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RE: Need file repository for sharing large files

I've been quiet here the past few days.... I've been fiddle fooling around with an old toy. One suggestion was literally within arms reach, sitting at my desk typing on my laptop. Thank you STBRetired for the idea. I had totally forgotten about my NAS unit. It has resided in the hutch of my desk for years. So I dragged it out, found the cables and such and plugged it in. It has been unplugged since I think early 2014, maybe longer, when I left the west coast. Used to run it on Win7. I sorta remember back then that it was capable of hosting. I could send a link or something, people could grab a shared folder. Perfect. So I plugged it into my Win10 machine, stuck an RJ45 into it and the router and fired it up. Please enter your username and password. Uhhhh.... That was years ago... I have no idea what it is. Tried a few of my old ones I could remember but no cigar on that. Did an OS reinstall, updated this and that, got into the thing. Well, 7 year old technology, much is obsolete, safety protocols, certificates ad nauseum.... Finally got the thing so I could access it on my local network. Aha, thought I was away to the races. Nope! The internal apps that do various things are no longer in existence, nor are they supported. Rats... This is a wonderful little device, but it appears at this point I'm unable to do file sharing with it unless I can poke around and find a way to open a door to the internet with it. I found out I need firmware something version 6, but that is only for newer devices. Can't put it on mine. I can go max ver 5.3.7 firmware... Rats again... It's a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2. I paid a fair chunk of change for it in 12 or 13, plus the 2 - 2tb drives I put in and set as a mirror RAID. This would be perfect if I can get it working the way I want. Oh well, I forge ahead and I once again thank everyone for the input here. I'm not done with this NAS deal yet but may have to use it as a wheel chock or something.
BobsYourUncle 02/18/20 07:58pm Technology Corner
RE: SWAY!

One too many wobbly pops causes sway too! :B ;)
BobsYourUncle 02/17/20 10:08pm Towing
RE: Would you plug in here.

Now there's a fire waiting to happen.....
BobsYourUncle 02/17/20 10:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need file repository for sharing large files

Begs the question. Why do you need 15 meg pictures? Will you be printing posters? I explained that in my last post here. Large smart TV as the primary viewing display. Likely won't print them. With all the modern day screen technology, sitting down sifting through picture albums is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. As for the comment about Dropbox, I'm pretty sure they are very limited in the free version.
BobsYourUncle 02/16/20 09:28am Technology Corner
RE: Need file repository for sharing large files

Again, more great input from all, thank you. It isn't likely that any of us will be printing these pics. Maybe a select few will ever see the printer. The primary recipients of my work are 2 brothers. One of my brothers is heavily into photography and does extensive photo editing of his work. He lives in Cabo Mexico and does a lot of wildlife photography there. He, like myself is picky about quality and detail. Amongst the 3 of us, we have 12 children. They likely don't care as much about high quality as my one brother and I do. But if I am going to scan them, why not do hi res pics instead of low? High can be reduced, but low cannot be increased. Most of us, including the kids, have large smart TVs. The viewing device of choice will mostly be showing them on these large screens. Therefore, the higher the quality, the better for seeing a 4 foot wide image. I ran a few on mine and I like the quality. Unfortunately, my dedicated slide and film scanner is very old. In its day in the early 2000s it was $1200. new. Though obsolete now, it is still better quality than the cheap ones available today. It is a TWAIN driven scanner, technology no longer used. I bought VueScan, very good software, and they reverse engineer the TWAIN drivers to make them function with Windows 10. Scanner is a Canon Canoscan FS4000US. But it is painfully slowwwwwww. About an hour to scan 4 slides, once set up. About 1 hr, 20 min including setup, naming and saving files etc. I don't buy cheap stuff to get me by. If I buy another it would be a professional grade unit. With quality, I maintain "You only cry once". My dad's slides total approx 1200. I haven't counted them. My wonderful lady has about the same number of her fathers slides. And I have roughly 3000 of my own. Not everyone is interested in viewing them, but I know my grandchildren would love to see Great Grandpas photographic record of European travels, along with Grandpas (myself) records of their own parents, and cousins, uncles, aunts when they were kids. All this is why having an online stash for all to draw from makes the most sense. Yes, I could grab a bunch of thumb drives and hand them out. I'm a techno kind of guy and enjoy doing stuff like this. Onedrive was mentioned. I have that myself, never use it. I think it came with my MS Office subscription, not sure. Perhaps I should look at that. Still, I don't trust cloud storage. Not that there is any value to these pics other than family memories, but I still don't think anyone has any right or business to use them aside from those I give them to. Thanks for the input.
BobsYourUncle 02/16/20 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: Need file repository for sharing large files

Thanks for all the input and ideas everyone, and gdetrailer your long informative post too. Takes a while to write all this and I appreciate it all. Just to clarify, I only want this for sharing purposes, not permanent storage. Family is all over the map, so I thought it would be easier to just email them all a link to download the stuff from a common location. I always, always, did I say always? I always keep copies of copies of all my data. Pictures, tax records, personal info, everything has data redundancy. I have multiple portable drives in addition to my main computer with copies of the important stuff to keep. And as mentioned above, I too have a NAS RAID setup for doing backups. I actually have 2 of them, both with mirror RAID. Hadn't thought about doing a file share via my NAS setup.... Mine are Dlink too. Totally forgot about using it to share files. Thank you for the reminder. Haven't been in them for a while, I'll have to relearn it. None of my stuff is ever held solely in someone else's cloud location. I don't trust having my files out of my possession for the reasons many of you have mentioned. And I don't want it out there for others to grab anyways. Maybe, as mentioned here, thumb drives and snail mail. One day I'll be dead and gone so I want this family history in the hands of all who want it. I'd still rather have some way they can all just download it.
BobsYourUncle 02/15/20 10:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Need file repository for sharing large files

Rough estimate of what you suggested would be in the 40-50 gig range. I can't see anyplace offering that for free. I imagine if you're wanting to put all that online, and secure storage, you're looking at a monthly/yearly fee. Also to consider, if you could find a "free" site, there would be no guarantee that your photos wouldn't be held hostage at some future date, ala PhotoBucket. Of course you could always put them on a standalone server at your home and send out links to it. Of course the one-time cost will be there, but at least no monthly rental fee. Good idea on the standalone server. I used to have the "at home" server years ago. It was on a standard internet connection. I only hosted my own website for a TT rebuild, along with pics I posted here. But they established all kinds of blocks for that kind of thing. It would stop working, I would find a workaround with a port redirect or something, they would block it again and so on. I finally gave up my website. Perhaps I should revisit that option. I like that. The extra computer is no issue, I can put something together easy enough. I'll have to check the ease of online access through my ISP. I never have files on some cloud service only. I always have a copy on a local computer or external drive. I don't trust any of these services for the reasons mentioned here by yourself and others. Yes, using my pics for other than my own usage is something I want to control. Nothing to hide in them, but they are mine for my use. These cloud services claim privacy, but who knows.... In addition to my fathers slides, I have a bunch of my own slides I took when my kids were babies on through to adulthood. Might be easier to just put them on a stick and give it to them.
BobsYourUncle 02/15/20 02:10pm Technology Corner
Need file repository for sharing large files

I am doing a project of digitizing my fathers old slides from the 60's during his 5 year Air Force posting to France. Couple thousand slides of camping trips throughout Europe and England. We traveled extensively through France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, England and more. I am making high quality scans to share these files with my family, so each image is 13 to 15 megs. I am also making PowerPoint presentations of each tray of 50 slides. These run about 150 megs per file. I need some kind of online repository to upload all this stuff to so I can send out links and passwords to the people I want to share this with. It has to be able to be password protected, and have the option of viewing the available folders to choose what to download. Being quite techno-savvy, I have an understanding of various file storage platforms and such. With my Amazon Prime subscription, I have Amazon Photos. Although Dropbox is available, I have never used it. I think it is limited anyways. There is also Google Drive and similar. A lot of these have limits on how much you can store. And I don't want to pay a monthly fee, not going there. Don't mind a one time shot to the wallet but aside from my Office 365, I refuse to do the rent your software thing. I'm leaning towards my Amazon Photos included in my Prime membership, but haven't really researched it much. Gotta find out how far out it can be shared. Any thoughts on something simple and basic to do as outlined above? Thanks.
BobsYourUncle 02/15/20 11:58am Technology Corner
RE: Nikola announces electric pickup truck

At least it looks good compared to that ugly thing Musk designed... :B 400.000 thousand people who ordered Tesla truck would disagree. :B I wonder if Musk will cover eye surgery on a truck so ugly it can cause retina damage..... :B:B
BobsYourUncle 02/13/20 10:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TT television

One thought on the cheap TV. Agreed, it is nothing special or made for RV use. Ours is rather basic, but it has a built in DVD player. No need for a dedicated unit with wires dangling from the wall where the TV is mounted. We buy a mittfull of the cheapo 5 dollar DVDs from WalMart, break out the popcorn or chips and beverage of choice, plug the movie into the side of the TV and sit there and enjoy.
BobsYourUncle 02/12/20 10:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nikola announces electric pickup truck

At least it looks good compared to that ugly thing Musk designed... :B
BobsYourUncle 02/11/20 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Find Past Postings ??

They had a server issue a few years ago where a large batch of posts were somehow "lost" I too was looking for a specific thing I posted in the same era, and could not find it here no matter how I worded the search parameters. I actually found what I was looking for by doing a Google search instead. But you have to know the keywords of the post you want. I put in bobsyouruncle and a couple keywords of the post I was looking for and Voila!! There it was! That works.
BobsYourUncle 02/10/20 12:56pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Cheap fix for muddy sites

I just take my shoes off....
BobsYourUncle 02/04/20 09:10am General RVing Issues
RE: maybe add some heavy duty pressure treated lumber?

Do keep in mind that todays treated lumber is done with ACQ. (Alkaline Copper Quaternary) It will conflict with metal, cause corrosion, rot out aluminum etc. I work with the stuff building things. It's nasty.
BobsYourUncle 01/31/20 01:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Karaoke & Sing-along around Campfires

Last summer we were in a nice little CG near Fort QuAppelle Saskatchewan. Wonderful group of people right across from us, one came over and said they are having a social event tonight, we may hear some sounds. I smiled and said Have Fun!! He then invited us to come over and join them if we want. So nice. A little later out came a guitar, and other instruments. On came the music and everyone was having a good time around the campfire. Nice to hear and see that happening. We didn't join them but sat under the awning in our chairs enjoying the festivities. Everyone was polite, not rowdy and at a reasonable time they packed it up and respected quiet time. I love stuff like that.
BobsYourUncle 01/31/20 01:39pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

It was actually a hot August day there. It looks dull and overcast. If you look at the sky in the pics, that thick haze is actually smoke from the forest fires that were going on then. Smoke was so thick that the sun was completely choked out and we could not see the mountains.
BobsYourUncle 01/31/20 08:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Speaking of nice friendly people... See in my second pic, past the Tango to the left the nice new Dodge pickup? Well the owner heard of my plight and the Tango sitting at the tow yard. He came to the Lamplighter office, greeted me with a smile and said c'mon, I'll go over and tow your trailer here for you. So he did. He pulled in close to the spot we are set up there, got out of his truck and beckoned me to the drivers seat. Here, use my truck and position your rig. Park it over there when done. Wow, amazing wonderful fellow RVer. So I did just that. And when I tried to pay him, he refused to accept anything.
BobsYourUncle 01/30/20 11:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter! ......snip I was actually thinking of your adventure when I was looking through revy campgrounds. I remember reading it as it happened. As a power engineer who works in a steam plant for a living the Dam fascinates me. I would love to take a tour! Yes, my adventure! But rather than focus on the 10 thousand dollar hit to my wallet, and the cancellation of a wonderful planned holiday, We learned something. Revelstoke used to be a place you pass through on your way to some place nice. Maybe stop for gas and a coffee. That was it. My eyes were opened and we made a great holiday of it there. If you travel right through the town and keep going, there is a wonderful drive way out along the lake. It goes for many miles before it dead ends. I didn't know it existed. There are several areas of fancy new homes there that we drove through and looked at. Again, never knew it existed. There is a small airport out there too. Would I go back? Yes, absolutely. We even discussed moving there in our retirement. The locals are very nice, friendly people. Everywhere we went, every store and even the place I had the truck towed to for repair evaluation greeted us with a warm cheerful smile and super friendly attitude. A couple pics of our stay there in our Tango! https://i.imgur.com/c0XVYuOl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jLAWzJBl.jpg
BobsYourUncle 01/30/20 11:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Looking for revelstoke recommendations

Lamplighter! Absolutely the best hosts ever. Knocked the engine out of the TV 2 summers ago on the Rogers Pass. Got towed into Revy, wound up spending 2 weeks at the Lamplighter. While it my not be the most modern, it is a very comfy place. The hosts are over the top friendly and helpful. 5 stars to all the staff. I can't say enough good about these folks. They are the best I have ever encountered. The trains? Well, if you don't want to hear a train, don't go to Revelstoke. The town was born by the railway. While you are there, be sure to visit the railway museum. It is fascinating. Take in the village farmers market downtown too. Lots of cool little shops and restaurants are there too. Make sure to take a tour of the Revelstoke Dam too. Doesn't costmmuch and you get a narrated tour through the place. Very cool! And in case I didn't mention it, check out the Lamplighter!
BobsYourUncle 01/28/20 10:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

Oh perfect! Whats wrong with that? :B Should be nice and stable! Hope he has his boat behind the 5ver! :E
BobsYourUncle 01/19/20 10:46pm Towing
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