Instantly upgrade your network to 2.5GbE connectivity

QNAP QSW-1105-5T

With five 2.5GbE ports, the QNAP QSW-1105-5T switch instantly upgrades your network to take advantage of 2.5GbE-enabled devices and NAS without requiring any new network cables. Featuring a near-silent fanless design and plug-and-play set up, the QSW-1105-5T provides network loop detection and blocking functions, making it easy for you to create an affordable high-speed network environment for your home or business.

Immediately multiply your network speed by 2.5 times while using existing Cat 5e cables. No complex settings are required, and auto-negotiation ensures optimal performance. Automatic loop detection and blocking to ensure continuous network operation. The unique fanless design with ventilated construction provides near-silent operation.
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The leader overall

Synology’s newest 2-bay quad-core NAS is meant to serve growing businesses that expect their storage needs to increase, but want to minimize their initial investment. Unlike many of their other 2-bay offerings, the DS715 can be daisy-chained with a DX513 expansion unit, total raw capacity from 16TB to 56TB. The DS715 also provides impressive performance, with reported transfer speeds of 216.1MB/s read and 142.5MB/s write (RAID1), as well as 2GB of memory. In addition to its standout scalability, the DS715 carries with it all of Synology’s other DiskStation features and their popular DSM.

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to recognize that me, is delicious

“‘Lonely’ is a mental story built on fear of my own inability to survive that gets dressed up in all kinds of costumes. Alone is simply an internal state of being – ‘Alone’ is another way of stating ‘All One’.

And, that’s the truth for me – there is no one else inside this vehicle construct but me – and to recognize that me, is delicious. We are seldom truly alone – and yet it is when we are alone, that we actually experience our design as it is shown in the BodyGraph – and even then…there are passing transit influences.

To be alone is an internal state – our external state is that we live on a planet with 7 billion other humans. I do believe that this consciousness drive – the way the personality is motivated – is to find a way to connect, to have a sense of communion.

But until there is an internal sense of communion with our own All One-ness, there is no real possibility of communion (or unique communication) with another. Learning to experience one’s self is a solitary journey – but oh, it is an incredible path.” – Leela Swan-Herbert

Buy Me a Coffee?

Running a blog is a relatively cheap hobby, but there are annual costs associated with domain names and hosting costs. Many of my fellow bloggers and podcasters have created Patreon accounts and asked their readers for subscriptions (often in return for premium content or early access). For a variety of reasons, that’s not my thing.

Recently, however, I learned about another option called Buy Me a Coffee, and it intrigued me. It offers a super-lightweight, low-friction, method for people to appreciate work in a very casual way (in the same way you might buy your mate a beer or coffee). The service is configured so that the donation is equivalent in price to that of a cup of coffee, and no commitment is required; just a one-off gift of a couple of euros. (On the back-end, it’s similarly lightweight with no minimums, no required service contracts, and a very small and fair transaction fee).

So, as an experiment, I’ve enabled these buttons on my site. I’m not looking (or even dreaming) that this will bring me in a livable wage (that’s not why I’m blogging). I’m simply curious if it will generate sufficient revenue to pay for my annual hosting costs (and who knows, if I get sufficient revenue, enough to advance-pay future hosting costs to keep my site running posthumously)

As always, no pressure. My blog will be free to read, but if you want to ‘buy me a coffee’, that would be lovely!