What is Plex? A Quick Description

Understand what Plex is without the need to speak tech

First, imagine how nice it would be if you could have a Netflix-like environment for all of your favorite movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, podcasts, and even personal media like pictures and home videos.

Then, stop fantasizing because that’s exactly what Plex does. It’s a service that runs on your media server (or computer) and nicely exhibits your media library.

Give it all of your properly-named and organized media files, and it will gather artwork as well as detailed information about your media, then present it in a nice, easy-to-navigate environment – much like Netflix.

Unlike Netflix though, Plex made space for extra features like interviews, deleted scenes, and alternate endings to video collections. Also, not only can music be outfitted with artist and album artwork, but music videos and lyrics can be added too.

There’s more.

Also unlike other video streaming services, Plex manages media on a computer/server located on YOUR home network. That means that even when your internet service is out or you’ve hit your Internet Service Provider’s data limit, your media will still be available to stream on your home network (without extra costs).

On top of all of that, it also makes your media available to you outside of your home network. That’s right, Plex also makes it incredibly easy to stream your media from outside your home network!

It’s really quite impressive what Plex has been able to put together and offer to the public, and a lot of it for free! Plex is your ultimate media hub, capable of beautifully hosting your entire collection of audio, video, and image files.

Would You Please Backup?

Protect What Really Matters, Backup Your Files

The most valuable thing about our technology is the data on it.

The files we accumulate throughout our lives are, in a sense, our lives.  The pictures we take, the music we listen to, and the documents we work hard to develop are all at risk, but we could easily secure them by taking a few cautionary steps.

Personally, I like to backup my files daily to a storage drive (USB or an external/internal hard disk drive) connected directly to my computer. Another backup is made monthly to a drive that is kept elsewhere.

Have you heard about differential backups?

Differential backups only update the files that have been modified, making the backup process a breeze. This type of backup essentially mirrors the files on your computer, so it does not offer different versions of your files, just the latest.

Also, you might want to save space on your storage drive by omitting system files during backups.