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  • Take a look at what you can make with Word

    @JoshRoss: Some of the drawing tools in Word are impressive (particularly picture effects, etc.), but frankly I wish the Word team focused more on making it a more robust editor for long and technical documents. Word should be a light and simplified version of FrameMaker more than a competitor of Illustrator.

    On the other hand, it would be wonderful if MS Word (and possibly PowerPoint, etc.) could import AI and PDF files and convert them to DrawingML. Or the Office team could make a drawing editor/importer program that works seamlessly with the other Office programs and keep the Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. simpler and lighter.

  • Apple and Microsoft should merge

    @Proton2: Merging two huge companies would reduce the number of competitors in this small oligopoly. We need more competition not less.

  • Building a home NAS

    @babelshift: any easy to make solution to have RAID work? I would like to have some redundancy.

  • Building a home NAS

    @Ion Todirel: The Fractal Design Node was my first choice too. Compact and yet can hold 6 drives. However, I have a preference for aluminum and I can't tell from the website how many parts are plastic. LianLi has some decent design as well and they are almost all aluminum.

    I still don't know what I will go with for the OS. FreeNAS is based on FreeBSD, which would be a plus. Windows Server is an expensive solution (well, MSDN might come to the rescue, but Microsoft definitely needs to offer a cheaper alternative for enthusiasts and hobbyists!). WHS would have been ideal, but it is no more and Windows Server Essentials by default will want to implement a domain, which is a NO for my home environment. I think I need to do some playing around.

  • Building a home NAS

    @blowdart: I see what you mean: I don't seem to find an entry level equivalent of an iDrac. It seems that the only options available that actually work are on high end servers. Too bad.

  • Building a home NAS

    @Bass: I am looking into it and certainly it would be a very small form factor (I even found some people able to do similar things with Arduino and Netduino). However, I am willing to sacrifice a bit of size factor and energy efficiency in the name of greater power (transfer rate and versatility).

    I found a couple of alternatives to FreeNAS, I guess the best thing is to try them in virtual machines.

    I still don't know if I should go headless or not as I have not found a good solution yet.

  • Building a home NAS

    @blowdart: why? What went wrong? I manage two servers in our small office with iDrac cards and I have not plugged in a monitor and keyboard in years.

    @Bass: I am afraid 1TB of storage costs more than 30 euro as I would like to have a local copy of the data. I am all for the cloud, but I like to have at least a copy of my backups locally.

    Plus I still need a case Smiley

  • Building a home NAS

    @Proton2: yes, but I would like to go headless from step 1... plus I don't want to hook in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard in case something goes wrong, I need to change the bios settings, or reinstall the OS.

  • Building a home NAS

    I would like to build a NAS for home use (mainly backups, I am not planning to use it as a media server). The requirements are:

    1. Silent (ideally even fanless),
    2. Small form factor,
    3. Minimum power consumption,
    4. About 1TB of storage (min 4 disks, ideally 6),
    5. Data redundancy (Raid 1 or better 10 for example)
    6. Headless server (possibly even when installing and rebooting the OS)
    7. Sub 500 euro hardware project
    8. I still have not decided on the OS; Windows server is on the expensive side, but FreeNAS does not make me dream,
    9. Ideally will back up on cloud service too,
    10. Not domain joined (this is for home use).

    Has anyone done such a project and can advise on hardware parts?

    The requirement that is giving me the most problems is the headless requirement. Some Intel boards do support vPro remote management, but it looks like you need a specific console and there are other constraints to be aware of (processor, etc.). Are there iDrac equivalent cards on the market (we have the at the office and they work great from almost any browser)? I have not found much.

  • Form Letters

    , TheJoe wrote

    What would be a good solution for form letters?

    "Thank you A for visiting our bank B..."

    In the past I have used .NET with bookmarks in Word.docs and form fields on PDFs but, they both have speed issues IMO.

    I would like to use some combination of XML, HTML, and/or XHTML but not finding much in the way of a useable framework.

    Your Thoughts? 

    Probably a side note (rant) and not an answer to your question, but Word should provide an out of the box solution to this kind of problems. With Open XML this should be very easy to implement anyway, but unfortunately the Quick Part button on the ribbon is anemic to say the least (the last time I created a letter template with a repeating Content Control, I had to install the Word Content Control Toolkit and do some mapping!).

    I hope the Word team read this and spends some time adding this kind of functionality instead of adding more picture effects...