The most recent track here is Close The Brain by Scape One from his January 2020 release Click Click Drone. I absolutely love this album, and can’t recommend it enough. 8 new spare stripped-down throwback electro tracks by the prolific Mr. Baggaley. So prolific, in fact, he already has a new album out called Cosmic Trax, the first song of which sounds like a Jive Rhythm Trax tribute. Automatic thumbs-up for that, will have to pick it up.
There’s a lot of old favorites in this hour. Ectomorph, I-F’s Theme From PACK, Umwelt‘s Secret Of A Black World. New favorites too, particularly N-ter’s remix of Maar by Ivna Ji. And now I’m out of things to say. I think I’ll do something slower next show, more from Adam Jay’s new LP, more from Scape One’s Click Click Drone. Thanks all for listening, and If you like these tunes then please support the artists through the links above. Catch you next time.
A NAS unit is a computer connected to a network that provides only file-based data storage services to other devices on the network.
Although it may technically be possible to run other software on a NAS unit, it is usually not designed to be a general-purpose server
however nowadays with apps and addons in the case of Synology and QNAP or jails as we will see in the case of Freenas it is possible to extend the services offered by the NAS
For example, NAS units usually do not have a keyboard or display, and are controlled and configured over the network, often using a browser
A full-featured operating system is not needed on a NAS device, so often a stripped-down operating system is used
For example, FreeNAS or NAS4Free, both open source NAS solutions designed for commodity PC hardware, are implemented as a stripped-down version of FreeBSD.
NAS systems contain one or more hard disk drives, often arranged into logical, redundant storage containers or RAID.
NAS uses file-based protocols such as NFS (popular on UNIX systems), SMB (Server Message Block) (used with MS Windows systems), AFP (used with Apple Macintosh computers), or NCP (used with OES and Novell NetWare). NAS units rarely limit clients to a single protocol.
Off the shelf or ready made cosumer NAS ( Synology Qnap Asustor)
I have a QNAP TS-453A NAS and a DIY Whitebox made with Xpenology for the moment and also a VM with Freenas to do some testing with ZFS and vdevs in a virtual env.
In my opinion ( not counting the price of the Harddrives as those are the same in both DIY and Off the shelf diskless configurations) I think
IMHO You can get more for Your money if You build something on Your own however You might need to give up some of the pros coming with an Off the shelf solution (brand) like Synology or Qnap:
Pros for Off the Shelf:
Unpack , add disks and ready to go
Nice mostly easy to navigate web interface to set things up and have it up and running
Support from Manufacturer
Additional Apps to extend functionality ( also apps for Your mobile phone or tablet all those Synology DS series apps or Qnap apps as well)
Apart from the harddrives if You purchased it in a diskless configuration one single warranty for the whole box
low power consumption
Smaller size / tighter integrated tiny boxes
Cons for Off the Shelf:
Restricted when it comes to what You can get( WYSIWYG)
Expensive compared to DIY/Whitebox solutions for the same amount of money
Absolutely NO or limited expandability * the ones offering additional drive bays via expansion units connected via cable cost near as much as another NAS unit or close to
Mostly Proprietary motherboards can not simply swap them out
Can’t replace or upgrade bits and pieces of the HW later * except RAM and some offers PCIe slot for expansion card or 10GBit Networking but limited in what You can do
You do not have total control
Can be complicated to recover data if Your NAS dies ( however the most used filesystems are Brtfs Ext4 and SHR Synology Hybrid Raid which is a Software Raid solution)
Pros for Whitebox / DIY
You have total control (HW, SW , All the components)
You can expand it later as You go
Cheaper compared to Consumer/SMB NAS solutions
You can tailor it to Your needs 100% no need to compromise
Cons for Whitebox / DIY
Need to invest time and effort in planning and sourcing the components and building one for Yourself
No Support except enthusiast forums or Bulletin Boards and Documentation of the SW and HW You selected
Normally a bit bigger and consume more power than Consumer/SMB NAS offerings but You can really get on pair with what You could have got already boxed and prepared
Can get more for Your money. More CPU, RAM, Harddrive bays everything.
My experience with Off the shelf NAS QNAP
I have a QNAP TS 453A with 4x 10TB Western Digital Gold Datacenter Harddrives in a Raid10 configuration ( 2x Raid1 ) giving me a total of 18Tb usable space
I never had any issue with it except 2x times it happened it did not want to boot up fully from sleep/power off state … since then I keep it on all the time and I always have backups made of the important stuff there ((( actually it is still in the works how best to do on my end… planning planning )
DIY / Whitebox builds
I have 1x 2U server from parts and bits and pieces put together which is in a testing phase since nearly 6 months now with 2x SSDs trying out Xpenology.
Xpenology might not be everyones cup of tea out there as legally it is very similar to what a Hackintosh is (( one day I make an episode on Hackintosh as well as I use one to stream and edit this podcast ))
Xpenology allows to run Synology’s DiskStation Manager software , the software which is practically runs on every Synology box of consumer grade, and let You boot and install it on ordinary hardware , whitebox/DIY You put together while maintaining all the Pros from Synology.
You can install the same apps and use all the features as it was a proper Synology box. Normally a few versions or updates behind (which does not bother me the least) i never had any issue with it.
I started to use it as I was interested in Synology’s NAS offerings just to see how it differs from QNAP
Actually I plan to either use it as is and expand the harddrive configuration to 4x Harddrives using either a SATA Card or HBA Card which Synology Diskstation Manager would accept (( i did some digging and i think i had found one which would work in this case as the motherboard i used had only 3x sata slots on it i could use… 🙁 )) or just transfer it to a proper FreeNAS Box and continue like that.
FreeNAS i have tinkled with in Virtual Machine playing around with it setting it up and checking its settings but have not run so far on real dedicated hardware ( one day i will)
Component selection for DIY Whitebox
Most of the time You have to do this a bit backwards meaning many times You need to decide on the SW bit You are going to use and after looking out for recommendations or build guides regarding that SW.
Some like FreeNAS has great documentation and Forums where You can find more information You will ever need
For some other You have to go through third party forums and places like Reddit to put together bits and pieces to see what will be the best fit for Your SW.
Whenever I can I like to stick to server or workstation grade components, Xeon CPUs, Intel CPUs for power consumption and compatibility, ECC RAM , good quality power supplies.
I also prefer 19 inch rackmount sizes preferably 2U with good airflow ( 1U tend to be way more loud) and just because I can rack them nice in my server rack otherwise I d go for something small and more restrictive
Hard drives and Storage Technology
Do not cheap out on the Hard drives. Building the nicest NAS with awesome SW and HW and then putting shitty Hard drives inside is like putting the cheapest wheels on the best car or motorcycle out there
When it comes to storage technology I like both Raid and ZFS
Data is distributed across the drives in one of several ways, referred to as RAID levels, depending on the required level of redundancy and performance. The different schemes, or data distribution layouts, are named by the word “RAID” followed by a number, for example RAID 0 or RAID 1. Each scheme, or RAID level, provides a different balance among the key goals: reliability, availability, performance, and capacity. RAID levels greater than RAID 0 provide protection against unrecoverable sector read errors, as well as against failures of whole physical drives.
In 2010, Sun Microsystems was acquired by Oracle and ZFS became a registered trademark belonging to Oracle. Oracle stopped releasing updated source code for new OpenSolaris and ZFS development, effectively reverting Oracle’s ZFS to closed source. In response, the illumos project was founded, to maintain and enhance the existing open source Solaris, and in 2013 OpenZFS was founded to coordinate the development of open source ZFS. OpenZFS maintains and manages the core ZFS code, while organizations using ZFS maintain the specific code and validation processes required for ZFS to integrate within their systems. OpenZFS is widely used in Unix-like systems. In 2017, one analyst described OpenZFS as “the only proven Open Source data-validating enterprise file system”
As of 2019, OpenZFS (on some platforms such as FreeBSD) is gradually being pivoted to be based upon ZFS on Linux, which has developed faster than other variants of OpenZFS and contains new features not yet ported to those other versions.
Software options for DIY/Whitebox
FreeNAS (iXSystems its HW Brand if You want a box made to run FreeNAS and Supported at Ent Levels as well)
Tracklist —————- The Chopper (Shy FX Remix) – Ray Keith Droids – DJ Teebee & Teebee Pacman – Ed Rush and Optical Turbulence – Moving Fusion Smack My Bitch up (DJ Hype Remix) – The Prodigy Terrorist – Ray Keith (Dom & Roland Remix)(2000) Moving Shadow Phone Tap – Ewun Valley of the Shadows – Origin Unknown Duck Rock – Danny Breaks Super Sharp Shooter – Ganja Kru Child Of The Wild West – Cypress Hill feat. Roni Size Brown Paper Bag (Roni Size Full Vocal Remix) – Roni Size Moonlight – Dextrous Junglist (Junglord Remix) – Congo Natty Falling Away from Me (Krust Remix) – Kornofficial
The first new track in this mix is Fragmented Simulation by Adam Jay, from his album Inoperable Data on Detroit Underground. If electro is some combination of techno and hiphop, then Inoperable Data is tilted more to the techno end. It reminds me of The Advent’s electro tracks on Kombination Research, but much brighter. I like it; I’ll be playing more from it in the coming weeks, once I’ve had time to absorb the tracks.
Aloka’s Concave, Convex is also a relatively new-to-me. It’s the first release on the forward-thinking Typeless Records, famous for their two Phalanx compilations. I’ve seen people talking about XT3 by Aloka recently; if you like that track, check out Concave, Convex.
That’s it for notes. Next show will be lower tempo. Maybe something suitably icy, given my local weather.
Tracklist —————- Anarchy (God And The State) (Mix By Skold) – KMFDM March of the Fuckheads – Nine Inch Nails Join in the Chant – Nitzer Ebb All Saints Day – Severed Heads The Hacker (1988) – Clock DVA Abzug (2009 Remastered Version) – Kraftwerk Hungry Cannibals – Vomito Negro Warte bis es Dunkel ist – Klangwerk Permanent Vision – Gesaffelstein We Rule The World – Tuning Circuits The Bog (EBM Rhein Main Remix) – Front 242 Verschwende Deine Jugend (Kandralde Edit) – DAF Hours and Hours – The Klinik Seven Plagues – Download Betialic Beat – Blind Vision
How will IoT and 5G Networks make the world a better, smarter , more efficient and safer place for everyone?
What is IoT?
When I was searching on the internet for the best and most accurate explanation of what is IoT , I found many confusing and sometimes overly complicate OR Overly simplified explanations. To my knowledge and understanding this is how I could sum up what IoT is:
IoT is more than just smart/connected devices like a washing machine You can control from Your smartphone from outside the house … as a matter of fact as We will see it is one of the building blocks of what We refer to IoT and the flow I just described ( washing machine controlled over smartphone from outside) is just one of the many applications of IoT and how We can benefit from it All.
IoT ( Internet of Things) is a system of interrelated computing devices , mechanical and digital machines, sensors, objects even animals or people that are provided with a UIDs (unique identifier) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human to computer interaction.
Based on this We can see 3x important keywords or key identifiers regarding IoT…
– Uniquiely Identifiable devices/objects/sensors (end devices) –> reminds me for some reason of IPv6 where everything can have a single routable IP address as the address space is that vast.
– The ability to transfer data over a network (internet or even Local network f.e if my smart home devices only operate in my own LAN sending and receiving messages in between only when im on my home network) (network fabric)
– Self sufficient, requires no human interaction .. managed and brought together via an IoT Platform
Explanation of IoT Platform ::
An IoT platform is a multi-layer technology that enables straightforward provisioning, management, and automation of connected devices within the Internet of Things universe. It basically connects your hardware, however diverse, to the cloud by using flexible connectivity options, enterprise-grade security mechanisms, and broad data processing powers. For developers, an IoT platform provides a set of ready-to-use features that greatly speed up development of applications for connected devices as well as take care of scalability and cross-device compatibility.
Thus, an IoT platform can be wearing different hats depending on how you look at it. It is commonly referred to as middleware when we talk about how it connects remote devices to user applications (or other devices) and manages all the interactions between the hardware and the application layers. It is also known as a cloud enablement platform or IoT enablement platform to pinpoint its major business value, that is empowering standard devices with cloud-based applications and services. Finally, under the name of the IoT application enablement platform, it shifts the focus to being a key tool for IoT developers.
Now that We saw a simple easy to understand explanation of IoT , its 3 main key attributes ( in my opinion) and saw what role IoT Platform plays in bringing this all together We can discuss more about IoT
Fleet Management: Business leaders look for real-time fleet information so that they can reap business benefits to making intelligent decisions real-time. The Fleet Management technology is slowly and gradually getting adopted with the improvements in operational efficiency, maintenance cost, fuel consumption, regulatory compliance, and speed up accident response. GPS tracking, geo-fencing, customized dashboards, and real-time business decisions are some of the key features fleet management offers.
Public Transit Management: tracking the real-time location of the vehicle and knowing when it will arrive at a particular stop was always a challenge. As real-time tracking of the vehicle is possible with the help of IoT in transportation, the data that is tracked is sent to an engineer or to a central system and, then, to an Internet-enabled mobile device. The Internet of Things has eradicated all the challenges that were faced in a public transit system and has enabled re-routing features to help people make alternate arrangements as real-time tracking of the vehicle is easily done.
Smart Inventory Management: IoT in transportation has smart inventory management that acts as a catalyst telling the real-time information across the warehouse, distribution, and production center, which reduces the cost of inventory and improves the predictive maintenance. Smart inventory management systems have lowered the inventory cost and reduced the management errors of the inventory. The quality and depth of data from IoT sensors and systems have strengthened the legalized inventory management system.
Optimal Asset Utilization: IoT in transportation enables the asset tracking feature, which keeps track of the physical assets and their information, like location, status, etc. With Biz4Intellia, an end-to-end IoT solution provider, one can track the real-time location of their truck and can know how much load there is on the trailer of the respective truck. Not only this, but the latitude and longitude of an asset can also be known by IoT in transportation. The advanced analytics tracks all the devices like sensors, axels, and tells about the threshold and tolerance of the device.
Geo-Fencing IoT in the transportation industry has come up with an advanced form of GPS, i.e. geo-fencing. It captures the location of an asset or device with the coordinates of a particular area. Geo-fencing helps in starting the automated tasks. IoT in the transportation industry is the most benefitted from geo-fencing. It allows you to receive alerts when a driver deviates from the prescribed path, as it can bring delay in delivery time and cause accidental loss. This technology has manifested the paper logs as it came up with a digital- and cloud-based monitoring system that tells about real-time data of the truck. Increased transparency and accountability has made the IoT in transportation more cost-effective and reduced time. The Internet of Things has changed the business performance of many organizations and is predicted to cut the emissions from trucks
How will IoT and 5G change everything for the better?
5G for the future of IoT both Residential and Industrial is a huge leap forward compared to 4G
IoT will become smarter, faster and more reliable with 5G. Less power consumption coupled with higher data transfer rates and lower latency and the ability to connect to more devices are massive improvements which 5G brings to IoT
Connected Cars and Autonomous vehicles will become a reality together with Smart/Connected Cities and Smart Transportation.
As true unlimited home internet was not possible with 4G now with 5G this can become a reality.
Tracklist —————- The More You Live, The More You Love – A Flock of Seagulls The Inside Veil – Fra Lippo Lippi She’s Lost Control – Joy Division Disniland I De Tusen Hjem – The Aller Værste Can’t Blame Me (Album Version) – Blue Angel All or Nothing – Milli Vanilli Step by Step – New Kids On The Block Run Runaway (12″ Version) – Slade Rock the Casbah (Remastered) – The Clash Into the Groove – Madonna My Arms Keep Missing You (No L Mix) – Rick Astley Freeze-Frame – The J. Geils Band Red Hill Mining Town – U2 Happy Ever After – Julia Fordham Sending All My Love – Linear Let the Music Play – Shannon
Tracklist —————- The Sound of Space Escaping – The Tear Garden (LET’S GET) PHYSICAL – Revolting Cocks Legion – VNV Nation We Go Chrome (Sigue Sigue Sputnik Remix) – Goteki Dominator – Noise Unit Human – Assemblage 23 Overload – Sister Machine Gun America – Bigod 20 Black Flag – Atari Teenage Riot Hack Attack – Sigue Sigue Sputnik Crash & Burn – Solitary Experience Untergrund – Armageddon Dildos Time of War – Metropolis Let The Sky Burn (Silent Servant Remix) – Youth Code Welcome to Paradise – Front 242 Let Your Body Learn – Nitzer Ebb
100 BPM beats for a tired Thursday night. This mix includes one F-bomb at the 30 minute mark, during Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)’s rap. I guess that makes this one PG-13. Consider your surroundings when listening. (In other words: may or may not be appropriate for work. Depends on where you work.)
Two tracks by Mikron feature in this mix: #1 Embers and #12 Aldergrove. Both are from the excellent album Severance on CPU Records. Severance is a nicely varied album, slower in tempo than is typical for electro, more relaxed. It works well as an album, too: I’m happy listening to it straight through, beginning to end. Thumbs up for Severance, give it a listen at the link above.
Another standout here is Muto Love by Takeshi Muto from the Lily Of The Valley comp on Schematic. The rest of that comp is good too, and is definitely worth picking up. I’m sure I’ll be playing parts of it over the coming months.
Not too much more to say about this one; all these tracks are good. If something strikes your fancy here consider supporting the artist(s) at the links above. I’ll be back next week with something fast.