Earlier this week Parallels released Parallels Access for iPad. Parallels has been allowing us to use Windows Applications on the Mac for a while now via Parallels Desktop and then into iOS with Parallels Mobile and now Parallels Access.
Synology has released another new beta version of their DSM software for their Diskstation Nas Drives and this can be found here.
The good thing about Synology is they do keep their software upto date and are always bringing out new features. I have installed the 4.3 beta software as normally with Synology its rock solid even for this type.
It does require a manual install and do not forget once you update to the beta you cannot downgrade.
The first thing after it had finished installing was to update the installed packages I have as I did notice it said certain packages had to be upgraded which is the normal and Synology is always on top of things.
If there is anything major to report I will update this post but with the exception of one plugin that needed reinstalling after installing the beta it has been absolutely fine.
With all the plethora of cloud storage providers that is springing onto the market within the last year or two all vying for your business the choice is enormous but how do you pick the right one for yourself? This is something I sat back one day and had a really good think about as I was looking for somewhere that could take my most important files that I could not lose (Pictures being the main one as I have learnt the hard way in the past).
Now I know some will be thinking why not just have an external hard drive attached to your mac or pc, well if anyone has ever watched The Tech Guy with Leo Laporte over at the Twit.tv network and someone asks him the same question he always explains to them for your most important files you should have at least 2 copies of your most important documents. Personally I have severalportable hard drives ranging from 250GB to 500GB I also have a USB Dock that I can put standard hard drives into but my absolute favourite is my Synology 211J Diskstation which plugs into my home network and any machine on the network can access and share files.
I decided to do a little howto on how easy it was to setup a vpn connection to your Synology diskstation.
The diskstations are very versatile NAS devices as you can use them for ftp server, web server, stream to either itunes or windows media and can even install a wordpress blog on them.
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