Digital Photography workflow with my NAS

Well, finally after installing the NAS I took some pictures, as it is my hobby.  I wanted to do things the way I did before, copy the card contents to the external HD, which was previously attached to my computer, now it’s HD2 of the NAS.  So, I had to adjust my workflow.  I created Folders on the computers HD directly, where I downloaded, checked, and edited the pictures, ofcourse in RAW format, once I was satisifed with them, I uploaded them to the NAS.  This way processing is much faster, I tried doing it over the network, but it’s a painfull thing to do specially over a WiFi Connection (laptop).  Listening to music over the network works just fine, even watching movies.  So far I never had a problem or a stream cutting, although many reviews say this Solutions is not suiteable for streaming, in my case it works fine.  Also there are only two uses using this NAS so I on larger installtions I am sure it would behave differently.  So far it woks like a charm, my data is backed up on a weekly bases, and it’s all in a centralized location. 

  I want to make more tests for connection speeds over the network, but I have yet to come up with a good way of doing it.  I was thinking of using iperf, while I have all the computers download some files from the NAS, over WiFi, and wire.  And once I have that data, I will post them here, if someone is interested..


Home IT department

I finally got around and uploaded all my files from my external drive to the network drive.  Did not do test the upload speeds, but will do some tests in the near future, I will post those as well.  This is the setup of my little home IT department.

Simple diagram of my home setup

Simple diagram of my home setup

And this is the actual equipment:

Actual equipment

Actual equipment

Before purchasing this little Linksys unit, which is a USB Network storage link.  I read many reviews.  Most of them mentioned speed as being a problem.  My network as you can see is wired 10/100 and wireless G 54Mbps, so it actually fits in nicely.  And I don’t need to upgrade my router, or any of my NIC cards in my computers.  Wirelessly, it doesn’t make a difference how fast it can server up the files, from my tests, I can listen to music from the NAS.  Now the real test will be listening to music, and from another computer watching a video.  I did a brief test between the laptop, and my desktop. Over the wireless network, theser are the results:

[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  3]  0.0-10.0 sec  25.6 MBytes  21.5 Mbits/sec
[  3]  0.0-10.0 sec  26.1 MBytes  21.9 Mbits/sec
[  3]  0.0-100.0 sec    253 MBytes  21.2 Mbits/sec
[  3]  0.0-2027.8 sec  5.16 GBytes  21.9 Mbits/sec

Will be doing more test, and and indepth info will be posted.

The second HD for the NAS has arrived

Well, I guess I will be busy setting up my little NAS home project. The second USB2 500GB hard drive finally arrived. So I will be busy this weekend setting it up, and I will also be posting some results, pictures of the set-up, hopefully by Sunday.. Stay tuned..

Who needs photoshop?

Today I was playing around with SmugMug, my favorite photosharing, storing site.  I used to be a fan of flickr, but switched about 6 months ago.  SmuMug feels more professional, and with a few more options. plus what sold me is their support and response time when I had a problem.  Today I was able to upload two pictures, one via the browser one via Picasa, yes there is a button you can add to upload images to SmugMug from here.  It worked great.   While I was playing with the options in SmugMug I noticed something new that wasn’t there the last time I was on SmugMug, a link to edit a photo in Picnik.  I knew this service from before, but this was the first time I see it built into SmugMug.   I mostly use RAW for my pictures and my favorite software is Bibble Pro for prosessing the RAW Images, it’s fast, and they have a Linux version too.  So far they are at version 4, but version 5 is coming out this year.  It’s a great tool, and does all I need for photo editing.  So does Picasa, and f-Spot, but Bibble is my first choice.  And since I am on a linux system, I need something opensource and free, so there is the Gimp, which is a great and powerfull tool.  Lets think a little bit about this… Continue reading

Project management training

This past week I took part in a 3 day project management training, from the PMI. which was great.  In the training a few programs were mentioned.  Naturally Microsoft Projects and a mind mapping software were mentioned.  There is a free and open source alternative to Microsoft Projects called openproj.  It’s a great option and it won’t break the bank.  The other tool was mindjet which can be used for bainstorming, and exporting to MS Projects.  This has a free opensource alternative called FreeMind, this tool can not export to MS Projects though.  The reason I mention those is because it is always assumed that people use Windows computers, well I don’t.  I am a happy linux user.   And those tools will help me get things done even on my own computers.  At work we use Windows most likely because as a corporation they can not just simply switch and start using opensource or linux.  And probably becasue they are not even aware of some of the open source alternatives.  If you can use an application for free to acheive what you could with a paid software, why would you spend the money?…

wifi on Dell Inspiron 1318

Finally, I was able to get the wifi to work on my Inspiron 1318.  The trick was that the lspci for some reason showed me the wrong broadcom version.  It was showing 4312 while it really is bcm4310.  The difference is the fact that I need different drivers to make it work with ndiswrapper.  it works fine with b43fwcutter and bcmwl5 as the driver.  If you follow the instructions and install the driver found in Vista as in my case it won’t work.  It will try to install the bcmwl6.inf that is what is installed under vista.  I installed the bcmwl5 and it works fine.  Actually I am writing this over my wif link.. finally.

If you need help geting your wifi on the Dell Inspiron 1318 to work under Open SuSe let me know, and I will post links to the sites that I got my information from..

A link for OpenSuSe Users. More Info Thanks rbkumaran

My Computer equipment

1. Laptop Dell Inspiron 1318

– Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz

– 13.3″ 1280×800 Glossy

– 3 GB RAM

– 250 GB HDD

– Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid) LTS

3. Laptop Apple PowerBook G4 12″

– 867 MGHz G4

– 640 MB RAM

– 40 GB HDD

– 12″

-OSX 10.4

Network Hardware

Linksys Broadband Router: WRT54G


Network Storage: Home Media Drive Iomega Network Hard Drive

Linksys Network Storage Link: NSLU2 > this trusty little thing just died on me one day.

Cisco Cable Modem: EPC3212

OpenSuSe 11.0 on Inspiron

So for the past few months I have been running OpenSuSe on my Inpiron 13 laptop.  And I have to say, it’s almost falwless.  Well there is one command I have to run in the cli to disable my Hard Drives powermanagement, because if I don’t it just keeps spinning my Hard drive up, and down, which reduces it’s life.  Otherwise, I can’t complain.  It has something which is similar to expose, which I loved on my Mac OS X.  Everything I need or use is available as a free software, I was even able to install ie6 via wine, and it runs fine, a couple of problems with plugins, but otherwise it makes it possible for me to visit some of the IE only sites.  Great and Stable OS.  Would recommend it to anyone looking for alternatives to Vista or XP

Home NAS solution. with out breaking the bank…

I have been planning to add a network storage solution to my home network, and finally I have decided on a reasonable solution.  I picked this NSLU2 Network Storage link from linksys, and 2 USB 2.0 500GB disks.  The drawbacks are that the network speed on this storage link is 10/100.  And the mirroring is done by the device backing up from one disk to thet other.  But the reason I like this solution is because it’s reasonable in terms of price.  And because I already have a 500GB external USB drive, but I needed to get that backed up as well.  And having 4 computers at home, it just makes sense to have a central file repository.  Why duplicate and transfer files via usb memory and CD’s or DVD’s.  Certain data needs to be backup to DVD’s just for the sake of safety.  But having 3 copies of my music on 3 computers, well that’s not the best way to use storage on computers.  Once I actually get all the equipment and set it up I will gather some data, and post it here.  Some people say why not use a linux system as a file server etc..  Well a desktop uses more power than this little device with the 2 HD’s.  Takes up less space, and less maintenance.  Plus as an added bonus I will have an external FTP access to files, so I can drop things for my self, or retreive things with out the need for pendrive or CD or anything.  Stay tuned for the results.