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Promise NS4300N - Revisited

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Now that I have rooted the device it is infinitely more useful to me. My experience with this NAS has been rather interesting. As mentioned in a previous entry, I have four 1TB Seagate drives. The NAS is configured for RAID 5, thus I have slightly less than 3TB usable disk space. I simple 'df -h' yields the output below.
glutton:/VOLUME1/VIDEO 2.7T 198G 2.6T 8% /smartstor_video
Rsyncd runs on port 879. It seems that the Promise engineers setup the daemon to allow people to mirror their data with other NS4300N also running rsyncd. I still find it odd running rsync without encapsulating or encrypting the data with ssh. Somehow, I was initially confused with the idea of double colons '::' when denoting the destination or remote module name. For instance 'rsync -av host::src /dest'

I still need to write a script to back-up the home LAN nightly. Since there is no running ssh daemon (bummer no keys) on the NAS, I'm forced to store passwds in a text file in the appropriate /etc directory. Clearly not ideal, but it does get the job done. Despite the use of this flat file, I still get prompted for a passwd. Obviously, I am still doing something wrong. I still have not tried all of the dlna features of the SmartStor NS4300N. Universal Plug n Play (uPnP) is supposed to work out of the box. This will be useful when I begin streaming music to various desktop clients in my home.
Once I got NFS working properly, I was quite gleeful. Though Samba also works out of the box, I'm not that interested. I simply don't have very many windows boxen in my home.

These days, I store all of the home multimedia content on the NS4300N, it happily serves up movies to my Neuros OSD. So, I can play movies on my television in the living room. Not earth shattering, but very convenient. One day, I'll get off my dead ass and finish my MythTV project. Between my Asterisk excursions and other distractions or diversions, I never seem to be able to get everything done.

When I initially purchased the Promise NS4300N, I was merely interested in back-up and a storage median for all of my acquired digital content. The average DVD rip eats 1.4GB of disk space. I suppose I could rip my entire DVD collection (not practical for the average person), as I only have four DVD films.. Well, you could see how this would add up. Eventually, I'll have family videos and of course the wayward netcast AG Speaks audio show. I installed Mediatomb on the NAS, so streaming content should be fairly easy to achieve. Will post more about this device as time permits.

Rsync is a wonderful tool and IMHO, totally blows away the venerable tar for the tasks that I need to perform. I've tried unsuccessfully, to restore a 5GB gzip'd tar archive. I must say it was a very humbling experience for me ;-(

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Relaxation ends

Flag Antigua Barbuda

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Just returned from a very wonderful excursion with my lovely bride. Spent a week in Antigua. Great island and nice people. Heh, it reminded me of fantasy island, well almost. Got an opportunity to do some kayaking and I ate like a pig. Nuff' alcohol flowed, drinking at 12pm was a new experience, but quite fun indeed. I must have consumed 30 white russians and 30 banana sip sops. The food was equally delicious, as it does seem that Sandals resorts spent a great deal of time preparing the experience around a huge variety of gourmet cuisine.

The resort was full of "continentals" as locals would say. Lots of Brits and other Europeans. It also appeared that there weren't very many natives on the managerial team. I suppose that is topic for another blog entry. Must also mention that my pseudo new Nokia N800 was a boon for all. When we arrived at Antigua, my trusty old 'unlocked' Treo 650 happily picked up the LIME network, as the AT&T network was unavailable on the island. My wife was lugging around a locked but highly fashionable iPhone that pretty much served as a very expensive doorstop the entire trip. Nonetheless, the iPhone did see the LIME network, but refused to connect and actually warned its owner about the exorbitant fees. Meanwhile, I was able to make calls back to our Asterisk PBX with my unlocked Treo without issue. That was until a winter storm hit MI, and power was lost.. Somehow, I must remember to change the BIOS settings on all of my critical servers. I digress. Since I was advised not bring a notebook computer to Antigua the N800 helped me honor my commitment and still stay connected.
Because the Wi-Fi was sporadic in the room, I didn't bother setting up the softphone on the N800 (Gizmo or G-Talk) would have worked quite well. The next trip I make, I'll be sure to grab a huge compliment of movies and netcasts to be stored on my micro-SD. Gotta love the N800 for a c-note.


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