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Amazon announced a new Echo is headed our way. It's smaller, sounds better, does multi-room audio, and is only $99. Amazon announces the Echo Spot alarm clock with 2.5" screen.
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Synology unveils a big group of new products, DS3018xs, DS918+ and more
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It seems like forever since I've given you an update.  Permits for the structure took way longer than expected but it is now underway.
 
 
Drone footage needed now!

Reolink Argus vs Blink vs Homeboy Camera Shootout
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Walkera has tried.


 

Zerotech has tried.


 

GDU has even tried.


 

Nothing has seemed to put a dent in the popularity and sales of the Mavic Pro.  GDU has performers like the Byrd Premium 1 and 2 but has not put a UAV out that has the specs to rival the Mavic.  If you recall, GDU, was first to market with a foldable even though DJI popularized it with the Mavic.  This may be in part to Byrd's more industrial type targeting while the Mavic was an "everyperson" drone.

 

That may be a thing of the past come September 6th at Interdrone.  GDU has sent invites out to show off the new flyer dubbed O2.  This new drone will be more targeted to consumers and show off the first ever "slide arm" technology where the drone arms actually slide into the body fully protecting the arms and rotors.  It will also be the first drone body to snap together with the controller further making it portable.

 

GDU has a teaser video up for Interdrone 2017.  I'll be at the show and will bring you the coverage of what is announced.

 

 

 
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Interesting move by Netgear:

https://www.netgear.com/orbi-pro/
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Whoa!

“Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere”





New multi-room music feature lets you group multiple Amazon Echo devices for synchronized music streaming in every room

New Alexa developer tools extend multi-room audio to other connected speakers and audio systems

 


 

Developer Info is here - https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/7c9343ce-425b-4baa-ae63-49c36afb5341/giving-device-makers-more-ways-to-bring-voice-forward-music-experiences-to-their-products

 

Press Release Here - http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2297100

 

How To?

Simply use the Alexa App to create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group, such as “downstairs.” Once you’ve created the group, simply say “Alexa, play John Mayer downstairs.”
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The Lenovo P8 is equipped with a dazzling 8.0 inch 10-point touch IPS screen with a razor-sharp 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution, bringing your photos and videos to life. Powered by a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, it offers silky-smooth operation and a rock-solid multitasking experience. The crystal clear 8.0MP rear-facing camera captures all your memorable moments with high quality pictures that live forever. A capable dual band 2.4GHz/5.0GHz WiFi module delivers high-speed surfing.

 

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Coupon Deadline: Sep 6, 2017

 


 

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Better and faster multimedia performance when playing games and watching videos compared to previous generation
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● 3GB RAM 16GB Storage

For all your favorite movies, games and more (expandable storage available)
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That is not a link bait headline! 
https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/consumer/nextsteps/

What about your data?  If you are a home subscriber you will get 60 days on top of your normal expiration date.

or...

You can migrate your data to their Small Business Plan for the remainder of your subscription and 75% off for the next 12 months.

or...

Surprisingly enough, CrashPlan is pushing home subs to Carbonite!  https://www.carbonite.com/

 

How much does a Small Business Plans cost?

$10 a month

 

It's $10 a month per device though. If you are using multiple your price is going up.  There are a lot of caveats however. You can move over 5TB and there is no computer to computer backup option.  The 75% discount sounds like a decent deal but it makes me nervous with so much data moving about and changes happening.  I would first and foremost, make sure you have your CP data backed up somewhere else.  Then decide what your next move is.

 

If you are a CrashPlan subscriber you need to read up and read well.  It's a sad day in my opinion.  CrashPlan was held in very high regard throughout the years here in these forums.  Stay tuned to this thread and the RESET podcast as we break this down and discuss options.

 

Read NOW!

https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/consumer/nextsteps/

 

 
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Meetup 2017 Registration - $20 This fee guarantees you a spot at Meetup 17 as well as breakfast and lunch. You may have heard the story but one year I didn't charge a small fee and a ton of people showed up for the free food and a ton of others cancelled! So I had way too much leftover BBQ! This is a PayPal transaction. If you would like something different please PM me.  Use this link - PayPal $20
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Speed Tests of Eero, Orbi, and Almond 3


Variables and Location

This test was performed in my upstairs office.  It's a normal sheetrock house.  The office is fairly large without a lot of objects in it.  A couple of desks and tables.  Not a lot of large metal objects.



The PC is to the left. See the lovely box holding the ASUS external antenna? Yea, classy! I tried to isolate the antenna from the case of the PC.  The Device under test is on far right on a wood cabinet.  I have the Orbi shown as example but at time of photo it was not plugged in.



Another wireless system is on during testing. Access point is downstairs.

Neighboring wifi can be seen. One to 2 AP’s usually.

No other devices on in test room.

My phone is on in my pocket. Connected to downstairs AP.

Device under test under test is 20 feet away from Source PC antenna.

Device under test defaults are used. No setting changes made.

Device under test is in router mode. No setting changes made.

Device under test is connected to the Internet.

Device under test is connected via 25 ft. Ethernet Cat 5E cable to Target PC.

Test performed is iperf3 using a 200 Megabyte test. Test is run 10 times. The top and bottom speed are tossed and the remaining 8 are averaged for the result. Result are in Mbits / per Second
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I just talked with Richard Hay, from Super Site for Windows, and we chatted about the upcoming eclipse.  I wanted to share some info with you about that conversation as well as see how you are preparing for the viewing.  I've got some resources that Rich shared with me that I think you will want to see prior to eclipse day.

 

Are you traveling?

How are you viewing?

How are you documenting?

 

I'm thinking about pulling my kids out of school so they can witness it safely. I haven't talked to the schools yet about their plans.  I was assuming something would come home in their backpack soon.  I have glasses for them though.

I also plan on putting the drone in the air to get a good shot of the landscape as it darkens during the middle of the day.  How cool is that going to be?

 

Listen to Rich and I talk eclipse here - http://reset.fm/29

 

Great American Eclipse - TONS of info here

Can you cover a camera with Eclipse glasses?

 

PLEASE SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!

 

Also, share your stories. What a great chance we have to share our different perspectives of this once in a lifetime event.
 
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Go get the app!

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reset-forums/id1268486034?mt=8

 

Login with your forums ID and password.

 
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ICY DOCK flexiDOCK MB524SP-B

4 x 2.5” SSD Dock Trayless Hot-Swap SATA Mobile Rack for Ext 5.25" Bay

http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=244

Like all ICY DOCK products, I have used, the MB524SP-B was packaged very well. Initial inspection, it appears to be very well constructed, mostly metal, very little plastic. ICY DOCK has mobile racks that are tray and tray-less designs, but this is the first mobile rack I’ve seen that is tray-less and has no drive doors.


Installation was very straight forward, mounting in an available external 5.25” bay. Two things to watch for during installation. First, the power connection is at the top edge of the flexiDOCK. You will need use a straight through SATA power connector if you mount the flexiDOCK in a top bay. Second, use the shortest screws possible to mount the flexiDOCK. If you use screws that are too long, they will keep drives from sliding in properly. The screws that are provided with the flexiDOCK will work for most cases. The server that I tested this in uses rails for the 5.25” bay, so I had to find longer screws.

Initial testing, I tried inserting 5mm, 7mm, and 9.5mm drives all fit very well. One thing I will note, the eject buttons require a good deal of force to eject a drive. At first, I was slightly concerned about this, but in hindsight I think this is a very good thing. This should help keep drives from being ejected accidentally. Each bay has a power button to power down the drive. The power buttons are recessed to keep them from being accidentally pushed. They are mechanical buttons so power cycling the computer does not change their state. These can be used to power down and eject a drive while the computer is operating. Operating systems vary in the way they handle removable drives or hot swapping drives. Please review how your operating system deals with removable drives before ejecting a drive.

Performance testing showed that all drives delivered similar performance whether they were installed in the flexiDOCK or not.

The fan speed can be controlled by a thumb wheel on the front of the mobile rack. At the highest speed, the fan was not too noisy. At the lowest speed, my drives still stayed cool. Temperature will vary due to drive types and use.
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I would like to officially announce Meetup 2017!  There is a lot of information to get to you about #Meetup17 and this is the starting point.  Let me start off with what I do and don't know.

You know how @Joe_Miner always talks about #bestmeetupever? I have a new hashtag for you. #LASTMeetupEver.  Yes, this is probably going to be the last meetup in the Indianapolis area.  I am open to conversations on how to continue Meetup in the future and if things change I'll reconsider but as of now, this is the last one.  I want to be up front with you because I know a lot of folks continue to say, "i'll see you at the next meetup."  I don't want you to miss it!

I don't know the date yet. Plan for Late September or Early October.  I was originally planning on doing it the last weekend of Microsoft's Ignite conference that way anyone attending from overseas could drop by. Ignite is September 25 - 29. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/default.aspx

SAME Location!  8900 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis IN 46240 Map here. 

I'm waiting on a few key pieces of information from a few vendors.  When I have that data I can set dates.

Same format. Friday night get together, Saturday meetup. Sunday breakfast for those that hung around.

There will be a cost involved although minimal.  That helps me with numbers and catering. $25 a head. In most cases this is for the geeks and not for family members although I do recommend that family members have lunch with us. Last year we even had the #BestBabyEver when @kylejwx brought his bundle of joy to geek out with us.

Expect a HUGE Meetup! Last year was big for me as it was the year I ended HSS and started RESET.  I'm sure all attendees remember that little speech. I totally lost it!  Nothing dramatic this year folks just a gathering of good friends and a GREAT time.  Please, do not miss this one. 

Meetup 2016 thread for information purposes - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/default.aspx

Want to revisit Meetup 16?  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AiBi0ZKn_IuTjKcj3E3rAPvSOqjjFw

I can't wait to see you guys and gals again.  Talk, discuss, ask questions.  I promise to shore up the details soon. With or without the vendors support!
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Suggestions for connectivity between your new pool house and main house:

Simplest would be to go wireless (which I know you do not prefer).  If you end up going this route, I would suggest getting a point-to-point wireless bridge.  Luxul and other companies make these products.  They include a pair of WiFi radios with focused antennas (instead of typical omnidirectional antennas) and outdoor enclosures.  Put an Ethernet switch on each end and treat is as a transparent "wire" between the two locations.

If you do trench and pull cable, I'm sure you know the "rule of thumb" to always pull at least two of every cable, every when you think you only need one.  If you plan on pulling Ethernet and coax, then at least two of each.  Go for the highest rating (cat 6E ?) and highest quality cables.  Material cost is a one-time thing but the labor and effort is something you want to last many many years and not have to re-do in the future because of an "oops".

Because a pool house to main house is probably a relatively short run, and is only a single point=to-point connection, I would strongly advise running at least a pair of fiber optic cables also.  With only one run, the fiber cost will be reasonable (versus wiring a large port of a house, etc.) and there is so much versatility.  Even if you don't use it initially, you have the potential to push anything through a fiber - unlimited video, audio, data, etc. and not have to use any compromise solutions like video-over-IP or HDMI/CEC-over-IP, etc.

For security and IP cameras, books have been written but I would advise considering only cameras that are ONVIF compatible so they can be used with many different front-end apps, applications, or NVR (network video recorder) systems.

FOR NVR, (to keep everything in-house and not pay monthly cloud or hosting fees), the two programs I have used are Blue Iris (for the PC), and Security Spy (for Mac).  Both of these are awesome with lots of configuration options and many different ways they can be used.  Both of them will give you the "live video multi-camera display in a grid" on your computer that you are looking for.

Last thoughts - SD definition cameras are still cheaper than 720p or 1080p HD cameras.  If you are going to use a lot of cameras (4 or 8 or more) consider carefully if you really need all of them to be HD.  with SD cameras you will save a lot of money on the cameras, and have less bandwidth (and less storage) to handle their streaming output.

Finally, I would advise paying a little extra to get cameras with H.264 hardware encoding built-in.  This will reduce the bandwidth over your LAN and allow the NVR software applications to handle more cameras simultaneously as a lot of the initial video processing is offloaded to the camera itself.
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Has anyone started playing with this in their environment? Got a couple of questions...
 
1. Does a workaround exist (like in 2012 Essentials) where clients may be added without having to join the domain?
2. Is Client Backup more stable? Particularly, is the backup database more resilient to corruption when client backups are cancelled, interrupted, etc.?
 
The reason I've stayed this long on WHS2011 is primarily because it doesn't require clients to be joined to a domain. This makes it easy on everyone (family members). Though I'm aware that there's a way around it in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, I just didn't thought it was worth my time and effort when WHS2011 is working well for me, up to a certain extent. The only major issue, if any, I have with WHS2011 is that the client backup database would develop a problem every several months. Whether or not it is a software bug or some other issues, it's moot to discuss how to fix it, especially now that I'm considering to move to 2016 Essentials. Needless to say, my setup is now two generations old (N-2), I'm thinking maybe it's time for me to consider running the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer.
 
Thank you.
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