Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mac OS X Lion vs. my NAS

I’m frustrated.

The newest shiniest version of Mac OS X, called Lion, has been released. I was a bit leery, but from what I’ve heard, I’m ready to give it a try.

But I can’t. My NAS, which I use (among other things) to back up my Macs, is not compatible with Lion. They’re working on fixing that, but the fix is only in beta yet, and I don’t want to trust my backups to beta firmware.

Now I’m grateful that they’re working on Lion compatibility at all for my NAS model. It came out years ago; most companies would have abandoned it long ago. (If you’re curious, it’s a ReadyNAS.)

What I’m wondering is whether it’s time to think about building my own NAS. This support won’t last forever, and this NAS has always seemed underpowered anyway. I have about all the parts I need apart from a current motherboard, and I could run something like FreeNAS on it, or just a Linux server.

On the other hand, one reason I bought a NAS to begin with was that I was tired of being sys admin for so many systems…

Decisions, decisions.

Movie: The Da Vinci Code

I enjoyed watching The Da Vinci Code on Blu-Ray last night. I had read the book when it was a best-seller and was unimpressed. Luckily, Ron Howard is a much better director than Dan Brown is a writer. The Blu-Ray cut was longer than the theatrical release, but included some deleted scenes that added more depth to the characters. And having Audrey Tatou never hurts :-).

Stephen Hunt – The Court of the Air

An enjoyable fantasy/steampunk sort of story. Two likeable young protagonists rarely cross paths as they move from ignorance to implausible power through the book. They get caught and escape again a few too many times, so I eventually started saying “come on, Hunt, just get on with the story”. Hunt is a religious believer in show-don’t-tell, so much so that I still am not sure of everybody’s roles in this story.

Still, as a roller-coaster type ride through Hunt’s world, it was worth reading.