Category Archives: Technology

DIY NAS – Backing Up Your Files (Remote)

A few days back I wrote a guide about backing up your files locally. This time around, I will be teaching you how to backup your files in a remote location say another NAS in another house. For a clearer understanding, do read up on the previous guide. For this guide, I will jump straight into the steps to backup your files remotely and cut short the explanations that are already done previously.

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DIY NAS – Backing Up Your Files (Local)

Now that you have started storing your precious files and data into the NAS, it is time to back it all up. It isn’t fun when you lose all your data. Things such as photos and videos contain precious memories that can never be replaced should they be gone. The most common way to lose your files (unintentionally) is through HDD failure. Sometimes you can spot a dying HDD but in other cases, they just come and go without any warnings. It is thus vital to store the files in at least two locations. Today, I will be teaching you to do just that. Time to learn how to setup a scheduled backup of your files!

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VPN Gate – A Truly Free VPN Service

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) can be used for several things. The most common use of them is to bypass geographical restrictions. There are many sites and services on the net that only serve certain regions; Netflix, for example, is only available in the US, Canada and some Latin American countries. Using a VPN server that is located within the allowed regions will give you access to that particular service. There are also other uses such as providing anonymity, higher privacy and a more secure connection. There are several “free” services out there but they always come with some kind of special condition. VPN Gate, however, is a truly free service.

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MōVI – The Ultimate Handheld Camera Stabilizer

If you’re into cinematography, video capturing, cameras and anything that deals with capturing/recording light through devices, this upcoming product will be sure to please you. Stabilizing a camera while moving isn’t a simple task. There are several types of stabilizers and even for handheld stabilizers, there are different form, sizes and of course performance. The MōVI produces some of the most outstanding results that I’ve seen. Behind the scenes action of the stabilizer after the break.

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DIY NAS – Adding Hard Drives and Setting Up Samba File Server

The next step to making your DIY NAS serve its purpose is to format and add those hard drives (HDD) to the system. You have them all plugged in the different SATA ports and so now it is time to make your operating system acknowledge them and make use of them. For this guide, I will only be going through the steps to format the HDD by itself and not make use of any RAIDs. RAID will be discussed in a later part. Once the drive is formatted and mounted, I will then go on to show you how you can set up your Samba File Server to start serving up those files to your network. Read on to continue the guide. All of this might be a tedious job to execute, especially with HDDs, which are delicate pieces of technologies. Such hindrances have led the storage industry into developing a new game changer: Hybrid Cloud Architecture: What Is It and Why Should You Care.

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DIY NAS – Installing Ubuntu and OpenSSH (Remote Access)

Now that you’ve your hardware all picked up and assembled, it is time to put them to work. In this part, I will walk you through the initial installation of the Ubuntu Server OS itself and setting up OpenSSH for remote access. This will allow you to run the NAS “headless” (without a monitor) and place it at the location that you desire. With that said, read on for the walkthrough. Continue reading