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Linux to the rescue

July 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I suffered a bit of a disaster over the weekend when the fan in my Synology DS106e network attached server stopped working. For 18 months it had worked well (I had bought it used from eBay), then at some point last week the fan died. This wasn’t immediately apparent, and only became an issue when the server started a scheduled backup to an external USB drive. Lots of drive activity and reduced cooling quickly resulted in an overheated hard drive and email warnings of read errors. Not the sort of message you want to receive when you are 20 miles away at work. Read more…

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Synology Firmware update 0722

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

For quite a time I have been trying to get SMB shares showing in the Finder sidebar. Nothing I have tried has resulted in a permanent fix so this has become an issue I expect Snow Leopard to resolve. This morning I updated my Synology Diskstation 106e to the latest 0722 firmware and while SMB shares still don’t appear, the Diskstation does. From the release notes:

Enhanced Mac OS Usability: Synology NAS servers will be automatically found by Bonjour protocol, including Finder and Safari browser (Bookmarks > Bonjour)

The image on the left shows the Finder sidebar with the Diskstation detected through Bonjour. I would previously see this icon while connected to a share but as soon as the share was ejected the Diskstation icon dissapeared as well. It’s now permanently there, either a monitor with the infamous Windows BSOD (who says Apple doesn’t have a sense of humour) if using SMB or one like the macpro icon above for AFP. Both methods of access appear to work but SMB was a bit flaky and didn’t always connect, so I’m sticking with AFP for now.

There are a lot of other updates in the new firmware including a new downloadstation so have a look if you own one of these devices. I’m always amazed at the continued support and updates Synology provide for older models so would recommend their NAS units to anyone.

Hackintosh Part 2

February 7, 2008 3 comments

Yet another seed of 10.5.2 was released to developers yesterday, this time a one step increment to 9C31. Since I’m not ordering any hardware until 10.5.2 is proven stable and installable on a hackintosh the planning continues, this time looking at storage and optical drives.

Hard DriveModern Mac’s use Sata hard drives (or SAS for the high end) so it makes sense to try to use as much Sata kit as possible. There are very mixed reports of IDE working in the insanelymac forums. The Gigabyte motherboard I have chosen has one IDE connector supporting two devices, and from the hardware compatibility reports this appears to work. I recently switched from a windows based PC acting as a file server to a Synology DS-106e. The Windows server had all my old hard drives in it, a combination of 3x120Mb, a 200Mb and a 300Mb for backups. The synology has an internal 500Mb and another 500Mb connected by USB for a weekly backup, so I didn’t use any of the old drives. This means I have several redundant IDE drives that could be used in the hackintosh. 300Mb’s would be useful, so it’s really going to be down to available funds when I come to order the kit. A 320Gb Sata Samsung drive is £48.12 at the moment, and though this would be nice it may have to wait for upgrade round 2. Read more…