Synology surveillance station for Business Use

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At home I use a couple of Synology Boxes and I have used the built in surveillance station as a mean to record and monitor my own house with a couple of IP Cameras (Foscam) and this has proven to be a good solution. At work we needed to replace a software based solution and we had a few choices. Choice no one was to get the latest version of the software and buy some decent server hardware and have a solution that we sort of know works, we could have even downloaded a 30 day trial and tested it all out before buying any software. The other solution would to my mind was easier was to buy a decent enough Synology box with enough storage and add the 10 Cameras on there. There was no way to know if this solution would work when scaled up but we went ahead anyhow using the advise from Synology of which box would suit our needs.

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Justin.TV goes offline

2014-08-05 07.43.52 pm

 

 

Why is Justin.tv being shutdown?

Justin.tv pioneered live video on the Internet and spawned one of the largest video platforms ever: Twitch. Justin.tv was officially renamed Twitch Interactive Inc. in February of 2014 and Twitch is now the focus of the company’s resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for 7 years of live video memories.

That leaves Ustream, Vaughn Live, IVLog and You Tube streaming as an option to stream your life. It really looks like this is were live streaming is not a viable option – good times were had by all.

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IVLOG failing badly

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A New streaming site was promised to be the best of it’s kind streaming platform much in the way of Ustream, Justin and so forth. They had a kick starter and raised money to get it off the ground and the promises went on and on till one day it finally went live. A Few issues stopped people from using this site over the others and it is in my view that this is the no.1 reason why the site is failing, maybe the owner does not care and basically got something up to quieten the critics and stop people asking for the money back?

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Technika 4GB mp3 Player

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I was after a small MP3 player that was cheap, durable and small enough to take along to the gym and as the session only lasts 1-2 hours max, battery life and capacity was not that important. In the tech section of my local Tesco store, they had the Pink & Silver Technika 4GB mp3 player reduced from £14 to £10. I had sort of looked at these before and the reviews said it was low and lacked any way of seeing what track you were on. For a mere £10, I bought it anyway as the next model I was looking at was £24 with a screen on at Argos. It ticked a few boxes of course – it was small enough to slip in my jogger bottoms without causing issues when I am training. It was cheap so if for example I smashed into it with a 50KG dumbell, I would not be too upset when it would stop working and finally at 4GB, it could store enough songs for a varied selection of songs.

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Karate – Stopping and starting

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Back in October time last year (2013) I go increasingly de-motivated going to Karate twice a week, I had reached Brown + White belt (2 KYU) and in all honesty, it was not that far away from my Black belt. The tone of the club had changed, I was doing a lot more teaching, I was no enjoying any aspect of it and was not at all interested in Sparring or competitions. I finally made the choice to walk away, I did not make any announcements, did not tell anybody what I was doing and left for the last time making sure I had all my stuff with me under the guise of having to take it all home to wash.

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Blue Snowball USB Microphone Review

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For some time I have been looking to buy myself a decent microphone, it was a mix up between buying a mixer + microphone setup (costly) or just splash out on a USB Microphone (easier and cheaper). I originally was going to buy some time ago the Blue Snowball Ice which goes for £50 and was un-sure if I really need a microphone at all given I could use my Logitech headset for skype and such. On a random trip to my local Maplin store, they had various items they were trying to get rid of, one of each and for a lower price than normal. I mistook the offer of a Blue Snowball in Matt Black for £50 (previously £70) as the Ice and walked away. It was not until later on I realised that in fact microphone on offer was in fact the higher spec Blue Snowball and while I could easy have found it close to the price asked online, it was still at full price at most places, most been PC World at £90.

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