May 24, 2018, 12:11 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07022 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04971 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03427 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46553 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02521 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03403 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03824 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.6174 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0318 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.47954 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02536 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13117 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07028 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30067 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19226 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 382.79159 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0382 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02445 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01907 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.17151 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12202 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.9522 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.70612 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78834 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41644 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.3891 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12076 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94646 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21398 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25367 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34149 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52008 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01621 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03927 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08859 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89503 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.06501 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14027 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.93289 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15004 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45428 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11999 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19751 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.1499 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 271.08987 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06827 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30228 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.63862 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 804.0153 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99809 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.38145 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0135 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12293 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91587 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30863 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.2065 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.91109 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.20841 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.57725 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00577 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01568 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.29369 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.08222 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.77629 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0153 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.55793 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24207 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05829 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01187 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02595 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18017 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31807 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.99293 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.85086 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.83174 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15455 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76864 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65679 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29771 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.64149 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37878 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07606 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24208 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88337 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59598 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15388 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08185 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02752 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00735 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0627 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06117 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20841 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06955 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 107.60994 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06959 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07495 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17737 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.18375 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15039 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26023 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34331 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16581 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02562 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42459 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.13958 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7457 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 397.36138 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1673 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.84665 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24215 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61434 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04906 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04426 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08746 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12714 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57119 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.51816 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49847 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.12811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59981 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 152.58126 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1501.96941 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.35373 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08088 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0494 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.62849 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05163 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.62849 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92218 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.7782 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24216 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.22562 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.91969 Zimbabwe dollar

REVIEW: SYNOLOGY DS 218+ : Versatility, size makes for a powerful network storage solution

STORAGE is fast becoming the problem of many households and small businesses. Not the kind of storage that requires boxes and cabinets to solve. It is the kind of storage that keeps the information currency in binaries and codes. Aside from storage, access anywhere and near-perpetual scalability are related and pressing concerns.

I take my own family as an example. We have five 1 terabyte portable hard drives at home for storage of photos and videos. My sons, taking up film and speech have videos uploaded and often times needs to be shared with class and groupmates for projects. I have my own 2 TB  hard disk that I regularly upload or download data from. Then there is a link that updates files between disks to my Amazon Web Services account, which is a free tier, thus comes only with a limited amount of space.

So when I heard of Synology’s small footprint DS218+ Networked Attached Storage (NAS) I looked at the specs and wanted to check out the performance. Here’s what I found out.

SMALL FOOTPRINT. At 165 mm x 108 mm x 232.2 mm, the DS218+ is about the size of two Robert Ludlum books, but longer. It weighs 1.30 kg without the hard disks, but that all goes to the solid construction. That space is truly desktop manageable. That also means more efficient power use. Many eons ago as a  young administrator for a now defunct website, Carz.ph, I built a networked server inside a Macintosh G4 shell. It took up so much space and ran hot.

The DS218+ with its small size and small internals runs cools and quitely.

Setting up the device took exactly 14 minutes (including unboxing). All that is really needed is to connect the plus and hook it up into a laptop. Its not all high tech too. Following the well-laid out instruction booklet (yes printed!) and turning on the unit then letting the wizard in the web browser guie you. The intuitive set-up interface also features DiskStation Manager (DSM). The nifty on-board tool will handle most of the needed automatic download and updating tasks behind-the-scenes, should you activate this feature.

OPEN SOURCE VERSATILITY. DiskStation Manager is a propriety Linux-derived operating system that runs DS218+ and other Synology NAS. The interface is distinct but being Linux, keeps its open source manageability. The interface feels like you’re using a desktop computer.

All the icons are easy to identify, menus well laid out and there is an abundance of help files. But what really impressed me from the interface was a huge array of custom plug-ins that handle many things including amazing activitites like a personal chat group (Chat by Snynology is the plug in) and file sharing apps for organizing your family photos, torrenting files, and everything in between. 

Other add-on packages expand the value and functionality of you’re the DS218+ and other Synology NAS devices. Here is a rundown of what I am targetting to set it up for—our common home backup device, a media streamer, the personal mail server, the in-house website-hosting device, the BitTorrent box, and connect-via-USB to the home CCTV as a back-up recorder. That is only for uses at home. 

NOT ONLY FOR HOME. This NAS can meet unique needs even for small businesses such as sharing files on the Cloud, including running e-commerce operations via Spree, media server managemet via Plex, and other like BitTorrent Sync, and GitLab. You can also set up a VPN environment, run the AES-NI hardware encryption to protect your data, run an antivirus to protect your system and RAID support to prevent data loss. Everything can be found and done in Package Center, with just a few clicks.

Also find the QuickConnect service that allows those with authorized user accounts to connect while away from home, without the requirement to mess around with router settings.

The end result is a multi-function device that can perform the tasks of a full size computer, while using only about as much electricity as a couple of LED bulbs. Note that even the fuller, bigger footprint DiskStation models consume less than half what a desktop computer would consume running 24/7. 

    MINI POWERHOUSE. Again I have to highlight the small footprint of the DS218+ because it has two hot-swappable drive bays (extra bays can be purchased online) and it runs off an Intel Celeron J3355 (2.0GHz) with a standard 2GB DDR3L. I already upgraded to 4GB on the review unit but there is still 2 more GB available as it maxes out at 6GB. 

    The added memory simply supplements the speed by which the processes are run. At 4GB there was no noticeable increase in speed, perceptibly or measurably. It transcodes at the following definitions; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1 and has two Ethernet, three USB 3, and one eSATA port.     

At a Glance: DS218+ Versatility

    A SOLID SOLUTION. The DS218+ is a literally solid solution in overall excellent package. Out side it is smooth and nondescript. Pull out the front disk mask and the swappable bays are revealed. Also revealed is the solid steel construction, nicely machined interiors. The build quality is tough, ensuring the internals are well protected.

    I am particularly obsessed with that huge 90-mm cooling fan that does not even hum to cool the interiors, but ensures the it remains within safe thermal operation limits—even without being in an airconditioned room as in my case. The only thing you will notice is that it will start blowing away anything behind it.  

    The only other indications it is alive are four LED lights, dictating the status, LAN activity, and disk activity. Otherwise it will just sit quietly on the desktop or on a shelf. 

    After a week of solid testing, running all six laptops at home and hooking it up to an updated server I can say that the currently, and at its price range, the DS218+ is the best NAS for most people. It is fast, it offers powerful hardware and for the price of about P18,500++, is truly a solid storage solution. – Raymond G.B. Tribdino
Rating: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)

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Summer ‘Kampf’

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‘Prepare for peace, learn a new skill, prepare for war, enjoy a new hobby: join a summer camp. Life is a struggle (Kampf).’

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‘Parents, especially pregnant mothers, should not smoke, but if they have to, they should do it outside the home, and away from people.’