Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Enabling User & Anonymous FTP Access

Anonymous FTP access is a useful way to allow people access to download files from your NAS via a web browser without having to setup user accounts or figure out WebDAV.

Here's how to enable anonymous FTP access to your ReadyNAS, while still retaining User Authentication Mode for the data you still wish to protect access to

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Using iMovie with ReadyNAS Devices

One key reason for my investing in a NAS was to host the large video files that are generated during video editing with applications iMovie and Final Cut Express.

While it is relatively easy to setup FCE to use network storage to host video clips (network storage is fully supported in Apple Pro Apps like Final Cut and Aperture), iMovie is another matter due to Apple constraining its consumer apps by requiring data to only be hosted on HFS+ formatted local disks or directly attached storage devices. (Done to reduce the support burden?)

Fortunately, there is a workaround that appears to work for both iMovie '09 and iMovie '11, though it requires AFP or NFS networking to be successful - CIFS seems to be supported less & less by Apple.