unRAID 6 from Lime Technology is simply amazing

I’ve managed to play around with unRAID 6.1.7 from Lime Technology a little further and I cannot describe just how good this product appears to be.

The fact that you can install plugins, enable Virtualization (uses KVM) and enable/install Docker (and have access to a large number of Docker images). This impresses me so much. This software gives you so much flexibility in what a computer running unRAID can be allowed to do and perform.

While I do think a traditional NAS appliance still has it’s place in the market, if you want something a bit more, unRAID is certainly the goods in that department.

Below is a few screen grabs from my demo/test install which I am using a trial key/license.

unRAID 6.1.7 - Dashboard

unRAID 6.1.7 - Main

unRAID 6.1.7 - Plugins

unRAID 6.1.7 - Docker

unRAID 6.1.7 - Docker - Manage Docker Images

The way in which you can manage the Docker images when installed and enabled via the Web UI is simply amazing (as shown above). It seems to work so very well and a user with very little experience can be running these within a very short amount of time.

Highly recommend you check out the follow thread here on the Lime Technology forums on what community contributed Docker templates have been made available.

Intel Ivy i3 3225

I recently bought an Intel Ivy i3 3225 processor, along with a few other items. Will expand on the other items towards the end of the post.

The reason for the purchase is I wished to build another machine for some lighter duties, as I had been using my nearly 2 year old Intel Sandy i5 2400 for such work, however since it’s primary role is for gaming, it tends to generate a bit of heat. It does after all have a GTX670 video card in it.

I did want to get one of the new low power processors, but the i3 3225 came up for a good price. Glad I purchased it as the machine when built is operating nicely, the processor with the on-board Intel HD 4000 video does everything I need.

Purchased items;

  • Asus P8H77-I Mini-ITX mainboard
  • Corsair CMPSU-430CXv3 (430W power supply)
  • Liteon IHAS124 DVD burner (cause optical drives are still handy to have)
  • BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX case (in Fire Red)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

 

New machine – Intel i5 2400

Purchased new bits to build an Intel i5 2400, as I wanted to get a reasonable good machine put together that will allow me to purchase and play battlefield3 when available in October.

Not only that it will allow me a bit more grunt for some of the virtual machines I been building to demonstrate CommVault Simpana features etc.

I am using an old Video card at the moment, but plan on spending the last $330 or so dollars on a ATI 6970 as they start to drop in price, probably in a months time (or two).

Got a few pictures of the bits and the case showing the cable routing I did to try and make things tidy. That way the only cables over the place will be the sata ones etc.

I have an iPad v2

Decided to purchase an iPad v2. Thought it was a good time to purchase after skipping the first generation.

Initial thoughts? Impressed, browser is so fast when using it. It takes some getting use too when typing. So far very happy with it. My son also likes tapping away at one or two games on it. I think I need to pick up a programming to see what I can throw together for him. As I can think of some additions that would help him, sure they exist too, but from what I seen the various implementations are terrible.

Purchases from Dell Outlet site

Was going to build up a machine to use for the Hyper-V labs I need to do later this year, when I finally get up to the books dealing with it. However kept looking around at other options.

I purchased a Dell Desktop Opitplex 760 over 12 months ago, and have been extremely happy with it. It’s powerful, quiet and does everything I need it to do.

Noticed a number of Dell Desktop Optiplex 780’s show up on the Dell Outlet site, so after due consideration decided to buy one. In addition, I also bought a netbook too, mainly brought on by the loss of my iPhone. Bought an Inspiron 1012 from the same Dell Outlet site. Got both items for under 1K delivered, so pretty happy about that. Under my budget I had planned.

Now we just have to wait for them to ship and then arrive.

First time for everything

I lost my mobile last week, and unfortunately nobody handed it in. I believe I lost it outside of work in public area. Lots of foot traffic, but nobody seems to have handed in the phone.

Like they say, first time for everything. First time I have ever lost a mobile phone ever. Not overly happy, but what can you do. So iPhone 3GS is no more. It’s gone.

Now delegated to using a Nokia E71 until the completion of the contract. Oh well. The iPhone has since become a brick to whom ever found it, as it has been provider blocked by the code of the phone.

Apple Time Capsule Failure

Arrived home from holidays to find my Apple Time Capsule which was purchased in April 08 to be dead. It has no functional L.E.D.S.

Not impressed at all, as the didn’t last long. It was purchased with 2 machines that both had extended warranty, so my theory is it too should be covered, as Apple Displays purchased with machines that have extended warranty is typically covered.

Will soon find out, once I call Apple Australia tomorrow. If the unit is NOT replaced, then I won’t be replacing it. As I am not impressed that the next one would last outside an 18 month period.

EDIT: I am told it’s not covered. So a $700 item purchased in Apr 2008 has died outside of the 12 months warranty. Not impressed. Won’t be buying another.

Traxxas

In other news, I ordered a Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo Brushless VXL. This unit will give me something to use while I do running repairs on the Traxxas Revo Nitro truck I have.

The Traxxas Revo I have needs some attention. It was stuttering a bit while idling today and then would stop. I think either the gearbox needs attention or possibly the clutch. Will soon find out once I get time to pull it apart.

Looking very forward to getting the new E-Revo electric R/C car though. It should provide some use without the hassle of always doing lots of repairs which the Nitro truck seems to always require one way or another.

Lack of customer service

Let me set the scene. My wife and I have owned a Topfield PVR for a number of years, so of course we recommended it to family and friends.

Unfortunately the unit my mother purchased suffered a hardware failure within the first 10 months or so. Believe it was a hard drive that died. So the unit was sent back via the retailer. It took over a month for a unit to come back, which I believe was a reworked one. The replacement unit seemed to work fine, or did so for a little while.

Unit ended up unable to get an signal locks. I factory reset the unit, and it came good (or so I thought). It would then lock on channels, but soon as I attempt to record anything it would immediately loose the ability to lock channels and the recorded program would have a filesize of zero. The only thing I can think of is that maybe 1 of the 2 tuners is having issues. Would explain that you can factory reset, scan, and lock a channel. In any case the unit seems to be fubar.

Not sure what sort of warranty is provided for reworked units, but my wife decided to give Topfield Australia a call, and was surprised just as I with the response. First off it took my over 21mins of being hold to speak with someone, who said only that it wouldn’t be much longer. At the 30 min mark someone finally come on and this is what they suggested;

Firmware update should fix it, or it could be the leads

What a complete generic response. Sounds like they were reading a scripted procedure. Of course neither suggestion is relevant in my opinion, as the unit has worked (and both suggestions would be suitable if the problem existed from day one).

I am shocked by the customer service, and even more shocked by the product having 2 serious issues. Of course now the unit is as useful as a brick or door stop.

Ironically enough our unit we own is at least 4 years old and still going strong. Although is due for replacement, had considered another Topfield unit, however in light of the above, we won’t be considering another Topfield unit based on this terrible customer support.

Lots of screen resolution = sweet

Just purchased a Benq E2200HD LCD monitor. It’s a 21.6″ widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Has d-sub, DVI and HDMI 1.3 inputs.

All I can say is that running at native resolution is unreal. It’s like literally having dual monitors, as the screen resolution is so high.

Will have to hook up the work laptop to it when I am working remote, as it will make life so much easier. Very impressed.

All I need now is for the onboard ATI 3200HD video card to be much more widely supported on Ubuntu/Linux. In the meantime 2D use works well enough so I think a Ubuntu 8.10 desktop install will be in order, as I think a Ubuntu/Linux system would be good on this system. Will then run VMware Workstation for any Windows XP Pro guests I need to use.

Monitor was a good price too, they retail for about $239 – $249 which is a good buy, considering a few years ago my first 17″ analog LCD monitor was $705 or so (which is still going).

Events of the past few days

A busy weekend as usual. Went and checked out the Sydney Motorshow and as everyone has been saying, it was no where near as busy as usual. Which is good, as I hate the huge crowds. So it was great to walk around and look, without having to be pushed and shoved.

Of course, some very nice cars to be seen. Was worth going to have a look.

In other news, I picked up an AMD chipset motherboard and an AMD 4850e processor. I must say the processor is nice, the motherboard is too. Although the biggest let down is how badly supported the onboard ATI video processor is under Linux. It would appear that the ATI binary only drivers under Linux totally suck still.

The driver support under Windows Vista x64 for the mainboard is totally good. The video drivers work very well. Shame about it not being so nice under Linux. Bummer

Operation iPhone 3G

Of course today was all about the iPhone. As you would expect considering Australia finally got the iPhone 3G.

My wife had a plan of attack which involved going to work earlier then usual, so that she could go join the queue at Apple Store Sydney. All was going well until she woke up a little earlier then she needed, and the queue was reported to be about 25 or so people. So she made the decision to go another hour earlier then planned.

I woke to find her in the process of getting ready and offered to drive her into the city, rather then catch a train at 4am. So I got up and changed, then headed in. The traffic was great, as we had none. Of course you’d expect that for 4am in the morning. Dropped her off out the front just before 5am. She joined the queue estimated she was about 26th or so. Felt really happy about leaving earlier and getting a reasonable spot.

By the time I got home at about 5:40am, she was telling me the queue had doubled. Didn’t surprise me. She also mentioned camera crews came down sometime later and the queue just kept getting bigger.

Eventually store opened at 8am, and she managed to get in and directed as required. Unfortunately she didn’t come out with her iPhone 3G 8GB until about 11am. If people didn’t hear, the Optus backend systems had some serious performance issues, not to mention network connectivity. So it took basically from 9am to 11am just to process her application etc.

Even with the wait, she was still excited. She was totally happy to finally have gotten an iPhone 3G. Plan seemed to have work. Now she has her iPod and phone in one device. Exactly what she has been waiting on.

I must say, I do like it too. Never had a chance to play with one before in detail and now I have. It is as good as the keynote from Steve Jobs last month.

Won’t post any pictures, as we all know what it looks like. It’s currently sitting in an iPhone dock on her desk. She bought one of those too, along with a nice leather cover and some screen protectors.

And the funniest thing to happen today would be the sms she got while setting up her contacts from a number in which we hadn’t associated with a contact yet. It read “How is your iPhone?”. She replied and said “Who is that? and how do you know I have an iPhone.” Turns out the person who sent it is a friend of course and they saw her on the Channel Nine news standing in the Apple Store line for iPhones. Channel Nine did a quick story on the iPhone and showed the start of the queue out in front of the store from the morning. And they seen her. Hahaha.