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#Watching No Heroics

by toddkelley on November 17, 2014

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You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!Marco Valastro, star of Cake Boss

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#Watching Dom Hemingway

by toddkelley on November 15, 2014

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You know what they call bats, don’t you? Chicken of the Cave.Champ Kind

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#Watching Atlantis, Series 2

by toddkelley on November 15, 2014

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I Can’t Wait for:
Helix, Season 2

by toddkelley on November 9, 2014

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I Can’t Wait To Read:
Secret Wars: Battleworld

by toddkelley on November 8, 2014

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I Can’t Wait For:
The Walking Dead Spinoff

by toddkelley on November 8, 2014

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Then I guess we’ll just have to wing it… That’s a bat pun.”Lego Batman

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#Watching Z-Nation

by toddkelley on November 7, 2014

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“The Republicans, of course, have turned against Obama, and the Democrats have also turned against Obama. That’s a lonely, lonely gig being president, ladies and gentlemen. Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon, Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought? Stock market breaking records every day. No wonder the guy is so unpopular.David Letterman

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#Watching Marvel 75th Anniversary Documentary

by toddkelley on November 5, 2014

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Coming Soon

by toddkelley on November 5, 2014

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When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so.. He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment. God is not a demigod or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life, Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.Pope Francis

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Watching: Automata

by toddkelley on November 3, 2014

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Can’t Wait To Play:
Call of Duty:
Advanced Warfare

by toddkelley on November 3, 2014

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Can’t Wait To See:
12 Monkeys (The TV Series)

by toddkelley on November 3, 2014

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I wish God would just hurry up and come, or be irrefutably disproved by science so folks can just get over themselves.Random Uber Driver

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#Playing
WWE 2K15 (Xbox 360)

by toddkelley on November 1, 2014

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#Watching American
Horror Story: Freak Show

by toddkelley on November 1, 2014

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Halloween Playlist:
V/H/S Trilogy

by toddkelley on October 31, 2014

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Halloween Playlist:
Kingdom Come

by toddkelley on October 31, 2014

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Halloween Playlist:
Hollows Grove

by toddkelley on October 31, 2014

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Halloween Playlist:
The Taking of Deborah Logan

by toddkelley on October 31, 2014

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iWant the Synology
DiskStation DS415+

by toddkelley on October 30, 2014

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I’ve been acclimating myself to using the Plex app on the Xbox One for organizing and streaming my local movies and tv shows. But the app itself is just the front-end application. The server software (which is the meat and potatoes of the system) is still running on my Mac Mini and 2 G-RAID 4TB firewire hard drives. They’ve been running non-stop for all most three years and the whole set up is getting pretty old. One of my content drive’s fans has died, so the screams of the drive overheating scares the hell out of me.

Trying to make the whole process a lot simpler and energy-efficent, I’ve been looking at buying a dedicated NAS (Network Access Storage). The idea is to buy an enclosure that can house 4-5 hard drives and serve all my content without the need of a dedicated computer. Synology’s current line of NAS systems run their own proprietary OS, with a host of 3rd party apps to choose from.. including Plex Server!

top3The NAS that’s really caught my eye is the Diskstation DS415+. It’s a Quad-core 4-bay NAS optimized for intensive tasks and encryption. They brand it as being “..designed for small and medium-sized businesses” and delivering “outstanding performance, accelerated hardware encryption, and ample storage capacity — satisfying the growing need for both speed and security.”

Plex Server is a processor hog, so you’ll need a good amount of power to use it correctly. The idea of putting 4 inexpensive 4TB drives into all four slots and moving all my content directly on there is a dream of beauty. Plus with the RAID system, my data should be protected from drive failure, giving myself enough time to swap out any bad drives.

At $600 (enclosure only), the DS415+ can be a bit pricey. But this wouldn’t be something you’d replace every year. This should give you 4-5 years of worry-free content serving in the home, as well as on the go. Just knowing I can view my entire Plex media collection on my phone and table when i’m commuting to work is enough to get me to start saving.

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