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Flexible NAS as Media Center and cloud sync?

April 5, 2013

Like most people, I got a Network Attached Storage (NAS) at home for my digital content like music, movies and pictures. My Buffalo Linkstation Live 1 TB was doing a good, but not very extensible/flexible job. I was looking for a solution supporting recent developments like cloud storage/sync, media center on-the-go and additional apps (webserver, etc.) if needed. The QNAP TS-112 chassis is doing the trick by supporting apps for the fabulous Plex Media Server as well as Google Drive via its QNAP app center just as we are used to from current smartphones.

This enables the following scenario: I can watch (via streaming) all my movies on any internet-connected device (like my HTC HD7) as well as share some digital content over the Plex Media Server with friends (allowing them typically read-only access). Google Drive data is directly synced to my NAS . Additionally, QNAP comes with a development toolkit for writing your own apps or extend existing ones.

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Windows Mobile 7?

November 2, 2012

Due my recent professional move I switched again my mobile phone – from a Google Nexus (Android) to a HTC HD7 (Windows Phone).
The overall quality of the phone is good – especially the 5 MP camera surprised me positively. I quickly found my favorite apps on it as well

  • Öffi Guide (as Qando replacement)
  • Next2Car (as Car2Go app)
  • netbanking
  • TV Spielfilm (as local TV station guide)
  • Cineplexx (as local cinema app)
  • Sype and facebook (for social media)

and the tile concept is quite useful. But the major drawback for me are the quite inflexible and just high-level app options (given my detailed Android experience), the horrible maps application as well as the app update frequency (quite slow)! Different synchronization profiles are not supported as an absolute MUST-HAVE! Summary: Nice business phone but not more 😦

Update: Tried to update my HTC HD7 with the cable trick – didn’t work out, but Win 7.8 update worked like a charm with this tool.

Suddenly, androidified!

March 15, 2011

After a year on iPhone 3G it was time for a change, so I got myself a ZTE Blade for about 150 € (no contract, unlocked). Although it comes with Android 2.1, stable updates to 2.2 and even 2.3 exists via MoDaCo. When not playing around with it too much the battery lasts for around 2 days (3 month old now), response time is fine for all apps tested (especially the often used navigation app) – even Angry Birds runs well 😉

Besides the standard apps on any smartphone like Skype, Facebook, etc. my favorite ones include

    Agenda Widget – upcoming appointments on your home screen
    Doodle – find an appointment for a group of people
    ÖAMTC Billig tanken – fuel prices around you
    GTasks – google task support
    qando – getting round in Austria via public transport

Via DoubleTwist my media files were easily migrated to my new phone and with the nice Eclipse integration I even think about developing an app for it – let’s see….

A chain reaction

March 6, 2010

So, here we go. After avoiding to join social networks and blogs for quite a while, although being in IT for 15 years, the iPhone finally did it. Since I own one I joined Facebook half a year ago. I quite heavily use it to stay in touch with friends on fb as well as via LinkedIn and Xing for professional networking.
It is kind of strange to need two accounts for professional networking, but unfortunatelly a lot of german researchers and business people tend to be only on Xing while US and UK researchers are typically on LinkedIn. Anyway, good to keep in touch after research projects are finished.

Now a blog about thoughts and happenings in my private and professional life. I’m wondering what will be next?