The Delta One Suite

This is the third trip flying on Delta One, their business class offering aboard the Airbus A350, their new flagship longhaul carrier. Still impressed with the suite. It’s reltively spacious for the average sized person, comfortable and easy to use and navigate around. Innovative how the the seat completely lays flat to a bed, extending under the desk space of the suite in front.

Is it worth the price? Depends. I flew premium comfort which has a reasonable recliner to 45 degrees along with the footrest that also reclines up. But 13 hours is long and on a longhaul flight, to me, Delta One is worth it when you can catch it on special.

It’s a first!

Flown the Parasailor singlehanded for the first time. Was a fascinating and joyful experience. I do think the trickiest part is when its dead downwind but the baffles keep the chute from collapsing and even when the boat rolls or the winds shift, it stays up and full, continuously adjusting itself.

The Mantus Swivel

Funny, bought this last year and just getting around to installing it. But first, had to remove the old swivel and that bolt was just not budging, evening after various chemical treatments. Took to the internet and the general consensus was, cut the last link off with bolt cutters. Worked like a charm. Now have the new swivel and ready to try it our in Silver Lake, Ocracoke.

tech transformation

Well, it’s been a long time coming but the IT transformation and datacenter modernization initiative is almost complete. Decommisioning the half-rack of gear, three EMC AX series storage arrays, three PowerEdge servers and two Powervault tape libraries. Must say, it’s a lot quieter in the server room, not to mention definitely cooler and a major reduction in power usage.

Replacing it all, it seems amazing how far technology has come. Everything is running on an Intel NUC with more memory than everything combined in the server cabinet. That along with an NVMe SSD and an Intel Core i7 processor. The old MacMini is running as a standby and all storage is now migrated to a Synology 1515+ NAS with the older Drobo as a replication target. Tape has been dumped in favor of cloud based backups, basically Amazon CloudDrive, easty to do when you have gigibit fiber now.

Best of all, everything is now virtualized running ESXi. 6.7 on the NUC and 6.7 on the MacMini as a backup. The old test box being the legacy Dell Precision Workstation 690 can only support ESXi 5.5 but that’s just for dorking around with. The NUC runs Plex and Roon, media and audio applications, along with a two-factor authenticated SSH server and a graphical remote desktop.

After some storage cleanup, I’m now using about ~6+TB of storage on the Synology and has been consistently holding there. While I use Roon for audio at home in the media room, I’m been using the Synology audio server and the DS audio client to stream MP3’s to the phone when on the go. Got a Docker container running AirVideo, a WebDav server that I start manually when needed. Also running the CloudSync app to Amazon CloudDrive.

Last but not least which is on the wishlist, an external graphics processor (eGPU) connected to the NUC for Plex transcoding. Doing multiple streams in 4K while ripping is gonna need that. Been following some threads of sucessful eGPU/NUC configs out there.