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Drew
Total posts: 4704
(Updated 2/13/2018 5:58 AM)
Does anyone know of an app that manages mass SMS texting? It would be for quick notification of church staff of security/safety concerns

Requirements:
- quick to use
- app not required by recipient (they just receive the sms)
- updateable list of recipients
- ability of key persons to text the list at a moments notice

Edit: so a scenario would be I need to text everyone tornado warning take cover, but also someone else might be able to do it too not just me
acelxix
Total posts: 2217
Found some good ones here.

GroupMe sounds pretty good.  App not required, and they can respond to the group.
Drew
Total posts: 4704
arif those are some good ones but how about these instead

i actually have groupme already installed, guess i'll fool around with it some more to see if it does what we need
Drew
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I'm thinking about phasing out chrome (ram and spying too much) and switching to edge which i haven't used any yet, i mean i use firefox for some stuff but it's kinda sluggish, yes/no/you crazy?
Drew
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Pretty excited to have my NAS storage going, took a lot of work moving data from the hard drive that was nfts to the temporary drive, then reformatting the hd to ext3 so it would work, now when I'm sitting around with my phone I can go through and check if the gifs from 2005 are worth keeping, been meaning to do that
mwinter
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Vintage gifs? Always worth the MB.

What's your NAS situation? Let's get nerdy.

Rachel's laptop harddrive recently crapped out unexpectedly. It left us cursing the wind, as we had no serious backup setup for her stuff. So then I bought:
  • A 4-bay Synology 918+
  • Four 4TB WD Red's
  • Two 256 GB SSDs for read/write cache
  • One 4GB stick of RAM, as the Synology comes with 2 slots but only one stick
  • It's set up in "Synology Hybrid Raid" mode (basically RAID-1 but slightly more flexible)
It's set up to automatically backup pretty much all non-OS stuff on her laptop now. Never again!

I have had a little 2TB server for a few years that's been serving up all the movies and TV shows that I borrowed from usenet. I have migrated all of the movie content from that to the NAS, along with a ton of movies I had sitting on my desktop but had never moved to the server. (Still deciding if I want to keep all the TV shows that I've already seen...) After that, I'm not sure what I'll do with that server; maybe I'll configure it as a secondary backup unit for some of the most critical files. So then our backups can have backups. </xzibit>

Next task is to have some offsite storage, which is where all my NAS-loving friends come in.. VPN-enabled personal cloud, anyone? eh? I'll store your crap if you store mine :-D
Drew
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So I'm def not on your level right now. I've just got my 1 TB magnetic drive plugged into my netgear router running dd-wrt. So when that fails I'll be SOL other than having some of my archived files randomly appear around other hardware, usually because of transfers of yore. Your machine sounds serious esp with the r/w caches. Is that necessary for that rig or just optimization? I mean I've got the heart for some VPN cloud NAS action, but not the capacity or bandwidth. Down to 300 GB rn, but some time on the couch on my phone deleting stuff should free up some space. I should find a way to log in remotely so I can do it on company time.
mwinter
Total posts: 4154
The external-drive-plugged-in-to-router plan is nothing to sneeze at either, I've eyed that feature for years.

The r/w cache is almost definitely overkill, but the slots were there and I was in a spendy mood. Long term plan includes home surveillance with 3-5 cameras, which is one reason why I made this machine a bit beefier than the minimum currently required.
Drew
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For home video I've used netgear arlo for about 3 years, it only has cloud cloud (not local cloud) storage, which has pros and cons, and also the cameras are battery powered which also has pros and cons, I'd like to have a hardwired system that's writing to my own storage, but the installation barrier is what got me, only took a couple hours to set up the arlo, no wire fishing/hiding
Drew
Total posts: 4704
I lost the link to the article, but MS is dropping Edge and making a chromium based browser, which I am against because I use edge when chrome is annoying me