I understand that for some Windows is an evil, and if you want to keep it on a single box then security spy makes sense if you have the horsepower. Blue Iris running on Windows headless works extremely well, and doesn’t require too much attention. (I need to reboot my Indigo box more often). You can pick up ex corporate i7’s on eBay and adding an SSD for the system and and big disk for storage and you have a very capable system with a great web UI and fantastic indigo integration. You cannot get any Mac hardware with the power for anywhere near the price.
My view is my Mac mini is very likely to walk if the worst was to happen, but a grubby old PC in my loft hidden away is not likely to get too much attention.
No axe to grind, but you may miss out just on he principle it is Windows as once installed it rarely needs attention. For the price Blue Iris is Isanely good value and my whole setup came in at around the same price as SS license alone.
I agree. Windows 8 is what made me switch to Mac. It had to be the most idiotically built OS of all time. I just said enough was enough, and I switched to Mac, and never looked back. Since then, I rarely touch windows, and when I do, it seems awkward. But I almost had no choice. I literally had to have a dedicated portable air conditioner running in the closet where the Mac Pro was running, because it would get close to 100 degrees. I am in south Florida, and that doesn't help either. I bought a refurb i7 8th generation ( or whatever the newest one is, I forgot) laptop with some very good specs for about $500 on eBay. Blue iris cost pennies compared to security spy. Personally to me it seems a bit harder to navigate all the settings, but, besides that, it doesn't need all that CPU power that can heat a sauna.
I don't trust windows to run 24/7 non stop without some sort of blue screen of death, or some crash, but so far so good for the last couple of months using windows 10.