Drobo S 2G, NewerTech MAXPower 6G eSATA PCIe Review

Embedly Powered

via Flickr

Excited. Empowered. Confident. That’s how I felt when the Amazon package arrived containing our new Drobo S video storage array and controller card. Coupled with two speedy 3 TB Seagate Barracuda XT SATA 6 hard drives (also known as SATA III), this was going to be a metal box of pure badassery. How did it turn out? If you’re impatient, skip down to the review. Otherwise, grab some popcorn…

Embedly Powered

via Flickr

Continue reading “Drobo S 2G, NewerTech MAXPower 6G eSATA PCIe Review”

Advertisements

Drobo Review, Part One: First Impressions and Setup

Embedly Powered

via Flickr

Ever since Geekbrief.TV host Cali Lewis demo’d the very simple-to-use Data Robotics Drobo ($499 MSRP) storage system as it was introduced in early 2008 at Macworld Expo San Francisco, I’ve followed the product’s evolution cycle with great curiosity. Imagine for a moment a self-managing high-speed data array with simplified RAID-like qualities, all in a handsome, compact enclosure– AND easier to use than an iPod Shuffle! Does the Drobo actually deliver all this awesome-sauce? Well, for the most part yes, at least in this first chapter of my product review– I’ll explain later. Note: At the time of this writing, Data Robotics has unveiled the big brother to the Drobo line: The eight-bay, rack-ready DroboPro.

Continue reading “Drobo Review, Part One: First Impressions and Setup”

Apple iPhoto ’09 Mini-Review: Faces Tell Many Stories

iPhoto '09 face recognition in action
iPhoto '09 face recognition in action

If you’ve had the chance to play around with Apple’s new iLife ’09, you no doubtedly have encountered some pleasant surprises with the updated iPhoto. No, I’m not talking about the useful geo-tagging or the integration with Flickr and social-media heavyweight Facebook… I’m referring to iPhoto’s amazing facial recognition which uncovers subtle things that make ya go hmmmm… Continue reading “Apple iPhoto ’09 Mini-Review: Faces Tell Many Stories”