Synology DSM 5.0-4493 Update 4 Released


Synology has just released Update 4 for DSM 5. The updates fixes OpenSSL and Kerberos security issues among other things. The last Synology security exploit to hit the news was based on old vulnerabilities. So while it’s a pain you should plan to patch as soon as it’s practical. I updated my DS212J, DS212+ and DS1511+ without a problem. And so far, no new errors have surfaced.


Google dominates top 10 apps, says ComScore

Google dominates top 10 apps, says ComScore.

This is another “duh” survey. Android dominates in pure market share for smartphones (over 85%). The real story here is that Facebook is number 1. Maybe not a shocker, but people do have to install it and set it up.

Other non-Google apps are Instagram (owned by Facebook). Apple Maps and Yahoo News. Apple Maps surprised me being tied for #10. With all the bad press and the fact that Apple only has about 22% of the market this was unexpected.


Links: Tech Links for Saturday Dec 18th

Delicious, Dropbox, a backup war story and more made my reading list recently.

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There was news this week that Yahoo would be slimming down, both in people and products. On the product side only the Delicious announcement caused me to perk up. I use Delicious pretty extensively. Later there was a Delicious blog post saying that Delicious would live on outside of Yahoo, although details were lacking. Lifehacker, among others, posted alternatives to Delicious along with how to export the bookmarks. A lot of my Delicious bookmarks are cruft that I no longer need. Guess it’s time to clean them up, no matter what I do.

Dropbox left long-term beta and released Dropbox 1.0 (actually now 1.0.10). I found that my Dropbox client was still on version 0.7.110, which is pretty old. I downloaded and installed the latest version from the Dropbox website.

FlexRAID has been getting a lot of attention as a drive extender replacement for Windows Home Server v2. MSWHS has summary of why FlexRAID seems promising. I’m still heading down the Ubuntu Home Server path myself. In a couple months we should have a better idea of Microsoft’s commitment and plans for Vail.

Scott Hanselman has first hand experience as to why it’s so important to have a backup & recovery strategy.

I’m still trying to decide how to get media to my TV so I was happy to see Ars published their HTPC guide. Lifehacker’s popularity contest for Personal Media Streaming tools also provides a list of software for me to look at.

As someone who uses both Mac and Windows PCs and Ubuntu on servers it was interesting to read Harry McCracken’s Confessions of an Operating-System Agnostic.

Links: Tech Links for Saturday Nov 27th

Tile for posts in the Links categoryMost of my reading this week was related to the removal of Drive Extender fro Windows Home Server. And the interesting links for that topic are here. I added a couple new links today so if your interest head back there.

In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme (at least for those of us in the US) Lifehacker has a list of the 50 free apps their readers are most thankful for.

Forklift for the Mac has been updated. This is an FTP client/Finder replacement that I’ve always found intriguing but never pulled the trigger and bought. Every time it makes news I look at it again but it’s never enough for me to move away from Pathfinder and Transmit, which I already own.

A hard drive in a Delorean is pricey but if you’re a Back to the Future fan with extra money it’s a fine novelty.

MediaMonkey is a potential iTunes replacement that I came across recently. I’m taking the free version for a spin but have yet to try syncing to my iPod or Android phone.

Tom’s Hardware has a good analysis of when to add RAM to a system. My opinion has always been you can never have too much RAM but they help us decide when more RAM won’t help.

Technologizer touches on a topic I’ve been interested in recently, cutting the cable TV cord,  as I think about how I want to reconfigure my living room entertainment. I’ve been down to basic cable and I’d only save $5/mth for dropping TV (due to a bundle discount with my internet service) so I’m not looking to cut as much as I am looking to bring more in.

WordPress 3.1 beta has been released so it looks like the full release is getting close. Even though I use WordPress I usually don’t look at the betas, but it’s there if your interested.

Links: Windows Home Server Bombshell

With Microsoft’s recent dropping of Drive Extender from Windows Home server I’ve been doing so related browsing and find the following links of interest:

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With Microsoft’s recent dropping of Drive Extender from Windows Home server I’ve been doing so related browsing and find the following links of interest:

Let’s not forget that Windows Home Server v1 is still around, and gets mainstream support from Microsoft until January 2013.

The Home Server Show Podcast, episode 114 has a good discussion about the implications of the announcement. They avoid the the extremes of either bashing Microsoft or being fan boys.

Paul Thurrott has a couple articles discussing Microsoft’s move, including info on discussions he’s had with Microsoft. In addition to being a tech writer he’s also been a big WHS supporter and user.

If your looking to replace WHS there’s the open source Amahi Home Server that seems interesting. I should mention that while I’m posting the links, I haven’t used this or any of the other software mentioned in this post. A migration guide is available that compares drive extender to Greyhole (the technology included in Amahi)

FlexRAID is open source software that provides a interesting take on data protection. I find it interesting in that they do say it’s not suitable for databases but is suitable for storing files. Almost sounds similar to Microsoft’s problems being on the SBS side rather than the WHS side of development. Might be that this will work on Windows Home Server v2.

FreeNas: from the site:  FreeNAS is an embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target) and UPnP. It supports Software RAID (0,1,5), ZFS, disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T/email monitoring with a WEB configuration interface

I might look at the software out of curiosity, but at this point I think I’d stay with WHS v1 rather than moving to something else which may lock me in. If I leave WHS v1 before 2013 I’m more likely to go with a Linux server such as Ubuntu or the super-stable CentOS to serve my files and give me the maximum flexibility. WHS simplified everything, making RAID (OK, not RAID but data protection) stupid simple and it served out the files reliably. If I leave WHS I might as well go with maximum flexibility.

Drobo is offering a discount to WHS users (actually anyone with the coupon code) as a promotion. I have a Drobo but am not a fan. I don’t see the value proposition. Mine serves as a backup drive.

A little drive extender related humor.

Ars Technica has a good analysis of the Drive Extender removal and these two lines sum up my own opinion:

If Microsoft is going to stick with its decision and remove Drive Extender across the board, the company might as well cancel Windows Home Server altogether. I think, however, this is a bad decision.