unRAID Upgrade

 

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I’m in the middle of a large upgrade to my primary media NAS running unRAID. I upgrade the OS to version 6. It is much more polished. I also upgraded the Parity drive to a 6TB hard drive. It is a Seagate ST6000VN0001 hard drive. I really like the Western Digital in the 4TB range but in 6TB Seagate benchmarks much better, and they only run 1-2 degrees warmer than the WDC Reds. So the parity calculation took seemingly forever. I must have refresh the status page 500 times and compared my remaining time calculations with the software many times. The unRAID estimate would fluctuate wildly between a few minutes and weeks. The actual time was close to my calculations which were averaged over several days. It didn’t help that I was doing a data load simultaneously as well. Nothing like stress testing your hardware. In the end it finally finished after 3 days, 17 hours and 46 minutes.

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The main function is to serve video and audio content via Plex to all the TVs and iPads in the house. Plex makes life pretty nice.

Essential OS X Apps

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Ever since I switched from Linux to OS X, (Windows 8, lol) there are a lot of apps I use and rely upon. Many I would consider essential for a power user. This is my list.

  • brew ; absolutely indispensable package manager. Pretty much the first thing I install on a new Mac.
  • reeder ; RSS reader. After Google Reader was executed I switched to feedly but it mostly sucks. I still sync with feedly but reeder is my client. It has a super killer feature called readability which will fetch the whole article for you
  • XLD ; I listen to high quality FLAC audio on nice headphones and nice speakers but Apple hates FLAC. So XLD converts to ALAC for me.
  • Transmission ; bittorrent client. For some reasons the Transmission devs hate RSS and you have to waste your time setting up a RSS plugin. Silly devs add RSS and you guys would be super popular. Lacks some features and not as good looking as utorrent but has no ads.
  • LimeChat ; The only decent IRC client for OS X.
  • Deliveries ; Super handy package shipment tracking and notification app
  • Screenflow ; Screen recording software I use mostly for recording game play. Not cheap at $99.
  • Tower ; Git client. Expensive.
  • Clean My Mac ; I’m lazy. Simplifies my life from boring OS tasks.
  • Little Snitch ; Firewall. The best one for Mac. I would avoid using profiles unless you want to be driven crazy.
  • iStat Menus ; Finder menu information. Because I really want to know the temperature of my PCIe Switch Diode (its the hottest thing in my Mac).

iTerm2 ; I know a lot of people really like this. I don’t use it as Terminal get the job done for me.