Goodbye Adobe Flash

No Flash

Recently the tech press is littered with companies ditching adobe flash. One Ubuntu maker is kicking flash off its distro, Facebook wants flash dead and Firefox blocks flash automatically  so thats pretty much the industry sounding the death knoll for flash.

I visit a lot of streaming sites and these use adobe flash for everything, from the chat box to the video side which means without flash, its pretty much a pointless place to visit. I got sick of VaughnLive crashing every time I went to a channel. To that end I have given up even visiting the place now. I went through on my PC and removed all traces of Flash then done the same thing on my Mac – apart from Chrome Built in flash support, no other flash is now on my system.

2015-07-19 03.58.46 pm

Goodbye Flash, you served us well :)

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HP Proliant Gen8 G1610T Synology NAS

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I already Owned two Synology NAS Boxes, this been the DS210J and DS110+ both of which are 2010 Models as you can tell by the name. The 210J has 2 drives but been a consumer unit, it is quite slow and the 110+ been a bit faster bit only a single drive model. This meant I had to add an E-Sata Dock for the 110+ and stick in a 1TB drive which gave me 2TB + 2TB on the DS210J and 2TB + 1TB on the DS110+ not a perfect set up and meant files living all over the place. I priced up a 4 or 5 Bay Synology minus any drives and the DS412+ (still 2012 model you see) is £399 or the DS414J (last Years model) is £281 – both with Zero Drives. It was not until somebody mentioned that the HP Proliant G7 N54L could run a version of Synology and have 4 bays (or 5 if you include the DVD Bay) for a fraction of the price, if I recall at the time I looked – £129 and the CPU + Ram was a LOT faster as well.

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HP Microserver Gen8 G1610T Review

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Ebuyer was running a promotion in line with HP to sell a small server style box for the low price of £179.99 with £60 Cashback meaning that a small powerful pc for the low price of £119. They have since changed this promotion since I bought it for June in that it is £189 with £80 cashback, knocking a further £10 off that price. What do ge for this price then? Well the basics is small cube style box capable of holding 4 Harddrives in a pop out caddy with a Dual Core Celeron 2.3Ghz Cpu and 2GIG Ram. The Full specs can be found here.

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Martial Arts & Fitness Update

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The 13th July 2014 was the last post I did on fitness, which basically explained how I had stopped going to Karate and instead focused on the gym instead. We are now in May 2015 – so how has it been going all that time? To follow on from that post, I kept going back and forth to Karate and kept getting knocked back with injuries and of course work got in the way of things sometimes. The club had changed locations and now only run Tuesday & Thursday 6pm to 8pm. In November one of the Sensei’s popped around and explained he was going for his 7th Dan taekwondo grading at the club and as a mark of respect I popped along to the grading on a Saturday while on my way out for some shopping. Grading by the way run from 10am to 5pm – so they go on for some time.

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Olympus Health Premium Protein PRO-XL 5kg

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I had stopped buying and taking protein (or any supplement) as I was unsure if it was having much effect in the scheme of things. I had bought some 908g Bags for £10 and even a tub of cheap protein for £14.95 and was about to buy from the gym 2KG of Unbranded Protein for £35. I overheard some of the guy speaking about buying 5KG of protein for £30 and of course it makes sense to spend £30 on 5K instead of £35 on 2KG. I did a search online and came across Olympus Health  and popped my order on Sunday night, it got delivered by Wednesday adding £4.95 to the cost. I had a choice of a Tub for £32.99 or a Bag for @29.95, as I never had anything to store it in yet, I bought the tub this time around.

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A Tale of Two NAS Drives

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I have been a firm supporting of Synology Drives for some time now and I currently own two (rather old now) Boxes – one is the DS210J which sports a 800Mhz CPU with 128MB ram and the other is the DS110+ which has 1.06GHz CPU with 512MB ram. I have 2 x 2TB Drives in the DS210J and 1x2TB Drive in the DS110+ – the problem as you will see is one of speed and noise and has only happened since I upgraded to the latest V5.1 OS.

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