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    Surface Geeks Comments Changes

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I'm using this post to test some comment changes that I'm making to the system.  I've talked about it on the podcast but I'm attempting to get Wordpress comments and the forum to play nicely together.  This post could disappear as fast as it appears!

    Dave
    Great show today talking about the Gen 8 Microserver and some modifications that Kevin Schoonover has created.  John Stutsman also joins to show the mods live.  This one is a great episode to watch as well. Catch it on YouTube
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    HSS Shownotes and Links

    HP MicroServer Gen8 2*2.5" Drive Bracket Mount Prototype

     The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look

     ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links

     HP MicroServer Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Dave
    A lot of Windows Phone to talk about this week.  Surface is in the news with updates. We hunt for Surface 2 live on the air again.  Did we find any?  Surface 3 is out when?  Darren teaches us about domains.live.com and a cool freebie and we all discuss what Windows 9 needs to be.  See you in the forums!


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    Episode 52 Shownotes and Links


    Sony fuels speculation that it will release a Windows Phone, The Verge, Tom Warren, January 12, 2014




    Nokia Normandy Android phone in more leaked pictures, CNET, Rich Trenholm, January 15, 2014




    Platform Payments, OEMs, And The Future Of Windows Phone Hardware, TechCrunch, Alex Wilhelm, January 15, 2014




    Samsung may launch a new Windows Phone 8 handset  A few clues suggest that Samsung has developed a new 1080p, 5-inch smartphone outfitted with Microsoft's latest mobile OS. CNET, Lance Whitney, January 15, 2014




    Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung, Huawei, Sony and others to make Windows Phones this year, Unwired View, Stasys Bielinis, January 15, 2014




    Surface announces MQ Retailer and New Accessory Partners for Retail, Surface Blog, January 12, 2014




    Surface 3, Surface Mini launch reportedly set for late 2014 Boy Genius Report January 10, 2014





    YouTube




    (“Celebrating the Heroic Women of 2013” - aired during Grammy’s)



    Microsoft Ad: The Perfect Teaser for Someone’s Presidential Campaign




    Microsoft's top ad man once worked for Hillary Clinton. The company's new feel-good ad campaign, featuring female world leaders, makes quite the case for, well, Hillary Clinton, Time, Laura Stampler, January 13, 2014




    Microsoft Surface Firmware Updates for January 2014, Just a single, lonely firmware update for the original Surface Pro, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, January 15, 2014




    Microsoft issues fix for a Surface Pro firmware glitch, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, January 14, 2014




    Expected Surface Pro 2 firmware update nowhere to be seen during January 2014 Patch Tuesday, WinBeta, Ron, January 14, 2014




    It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: January 2014, TechRepublic, Tony Bradley, January 14, 2014




    Expected Surface Pro 2 firmware update nowhere to be seen during January 2014 Patch Tuesday, WinBeta, Ron, January 14, 2014




    Microsoft: Windows XP anti-malware support to last into 2015, CNet, Daniel Terdiman, January 15, 2014




    "Threshold" to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015 Microsoft tries to put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, January 11, 2014




    Microsoft, GoDaddy partner on Office 365 plans for small businesses, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, January 13, 2014




    Leaving the Nest: What's Microsoft doing in home automation? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, January 14, 2014




    AppFeds goes live, a new online tool for Windows Store app developers, WinBeta, Ron, January 15, 2014




    Microsoft seeks developers, shows off how to port iOS and Android apps to Windows Phone, WinBeta, Alan Buckingham, January 15, 2014




    Unofficial Tinder app for Windows Phone '6tindr' now available for download, Ron, WinBeta, January 15, 2014




    Evans Data: Android apps are developed faster than those for iOS, Windows Phone, Inside Mobile Apps, Brandy Shaul, January 14, 2014




    Build 2014 registration is now open & Closed



    Dave

    Windows Phone 8 - Renewing My Vows

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Let's talk about the Nokia Lumia 920, the 520 and Nokia PureView camera features.
     
    I’m going to start with a tale of woe relative to my beloved Nokia Lumia 920.  I’ve used it since launch day in November 2012 and still really enjoy it.  It’s funny how – on launch day – it was considered a colossal personal device.  As phablets have proliferated, time has changed the perception of the Lumia 920.  During the first three months of use, people would poke me about my huge phone.  Then came big Galaxy phablets, and well, here we are with a Lumia 1520.
     
    Around last fall, I began to notice a gradual deterioration in battery life.  Things reached a fever pitch when – two days before a long-planned trip to Disneyworld – the 920 became incredibly hot while sitting on its DT-900 wireless charger.  After reading a bit about gradual decreasing battery life as a result of firmware and app updates, I decided to perform a factory reset.  Bricked!  There’s a lot out there about endless ‘spinning gears’ and how to rectify through a factory reset.  (Here’s further reading on the topic for those interested.)
     
    On the day before my vacation, I frantically approached my carrier and was directed to a factory repair store as my warranty was still good for TWO MORE DAYS!  After hearing my story – and considering that I was leaving for a vacation the following day – the person at the store replaced my 920 with a new device.  She also mentioned that she’s seen the battery life problem on other Lumia 920s and the only common denominator was use of the wireless charger.  That’s interesting – I hadn’t yet heard of any issues with Qi charging on the Lumia 920.  However, it’s also interesting that new Lumias don’t come with wireless charging ‘on-board’.  Hmmmnnnn…
     
    With my new red 920 in hand, I had a great vacation experience and experimented with the Nokia Pro Camera app – since renamed the Nokia Camera.  More on that in a bit.

     
    Other Extremes – Lumia 520
     

     
    Having been intrigued by consistently positive reviews, I grabbed an unlocked Lumia 520 for $59 on Cyber Monday.  What a great phone.  The size, screen, weight, responsiveness, battery life and consistency of the WP8 experience are all superlative.  I’m the exception to the bigger-phone-is-better rule so I quickly adapted to the small size of this device.  I also love the idea of the replaceable back cover.  For me, the Lumia 520/521 is the Apple iPhone 5C that fruit fans wished it would be.  No wonder it’s already the best-selling Windows Phone.
     
    With the Lumia 520, the Windows Phone ecosystem finally has the extremes covered at both the high and low end.  With the Lumia 520 representing the low-end – and numerous recent promotions – there should be lots of newly-activated WP8 devices in the marketplace.  That’s great news for Windows Phone users!  I’m confident that I’ll be using the 520 during the summer since it fits in just about any pocket with room to spare.  I understand that’s not important to everyone, but it is to me.
     
    Nokia PureView Camera – The Benchmark
     
    The one thing I found lacking in the Lumia 520 is– not a surprise – the camera quality.  Since obtaining the Lumia 920, I rely on it as my day-to-day camera.  Only when I used the Lumia 520 did I realize how great the PureView camera is in the 920.
     
    One of the best features of the camera is emergence of the Nokia Smart Camera and Pro Camera apps.  Originally introduced on the Lumia 925, and later through the Amber Update, the Smart Camera app was prominently featured at the introduction of the Lumia 1020.  Since the Amber Update, the Smart Camera and Pro Camera apps have been combined and rebranded as ‘Nokia Camera’ and made available to all Lumias with PureView cameras.  You’ll recognize this app with its unique touch-enabled interface for photo features like white balance and shutter speed.  The interface is an intuitive way to learn about photographic adjustments.
     
    Note - you have to download and install the Nokia Camera app and also adjust your settings so that it becomes your default camera app since it will not replace the built-in WP8 ‘Camera’ app.  Yes, that’s slightly confusing, just remember to search for and install the Nokia Camera app and you’ll be good to go.
     
    Lights, Camera, Action
     
    My favorite feature is currently known as the ‘Smart Sequence’ setting that allows customization of ‘Action Shots’.  It’s worth viewing this page and video from Nokia that shows how this works.  To take pictures using Smart Sequence, you first have to select the icon that resembles ‘burst mode’ in other digital cameras.


    Smart Sequence will take a series of ten 5 megapixel images so it’s best that you hold the device very steady during this operation.  Note that pictures taken with the Nokia Camera app are tagged as such in the Photos app.  If you’d like to experiment with Nokia Camera’s effects, touch ‘captured by Nokia Camera’ or ‘open in Nokia Camera’:


    Assuming that the target picture was taken using the ‘Smart Sequence’ option in the Nokia Camera app, you’ll see your picture rendered in five categories of effects, listed in the following order:


    Remove Moving Objects
    Change Faces
    Best Shot
    Action Shot
    Motion Focus
    Here are two examples of pictures that I altered using the Action Shot and Motion Focus effects:


    The Action Shot interface allows you to show or hide any of the ten pictures that were taken during the Smart Sequence operation.  In the example on the left, the image in the foreground is clear with the background image slightly faded.
     
    The image on the right uses the Motion Focus feature to blur the background while maintaining focus on the subject of the picture.  Once you’re finished, you can save the end result as a separate file that can be further edited in apps other than Nokia Camera.  While my example is not perfect, the effect is neat and fun to play with.
     
    Exclusive features like these enhance the picture-taking experience on Nokia WP8 devices.  While my devotion never wavered, learning about new and unique features like this maintains my dedication to Windows Phone 8 – it’s true love!

    Dave
    The first podcast of the year and we briefly discuss how I didn't go to CES and then jump into the new gear that is coming out of Vegas. Crazy show and fun!

     
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    Episode 51 Shownotes and Links
     



    Microsoft CES Official Website: 
     



    http://blog.proclipusa.com/microsoft-surface-pro-2-tablet-holders/
     



    Xbox One sales top 3 million, The Official Microsoft Blog, January 6, 2014
     



    CES 2014: Microsoft declares record Windows Phone sales during holiday season, tech2, January 8, 2014
     



    CES: Gym Equipment Links To Microsoft HealthVault, Information Week, David Carr, January 8, 2014
     



    New Windows Devices Announced at CES, Blogging Windows, Nick Parker, January 6, 2014
     



    CES2014: Razer Showcases Christine, Futuristic Modular PC Concept, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 8, 2014
     



    CES2014: Panasonic Launches High-Performance 20” Toughpad 4K Tablet PC, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 8, 2014
     



    CES2014: ORIGIN PC Announces Amazing Customizable PC Case, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 7, 2014
     



    CES2014: Panasonic Announces Toughpad FZ-M1 Fully Rugged 7” Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 6, 2014
     



    CES2014: Toshiba Introduces World’s First 4K Laptops, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 6, 2014
     



    Dell Precision M3800: Ultra-High Resolution Touch Laptop that’s also a Workstation, Gavin Gear, Extreme Windows Blog, January 2, 2014
     



    Other News
     



    Microsoft forges ahead toward Windows 8.1 Update 1, Mary Jo Foley, All About Microsoft, January 8, 2014
     



    Summary: An expected update to Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system is looking like it's going to make its projected 'spring' deadline.
     



    Microsoft succession speculation focuses on internal candidates, Reuters, Bill Rigby & Christian Plumb, January 8, 2014
     


    Dave
    The first podcast of 2014 and we are talking QNAP, Synology, and CES 2014. Chris Kenney joins me to discuss his review of the TS-269L and we briefly discuss the hints that Synology has laid out for the upcoming DSM 5.0 Beta.
     
    @homeservershow @cskenney

    Kingston PCIE SSD

    Amped Wireless

    Lights-Out 1.5.5 has been released

    @MyShoebox as a replacement for Everpix

    Puget Systems Pitches Virtues of Prebuilt Versus DIY Based on Component Failure Rates | Maximum PC

    Free Ebook Introducing MS System Center 2012 R2

    QNAP at CES

    QNAP Review Blog Posts

    QNAP TS-269L Review and News

    QTS 4.0 Desktop and Qsync Review

    Qsync Review Part 2 plus myQNAPcloud Service

    QNAP News (Breaking…..)

    QTS 4.1 is getting ready to roll out.  Beta version available in the download area for the TS-269L.

    No official press release yet but the information is available on the QNAP website.  There is a brief announcement about QTS 4.1 demo in the CES booth.

    Note: There is a LIVE Demo of the QTS OS available on the QNAP site.  It is currently a demo of QTS 4.0.

    Lastly, there is a shortage of Velveeta.

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    It's looking like Synology will have another great presentation at CES.  Every single year I've covered Synology and CES they have produced a big announcement the first day of the show.  This year it's DSM 5.0.  DiskStation Manager has grown leaps and bounds since I've started using it but Synology states that this new "streamlined interface, " "new and enhanced features," is their most significant update in the past few years.  That's big folks because DSM has seen some big improvements in the past years.  Think Cloud Station, and Package Manager.  I can't wait to get my hands on it when it rolls out in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned right here for that news!
     
    Although I can't make it to CES this year due to snow and travel issues, ioSafe will be back in the Synology booth.  I regret that I won't be able to see the multi-disk, fireproof/waterproof chassis first hand but hat gives me more time to talk about it on the next Home Server Show Podcast!  A 5 bay ioSafe powered by DSM! Nice!
     

     
    Here is what Synology had to share with me that is being announced at CES.  Congrats on DSM 5.0!

    Synology to Showcase DiskStation Manager 5.0 at 2014’s International CES Get Ready To Rethink Storage in a Whole New 

     
    Bellevue, Washington—Synology America Corp. is excited to preview the next DiskStation Manager operating system, DSM 5.0 at the 2014 International CES. The preview will give users a first-hand look at DSM’s streamlined new interface. It will also provide an opportunity to demo several new and enhanced features, in what is sure to be the most significant update to the DiskStation Manager in years.
     
    QuickConnect is now front-and-center to the installation process, and easier than ever to configure. Create – or import – a QuickConnect ID, and password. As soon as a volume is created, it can be accessed remotely via browser or across all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps; anywhere a data connection exists. No complicated router configuration is required.
     
    Synology’s Cloud Station is real-time, private cloud storage, and cross-device synchronization, without recurring fees. In DSM 4.3 Cloud Station brought the ability to sync specific files, file-types, and folders. DSM 5.0 beta stretches Cloud Station’s functionality even further by allowing users to sync between multiple Disk and RackStations. Now it’s possible to keep data at work and at home current with one Cloud Station account.
     
    Package Center has always been at the heart of the Synology platform. DSM 5.0 makes package management seamless with optional automated updates. Application icons can also render application badges which augment icons with informative push notifications when activities have been completed, or when apps need special attention.
     
    Additional features include:
     
    • Hybrid Cloud Syncing, with Google Drive and Dropbox
    • Facebook & Google+ sharing of files and folders
    • YouTube uploading straight from PhotoStation
    • Customizable status widgets
    • 4K capable interface with touch input, for the next generation in display technology
     
    Notable Business Features:
    • Scale out Storage Cluster enabling businesses to expand from TBs to PBs
    • Central Management System with unified monitoring, remote administration, and policy based configuration
    • Robust data protection including snapshot manager and more
     
    Synology is proud to be joined at CES by: Egnyte, and ioSafe. Egnyte and Synology combine their award winning solutions and provide an enterprise-grade file-sharing integration package. ioSafe will be introducing a new higher capacity fireproof/waterproof storage solution, based on the Synology DSM platform.
     
    “We are extremely excited to be previewing DSM 5.0 at this year’s CES” said Thadd Weil, public relations manager of Synology America Corp. “DSM continues to push the boundaries of Network Attached Storage beyond conventional expectations. Whether you are an enthusiast wanting easy access to all of your media, or a small enterprise looking for robust – and surprisingly affordable – scale-out storage, DSM 5.0 is liable to ‘wow’ users with a range of powerful features. Get ready to rethink storage.”
     
    Availability
    The DSM 5.0 public beta will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
     
    For more information about Egnyte product integration visit:
    http://www.egnyte.com/storage-and-sync/synology-diskstation.html
     
    To learn more about Egnyte visit:
    http://www.egnyte.com
     
    For More information about ioSafe contact:
    Brett Callow, Director of Public Relations
    mediainquiries@iosafe.com
    http://www.iosafe.com
    About Synology
    Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Specializing in both hardware and software for network attached storage devices; Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy-efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit  http://www.synology.com for more information
     
    Synology has a global presence with Subsidiaries in the US (Bellevue, Washington), and the UK (London, England), Germany (Düsseldorf), and Taiwan (Taipei).

    Dave

    BYOB Episode 138

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    We got a great show this week.  Mike Martis could not make it this week but I have the pleasure of being joined by Paul Braren (tinkertry.com), and John Zajdler to close up 2013 and kick start 2014.  It a long show this week so get comfortable as we talk about Essentials 2012, iHomeserver, Synology, and our thoughts on tech for the year.  A real special thanks to John and Paul for joining me this week on this extra long show.
    iHomeserver v3 beta:  http://www.bizmodeller.com/iHomeServer/v3/
     
    Synology DS213J:  http://www.synology.com/en-global/products/overview/DS213j
     
    Paul Braren:  http://www.tinkertry.com/
     
    John Z:  @Dieharder
     
     

    Additional Information:
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:
     
    TinkerTry.com/how-to-make-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials-client-connector-install-behave-just-like-windows-home-server

     
    Domain skip join/stop messing with my PC’s DNS, sure wish Microsoft added a simple checkbox to the client connector install to handle this, but meanwhile, it’s well documented here.
    I also mentioned that the seamless VPN works in R2 Essentials, no more need for Hamachi (although I forgot to mention that the VPN doesn’t auto-connect by default)
     
    I did need to forward TCP and UDP on ports 443 and 4125 on my Linksys EA6900 router, then it all worked beautifully (I don’t turn on UPnP).
     
    Instead of USB boot media creation, you can now boot from network, Johnny Z. pointed out this could be great for USB-less devices
     
    Just hit F12 or whatever key on your system lets you choose your network device, it begins boot process prompting you to hit F12 to continue, so nice to do bare metal recover without having to hunt down media.
     
    My needs for 2012 Essentials versus 2011 Essentials were need for UEFI compatibility, and ability to handle >2TB drives (which my video library computer requires, it’s been 3TB in size since 2007)
     
    TinkerTry.com/is-that-a-62tb-drive-in-my-home-lab
     
    Superguide: Home Theater Combo – Samsung TV, TiVo Roamio, and Vizio Soundbar:
     
    TinkerTry.com/superguide-home-theater-combo-samsung-tv-tivo-roamio-and-vizio-soundbar
     
    Fresh my mind, a successful 50” Samsung TV/Vizio soundbar/TiVo Roamio install, at my family member’s house last week, it went very well.
     
    YouTube app on iOS works well with TiVo Roamio, playback simply begins on TiVo automatically, avoiding any need for HDMI switching.
     
    Networking:
     
    UPnP (why I leave it off):  TinkerTry.com/upnp-vulnerability
     
    I also leave WPS off (Wi-Fi Protected Setup): community.linksys.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/WPS-Vulnerability-status-update-for-Linksys-devices/td-p/486410
     
    OpenVPN Appliance (Hyper-V or ESXi):  TinkerTry.com/using-your-home-networks-esxi-or-hyper-v-openvpn-appliance-to-safely-use-public-wifi
     
     
     
    Looking forward to what in 2014?
     
    I need to break past 32GB on an affordable PC, here’s where I capture some of this concern:
     
    TinkerTry.com/superguide-home-virtualization-server-enthusiasts-colorful-variety-of-esxi-whiteboxes
     
     
     

    Coming up next:
    TinkerTry.com/heres-a-taste-of-whats-cooking-for-2014
     
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    In the blog post QNAP QTS 4.0 Desktop and Qsync Review I discussed using Qsync to synchronize files between a desktop computer and the QNAP TS-269L NAS located on my LAN. At the end of the post I mentioned that Qsync is able to synchronize files from a PC on an external network using the QNAP NAS as the cloud storage site. This post will discuss how I was able to demonstrate this function with the help of a fellow Home Server Show writer John Stutsman.
     
    myQNAPcloud Service
     
    In order to allow access to the NAS from outside the local area network the myQNAPcloud service must be turned on and configured. The myQNAPcloud service is a function which provides host name registration, dynamic NAS IP mapping to domain name, and automatic configuration of a UPnP router on the local network. For those who feel UPnP routers are a security risk you can still manually configure all the ports yourself.
     
    The first time you select the myQNAPcloud application it is recommended you use the wizard to complete the settings.
     

     
    Click the Get Started button  at the top-center to use the wizard.
     

     
    Select Start to begin the setup.
     

     
    Fill in the registration information to create your myQNAPcloud account.
     

     
    On this screen you enter the name of the NAS that will be used for remote access. Once you have selected a name that is not in use by another user you will have an Internet Address assigned to your name in the format myNAS.myqnapcloud.com where myNAS would be the name you selected.
     

     
    If you have a compatible router with UPnP enabled the wizard will automatically configure all the necessary port forwarding configuration settings for you.  Also, if you do not have a compatible router or you choose to keep UPnP disabled then you have the option to configure the port forwarding for your setup manually.  I will not cover the manual setup since that is done on each individuals router.
     

     
    In the myQNAPcloud application under Remote Access Services is the Auto Router Configuration screen where you can unselect the Enable UPnP Port forwarding.
     

     
    Once completed you get the summary confirmation screen notifying you if everything was setup and configured correctly.
     

     
    After validating your account via email the myQNAPcloud screen contains all the necessary information for the external access to the NAS. Note that this service also establishes the ability to use a VPN connection with the NAS. The My DDNS/Cloud Portal allows publishing of various application services at the myQNAPcloud portal and will be covered in a subsequent article.
     
    At this point the NAS is now able to be accessed (with the proper username and password) from the internet using the internet address format myNAS.myQNAPcloud.com.
     
     
     
    Qsync Part 2 – Remote Access Sync
     
    Now that the NAS has remote internet access we can try setting up Qsync to synchronize files to and from a PC in a remote location. In order to try this out I sent the Internet Address for my QNAP NAS along with a username and a password I had created on the NAS to John Stutsman. John lives in central Illinois while I am in Wisconsin so this distance allows us to test out the remote sync ability of this program.
     
    John went to the QNAP utility site and downloaded the Qsync software to his PC. He ran through the install and then started configuring the Qsync software.
     

     
    The primary difference now is instead of selecting Search to try and find the NAS on the local network the internet address for the NAS (ie, myNAS.myQNAPcloud.com) is entered into the box to the right of the Search button.
     
    The user name John entered was the same one I used on my PC. This allowed us to see the files we were each placing into our sync folder and then comparing if the files ended up on each others PC. After entering the username and password the final steps are to fill in name for the PC and determine the location for the sync folder.
     
    John has created a video run through of the install on his desktop PC.
     

     

     
    If you watched the video you will see that it worked very well. All the files that I had placed in my Qsync folder showed up in John’s Qsync folder within a few minutes of completing the configuration.
     
    I should note that during the configuration the user has the option of selecting to use a Secure login connection (HTTPS) for connecting the remote PC to the NAS. John tested out the service with and without using the secure connection and the sync service worked correctly each time.
     

     
    From the admin account on the NAS I can keep an eye on what is happening with Qsync.  In the Qsync application window under devices I am able to see which devices are syncing to the NAS.  The screen capture above shows 2 computers are connecting using myQNAPcloud while 1 is located on the LAN.
     
    If you are sitting at your PC when new files are synchronized you may see a notification balloon appear in your system tray.
     

     
    You can also right click on the Qsync application running in the system tray and access the file update center.
     

     
    This screen shows you new files that have been added and sync’d with your PC.
     
    There is a lot of other functionality included in Qsync including the ability for keeping files on the NAS even after they are deleted from the PC folder. Many of the advanced options would not be touched by the basic user as the standard function of keeping files sync’d between all connected computers works very well.
     
    Another way of sharing files between users on the NAS is to use Team Folder sharing.  In this scenario John and I would each use a separate account to sync our computers with the NAS.  We would no longer be able to see the files that we were each syncing unless we decided to share the folder using Team Folder sharing.
     
    To enable this one of the users selects a folder on their PC in the Qsync folder that they want to share with other users on the NAS.
     

     
    Right click on the folder, go to Qsync and then select Share this folder as team folder.
     

     
    A window opens with the list of all available users on the NAS and each user can be selected to share the folder.
     
    Once this is completed the other users that have been selected to share the team folder still need to accept or reject the invitation.
     

     
    The other user now right clicks on the Qsync application in the system tray on their PC and selects Sharing & File Update Center.  If the user accepts the invitation then the team folder is added to their Qsync folder and all the files are synchronized between all users and the NAS.
     
    Conclusion – Qsync
     
    Overall I am very impressed with how easy it was to setup myQNAPcloud and then configure Qsync to allow computers on my LAN and on the internet to synchronize files using the QNAP NAS as the cloud storage location. I am really just touching on the tip of the iceberg on the functionality of this program.
     
    I would also like to thank John Stutsman for his help in evaluating the remote Qsync functionality of the QNAP TS-269L NAS.
     
    If you would like to learn more about the QNAP TS-269L NAS, ask questions about Qsync or have any other questions feel free to post in the QNAP subforum on the HSS forums.
     
    If you are interested in learning more about the QNAP TS-269L be sure to read my QNAP TS-269L Review and News post.

    Dave

    QNAP QTS 4.0 Desktop and Qsync Review

    By Dave, in NAS,

    In the QNAP TS-269L Review and News article I introduced you to the new QTS 4.0 desktop on the NAS.  In this article I am going to show the Desktop in more detail and highlight some of the functions that the desktop provides.  I will also cover one of the applications from QNAP called Qsync that can be used for file synchronization using the NAS as the central storage hub.
     
    When you log into a QNAP NAS running QTS 4.0 you are brought directly to the desktop.
     

     
    The desktop is comprised of the following sections:


    Main Menu
    Show Desktop
    Notification
    Personal Settings
    Dashboard
    Desktop Area

     
    Main Menu
     

     
    The Main Menu is selected on the upper left and includes 3 parts: 1)QNAP Applications; 2) System Features and Settings; and 3) Third Party Applications.  The QNAP applications are programs that come as part of QTS 4.0.  The System Features and Settings section are applications that allow you to configure and change items on the NAS.  The third part applications section are any of the programs that are installed using the App Center.  I have added the Plex Server application to my NAS as shown at the bottom of the Main Menu.
     
    Show Desktop
     
    Next to the Main Menu drop down is a Show Desktop button that can be used to minimize or restore all open windows and show the desktop.  Any window that is open when the Show Desktop button is selected will be minimized and appear as a button in the toolbar across the top of the window (similar to Windows with applications in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen).
     

     
    Notification
     
    In the upper right of the desktop is the notification area.  There are 3 icons: 1) Background task; 2) External Device; and 3) Notification and Alert.
     
    The background tasks icon allows the user to review and control all tasks running in the background (HDD SMART scanning, Antivirus scanning, file backup, etc).
     
    The external device icon lists all external devices that are connected to the NAS via it’s USB or SATA ports.  The user can select the connected device header to open the External Device page for relevant settings and operations or select the eject icon to eject the external device.
     
    The final icon is for Notifications and Alerts for recent system error and warning notifications.
     
    Personal Settings
     
    Since I am logged in as the Administrator this area includes the Admin Control.
     

     
    This menu allows the administrator to customize specific settings, change their password, restart/shut down the NAS or log out of the account.  The Options selection in this menu provides some additional configuration options too.
     

     
    These options allow adding a picture to the profile, changing the desktop wallpaper, changing the password and some other settings.
     
    Dashboard
     
    In the lower right of the desktop is the Dashboard.  When selected a window opens providing important information on the system and HDD statistics.
     

     
    Desktop Area
     
    The final area is the desktop area and works like a desktop in any other OS.  Applications icons are arranged on the desktop to provide quick access to important programs.  Grabbing an icon and dropping it on another will place both in the same folder.
     
    QTS 4.0 Wrap-UP
     
    Overall the new QTS 4.0 desktop interface is much easier to use than it’s predecessor.  The desktop provides an easy to see overview of any important notifications, an easy to open Dashboard and quick access to any of the applications.  The interface is very similar to other operating systems now in use on tablets, phones and other devices so it's very intuitive.  Using a desktop approach to the interface also allows the user to jump in using the applications while providing the user with a familiar feel.
     
     
     
    Qsync Review
     
    One of the applications that comes installed in QTS 4.0 is Qsync.  This application works very similar to other cloud based file sync programs except the files are stored in your own personal cloud on the NAS.
     
    Should I repeat that again?  You are creating your own personal cloud storage with synchronization but the cloud is located on your NAS.
     
    An application (Qsync) must be downloaded and installed on each computer that wants to synchronize files with the NAS and one another. Qsync download
     
    After downloading the application and executing the installation we have to configure Qsync.
     

     
    Selecting the Search button will perform a search on the LAN for all QNAP servers.  Once a server is found a user name and password must be entered for a valid user on the NAS.  This will setup a Qsync folder for that user.  The final piece to be configured is the location on the local PC for the folder that will be sync’d with the NAS.
     
    With the setup completed any file that is dropped into the Qsync folder on the PC is automatically copied and synchronized with the NAS.  Here is a view of some files on my PC in the Qsync folder.
     

     
    Below are the same files in the Qsync folder area on the NAS
     

     
    In the Qsync Application on the NAS the Admin has many additional tools for the Qsync program.
     
    Selecting the USERS menu shows Online users (mine are all configured as Admin).
     

     
    Selecting Devices shows which computers and mobile devices are accessing the Qsync area.
     

     
    In my situation I had 1 PC, my mobile phone and the NAS all accessing the Qsync area.
     
    Qsync Event log allows the administrator to see what files have been added, deleted, downloaded , etc.
     

     
    And finally the shared file link list which shows files or directories that have been shared using a URL to other users.  Shared access is still password protected.  The user accessing the shared area does not have to be a registered user on the NAS.
     

     
    Finally, through integration with the myQNAPcloud connect the Qsync program can be installed on a PC on an external network and files can still be synchronized to the NAS.  I plan to demonstrate this feature and cover it in the article about setting up and using myQNAPcloud.
     
    The Qsync files are also available through the NAS File Station application using a browser (with proper credentials) as well as the mobil app Qfile.  Qfile will be also be covered in a separate review at a later time.
     
    Overall the Qsync application is very easy to use and works just like any of the cloud based file sync programs.  The primary difference is that your files are stored on your NAS in your home or business and not in the cloud.  This may offer some peace of mind to those who still aren’t ready to rely on cloud based services to store their files.

    Dave

    CES 2014 Coverage

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    This is a post from Home Server Show detailing CES 2014 Coverage.  It's hard for me to update two sites at once from CES so I'll probably have all content in one spot on the HSS site.  http://homeservershow.com/live  Check there for the latest and stay tuned to twitter for updates!
     
     
     
    I know that many loathe the thought of covering CES on the show floor so I don't know why I enjoy it so much.  I don't know if I can explain it either.  Many find it crazy that I never get a chance to gamble even a nickel on a hand of video poker.  I'm simply too busy.  More on gambling later but this post is to show you how I'll cover the show, where I'll be, as well as a few thoughts on Las Vegas.  If you lucky, I may even share my "Ultimate parking and getting to the Show Floor secret."
     
    Quickly, back to the "love of covering CES," last year I didn't.  I hated it and I think it was mostly due to my accommodations.  If this year feels the same then I'll have my answer. I can wash my hands of this whole thing but I don't think that will be the case.  Last year I booked a room in "The Quad."  It used to be called the Imperial Palace and is a quick walk to The Venetian, which is why I chose it.  Ok, it was cheap too.   Just thinking of this place makes me want to curse and go bathe myself. It was horrible and I've stayed in some dumpy places in order to save some money but it was bad.  This year; Monte Carlo.  I really like that hotel and it's moderately priced.  Mrs. Homeservershow used to fly out at the end of CES and we would enjoy the town after all the geeks leave.  Now that was fun! We stopped doing that for a couple of years because it's hard take care of your kids while in Vegas.  We are trying it again this year though and I look forward to a few extra days in Vegas to play. Good luck with the boys Grandma.
     
    Covering what?
     
    Guaranteed I'll hit every storage vendor at CES.  I really love covering those guys.  I'll also go for the hot and trending stuff just to see what all the fuss is about.  What do you want to see?  Communicate with me on Twitter and I'll go grab some footage.  You never know what kind of trouble I'll get into either.  Last, year we defaced the old spot where Microsoft's booth used to be, talked with Elvis, and rode a skateboard live on the air.
     
    The Gear
     

     
     
     
    My gear tends to draw attention and this year will be no different.  As you can see in the photos for the last 3 years Jim Collison and I have been bringing you live coverage from the show floor.  Live, yes, I mean as it's happening.  The picture was a little grainy and sometimes crazy but we did it.  It required a lot of me and even more from Jim.  Jim is out this year and I've devised a new system to bring you content from the show floor.
     
    Last year:
     
    iPhone 4S, monopod, iRig Microphone, earbuds.  Pretty simple right?
     
    This year:
     
    New tripod, monopod, iPad Mini with LTE, Bluetooth remote trigger, VizzyWig App for video recording, Capture app for video recording, ioGrapher iPad case, MXL wireless microphone system, LED lighting system.
     
    I should fit right in.  I know what some of you are thinking though.  I lost you at 4S and iPad.  I've found that iOS offers me the best "edit video and upload on the run" capability. Right tool for the job, end of story.
     
    Why, iPad Mini and not a phone?  Well, it's the ioGrapher case. I couldn't resist it!  It allows me to mount the light and the wireless microphone gear.  I can setup the tripod and remote start the video via bluetooth.  Once done shooting, I add the intro, and outro video clips, trim video as necessary and then blast it out.
     
    I also have a mobile recording rig that MXL provided.  I'll be using that as well and did an unboxing of the equipment 
    .  That video also shows the intro I'm using for CES. 
      
     
    Here is a small look at the new video system as well as a floor full of stuff that will go into my bag.
     
    When i hit the upload button on my rig the video will send to YouTube, hit G+, Twitter, and then my FaceBook Page.  All with one tap.  The problem is separating my two channels of content.  Home Server Show(HSS) and Surface Geeks.  It's not as easy as it sounds and I may change in mid stream, meaning, it might all be sent to my HSS properties.  The best way to enjoy this content is to stay tuned to Twitter but you can still check in to YouTube, FB, and G+ as I know Twitter streams are crazy during CES.
     
    Where to find me.
     
    Surface Geeks Twitter
     
    HSS Twitter
     
    HSS YouTube
     
    HSS G+
     
    HSS FaceBook
     
    You can also remember this link, http://bit.ly/golivenow  That will take you to HSS's Live page where I'll embed the latest video and have Live sessions.
     
    My Schedule (all times Pacific)
     
    Sunday January 5th to Friday January 10th
     
    I land in Vegas at 8:50 AM Sunday and my first appointment is at 9:30. Ugh, it starts fast. I'm also going to be covering Showstoppers for anewdomain.net which I'm excited about.  You will not want to miss that.  Stay tuned for more information on that.  Jim may also jumping in to bring you some live looks at where I'm at and what i'm doing. Sunday and Monday night are good nights for live coverage so watch for it.  I may update this list or post a separate schedule as needed.
     
    Sunday
     
    4:00 to 7:00 CES Unveiled Video testing and live coverage
     
    Monday is Press Day. Video coming to you sporadically.
     
    ASUS reception starts at Noon. I hope to be able to get in.
     
    PepCom 7:00 to 10.
     
    Tuesday CES Show Floor Opens
     
    ShowStoppers 6:00 to 10. anewdomain.net
     
    Wednesday
     
    Show floor
     
    The DMZ Meetup
     
    Thursday
     
    Venetian coverage day
     
    Friday
     
    Free for all - maybe sleep in!
     
    If you want a refresher on CES 2013 here is the entire Photo Album shared via SkyDrive.  It's a fun look back and also reminds me to figure out a way to share my photos with you this year.  Of course, live as it happens! Stay tuned.

    Dave

    CES 2014 Coverage

    By Dave, in Windows Home Server,

    I know that many loathe the thought of covering CES on the show floor so I don't know why I enjoy it so much.  I don't know if I can explain it either.  Many find it crazy that I never get a chance to gamble even a nickel on a hand of video poker.  I'm simply too busy.  More on gambling later but this post is to show you how I'll cover the show, where I'll be, as well as a few thoughts on Las Vegas.  If you lucky, I may even share my "Ultimate parking and getting to the Show Floor secret."
     
    Quickly, back to the "love of covering CES," last year I didn't.  I hated it and I think it was mostly due to my accommodations.  If this year feels the same then I'll have my answer. I can wash my hands of this whole thing but I don't think that will be the case.  Last year I booked a room in "The Quad."  It used to be called the Imperial Palace and is a quick walk to The Venetian, which is why I chose it.  Ok, it was cheap too.   Just thinking of this place makes me want to curse and go bathe myself. It was horrible and I've stayed in some dumpy places in order to save some money but it was bad.  This year; Monte Carlo.  I really like that hotel and it's moderately priced.  Mrs. Homeservershow used to fly out at the end of CES and we would enjoy the town after all the geeks leave.  Now that was fun! We stopped doing that for a couple of years because it's hard take care of your kids while in Vegas.  We are trying it again this year though and I look forward to a few extra days in Vegas to play. Good luck with the boys Grandma.
     
    Covering what?
     
    Guaranteed I'll hit every storage vendor at CES.  I really love covering those guys.  I'll also go for the hot and trending stuff just to see what all the fuss is about.  What do you want to see?  Communicate with me on Twitter and I'll go grab some footage.  You never know what kind of trouble I'll get into either.  Last, year we defaced the old spot where Microsoft's booth used to be, talked with Elvis, and rode a skateboard live on the air.
     
    The Gear
     

     
     
     
    My gear tends to draw attention and this year will be no different.  As you can see in the photos for the last 3 years Jim Collison and I have been bringing you live coverage from the show floor.  Live, yes, I mean as it's happening.  The picture was a little grainy and sometimes crazy but we did it.  It required a lot of me and even more from Jim.  Jim is out this year and I've devised a new system to bring you content from the show floor.
     
    Last year:
     
    iPhone 4S, monopod, iRig Microphone, earbuds.  Pretty simple right?
     
    This year:
     
    New tripod, monopod, iPad Mini with LTE, Bluetooth remote trigger, VizzyWig App for video recording, Capture app for video recording, ioGrapher iPad case, MXL wireless microphone system, LED lighting system.
     
    I should fit right in.  I know what some of you are thinking though.  I lost you at 4S and iPad.  I've found that iOS offers me the best "edit video and upload on the run" capability. Right tool for the job, end of story.
     
    Why, iPad Mini and not a phone?  Well, it's the ioGrapher case. I couldn't resist it!  It allows me to mount the light and the wireless microphone gear.  I can setup the tripod and remote start the video via bluetooth.  Once done shooting, I add the intro, and outro video clips, trim video as necessary and then blast it out.
     
    I also have a mobile recording rig that MXL provided.  I'll be using that as well and did an unboxing of the equipment
    .  That video also shows the intro I'm using for CES. 

     
    Here is a small look at the new video system as well as a floor full of stuff that will go into my bag.
     
    When i hit the upload button on my rig the video will send to YouTube, hit G+, Twitter, and then my FaceBook Page.  All with one tap.  The problem is separating my two channels of content.  Home Server Show and Surface Geeks.  It's not as easy as it sounds and I may change in mid stream, meaning, it might all be sent to my HSS properties.  The best way to enjoy this content is to stay tuned to Twitter but you can still check in to YouTube, FB, and G+ as I know Twitter streams are crazy during CES.
     
    Where to find me.
     
    HSS Twitter
     
    HSS YouTube
     
    HSS G+
     
    HSS FaceBook
     
    My Schedule (all times Pacific)
     
    Sunday January 5th to Friday January 10th
     
    I land in Vegas at 8:50 AM Sunday and my first appointment is at 9:30. Ugh, it starts fast. I'm also going to be covering Showstoppers for anewdomain.net which I'm excited about.  You will not want to miss that.  Stay tuned for more information on that.  Jim may also jumping in to bring you some live looks at where I'm at and what i'm doing. Sunday and Monday night are good nights for live coverage so watch for it.  I may update this list or post a separate schedule as needed.
     
    Sunday
     
    4:00 to 7:00 CES Unveiled Video testing and live coverage
     
    Monday is Press Day. Video coming to you sporadically.
     
    ASUS reception starts at Noon. I hope to be able to get in.
     
    PepCom 7:00 to 10.
     
    Tuesday CES Show Floor Opens
     
    ShowStoppers 6:00 to 10. anewdomain.net
     
    Wednesday
     
    Show floor
     
    The DMZ Meetup
     
    Thursday
     
    Venetian coverage day
     
    Friday
     
    Free for all - maybe sleep in!
     
    If you want a refresher on  CES 2013 here is the entire Photo Album shared via SkyDrive.  It's a fun look back and also reminds me to figure out a way to share my photos with you this year.  Of course, live as it happens! Stay tuned.

    Dave
    “Work. Play. Life. In perfect sync.”

    Intro
     
    I briefly had the Nokia Lumia 2520 when it was first released. Various issues were encountered, mainly OS and third-party app performance woes. However, there were many hardware features I was blown away by. After using 8-inch Windows 8.1 devices for over a month, I was happier with the Modern UI than ever. Over the holidays, I used the Toshiba Encore 8 as my primary device. Away from home, it was my primary computing device and companion. Although still very impressed with the 8-inch form factor, I was longing for more. More screen real estate, better screen resolution, louder speakers, perfect HDMI out and, the dream feature… LTE. Hotel WiF was barely acceptable, and although I own an LTE hotspot, it is just one more item to carry. A svelte 10-inch tablet can weigh little more than an 8-inch tablet and LTE hotspot combo. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the lightest 10-inch class Windows tablet, and the only modern LTE capable offering. I decided to give it another chance, opting again for the AT&T variant in matte “silk” black. Was it worth revisiting?
     
    The Hardware Experience


    “Wow. Now that’s a display.”
    The current crop of 8-inch Windows tablet have “nice” displays. They can get the job done, and can even be impressive under the right conditions. Compare them to a high end 10-inch class device from Apple, Samsung or Microsoft and they immediately fall short. Nokia put a best in class 10.1” 1920x1080 TrueColor ClearBlack IPS LCD panel under Corning Gorilla Glass 2. With 650-nits of brightness, it offers jaw dropping wide angle viewability and enhanced outdoor readability. This display is housed in a tablet that is 1.35-pounds and smaller in every dimension that the Surface 2. (The Surface 2 does have a 10.6” display versus the 2520’s 10.1”)
     
    I am in awe of the display’s quality. Every photo and video played on the 2520 looks amazing. It rivals all the “Retina” displays I have seen from Apple, LG and Samsung. The viewing angles couldn’t possibly get any better than this. And yes, it is surprisingly viewable in most outdoor conditions. The Surface 2 has a great display, and in my option is second only to the 2520 in the world of Windows tablets. Some might prefer the Surface 2’s display for being both larger and “cooler” in its color reproduction. The 2520 has a yellowish tint that is only noticeable on a white background. This yellowish tint seems to allow for more accurate photo and video reproduction, due to the “cinema” like quality it brings. In general, color reproduction is very subjective.
     
    What isn’t subjective is light bleed. Every reviewer, and both units I have tested have substantial backlight bleed. This is a sign of poor manufacturing. It is only noticeable on a pure black background, and the intensity is directly linked to current brightness levels. Each display shows signs of a differing amount of backlight bleed. Most of the time, the quality of the display overcomes this. Thanks to the 1080p resolution, most videos fill the screen. However, with anything presented in letterbox, the light  "bleeding" in from the edges of the screen will be noticeable. I find when the tablet is more than a few inches from your face, it is barely noticeable.


    “Who needs external speakers?”
    While composing this review, I was listening to Vevo and the Top 25 Music Videos of 2013. The music is coming from the 2520’s front facing stereo speakers. At a volume level of only 22/100, I am as impressed with the speakers as I am with the display. 50 is perfectly loud, with anything above 70 able to fill a small room. There is literally no distortion with any media. Front facing speakers do make the bezels larger, but they are worth it. Previosly seen on select Samsung tablets and the HTC One, front facing speakers are game changers. Everything is more enjoyable, being both louder and clearer. I can't imagine ever pairing or attaching external speakers to my Lumia 2520. The Surface 2 has nice quality sound, but the speakers are side facing. The 8-inch devices I have tested have side firing speakers (or in some cases a single speaker) that usually distort with various types of content or volumes.


    “Work. Play. Everywhere.”
    The Lumia 2520 is about 1/3 of a pound heavier than the Toshiba Encore 8. Thanks to the 10.1” screen and overall size of the 2520, the weight is nicely distributed. Therefore, it is less dense feeling that the Encore 8. I am able to hold it in both landscape and portrait with ease. It does get cumbersome in portrait mode after a long period of being held. However, it can be propped up fairly well for reading Kindle books, Bing News articles and catching up with my Pocket links via Latermark. The in hand feel is excellent thanks to the curved backing and sides of the device. The corners can get a little sharp feeling after prolonged use. This is only noticeable if you have the tablet's corners wedged into the plan of your hands. The matte back has just enough gripping to not fall right out of your hands. It also picks up far less fingerprinting than the glossy offerings on Verizon and other international carriers.
     
    Case Logic impressed me with their SureFit Folio for 7-8” Tablets, as it was a perfect fit for the Toshiba Encore 8. I decided to try the larger variant, aptly called the Case Logic SureFit Folio for 9-10” Tablets.  It is easy to place the Lumia 2520 in the case, and very simple to remove it. The horizontal and vertical stand options work even better at this size. The folio is slightly larger than it needs to be, but works perfectly. This helps to show how small the 10.1” tablet is compared to other offerings. The matte black 2520 looks great inside the black version of the Case Logic. Like the Toshiba Encore 8 before it, the Nokia Lumia 2520's weight feels more manageable in the case.
     
    I feel that for work and productivity scenarios, the Lumia 2520 will be in the case. For play and consumption, it’ll likely be kept loose. No matter where the device is used, the standout addition of LTE will come in handy. The built in LTE if perfectly integrated with the device. A micro SIM comes pre-installed, or you can pop in a compatible SIM linked to a current AT&T tablet plan. Nokia bundles two AT&T apps. One manages your mobile data plan account and monitors usage. The app can also direct you to the nearest AT&T mobile hotspot which can be used for free on this and other AT&T linked devices. 5GHz WiFi is onboard, and gives the device better 802.11n reception than others. The second app is for tracking your family plan devices. Don’t worry, it can be completely removed. The on board LTE is as fast and capable as any AT&T LTE device I have used, and it can be setup as a mobile hotspot. Up to 8 WiFi enabled devices can share the 2520’s LTE connection.
     
    Thanks to a proprietary charger,the Lumia 2520 can charge up to 80% in less than an hour. The 8120 mAh battery offers up to 25 days of standby time and approximately 11-hours of battery life. Some reviews have gotten slightly less (8-9 hours) while others, including myself, are seeing more (12-15 hours) of battery life. Your millage will vary depending on usage, but it should be more than sufficient to get you through one, two or maybe even several days. The proprietary charging port looks like a 3.5” audio jack, which troubles many. I am indifferent, and happy to have a high output charger in the box and one that won’t take up the precious USB port. The micro USB port on the 2520 can use both micro USB 2.0 and 3.0 adapters. I have only tested it with a standard micro USB 2.0 OTG adapter, which works great. I will be ordering a micro USB 3.0 OTG cable to test with as well.
     
    I’m not a big camera guy. For a tablet, the Lumia 2520 has a solid rear camera. 6.7MP with ZEISS optics offers best in class photos… for a tablet. The front facing shooter is more important to me. This device has a 1.2MP wide angle lens and optics. It works good enough for Skype video calls and quick selfies. If of course, selfies are your thing! Not to be forgotten is the inclusion of GPS. Microsoft Maps and HERE Maps are both included, although I prefer the newer Bing Maps Preview. The GPS unit features a Magnetometer, A-GPS and A-GLONASS. Let’s not forget that micro HDMI is onboard as well. It works perfectly, offering extended desktop and mirroring options right out of the box. Pure 1080p video at 60Hz is pushed out along with audio.
     
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    The Software Experience
     
    The device is stock Windows RT 8.1. Although custom compiled for the Lumia 2520, it is no different in features from the Surface, Surface 2 or other RT-based tablets running Windows RT 8.1. Along with the AT&T and various mapping apps mentioned above, Nokia includes a few others of their own. Nokia MixRadio is better than ever, and in my opinion is one of the best curated radio services around.  The Play Me feature is nearly spot on for my tastes. For offline usage and unlimited skips, along with higher quality streaming, Nokia asks $3.99/month for a MixRadio+ subscription. Most will do just fine without it. HERE Maps was mentioned above, and it joins Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Video Director and the My Nokia apps. None of them are big draws for me, but the included and useful photo and video tools set this device apart from the Surface 2.
     
    In general, I feel Windows 8.1 is optimized for x86 class devices. The Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM on the Lumia 2520 performs admirably. However, the first launch of applications after reboots take longer than on the Intel Atom Bay Trail devices previously tested. Once launched, they perform well and multitasking is fairly fluid. Some apps, specifically the Windows Store do seem to experience hiccups when transitioning in and out of them. Also, some apps take longer to refresh when switching between portrait and landscape orientation. I have only had one or two apps force close, but I believe it was do to me fiddling with the screen resolution and zoom settings. After a clean boot, and stabilization in settings, the experience has been solid. 40 Windows updates were available to download upon first boot, and many Modern UI apps have been updated since I last tested Windows RT.
     
    The Windows RT experience is now closer to that of the original Surface. I believe the regular updates made by Microsoft will make both the Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 as solid as first generation devices. It was not pretty when Windows RT 8.1 first shipped a couple months ago. I  am glad to see things have become substantially more stable and responsive. In fact, Splashtop and TeamViewer are running well enough, that I don’t long for VPN and the Microsoft RDP app. VPN was one of the only reasons I was drawn at all to x86 Windows. That and no WebEx client being offered are the only “bummers” in my opinion. All my other apps runs nearly as well or slightly better than the same apps on the x86 based Toshiba Encore 8. The only app specific issue encountered is 1080p YouTube-based video playback. Hyper, my YouTube client of choice, and a couple other similar apps, have issues playing sound in sync with 1080p video. The same video clips playback fine direct from YouTube in IE 11.
     
    I don’t want to deep dive the software experience just yet. I have written about RT while reviewing the original Surface and Surface 2. I like what I see right now, as stability and performance are key to having a positive experience. I will continue using this device as my daily driver, and will put Windows RT 8.1 to the test at both home and work. More and more Modern UI apps are seeing updates, while others are just joining the party. RT might being nearing end of life, if some rumors are true. Whether or not it lives on or fades away in 2014, this is definitely the golden age of Windows RT. Hopefully the same will soon be said for Modern UI applications.
     
    The Verdict


    “Much better.”
    It is the first thing I said after a few hours of usage with the Nokia Lumia 2520 I received a couple days ago. It is far more stable and provides an all around pleasant experience versus that which I had with the Surface 2 in October and my first Lumia 2520 in November. I plan to keep using the 2520 at least through January. If the experience stays as good as it is today, I can see this becoming  my tablet of choice for the first half of 2014. I love the larger and higher quality screen, stronger speakers and the flexibility brought by LTE. It will definitely go a few more places with me than the Toshiba Encore 8. Or so I believe. Over time, maybe the added size and weight will be a deal breaker? Either way, it is great to know I have found solid options. I’m sure CES will bring more options as well. Since those won’t likely ship before Spring or Summer, hopefully the Nokia Lumia 2520 continues to impress me.
     
    The Nokia Lumia 2520 for AT&T is available from Amazon, AT&T and the Microsoft Store.
     
    * I'd like to add that the device evaluated for this review did suffer from a pixel anomaly. This device has what Apple refers to as "foreign material" trapped below the glass. (I have previously owned an iPad with Retina Display tablet with the same condition.) Amazon immediately offered to send a replacement unit. It is due to arrive after this post goes live. The original Nokia Lumia 2520 tested in November did not have any such anomalies.
     
     

    Dave

    QNAP TS-269L Review and News

    By Dave, in Review,

    Earlier this year the Home Server Show podcast received a QNAP TS-269L NAS to review and share our experience with our listeners and readers.
     

     
    The initial contact with QNAP started at CES 2013 when Dave visited the QNAP booth and talked to them about their line of network attached storage (NAS) devices.
     

     
    A few months after CES 2013 the Home Server Show podcast was able to get our hands on a TS-269L Turbo NAS review unit.  The unboxing and initial setup can be found here and a second article was written about setting up users and shares on the NAS.
     
    So what have I been doing with the TS-269L?  It has been quietly running on my network with 2 x Seagate 3TB drives setup in a mirror.  I have had no errors, warnings or problems.  It just sits quietly on the shelf storing and serving up files.  So what is the next step?
     
    In June 2013 QNAP announced that their app-centric QTS 4.0 Turbo NAS system was available for the existing Turbo NAS models.  QTS 4.0 is built on a Linux foundation and is designed to deliver high-performance services using an intuitive, multi-window and multi-tasking GUI.
     
    Realizing that I had not been into the admin area of the NAS in a while I pointed my web browser at the NAS and signed in.  Immediately I was notified that a new firmware version was available.  After selecting OK to proceed, the firmware was downloaded and installed.  A restart of the NAS was all that was required to finish the install and bring me to the updated login screen indicating I was now using QTS 4.0.3.
     

     
    I entered my administration username and my password and I was taken directly to the new QTS 4.0 desktop interface.
     

     
    The desktop interface is a major change from the previous interface on the NAS.  Below is an image of the old interface for comparison.
     

     
    In my future articles I plan to introduce you to the new features available in QTS 4.0 and discuss how I have used them.
     
    This post will be the placeholder for all the QNAP posts that I write as well as future topics I plan to cover.  Check back often for new posts and news about QNAP products.

    QNAP TS-269L Turbo NAS Unboxing and Initial Setup

    Setting up users and shares on the QNAP TS-269L (firmware 3.8.3)

    QNAP QTS 4.0 Desktop and QSync Review

    QNAP Qsync Review Part 2 plus myQNAPcloud Service

    Qfinder - a utility for Windows, Mac and Linux to quickly find and access the Turbo NAS over the LAN

    Antivirus

    Connecting a UPS

    Smartphone Apps - Qmanager, Qfile, Qmusic and Qremote

    App Center - Plex Media Server

    HD Center
     

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