Showing posts from December, 2023

Much Ado about Storage

It was inevitable. So far we had been working away trying to manage all our created media by storing in external Hard Drives attached to the main computer without backup . Family stuff was backed up online, but we have a lot more being generated now. With the Insta360 camera generating 5.7K video and our other cameras now recording in 4K, things quickly get out of hand. We decided to just take the hit and bought a NAS server for in this year's Boxing Day sale. Along with the server we had to buy the 4 Hard Disks to be put into it.  I first told the computer store guy about the QNAP NAS I wanted to get, to which he gave his bored approval. Then I told him to get me 4 Seagate Barracuda drives. Being a taller guy, he looked down his nose at me and said in his Asian accent, "No Green, it's not good Drive, you buy the Red One for NAS". I paused, I knew what he meant. I said meekly "but, the green drives are on Boxing Day sale and Red ones

Kraftwerk in Wellington

My own discovery of electronic music started in late-1980s to early-1990s, while in India. Forget about internet or mobile phones and most music was still played on cassette tapes. Having grown up on overly sentimental (or highly poetic) Hindi film music with a sad touch, I was looking for a positive sound from the future that was more instrumental.  I went backwards from the current bands to eventually find Kraftwerk, and it ticked all the boxes perfectly for me. The band was orignally formed before my time on Earth, in the 1970s. It fused futuristic industrial-computer-man-machine themes so well, that it still resonates in the age of approaching AI singularity. Kraftwerk is widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of electronic music, and their impact extends to various genres, including techno, hip hop, synth-pop, and more. Kraftwerk coming to Wellington? It seemed unbelievable, especially considering the senior-