QNAP False Advertising Of Hardware Transcoding

I have uncovered something that some people may or may not care about, but it is worth mentioning about the fact that QNAP says they can do hardware transcoding in certain devices.  In particular I purchased a TVS-671 which boasts this claim.  Now I am also using Plex Media Server which currently does not take advantage of the built in ... Read More »

Hands On With The Plex Cloud Beta

It finally happened.  I got the email that I was chosen to participate in the Plex Cloud Beta last week.  I was excited to get going even though I have had some initial issues fundamentally thinking about the storage challenges with such a deployment.  I’ve moved forward with my local installation which has been working great so now it’s time ... Read More »

What Exactly Is VMware Cross Cloud Services?

It’s been a while since I have written about something VMware related, but hey sometimes we need something to write about.  Part of the reason I’ve been a little “Blog-Silent” with respect to things VMware is because I have been working on this thing called “VMware Cross Cloud Services”.  What is that you ask?  Well to be honest I will ... Read More »

How To Build The Ultimate Plex Media Server

When I decide to jump into something those that know my know I have a saying that ‘Chris doesn’t do anything small’.  I also research, plan, read, and prepare for things quite a bit.  So when I decided to jump into the PLEX arena I did a lot of reading, and thinking about how I wanted to run the application. ... Read More »

How Beachbody On Demand Continues To Disappoint

I’m a technology person as well as a fitness person.  Obviously combining the two brings me great joy…most of the time.  When Beachbody On Demand first came out I was pretty underwhelmed by the technology and the offering itself.  Since then I have still continued to use it while also re-ripping all my DVD’s to host locally on my own ... Read More »

Plex Cloud Sounded Great…..Until….

So about a month ago I jumped on this bandwagon.  I figured….why not.  Everyone else is doing it.  Not because I wanted to cut the cord.  Mostly so I could enjoy my media library on multiple devices and share it with friends and family.  I built a couple of test servers locally using some old NAS gear.  Now, most people ... Read More »

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