric keypad to provide the input. This year, Sony replaces it with a full QWERTY style onscreen keyboard, which is certainly easier to use.

    What else is there. Well again the Sony player is very good for supporting local media playback through DLNA. This bluray player supports more file formats and codecs that most, and is best used with the Serviio DLNA server.

    Also new for 2013 is the players ability to work with Sony’s new 2nd screen app called TV Sideview. This gives folks the opportunity to interact with the player using a iOS or Android device. You are able to search across multiple network services (Netflix, youtube) and local content too … although i’ve not had much luck with search … the system seems to have a few bugs in it right now. Early days though.

    One other new capability over last year is the built in Opera web browser. It has being improved and will support “some” HTML5 video streams … such as youtube, within the browser. Again, my experience with it wasn’t ideal, and I really wouldn’t recommend using this blue-ray player to browse the net! Its just too slow to render the pages.

    Visually, its a nice looking player, and has a semi metal case, compared to last years all plastic one. Its suppose to have improved WIFI reception too … although I only tested it with a wired Ethernet cable.

    If you’re looking for a solid disk and network player, the BDP-S5100 is well worth a look. Is it worth upgrading from last years BDP-S590? … well, only if you are a heavy youtube user would I consider it. The BDP-S590 was already a excellent Bluray player, and Sony has only done a few incremental improvements here.

    Final thoughts … note that this player has no analog outputs; not even for audio .. so if you have non HDMI equipment, don’t even consider this player. No Digital optical output either (Only Coaxial) Also this player won’t come with a HDMI cable, so plan ahead !!

    I can’t comment on its 3D abilities as I don’t have any 3D displays.

    For folks that may have a issues with video cutting out intermittently, do yourself a favor and turn off “deep color” in the screen settings. No content uses this feature anyway.

    Thanks for reading.

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  2. 162 of 175 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    First Impressions, March 7, 2013
    By 
    Michael R Nelson (Oakton, VA USA) –

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    I purchased this Sony BDP-S3100 Blu-Ray Player to replace an LG BD390 player that had stopped reading discs. I selected the BDP-S3100 over the lower cost Sony BDP-S1100 for the DLNA support for media streaming over a home network and the built-in WiFi. And since I’m not interested in replacing my current television with a 3D capable display right now, I skipped the higher end BDP-S5500 player.

    I enrolled in Amazon Prime with this purchase to gain access to Amazon Prime videos. The standard two-day shipping is also very nice. The Prime two-day shipping worked as advertised. I ordered the player on a Sunday and it was sitting on my doorstep on Tuesday.

    Set-up was quick and painless. I plugged in the HDMI, coaxial audio (I predict a new receiver in my future), and power cables. After connecting to my home network, the player downloaded the latest patch and I was ready to go… to set up an account with Sony to enable the Amazon Prime, Pandora, Facebook, etc. access. Having a notebook computer right there was extremely helpful for entering the various access codes displayed on the television. Setting up the remote to control my television (primarily to turn it on and off) was simple.

    I am pretty satisfied with this new player. Discs load noticeably faster than they did with my old LG player (which is to be expected with five years for player improvements). I’m enjoying the Amazon Prime videos and the access to the videos, photos, and music on my home network.

    The only thing keeping this from being a five-star review is a persistent issue with the audio intermittently dropping out. I’ve consistently experienced this problem with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and streaming videos. Every 15 to 20 minutes, the audio stops and there’s two to three seconds of silence. I’m hoping it will be fixed soon in a patch. But I’m monitoring some AV forums to see if other people experience this same issue to determine if I actually have a defective player.

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  3. 131 of 145 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best yet!, March 10, 2013
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    Bought this player 10 days ago. Had the other top brand along with a not so old Sony bdp-s390. The Wi-Fi range is 10x better! Where I used to have buffering before….. NO MORE! (same cable provider and same exact place I had the other players) If you are having trouble only when straming, it is your network (cable provider) and not the player. The picture with streaming and dvd is even better then my PS3. As hard as I am to be happy with a product, I am blown away! This is my first written review ever. I had to let buyers know this is finally the way a blu-ray player supposed to work….PERIOD!

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  4. Another option is online storage/backup. Maybe MediaMax or Box.net. On the plus side, with online backup you have access to your files wherever you are, and you don’t have to worry about disasters like fires and flooding.

    Alternatively, I think a bigger external hard drive might be the best option. It is probably the simplest and most cost-effective.

    Why not try a combination of these options and see which you like the best?

  5. If you have a fast Internet connection, you should consider Online Backup or hosting solutions – GoDaddy offers 200gigs for like 15$ /month. I wouldn’t presume to know anything about your business needs and budget, but those are usually the cheapest and are considered very secure.

    The other option you should consider is tape backup – tapes can reach 80gb per tape. The tapes themselves are much cheaper than HDs (the tape drives can get a little costly) and purchasing more tapes will allow you to grow with your data.

  6. My thoughts by point.

    1. I agree with the time involved. In comparison it would be the cheap method.

    2. Thre are plenty of programs to backup to an external drive, but if it’s your ownly backup and it fails, you’re in trouble. If you choose this, I recommend a 300-500 GB drive on firewire.

    3. Raid is a prevention method. If on drive crashes and you have a raid 5, you’re OK, but if 2 drives crash or the computer is wasted in a fire, etc. All data is gone. Raid is still a good option and maybe combined with option 2.

    4. Not time consuming because you would scedule it for when you weren’t there. Expensive, yes. Truthfully your amount of data justifies it. If you can’t afford

    Another idea is online storage. You could get 200 GB online storage and have the system create a backup file on a local drive, then send it to the remote drive.

    There are actually online backup services available.
    Try these sources:

    http://www.buyerzone.com/computers/backup-remote/qz_questions_7z.jhtml?_requestid=432243

    http://www.ibackup.com/

    and keep looking, I am not affiliated with these services.

  7. the term “data” is to ambiguous. different file types can be compressed to different degrees. Is it file data or transaction data that needs to be warehoused ?

  8. You can choose between these solutions:
    1. Use an online backup service like Carbonite. But in my opinion it is unsafe and rather expensive compared with the second variant.
    2. Purchase 3rd party software like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. With this software you can store you data on DVDs (I think it is the best solution in your case). I prefer True Image because it is cheaper than Ghost and it has many advantages over Ghost. Here you can read a discussion about that: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,17375409~days=9999
    And here you can see a full list of True Image features: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/


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