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DJI Osmo+ Handheld Gimbal - New!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Picked up a brand new DJI Osmo+ from Vistek 2 days ago and had the pleasure of getting used to it. Setup was frankly a pain in the ass but once you trudge through it, the rest is as straightforward as it can be.


  • 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Zoom Camera
  • Up to 7x Zoom in 1080p, 3.5x in 4K
  • Captures DCI 4K/24p, UHD 4K/30p, 2.7K
  • Captures Full HD 1080p at 24-120 fps
  • Sharp 12MP Still Photos
  • Advanced Stabilization for Video & Photo
  • Includes iPhone Holder for Monitoring
  • On-Board Mic and Included External Mic
  • Motion Time-Lapse
  • 9-Frame Detailed Panorama Blending

Desktop - Tharja - Gaming Rig

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz

GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Aura Strix 8GB

  1. Retired: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Dual FTW 4GB w/ EVGA ACX Cooler (Moved to Workstation Desktop)
  2. Retired: Radeon R9 390 Gaming 8GB

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2

MOBO: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB)

Storage: 2 SSD + 11 HDD

  1. SSD – 500GB Samsung 840 EVO
  2. SSD – 75GB Intel x25 (1st Gen)
  3. HDD – 1TB Western Digital Black x 2
  4. HDD – 4TB Western Digital Red x 2
  5. HDD – 3TB Western Digital Red x 2
  6. HDD – 1TB Western Digital Green x 2
  7. HDD – 3TB Seagate Baracuda x 2
  8. HDD – 2TB Seagate Baracuda x 1

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2

CPU Cooling: Hydro Series™ H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Sound: DAC – Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1

Monitors: 2560 x 1080 – AOC Q2963PM 29-inch IPS (21:9) LED-Lit Monitor

  • R.I.P-  1600 x 1024 – just retired and junked. Perfect for watching old 4:3 anime’s
  • Planning on upgrading to 4K monitor, haven’t figured out which one

Mice: Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse — Black

Keyboard: Ducky Zero DK2108S

Mouse Mat: RGB Razer Firefly – Hard Gaming Mouse Mat



One of my Corsair Vegeance DIM’s bit the dust, I was getting unusual game crashes after I installed the 1070, I thought it was a faulty GPU but I did a memory test and discovered the culprit…Looks like I’m down 8GB and now relying on 24GB of RAM…


I bit the bullet and found myself at Canada Computers looking at a GTX 1080…but I ended up settling for a GTX 1070 instead as I heard the 1080 would be technically overkill for my needs, plus the price tag is about 40% more. On hindsight, I should have probably just gone for the 1080 but I figured I’d just go for the following release instead, perhaps the 1090 when it comes out?

Desktop - Mabuchi - Workstation

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0 GHz

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Dual FTW 4GB w/ EVGA ACX Cooler

PSU: Corsair CS Series™ Modular CS650M


RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) – 2 free slots

Storage: 1 SSD + 1 HDD

  1. SSD – 250GB Samsung 840 PRO
  2. HDD – 3TB Western Digital Red x 1

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2

CPU Cooling: Hydro Series™ H80i High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Sound: Basic integrated

Monitors: Some cheap old 4:3 ratio screen, I’m looking at overhauling setup >_>

Mice: Corsair Raptor M45 Gaming Mouse — Black

Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard — Cherry MX Red

Laptop - Misaka R1 - (ThinkPad X230) - Retired

More Info Coming Soon

Laptop - Misaka R2 - (ThinkPad Yoga 460) - Retired

More Info Coming Soon

Laptop - Saitama - (ThinkPad P50)

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 3.70GHz)

GPU: Nvidia Quadro M2000M 4GB + Integrated Intel Graphics HD P530

RAM: 64GB DDR4-2133 SODIMM – 4 x 16GB – Yes, sweet as hell…

Storage: 1 x 2.5″ SSD SATA + 2 x M.2 SSD’s

  1. SSD – 500GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2
  2. SSD – 500GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2
  3. SSD – 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″

Monitor: 1920 x 1080 – IPS Display (Matte)

  • There was a 4K option but didn’t feel like spending the extra money
    • Eats more battery
    • Scales terribly with games and some apps
    • …Eats more battery
    • Will consider this for my P70 option…

Peripherals: Wacom Intuos Manga Pen and Touch, Small (CTH480S2) W/Wireless Adapter Kit

  • This was great paired with my old x230 of the times – much more ergonomic then mouse + you can draw…tactile feel is great, feels like you are really writing, features full sized pen

Total Estimated Laptop Cost To Date: $3,000 .00 CAD


This will be my new pride and joy, anybody who knows me knows that I carry my laptop wherever I go, I cannot part with it and with this power behemoth I’ll be happy wherever life’s journey brings me for the next decade. Completely stoked with the Xeon CPU and Quadro GPU, this means productivity on the go, animation, video and photo editing will not be a problem. Heck 4K video editing to my knowledge will be a breeze.



It’s here! It came in conjunction with my M.2. trays that I ordered. Got it set up and running this evening. Unforunately it still has the stock single 8GB RAM DIMM and right off the bat, I’m noticing a performance bottle neck when running my productivity software. I’ll need to becareful to not over-populate my lappy with Chrome tabs and Adobe Suite…Did have a chance to play with the GPU and managed to pull off some decent FPS on Unigine Heaven with full max settings clocking in at just under 23 FPS at 1080p with Anti-Aliasing + Tessellation and everything maxed. With Tessellation off, I’m pulling over 38 FPS even with everything else maxed. Not too bad….I also happened to pull the trigger and ordered 64 GB (4x2x16GB) RAM kit, should be here for Monday….stoked once again.


Got my 64GB RAM upgrade kits today courtesy of BHPhoto and Video – Cost $228 USD ($347 CAD – Including taxes, and misc. fees) – installed all 4 dimms and noticed my PC wouldn’t event POST. Thought I got the wrong dimms and or there’s something up with the BIO’s – so I swapped everything out for the factory 8GB and then it POSTed – noticed there’s an option in the BIOS for hardware detection security – so I switched that over to disabled and then installed 1 dim and tested it and it worked. So I went ahead and installed all 64GB and well the rest is history. I’m a happy camper. Currently working on a system review for this build and will include a link when it’s up.

Network Attached Storage (DS916+)

Hardware Specifications
CPU Model Intel Pentium N3710
CPU Architecture 64-bit
CPU Frequency Quad Core 1.6 burst up to 2.56 GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
Hardware Transcoding Engine H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
System Memory 2 / 8 GB DDR3
Drive Bay(s) 4
Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit 9
Compatible Drive Type (See all supported drives)
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity 40 TB (10 TB HDD x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units 90 TB (10 TB HDD x 9) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Maximum Single Volume Size 108 TB
Hot Swappable Drive
Notes “Compatible drive type” indicates the drives that have been tested to be compatible with Synology products. This term does not indicate the maximum connection speed of each drive bay.
External Ports
USB 3.0 Port 3
eSATA Port 1
File System
Internal Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
External Drives
  • Btrfs
  • EXT4
  • EXT3
  • FAT
  • NTFS
  • HFS+
  • exFAT*
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 165 mm x 203 mm x 233.2 mm
Weight 2.04 kg
RJ-45 1GbE LAN Port 2 (with Link Aggregation / Failover support)
Wake on LAN/WAN
System Fan 92 mm x 92 mm x 2 pcs
Fan Speed Mode
  • Cool Mode
  • Quiet Mode
Wireless Support (dongle)
Brightness adjustable front LED indicators
Power Recovery
Noise Level* 19.4 dB(A)
Scheduled Power On/Off
Power Supply Unit / Adapter 100W
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 30 W (Access)
13 W (HDD Hibernation)
British Thermal Unit 102.4 BTU/hr (Access)
44.4 BTU/hr (HDD Hibernation)
Environment Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Warranty 3 Years
  • Power consumption is measured when fully loaded with Western Digital 1TB WD10EFRX hard drive(s).
  • Noise Level Testing Environment: Fully loaded with Seagate 2TB ST2000VN000 hard drive(s) in idle; Two G.R.A.S. Type 40AE microphones, each set up at 1 meter away from the Synology NAS front and rear; Background noise: 16.49-17.51 dB(A); Temperature: 24.25-25.75˚C; Humidity: 58.2-61.8%
  • exFAT Access is purchased separately in Package Center.
DSM Specifications ( See more )
Storage Management
Maximum Internal Volume Number 512
Maximum iSCSI Target Number 32
Maximum iSCSI LUN 256
iSCSI LUN Clone/Snapshot, Windows ODX
Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • Basic
  • JBOD
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
RAID Migration
  • Basic to RAID 1
  • Basic to RAID 5
  • RAID 1 to RAID 5
  • RAID 5 to RAID 6
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • JBOD
Global Hot Spare Supported RAID Type
  • Synology Hybrid RAID
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 6
  • RAID 10
SSD Support
SSD Read/Write Cache (White Paper)
File Sharing Capacity
Maximum User Accounts 2048
Maximum Groups 256
Maximum Shared Folder 512
Maximum Shared Folder Sync Tasks 8
Maximum Concurrent CIFS/AFP/FTP Connections 512 (2GB RAM) / 2048 (8GB RAM)
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration
NFS Kerberos Authentication
High Availability Manager
Log Center
Syslog Events per Second 800
VMware vSphere 5 with VAAI
VMware vSphere 6 with VAAI
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Citrix Ready
Add-on Packages (learn more about the complete add-on package list)
Antivirus by McAfee (Trial)
Central Management System
Cloud Station Server
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 512 (2GB RAM) / 2000 (8GB RAM)
Docker DSM
Maximum Docker DSM Number (Licenses required) 2 (2GB RAM) / 10 (8GB RAM) (including 1 Free License) (Learn more)
Document Viewer
Download Station
Maximum Concurrent Download Tasks 80
exFAT Access (optional)
HiDrive Backup
MailPlus / MailPlus Server
Free Email Accounts 5 (Licenses required for additional accounts)
Recommended MailPlus Client Number Up to 100 (8GB RAM) / 50 (2GB RAM)
Maximum Server Performance 87,300 (8GB RAM) / 50,400 (2GB RAM) emails per day, approx. 2.7 GB (8GB RAM) / 1.5GB (2GB RAM)
  • The CPU and RAM usages were both under 80% when testing recommended client numbers.
  • For tested models with expandable memory, the maximum amount of RAM was installed.
  • Read-write SSD cache was enabled in 5-bay (and above) NAS models with 2 SSDs units installed.
  • The performance of the mail system will slightly decrease in high-availability mode due to data synchronization between the two servers.
  • Functions that were enabled in all of the tests above: anti-spam, anti-virus, DNSBL, greylist, content scan, full-text search (English only).
Media Server
DLNA Certification
Snapshot Replication
Maximum Snapshots per Shared Folder 1024
Maximum Snapshots of all Shared Folder 65536
Maximum Simultaneous Editing Users 125
Surveillance Station
Maximum IP cam (Licenses required) 40 (including 2 Free License) (See All Supported IP Cameras)
Total FPS (H.264)* 1200 (2GB RAM) / 1200 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
800 (2GB RAM) / 1000 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
300 (2GB RAM) / 400 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
250 (2GB RAM) / 250 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Total FPS (MJPEG)* 500 (2GB RAM) / 800 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 720p (1280×720)
150 (2GB RAM) / 300 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080)
100 (2GB RAM) / 160 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 3M (2048×1536)
72 (2GB RAM) / 120 (8GB RAM) FPS @ 5M (2591×1944)
Notes Surveillance Station throughput is tested with Axis network camera, using continuous recording with live view from Surveillance Station and motion detection by camera. Live view and recording are sharing the same stream from the camera.
Video Station
Video Transcoding 4K Group 1 (See more)
Maximum Transcoding Channel Number 1 channel, 30 FPS @ 4K (4096 x 2160), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC) or 3 channel, 30 FPS @ 1080p (1920×1080), H.264 (AVC)/H.265 (HEVC)/MPEG-2/VC-1
VPN Server
Maximum Connections 20
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • Welcome Note X 1
  • Accessory Pack X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • AC Power Cord X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 2
Optional Accessories
  • Camera License Pack
  • Expansion Unit: DX213 X 1
  • Expansion Unit: DX513 X 1
  • VS360HD

Car - 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTi 5-Door Autobahn Package

  • 18″ Austin alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats with centre armrest and pass-through
  • 8-way adjustable top sport seats with power recline
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • App-Connect smartphone integration (Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, MirrorLink™)
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
  • Automatic headlights with coming and leaving home function
  • Automatic post-collision braking system
  • Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-light System (AFS) including red accent strip
  • Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity
  • Climatronic® dual-zone electronic climate control
  • Colour multifunction trip computer and indicator
  • Cross Differential System (XDS)
  • Cruise control
  • Direct steering
  • Discover Media – 6.5″ touchscreen infotainment system with proximity sensor, CD player, satellite navigation, and 2 SD card slots
  • Diversity antenna
  • Driver & front passenger front & side airbags and front & rear Side Curtain Protection®
  • Driver profile selection
  • DSG® paddle shifters (with automatic transmission)
  • 6 gears automatic DSG with Tiptronic (as configured)
  • Electronic Stability Control with Sport Mode (ESC)
  • Fender® Premium Audio System – 8 speakers plus subwoofer
  • Front LED fog lights
  • Heatable front seats and washer nozzles
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Illuminated “GTI” scuff plates
  • KESSY – keyless access with push-start button
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction “GTI” sport steering wheel
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Light Assist (automatic high beam control)
  • Panoramic power sunroof
  • Power adjustable and heatable exterior mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rearview camera
  • Red brake calipers
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Sport suspension
  • USB audio input
  • Variable cargo load floor

Driver’s Assistance Package

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Traffic Alert and Lane Assist
  • Front Assist- Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Light Assist (Automatic high beam control)
  • Park Assist

Leather Package

  • Adjustable front seats with power driver and manual passenger lumbar support
  • Door and side trim panel in foam film, insert in leatherette
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Camera - Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR


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