Another tech item I purchased this year during Black Friday sales is a network attached storage (NAS). I want to setup a personal cloud where I can back up data over the internet and share photos and music, but don’t want to store my data with an online cloud provider like AWS or Google Cloud. I ended up getting a Synology DS220+, and here are my impressions unboxing and setting up my new NAS.
New WiFi Router: TP-Link Deco X55 Mesh System
I bought a bunch of stuff for myself this Black Friday. One of these is a new wireless router system. I’ve been using a Netgear Wireless N150 router from more grad school days, and I get spotty connections from my bedroom and bathroom in a small 620 sqft apartment, so it’s time to upgrade. I decided to get the TP-Link Deco X55 Mesh WiFi two unit kit, and here are my first impressions.
Fast Fall Follow-up
It’s almost US Thanksgiving, and it feels like winter in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s time to do my seasonal out-and-about update. My main outing during autumn was the family road trip down to Southern California, and that was a lot of fun. Other than that, didn’t do much during the fall other than some late season foliage hikes. Here are the photo highlights.
Oregon-California Road Trip 2022
I recently went on a family road trip through Oregon and California, all the way down to San Diego. It’s been a long time since we have been in Southern California. We saw some friends and family, and visited a number of national parks along the way. It was a fun trip and here are the highlights:
It’s mid-September and I can already feel the crisp autumn chill in the air at where I live. This means it’s time again to post some highlights and photos of what I’ve been up to during the past season. Summer is a good time in the Pacific Northwest as weather is nice and it’s usually not super hot. We didn’t get a record-setting heat wave like 2021, but there were plenty of hot (by PNW standards) days. I didn’t take a long vacation or travel far during the summer, so pretty much all of the highlights are hiking and outdoorsy stuff in the PNW. Without further ado here are the photosRead More
TonyJiang.com Year 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TonyJiang.com hits its sweet 16! Don’t really have any celebration planned other than this post, but happy that I’m still keeping my websites alive. As usual, not much in terms of updates. Mostly I just write some travel posts or the occasional gadget post here on my personal blog. The Google Adsense revenue has declined to a point that it no longer covers the hosting and domain name costs, but that’s not a problem since my personal income has grown a lot more during these years than the decrease in ad revenue. Anyways, onto Year 17!
Now a Patent Holder
Was looking through my Google Scholar’s profile, and realized that the patent application that I was a part of at my former employer (years ago) has become an actual US patent this year. Of course, my former employer holds the all the rights of use, so it’s of no financial benefit to me, but it’s cool to have my name on a patent. Nobody can say that I didn’t help invent anything in my career. Some details of the patent and link to the full document below for those interested.Read More
A Not-so-Springy Spring
Time for another recap post of my “adventures” through the last quarter/season of the year. Summer and warm weather has finally arrived in the PNW, which is a good thing since spring has been rather cool and damp this year. I escaped the wet weather for a little bit by taking a trip to Las Vegas/Utah/Arizona. Other than that, I still managed to get outside a little bit locally, and here are the highlights with photos/videos.Read More
Las Vegas + Utah and Arizona Trip
I took my first family trip since the Covid epidemic. In a repeat of three years ago, we went to Las Vegas, because just like three years ago, I won a weekend trip to Las Vegas from a sweepstakes. We tacked on some extra days to see some spots in Utah and Arizona as well. It was a great trip, and this post has the highlights.Read More
It’s April and spring has begun, which means it’s once again time to look at what sort of fun I had during the previous season. This post is actually half a month late because… I’ve been lazy about writing here. For winter, most of the fun I had was with skiing. I took my first flights since the COVID pandemic started and skied in Colorado for a week. Also skied in PNW. Here are the photo and video highlights.Read More