Wildlife shooting with the Nikon P900 (and D750)

I had trip planned to Lake Arrowhead, CA. and wanted something fun to play with. I decided on the Nikon Coolpix P900. Ever since its announcement last year, I’ve been more than a little intrigued by this bad boy with its effective 2000mm focal length zoom. My hesitation up til now stemmed from the fact that I normally shoot with a D750 and was concerned that it just wouldn’t measure up and I’d regret the purchase.

I did my homework and read and watched a ton of reviews. Most said it was a fun camera and just went on and on about how far it could zoom. Many reviews stated that it wasn’t good for wildlife and birds, but that just seemed counter intuitive for something with such an incredible zoom range. I needed to find out for myself and took the plunge. It didn’t take long to find out its limitations…and strengths. Read more

Shutdown Windows computer and Synology NAS using CyberPower UPS

After a recent thunderstorm that took out the power for several hours, I realized that my four year old 825VA UPS was a little long in the tooth and probably under powered for my computer, NAS and twin 26″ monitors. I also realized that I needed to plug my router and network hub into the UPS, if I wanted Internet to continue during a blackout. (The cable modem is in another room and will get it’s own UPS :-) After doing a bit of research, I decided on the CyberPower CP1500PCFLCD UPS. (I’m not really sure about the pure vs simulated sine wave discussion, but I feared it might matter someday, so I ponied up for the pure sine wave version.)

Another thing dawned on me: although the UPS application would shutdown my computer when the battery got low, nothing instructed my Synology NAS DS212j to do the same. I’ve got twin 4TB drives in there, so corrupting those drives would not be good. I messed around with NUT (Network UPS Tools), but just couldn’t get it to work on my Windows 10 machine. Eventually, I learned that  CyberPower had posted actual instructions on how to do it with a Synology NAS! Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell you everything, but after several hours of searching and trial and error I was able to piece it all together and get my Windows computer and Synology NAS to shutdown when my UPS was running out of battery power.  I’ve compiled everything here:

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