Digitising VHS Tapes

As I'm sure many people do, we have a huge stack of old VHS tapes and a VHS player that I really don't want sat under my TV any more. On the other hand, I do have a Roku sitting there, and Plex Media Server set up on my LAN so I formed a cunning plan: I would digitise all our VHS tapes and store the resulting files in Plex…

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Raspberry Pi NAS With Gluster

I was having a moan about my NAS (a Western Digital My Cloud) the other day and thought that I could build a better one using a Raspberry Pi. Now, using a Raspberry PI as a DIY NAS is nothing new. You only need to google for 'Raspberry Pi NAS' to see what I mean. I wanted something a bit different. I wanted something scalable and redundant. I'd heard about…

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My Home Network Has Got a Little Out of Hand

I was sat my computer the other night and something occurred to me. My home network has got a little out of hand. I don't mean that in the sense that is it untidy, or that there are cables trailing all around the house. Instead, just the sheer number of devices I have connected and doing things. So, I decided to write it down to see exactly how out of…

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Hyper-V VM loses network connectivity

I have an interesting problem at the moment where a selection of our VMs will stop passing network traffic. It doesn't seem to be a flat out disconnect, rather it behaves more like the virtual switch is just dropping packets instead of forwarding them on like a good switch should. So, what actually happens? I have two Hyper-V clusters, each running on Windows Server 2012 R2. One is a 5…

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Photo Challenge: Castle Howard at 35mm F1.8

We took a trip this weekend to Castle Howard near York for their Christmas event. I decided it would be a good opportunity to use my 35mm prime lens that has be been buried in my bag for the better part of a year! I thought I'd set myself the challenge of using it all day without swapping to another lens, and (to further complicate it) keep it at F1.…

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