Hardware preview: ioSafe N2 NAS

ioSafe, the company famous for its line of rugged external drives that can withstand disasters such as floods, fires and even crushing weight, has come up with a new product: the N2 NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. The N2 device comes at the right time. The market for NAS devices is maturing and demand is [...]

Good stuff coming from IBM

I had lost track of IBM after they spun off their consumer hardware arm (now known as Lenovo). I didn't get their software offerings, still don't, so I wrote them off. But then I found out stuff like this, which has reminded me of their great hardware achievements in the past and made me glad [...]

The value of a good backup

While working on the fifth episode of RTTE, I learned first hand the value of a good backup. The hard drive on my editing computer (my MacBook Pro) died suddenly and without warning. Thankfully, my data was backed up in two geographically different locations. The day my hard drive died, I'd just gotten done with [...]

Hardware preview: Apple iPad 2

The new iPad 2 will become available on March 11th (see a neat video from Apple introducing it). In my post about the original iPad, I said the following: "In spite of the failures of their predecessors, I think Apple will pull this off. I think the iPad will be very successful." I'm glad to [...]

What’s next in data storage?

My recent musings on high definition and the state of the technology behind it have spurred me to think about data storage (not that it's a new subject for me). But so far, I've commented only on what's already been developed, and didn't take the time to think about what's next. What's the motivation behind [...]

What comes after High Definition?

Producing (set design, lighting, filming, directing, editing) my wife's cooking show has gotten me thinking about what comes after HD, because there obviously is a large discrepancy in resolution between full 1080p HD and properly exposed 35mm film (up to 3500p) -- as I already mentioned in my post on preserving classic movies. Yes, high [...]

Hardware preview: the ioSafe Rugged Portable

I'm a fan of ioSafe's rugged hard drives, which you can trust with your data through very rough conditions. I was glad to write about the ioSafe Solo (their first product), and the ioSafe SSD, because no other company on the market offered such unparalleled protection from destruction. Now they're launching a new model, the [...]

Drobo S gets USB 3.0 upgrade

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Drobo S, the 5-bay, 3-interface storage array from Data Robotics got a neat upgrade to USB 3.0 today. Instead of USB [...]

Hardware preview: DroboPro FS

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Today, the DroboPro FS will be announced by Data Robotics. It's the bigger brother of the Drobo FS, and it's aimed [...]