To get real coverage you need different lenses in different applications and indoor and outdoor options as well. Installing cameras, wiring it all up and installing software and having storage, backups etc and keeping everything running is too much work to save a few bucks.
The hikvision cameras apparently are utter crap and worth avoiding.
As to a two-sever pool, interestingly Ive been working with SC at HA-Lizard over the last few weeks and we've come up with a better way (I think) to support a two-server pool. I've done a lot of torture testing and think there will be a more robust implementation in the near future. I'm particularly interested in that we now have several two-server pools and there is no need to expand just for the sake of supporting HA. Stay tuned for more news on this! For HA to work, you'd still of course need shared pool storage.
Can I just plug this bootable into any old desktop and see if it'll light up? Should I expect any issues?
Can you, yes 🙂 It won't damage anything. Will it work? Not likely. You can't do this with any other OS or hypervisor, you can't do it with Xen either. That's why Xen has to be installed rather than there just being an image that you run. The installation process is the process of customizing it for your hardware.
Have you considered a USB over IP type product? I've just been made aware of them and haven't had a chance to use one yet... but basically it is a USB connection with a Network card, and whatever server you want to use it has to run a software package to do so...
I contacted Samsung and they feel that its the cable or the charger. I dont feel that it is since I get same results with other chargers and cables, but they are telling me to bring my phone in to my local wireless store.
huh? they aren't just going to send you a replacement?
I was told they dont send out replacement chargers or cables. They only service phones.
Wow, that would be like Dell telling me that they won't replace my power cord while I still have a valid warranty. Even the batteries are normally covered for the first year by the warranties.