Sunday, 28 May 2017
So I have been having a problem that appears to be getting worse where as an editing session extends in time the performance of Lightroom diminishes.
Of late I have been keyword photos, approx 700 in a catalogue of 3000, well within the alleged capabilities of the product. After a few minutes responsiveness notably drops eg clicking to select an image starts to take a few seconds to respond. This continues until Lightroom becomes unresponsive. Other programs remain entirely unaffected and processor / memory / disk appear to be responding normally but Lightroom has lost itself. Unfortunately, if I leave it too late to restart Lightroom it is impossible to kill and my PC becomes unresponsive.
I have of course updated to the latest version 6.10.1 but that has made no difference at all.
There are multiple posts online with performance problems but there is a more fundamental issue and that is the "too_many_redirects" issue preventing login to Adobe forums.
I have no tried on Windows 10 Chrome, Edge and IE and all have the same problem. I have tried changing my profile name (why would that make any difference I ask!) and that does not work. I have tried on Android and that doesn't work.
Adobe seems to have a notably interest in charging significant sums of money for professional software and then appear to be unable to back that up with professional product or support.
Monday, 22 May 2017
Wow, they are all at it.
I would like to do a post on the lib dems (who?) but I suspect keeping their political ambition to about half the voting populace knowing the name of their leader (Farren perhaps? ) is sufficient for this time around.
Or perhaps talk about labour (who?), to be fair that is easier as their policies except under New Labour (aka conservative) have been the same for my whole life, overspend, break the economy, perpetuate old methods of working. They do add the new dimension of just what level of destruction to themselves they can cause by the old labour world clashing with the modern and a leader who is yet to show, we'll anything positive.
But no, stick with the conservatives who are proposing, for this 5 minutes anyway, that no one will have to sell their homes for care and we will be able to not spend it all. Not sure how that will get administered and not drained away by councils. The practical note here is that this seems disingenuous to me. At present one does it have to sell ones home to cover care costs, they can be recouped from sale on death. What the Tories have not mentioned though is that any interest rate other than below inflation is compound and hence will escalate and given the current rate is massively over inflation it is clearly designed to take all remaining wealth at a punitive rate. Good luck not paying out that last 100k.
Today on Radio 2 I heard that the Green party has a 4 day working week in their general election manifesto.
I am interested as to how this would work and be financed. I am contracted for a 5 day week, does that mean I would be stuck with that? Would I automatically change to a 4 day week? Would I automatically lose 20% of my salary or would I be paid overtime for day 5. Is there more chance I would get acknowledgement for all the extra hours I have to do anyway? Other full timers will be on 5.5 or 6 day contracts.
It sounds like a policy that hasn't been thought out, sounds like a vote winner to me too.
To ask practical questions though, what is the benefit for employers? Sounds like more legislation, more staff and lots of transition to me. What is the benefit to the country? We have unemployment but do we have enough unemployed with sufficient skills in the correct locations to fill the 20 to 33% additional roles, a bit of fag paper maths suggests we have nowhere near enough unemployed regardless of skill and location.
Still, a 4 day week sounds good from where I sit.
Friday, 5 May 2017
This was actually interesting because for some reason Edge had opened, I wouldn't normally go anywhere near Microsoft Edge (aka Internet Explorer untested vNext, refer to previous comments about untested product) so I must have been desperate. I still have the default home page and it had several articles saying "Microsoft don't want you to install Creator's update".
Typical, as with previous updates, Microsoft have delivered a product that can cause reboot to fail.
So days later having rebooted and shutdown successfully, navigating the nag options on the shutdown panel and repeatedly dodging the "you haven't install me yet" notifications I accidentally pressed "Update and Reboot" instead of Shutdown. See what they did there, just like in some other Microsoft products the "do something really dangerous" option is placed right next to the do nothing option.
Well, to say that install took a while would be an understatement but it finally installed and rebooted successfully.
What do I get for the trouble? Oh Paint 3D! So let's see when I first got Windows (it seems that way, it isn't though because the first few versions of Windows didn't function, bring back GEM) I loaded up Paint, discovered it was a bare bones product aimed at 3 year olds and proceeded to ignore it except for those times I needed to modify a screenshot (until Snipping Tool, Microsoft you did good there, why is it so well hidden?).
So Paint 3D, well it's like Paint (is that now "Paint Old School", "Paint 2D" or just "Paint forget I happened"?) but with some 3d shapes. It feels tantalisingly close to a product with a purpose but it isn't
Anything else worth the hours of updates on the Creator's edition? No, nothing that I have found or I have seen suggested online.
What is worse is that it seems the update is trying to shutout low powered machines which must mean making Home Theatre PCs and those cheap Windows tablets redundant - suggests Microsoft is trying to reduce its market share (or has a new operating system it hopes people will buy not having been discouraged by the last abortive attempt).
Come on Microsoft show us a reason to keep loving Windows.
Monday, 13 March 2017
The news today is that the marginal remain result achieved in Scotland in the Brexit referendum means the SNP fancy another shot at independence from the United Kingdom.
I was 95% remain in that same Brexit vote so must by the same logic, along with around 49% of the UK population, be due my own independence referendum.
Now there are some practical considerations that come to mind.
Firstly, currency, I reckon as there is just one of me that I will get away with keeping on with the great British pound, I doubt little old me will be a problem and certainly keeping my address and domicile will make it easier to keep getting paid.
I do quite like the passport, it has presence does a British passport.
Then there is cash flow. The excellent news is that as an independent nation of one, I will not have to pay to close down a nuclear submarine base nor indeed will I have to pay to build a new one in a different nation. Scotland on the other hand, well that is a mighty big bill to saddle yourselves with if you choose that route, you want it you out for it.
Not to mention reprinting all that headed paper.
On the plus side for Scotland they may avoid independence yet. If I go for the referendum of independent me I can vote leave, or indeed stay; but when the entire population of the United Kingdom votes on Scotland leaving it is difficult to say how that will turn out. Are you telling me that there will be a partial vote again? No, I don't believe that, if there is voting for a part of the union to leave then the union must vote not just part of it. You could say that it's actually more like a divorce where one party can go it alone if that party is having an affair but think of the divorce settlement and who gets the kids?
This could go on for a while so a last thought for all you Scots who have heard enough of this. What happens when a single policy party gets its way?
It seems that they don't gracefully fade away, (cough) ukip (cough), or will that be England Independence Party soon?
Saturday, 22 October 2016
So everything online says what we need is Family Sharing. Which means I have had to set up an Apple Id. Which means I have to add my credit card to Apple. With means I need iCloud for Windows. Which means I have to add my details onto the iPhone because it's not possible to install icloud for Windows until my Apple ID has been used on an Apple device.
Multiple reboots later and the iPhone still shows no family sharing as the Apple website says it will.
Multiple reboots later and 1 time in 10 the newly install Apple iCloud on Windows finally logs me in without crashing.
Still no family sharing option.
Turns out family sharing only works from ios 8, apparently this perfectly working iPhone 4 can't have that.
So Apple how does one give an Apple phone to someone under 13?
Yes I still hate Apple products with a passion but at least I can rip this rubbish icloud for Windows off my machine now.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Evernote has become never note, just received an email telling me I am using too many devices and I have 30 days to stop using Evernote, or at least that is the way I read it as a key feature of the product is accessibility which is being removed.
Of course I could pay a premium fee, no wait, pay a premium fee for a Web based notepad. Sounds unlikely to me unless there are some spectacular features coming in a whole lot less than 30 days.
Friday, 24 June 2016
Last night's vote shows that not only is 1.9% as a majority far too be representative, surely the margin show have been 5% or even 10%. But more over demonstrates that the majority of people are led my media hype and should we really allow everyone to have a vote when based on waffle.
Still I am now looking forward to all thosee extra hospitals.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Our new council tax bill arrived today, we are back to council tax rises massively above inflation again which is sorely disappointing.
High time councils got some cost control in place, maybe if they can't achieve rises under inflation they should have salary reductions to bring the final numbers down.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Annoying, slow and downloads junk.
Have repeatedly not had support requests answer either via their email support or facebook support.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
What a disaster.
Shockingly slow service, meals not arriving together, food that was not hot and actually only of passable quality.
The waitresses were primarily poorly trained but to have a restaurant that they was not full failing to deliver food in a timely fashion isn't acceptable.
I would suspect that predicting fathers' day as busier than normal would be a no brainer so when several dishes had run out at 12 o'clock it didn't look like a recipe for success.
Location is good, staff remained polite under pressure and to be fair we did get a decent discount (as had others) as a result.
Would I go to Hangleton Manor again? No, I can't see anything attractive to attract me back.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
The BBC gave me good news!
I can reduce the amount of television I watch shortly because Chris Evans is being wheeled in to replace Jeremy Clarkson and that is something I don't need to suffer.
What is more interesting is that comments from others I have overheard are similar and I am left wondering if the BBC process amounted to "we couldn't come up with a good plan so just wheel in someone who was allegedly popular years ago".
Perhaps dropping the show/ moth balling it for a while or any of a number of other options may have been better than a knee jerk?
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Download took a while on my connection but we got there and then had to surmount the hurdle that my physical media didn't need a serial number entered on install, so had to rummage in the loft for the original disks.
Run for the first time, I suspect the line between Lightroom 6 and cc is a thin one given this version's installer is 200mb smaller than Lightroom 5's most recent update.
What new toy to try, well the big one for me is Photomerge, this is basic functionality that has worked for a while now just not in lightroom. By good fortune I happen to have some pictures I took of a field to try out my new lens, no artistic awards but I know that photomerge will eat the 13 shots for breakfast. I guess the number is the give away here.
Seconds later I have "unable to merge photos. press cancel". Ok, so my first tried I just grabbed all 13 frames, so 13 jpgs and 13 raws so let's try the raws, no same error. Ok let's try the jpegs, no same problem.
Ok, I've stitched these pictures in another product with no problems and I can put them together by eye.
So take 2 jpgs, merge, cancel, 3 jpgs, merge, cancel. I'm sure you get the picture. The second to last of the 13 pictures fails, I don't know what it doesn't like but my merged picture seems to have a little something missing :
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
One lesson learned from my struggles with Light room is that squinting at my monitor for long periods only serves to hurt my eyes and prove that I need a better monitor both in terms of size and quality.
So ordered something newer and bigger, a Benq GW2765ht, 27", 2560x1440.
Inspite of ticking the "deliver on Monday" box it turned up today.
This is a big screen. It has physical buttons on the side which is a blessed relief after the touch sensitive tat on my LG e2350.
It has taken some work to install, with the supplied HDMI cable my Sapphire hd5770 vapr x cannot display that resolution but after a few abortive attempts at connecting the display port cable everything is working, including sound.
The built in speakers are excellent, for built in speakers.
Display is stunning and colour reproduction is beautiful.
The monitor rotates to portrait, although on the supplied stand even at the extent of its height adjustment it scrapes the base (so scratched with minutes of opening the box, clearly not tested very well), this does not appear to have any auto-sensing of orientation but it does work, although cable length may be an issue.
Really pleased so far.
I have recently spent some hours editing photos and discovering that Adobe Lightroom sometimes does an extremely poor job of loading in raw files from my Olympus e-m10. Indeed the supplied Olympus Viewer 3 software does a notably better job with much improved noise handling and pictures so much closer to the original scene.
A Google search has identified this is a commonly noted problem whilst I have now had to open a support case as to why the adobe community forums are inaccessible to me (on chrome, ie, at work and home on different machines, only my account and the adobe site are common factors, tried again today with no luck and am days beyond when they said a supervisor would contact me to assist) so I cannot find if this has been raised there.
Luckily this level of support is what I would expect from free software, oh wait, I paid good money for something that does half a job, I now need to use ov3 which, although the results are good, the product is like free software, which it I is in this case.
Come on adobe get it sorted.
While we are on the subject, sending me an update for desktop light room that tries to get me to install creative cloud is just not on.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Finally I have taken the plunge and purchased a decent camera bag.
With an Olympus E-M10 mirrorless camera sizing is not easy because most bags are targeted for DSLRs although that is improving.
I have been using a camera bag insert found on eBay for under £5 and it is a great solution and fits in the bottom of my rucksack nicely. The rucksack is a good solution when carrying other gear but suffers from having a relatively narrow entrance point at the top, which for me means my gear ends up scattered during the day as I carelessly return items to the bag.
So for casual walks and vehicle based photography trips I wanted a bag that is accessed on the long edge and carried messenger bag style. Another criteria was not looking too camera bag like. So the Lowe Messenger 150 for instance looks like a good solution online but in the flesh looking really boxy.
Enter the Tamrac Apache range. I decided that the separate compartment for a tablet would be good because the Olympus' support for its android app seems pretty good. I also didn't want to go too large but preferred large to small, after all how often do I travel without a phone, wallet, keys, coins and assorted other clutter.
That means something that is not a day back (space for snacks is desirable but a day trip worth of food is non critical) but is more than a camera bag is useful.
Hence, I decided that the Apache 2 would probably be too small and the Apache 6 too large and the Apache 4 has been duly purchased (£65, new from eBay).
Tonight is the first loading so no outdoor experience yet so observations so far...
- the bag is actually smaller than expected, it will be fine but the Apache 6 may actually have been closer to what I expected in my mind.
-the clip on the front is tragic, I've fastened it perhaps half a dozen times and had to use a screwdriver twice and brute force once to open it, it's a design that does not positively slide in place and needs concentration to use. Is the Velcro fastenings are likely to be the mainstay.
-the strap holding the clip has no adjustability, adding to the fight with the clip when wearing the bag and meaning there is insufficient leeway to carry a tripod of any size under the flap.
That's all sounding rather negative so for balance :
- build quality appears excellent and the design does appear to have been though out carefully
- looks good
- wide, comfortable shoulder strap.
What did I get in the bag, well I had to take my phone out for this picture but with that and
- only em10 with 14-42 pancake
-1 filter in its oversized box
-4 macro filters and lens adapter
-charger and cable
-box of SD cards
-cleaning pen and blower
- hot shoe mountable flexible led macro lights
-Google Nexus 7
The bag can be declared full.
Clearly I won't be doing a day trip with all of those things so I would say the bag definitely has room for another lens or two (or a flash) and the aforementioned snacks or with careful packing a sarnie.
So looks like a great bag with a lot of flexibility to accommodate a range of different sized cameras and bits but I would not be surprised if I have to replace that clip.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Friday, 19 December 2014
Days before Xmas, precious lunch hours gathering remaining gifts and an innocent trip to Asda become a nightmare.
Till appears to have worked until the point of exit, so 15 minutes of messing about and messages about deactivating my card.
Time passes some more.
Turns out to be an Asda system screw up and they want my contact details as my card vendor has confirmed the charge but their system has no record.
£5 goodwill received. Not sure what I charge for follow up phone calls yet.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Visited Asda tonight, plenty of indication that the Brighton Marina shop is open 24 hours, from here I can see a massive red dot saying just that.
Open, well, the bits not covered in trolleys.
Open, well not the clothes section.
This is good news, if I had been shopping longer I may have needed to visit the toilets, no, they're closed.
Open, except for all the checkouts except self service, which doesn't really work for the trolley load, or the little old lady with a big queue.
Asda, the front doors being open is not really enough to say you are open.
Perhaps a big red dot "partially open 24 hours".
Now I know by the Marina Asda car park was strangely empty, lesson learned.
Monday, 24 November 2014
If only it worked. No wait, an hour of fiddling has revealed that silver light playback does not work and the flash player option for chrome, the non default, non recommended options works perfectly.
Could have been a wow experience if only it worked out the box.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
So, I have been eagerly awaiting the replacement Nexus 10 for what now seems a lifetime and suffered highs and lows as the rumour mill announced leaks every couple of weeks.
It is fine ally here, the Nexus 9. This is good news, my Nexus 2012 is slow enough as to be now virtually unusable. So much so that it stays at home and my 9 year old son uses it.
I have the money and I am poised to order but it's out of stock and one colour is yet to be available.
Thank you Google, I have a feeling that you have saved me from you. This absence of stock has meant I have paused and started to read reviews and they are terrible, to summarise what I have seen so far :
- battery life is OK but unremarkable
- awesome processor which may explain the battery life
- price is mainstream and high is a shock for the stock device
- even positive reviewers are complaining about light bleed on the screen although the screen is excellent providing the benefits of IPS so not got the in your faceness of amoled screens
- the case seems flimsy and some quality control issues have been listed
- heat is reported to be more than expected and even coming through the glass
- still no micro SD card slot.
So Google if I could suggest a feature for Google alerts that tells me when there is an update that announces the problems are resolved I would be grateful.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
In this week's Mid Sussex Leader the is mention that the owners of the Martletts in Burgess Hill are planning a multiples cinema.
This would be a great shame, the Orion is now excellent with modern facilities and mainstream films but even better it is half the cost of multiplexes.
We need to support local independent cinema for its variety and to avoid the rip off charges of the big players.
Friday, 31 October 2014
I've also spent a week with excellent mobile reception to the extent that on the caravan site we stayed at the mobile signal produced faster downloads than their wi-fi.
Here again, live in Sussex and work in Kent and can't say I ever see signal strength that good.
Friday, 17 October 2014
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Over the several days Tesco Bank has been offering me a security upgrade to my computer which given a total absence of detail I have pressed the "no thanks" button but yesterday and today the "no thanks" option is no longer an option.
It's upgrade or upgrade.
Sill no detail.
So reluctantly I press the button and get a "sorry there has been a system error" - 2 days and 2 reboots so pretty sure it's no me. So I end up phoning Tesco, at my cost, to be told they are experiencing long queues (not the first time I've tried, there always seem to be long queues but then we're used to the checkouts being half manned so why would the phones be any different) and I finally get through and the lady politely explains that I have to entirely re-register for my existing account.
So am left wondering why I would re-register for an account I already have where more than half the effort in moving provider is the registration process or just spend five minutes on the internet finding a new provider, excellent plan, good relationship building Tesco.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
I went shopping yesterday, something I have managed to do for a few weeks.
On this occassion I was abused by Tesco, I presume that the price rises are the usual pre-Christmas ones. For instance Uncle Ben's microwave rice was 3 for £3 but now has goineup to £3.50, a 16% price rise and little pot noodles have gone from 2 for £1 to £1.50 a 50% rise.
If only my salary kept pace!
Saturday, 5 October 2013
I guess it's an easy day off for them but with such a short school year education standards are struggling already and the additional costs, perhaps unions should pay for childcare on strike days?
Sunday, 30 June 2013
My tip here is the Gimpshop, that is supposed to load Gimp looking like Photoshop looks just like Gimp and inspite of declining all the junk ware that it comes with it installed it all anyway so it's come off and I'm still picking up the pieces and trying to get back to a default Google search - why does anyone think that installing cr*p on your machine is going to endear you to them.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Not to be left out my usual haunt of Tescos has started doing the same. Today I spent £18.30 and apparently saved 59p. There's no indication of how I saved 59p or consideration of the fact that in that location doing the shopping I was doing there are no alternatives within reasonable driving distance.
It's interesting as there was an article in the Times last weekend suggesting that shopping costs are tumbling. I'm not sure where they are tumbling and what products one has to purchase to see tumbling but I have to suspect tumbling is not happening in Sussex at the moment, in fact from my credit card bills I can prove they aren't tumbling anywhere except upwards.
Is there a price war on? Picture the conversation :
Supermarket 1 : "we're going to add 50% to the price of beans"
Supermarket 2 : "we're going to undercut you, 45% here we come"
Is that a price war because that's what I see (to be honest I can't tell you about beans, pretty sure milk has stayed fairly static but anything else...).
What's more annoying is there is no indication of a way to tell the supermarkets to stop wasting money on paper and give me cheaper prices in the first place.
Tips to supermarkets :
1) Give me good prices on good products - I know you need to make a profit but stop taking the p*ss.
2) Stop wasting money on endless bits of paper.
3) You frequently control a geographic area so if you put staff on checkouts people will come to your shop.
4) Get over yourselves, if there were better choices we'd be off elsewhere but there simply aren't so we put up with you.
Saturday, 16 March 2013
However, just going through and tidying up and have found that I had applied for a couple of jobs direct via the Reed.co.uk site - both of which I had interviews for (via other agencies through reed, but oh boy the attitude of reed staff needs some looking at, "what do you think would happen if we spoke to all candidates who phoned up?", let's see, you'd be really busy but you'd get the proactive candidates)., and numerous via the jobserve.co.uk site - now this site has continued to provide a number of good leeds and I've had a number of contacts from other agencies via this route.
However, not a single job that I applied for direct via the site got a response other than a standard jobserve holding email. I will not be bothering with them again.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Yesterday I had to pay for a ticket for myself, First Capital Connect £12.9, any service £22.90. Why the price difference I wonder, I so I check the information and the machine clearly tells me that my ticket is only valid off peak into the city but at any time out of the city, ok cheap on it is.
Several hours pass and I return to the station at around 17:15 to see the next train to Wivelsfield is 19:12 so I queue at the information desk to ask and discover that yes while my ticket is valid at any time for return on First Capital Connect there are simply no trains!
What absolute nonsense, First Capital Connect your sales information is simply deceitful, get it sorted.
Update : 25th Feb : First Capital Connect have responded to me about the failure of machines to give accurate information, the official answer is "We can only answer customer enquiries about our trains and facilities. As the station is operated by Southern I am unable to provide a full response to the points you have raised. In order for this to be investigated I have forwarded your correspondence to Southern". Oh! I see, it's not their fault that the information provided which encourages purchase of their cheaper product over a more expensive rival is inaccurate, well that's entirely clear now. Not.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Too many far too long lingering shots, notably of Thorin, clearly designed to display his changing nose or to highlight how sometimes he'd be thin and the actor's normal size and other times be stocky like a dwarf should be pictured.
New features added, those rock giants were all very nice but had no place in the film.
Radagast, I had heard that Sylvester Mccoy upstaged everyone else, well to be fair that wasn't too hard.
Silly clothing for ponies, tick.
Bad perspective changes, children on Shetland ponies, tick.
Inconsistent sizing of characters compared to others, especially Gandalf, tick.
I went into the film sceptical and not at all enamoured with the 3 part nature and expected to come out impressed and eager for the next instalment.
We'll that didn't happen.
The only way I will go to the cinema to see the second film is if news trickles through that the producers have learned to edit their output and that there will not be a third film.
Adrian will love this film undoubtedly.
I think I should summaries a plus & a minus point to end on :
Con : given the title of this site the big con (other than having paid to attend) is that listening to others as we exited the cinema I was no in a minority being unimpressed.
Pro : the next Star Trek film had a trailer and that looks awesome (Adrian will hate that I'm sure).
Saturday, 29 December 2012
As I have Media Browser running via Media Centre on my main PC and the HTPC I don't even end up with a consistent view.
The final straw has come in that I also have XBMC installed in both locations and that updates too and has added a healthy does of random.
I'm trying to get used to XBMC because MediaCentre is on the way out - I believe it is a pay for option on Windows 8 and that will kill it off, the downside is that the other products are just too complicated - yes they can do a lot of things but I just want my media presented in a simple interface with not too much messing about but having spent an extended period with MediaPortal and a couple of other products XBMC strikes me as the only viable alternative out there (and I'll try it again on my Rasperry Pi eventually, I love the Party Mode in the music library).
Anyway, I'm a long term user of Yamm, Yet Another Media Manager, which works pretty well but it too can have a randomisation effect - clearly they all pick up standard files from common sources and it is those sources that are changing. I've now stopped Yamm monitoring my entire collection and today I have been through and removed all automated updating from Media Browser and Yamm on both machines and manually visited every movie and corrected the content; it seems the best way to do this is to individually add the movies folder to the Yamm config and then wait for it to update (I've frequently resorted to adding
[imdb=ttxxxxxxx]to the end of the foldername (where ttxxxxxx is the id from the imdb.com site) to force Yamm to use the correct film information.
Now all of my Movies have the correct information and look great in Media Browser and XBMC.
Friday, 28 December 2012
It turns out that the media server doesn't work when in Wireless Router mode - which I'd only changed to from the default Hotspot mode because of poor performance (like unconnectable between floors).
A bit of time spent with my Google Nexus and the free WiEye wi-fi scanner tool has revealed a massive overlap on a number of channels, it also shows just how much wifi on one channel spills into others. Having identified a pretty quiet channel the hotspot mode is now usable on the diskstation which means that media server is working perfectly now.
I've used the Download Station and have just started downloading RSS feeds to keep bandwidth out of chargeable hours which is a nice automation benefit.
I am also hosting all of my music and movies on the device which means less data stored on each PC in the house.
I have installed the DS Photo/ File/ Audio apps on the Google Nexus, they work fine locally but my ADSL router is to old to handle automated configuration for remote access (pretty sure it could be done manually if necessary), besides which DS Audio which is my main interest is too simplistic (missing Album Artist view for starters) to be of much use so I have been using Bubble upnp to connect to the Mediaserver product and that covers photos, audio and video, matched with MX Player on the Nexus and most of my films play pretty well.
I have Cloud Station installed on my PC and it works fine but is limited to 3 shares each (so no good for synchronising my home folder, music, videos and photos, 4 things), it also requires that the Disk station share is configured first which means copying everything to the Synology first and then synchronising it back to an empty folder on the PC, which was bad enough with 146Gb of music, 1.5 TB of movies is a non starter, it also plays havoc with genie backup as all of that data is a change so gets backed up a 2nd time. I'm now using it just for individual items I want to synchronise, eventually I'd like to do my entire Documents folder but a little more confidence is needed first, time will tell. The software is also clearly still in development as it has a basic error in that every time I login it tells me that 17 files have been updated, it's the same 17 everytime because they were the last to change.
Data replicator has been deleted as it's a back tool not a synchronisation tool so not much use for me at this point.
Saturday, 10 November 2012
I have purchased screen protectors and discovered that in five days of light use there are tiny scratches on the glass already so durability is a concern.
I have also purchased a Poetic leather case which is a good looking, well made item with working sleep mode magnets (that don't cause problems when the cover is folded right back), £10 we'll spent there.
Friday, 9 November 2012
Monday, 5 November 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
Audio Station is fully in place and working which is excellent news - the Mediaserver version is fast whilst the Audio Station library mode is unusable.
I have also now received my Google Nexus 7 (32gb) and discovered that my ancient Netgear Wimax wireless device has a much better signal that the DS213 Air and to make matters worse the DS213 seems to drop the wireless connection when the drives go to sleep - raised another support call as the wireless performance is actually unusable more than a few feet away even on high power mode.
DS Audio on the Nexus is passable but doesn't have either the views listed in the library or the views showed on the media server which is a shame as it makes any collection of music of any size unwieldly, however, several DLNA based apps in Google Play - BubbleUpnp seems to do the job nicely - has a good interface and is responsive. The only problem I've found is that it cannot play to two different destinations (the are products out there that will but the interfaces are unusable) - I'm awaiting a response from the developer to see if the pay for version corrects that issue.
Impressed with the Google Nexus 7, tinkering with configuring it just so will keep me quiet for a while - as expected it has many more options that the ipad offers and it's not entirely intuitive to the extent that I am reading the manual (well, I will read the manual).
Sunday, 28 October 2012
I've been tinkering with Synology's Audio Station package - it looks remarkably like the offering from Sonos and probably a string of other packages. I suspect it is going to struggle with my 145Gb of MP3 files because the reindexing of 2 tracks was distressingly slow but we'll find out. The biggest disappointment is that I think we'll find out a lot later than I might have expected as the file transfer speeds are sitting around 15mb/s - the started at close to 30mb/s which would be ok (but only ok) but now the DS213's CPU has hit 100% and the transfer shas dropped horribly - I can transfer else where at higher speeds and the lan is not busy. Have raised a support form with Synology because they are promoting much higher transfer speeds and this is a worry for day to day use.
The other problem I have at the moment is that I've added a second user and I cannot figure out how to grant that user rights to their own home folder which is a pain, fine for me.
I suspect that these are just niggles as so far everything else is looking good and normal disk performance for the odd file looks great - it's possible that I'm overwhelming the cache on the drive and the caching capability of the device is non existent but that's still slow.
Monday, 22 October 2012
I've had numerous problems with the drive / the USB 3.0 caddy it sits on so digging out my old USB 2.0 caddy I soon found that the problem is the USB 3.0 device.
However, I've been considering a NAS unit and this is the final straw as I now want to separate out my data from the PC so making the potential for recovery higher and a new Synology DS213 Air and a 3Gb Western Digital Green Power drive is now sitting waiting for configuation.
Configuration is going to take me a while as the Synology device has a lot of options and features - luckily the interface is extremely smooth and user friendly, unluckily the SHR file system which is the default recovery option for the device churned the disk for over 12 hours before it was usable.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
A short email later and I have a set of scripts that will clear down the Timeline queue for me so I can try to fix the problem myself - clearly that doesn't solve the problem but at least means I have working backups.