Hardware preview: Drobo 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. As of today, the Drobo product lineup has a shiny new device: a network version of the Drobo S, called Drobo [...]

Hardware preview: DroboPro

➡ 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. ➡ Updated 11/23/09: The new DroboElite is now available. It differs from the DroboPro because it offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports [...]

Can the WD TV be networkable with firmware upgrade?

The WD TV can be placed on a network via an unofficial firmware upgrade available from B-RAD. The souped-up firmware apparently allows one to plug USB ethernet sticks (I've had one of those lying around in my desk drawer for years) into the WD TV and mounts its connected drive(s) onto the network -- among [...]

The fastest way to back up with Time Machine

I wrote about backing up your Mac and PC in January of 2008, and I said Time Machine was a great way to back up your Mac. A year later, I still think so, though I have some reservations. There are three ways to back up your Mac with Time Machine. There used to be [...]

Use a Nokia N95 as a Bluetooth modem on a Mac

One of the reasons I bought a Nokia N95 was the ability to tether it as a Bluetooth modem on my MacBook Pro. I wanted to access the internet via my mobile phone if I'm away from home or from a WiFi spot. While Nokia's PC Suite of applications includes an option to tether the [...]

How to get T-Mobile Total Internet at 42% off

It's easy: sign up before 11/1/2008. Why? Because the price will apparently go up to $35/month on or around that date, according to T-Mobile Customer Service. ➡ Updated 10/27/08: Please see this comment below for an up-to-date clarification of the planned price increases. It's not as bad as I originally thought, but a price increase [...]

A new lease on old hardware

In 2003, I bought an HP OfficeJet 7110 all-in-one, a big, boxy monster that did (and still does) printing, scanning, faxing and copying. I've barely ever used it to fax, but the feature is there in case I need it. Now I'm using it over our wireless network with an Apple AirPort Express, and it [...]

A few suggestions for FeedBurner

I'm a very happy user of FeedBurner, the wonderful feed management service from Google. I've been using it since early 2006, and I log on multiple times every day to keep track of my feeds. I'd like to talk about some features and options that I'd love to see on the site. Ability to splice [...]

ISPs to become IT providers for home users?

Bruce Schneier makes a solid point in his recent post entitled "Home Users: A Public Health Problem?", where he states that computers and computer security are much too complicated for the regular home user. That's most certainly true. No matter how much you "educate" the average user, they're still going to mess up. Even if [...]