Synology DiskStation DS413j Review – Video, Audio & Photo Station

In my first part review of the Synology DiskStation DS413j, I talked about the Unboxing and Setup, in the second part review, I talked about the Performance, Backup & CloudStation and for this last review, I will talk about the multimedia features of the DS413j and that includes Video Station, Audio Station and Photo Station as well as their mobile apps, DS Video, DS Audio and DS Photo+ respectively.

There are a lot of features in the Video/Audio/Photo Station, and hence for this review, I will focus on my personal use case; I want to access/stream my music/video/photos stored in my Synology NAS wherever I am on my iPhone or Android.

If you need access to your photo, video and audio files outside of your own home, you will need to do port forwarding at your router, or alternatively you can use Synology QuickConnect which I covered previously.

For Video Station/DS Video & Audio Station/DS Audio, the port being used are 5000 (HTTP) and 5001 (HTTPS). In case you are wondering, port 5000 and 5001 are the same port being used to access your Synology DSM.

For Photo Station/DS Photo+, it uses the default http/https port 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS). I wish Synology would keep it consistant and use 5000 and 5001 instead.

Once you have installed the respective packages under the Package Center in Synology DSM, for Photo/Audio station, it will create a shared folder called photo and music respectively, for video you will have the option of choosing a different name, but for convention sake, I named it as video.

Media Folders
Media Folders

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Sony Xperia Z Review

· · · Review

Sony Xperia Z will be on sale in Singapore from 1st March 2013 for SGD$988 (without contract). Three colors will be available, black, white and purple.

Sony Xperia Z is known as the water-resistant phone, you can submerge it in water up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes. Of course I tested this!

Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z In Water
Sony Xperia Z In Water

Sony Xperia Z - Box Front
Sony Xperia Z – Box Front

Sony Xperia Z - Box Back
Sony Xperia Z – Box Back

Sony Xperia Z - Box Contents
Sony Xperia Z – Box Contents

The moment you held onto the Xperia Z, you will feel that it is a solid phone, the build quality is fantastic, there is no squeaking sound when you press on the phone. Since the Xperia Z is blocky, the edges are all very straight, griping on to the phone for a long time may cause slight discomfort for some people.

After using it for many days, I notice that the phone gets hot easily.

Technical Specifications

  • OS: Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz (Quad Core) Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M (Snapdragon S4)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB
  • Display: 5″ TFT, 16 million colours, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Screen: Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass
  • Back Camera: 13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash
  • Front Camera: 2 megapixel, Exmor R, 1080p
  • Networks: LTE/GSM/UMTS HSPA+
  • Durability: IPX5/7 (Water-resistant) & IP5X (Dust-proof)
  • Weight: 146g
  • Dimensions: 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

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Twitter Archive

· · · Blog

3 years ago, I blogged about How To Get Your First Tweet If You Have More Than 3,200 Tweets? which has accumulated about 55k views. The instructions uses Internet Archive which may or may not be available for some users.

But I am glad that Twitter has been rolling out the ability to download your Twitter Archive to most users already. That option can be found in “Twitter.com -> Settings -> Your Twitter Archive”.

Twitter Archive Button
Twitter Archive Button

After clicking on the “Request your archive” button, you will get an email within minutes (mine took about 1 minute) with the link to download your Twitter Archive.

Your Twitter Archive Is Ready
Your Twitter Archive Is Ready

Clicking on the link will bring you to Twitter.com and click on “Download” to download your Twitter Archive.

Download Twitter Archive
Download Twitter Archive

I have about 24k tweets and the tweets.zip file is about 4.4MB. Inside the zip contains the tweets.csv file which contains all your tweets and an index.html file which loads your Twitter Archive in a nice webpage.

Inside tweets.zip
Inside tweets.zip

tweets.csv
tweets.csv

My First Tweet
My First Tweet

Pebble Watch

· · · Gadget

Pebble Watch was the 9th Kickstarter project that I backed. It broke the Kickstarter record of the most highly funded Kickstarter project. It’s initial goal was only USD$100,000 but it raised USD$10,266,845 from 68,929 backers.

The project started on 11th April 2012, I backed it the next day on the 12th April 2012 and it got funded on 19th May 2012. After almost a year of development, my Pebble Watch got shipped on 10th February 2013 and I finally received it on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2013.

Paid USD$115 (Pebble Watch) + USD$15 (Shipping) = SGD$161 in total. I chose the Jet Black color.

Pebble Watch - Box Front
Pebble Watch – Box Front

Pebble Watch - Box Back
Pebble Watch – Box Back

Pebble Watch - Box Open
Pebble Watch – Box Open

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Indoor Google Maps for Android Now Available in Singapore

· · · Technology

Indoor Google Maps
Indoor Google Maps

Starting today, with the release of Indoor Google Maps for Android in Singapore, you are able to determine where you are, what floor you’re on, and where are the shops located with regards to your current location in the shopping mall.

Detailed floor plans will automatically appear when you’re viewing the map and zoomed in on a building where indoor map data is available. And, in certain locations, you will have the option of using the indoor My Location feature to help you navigate your way inside. The familiar “blue dot” icon can indicate your approximate location, and when you move up or down a level in a building with multiple floors, the interface will automatically update to display which floor you’re on. All this is achieved by using an approach similar to that of ‘My Location’ for outdoor spaces, but fine tuned for indoors.

The initial 22 popular shopping destinations in Singapore are:

  • 313@somerset
  • Century Square
  • Hougang Mall
  • ION Orchard
  • Liang Court
  • Mandarin Gallery
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Metro (Department store in Paragon)
  • Ngee Ann City
  • Orchard Central
  • Paragon
  • Parkway Parade
  • Scotts Square
  • Suntec City
  • Takashimaya (Department store in Ngee Ann)
  • Tampines 1
  • The Centrepoint
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza
  • Triple one
  • Wheelock Place
  • White Sands
  • Wisma Atria

Google will continue to add new indoor maps to public buildings across Singapore. If you’re a Singaporean business owner interested in getting your location’s floor plan included in Google Maps, visit maps.google.com/floorplans.

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