I love my digital media, so I built my own Home Theater PC that streams all of my movies and TV shows to my HDTV. So, a Network Attached Storage system is perfect for me. The Thecus N2310 is an entry-level NAS with two Hard Drive bays, RAID support and a slew of other features. It retails for $159.Read more
An item came across my desk recently that I’m really looking forward to testing, the Thecus N2310 Network Attached Storage system. It’s got two hard drive bays, features RAID support, built-in FTP and BitTorrent clients, and is supposed to take only 5 minutes to set up. Plus, it’s competitively priced at $159. Stay tuned for my full review.Read more
One of the gifts I received from my husband Kev for Christmas was a Canon G16; he included a 32GB SanDisk Extreme SD Card and a spare battery — totally sweet, right? Around the same time, a 64GB Leef PRO SD Card showed up for review; comparisons were begging to be made, and I couldn’t help but make them …
We started CES 2014 by meeting with Seagate and LaCie and looking at some of their new and upcoming products. Among them are a new wireless drive, a 4TB portable drive (a first), and a gorgeous silver hard drive that looks more like a work of art than a drive. Here are a few pictures of the products.
I’m taking my first trip with the Lenovo Yoga I recently reviewed. The Yoga’s only caveat is that it has just 128GB of storage. Fortunately SanDisk’s Cruzer Fit, which Dan recently wrote about, is a perfect solution; it packs 64GB inside its tiny body, while SanDisk’s Cruzer Force also holds 64GB. Guess which one is now installed insideRead more
My MacBook Pro has 512GB of flash storage. That may sound like a lot, but once you begin editing videos and loading up essential files the space gets consumed rather quickly. SanDisks new Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Force are a great way to add up to 64GB of storage on the go. Capacities top out at 64GB!Read more
The Eye-Fi Mobi card is a great way to add wireless connectivity to cameras like my new WiFi-less Sony RX100. The card makes it fast and easy to transfer your images to a mobile device, and now that they come in a 32GB capacity (MSRP $99.99) so you can shoot pictures and video to your heart’s delight. Check it outRead more
If you need an external hard drive so that you can back up your files or save storage space on your laptop, then you shouldn’t miss the Seagate Clearance Sale! Now is definitely the time to get a 500GB GoFlex® Slim like Dan reviewed; I use mine every day! Check it and the other sale items out by clicking here
A new, stylish external storage solution from Brinell GmbH recently surfaced, revealing seven beautiful SSD form factor styles to choose from. Sporting USB 3.0 specs, the Brinell external SSDs offer zippy read/write speeds in UAS Turbo mode of 420/330 MB/s respectively, with prices starting from about $216 for the 120GB version to $768 USD for 500GB capacity.
High-end performance meets
With each passing year, flash storage is cheaper and more plentiful, but the options for using storage have become fewer. Apple has few options for storage expansion, and fewer Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones allow expansion. But the HP Pocket Playlist offers 32GB of wireless storage for use even when you are offline, and does it in a stylish $99 package.Read more
How much storage is enough? More! More than whatever number you were thinking – which is an order of magnitude more than what was possible a few years ago. I take a look back at the Iomega Zip Drive, the popular cheap and reliable storage device that bridged the time between floppy disks and USB flash storage.
The Iomega Zip
As we move to a virtually paperless society, sharing digital files becomes an issue. While there are many avenues to exchange files in a large setting, many businesses do not prefer to email or share the files over servers for fear of being stolen or damaged. Giving the files on a flash drive insures control until it reaches the end-user.
Like you, much of my life is digital. That includes documents, pictures, music and video. Those files are precious… and increasingly larger and larger. Seriously, one video for a Gear Diary post can be a gigabyte and a half before I even begin to process it. It adds up … quickly. In addition, protecting that data is more important thanRead more
Judie and I were on the phone together while ordering our 15″ MacBook pro with Retina display laptops, so we could discuss the specific specs we wanted. At the end of the day we both went for the fastest processor (Core i7) and most RAM (16GB) we could get. Judie had just about convinced me to go for the largestRead more
While at Mobile World Congress, we had a meeting with SanDisk. Going in, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen: would they pull out a bunch of thumb-drives and mini memory cards to show us their latest consumer designs as they had done several years ago? Or would we find something completely new to discuss? As it turned out,Read more
A few years back (in the depths of the financial crash, in point of fact) I was forced to take a job that required me to travel to California pretty regularly. As in, all the time. And so I got pretty good with things like suitcases, laptop bags, and other travel-gear-related stuff. Including thumb drives. After burning out a couple
In the run-up to the release of the first iPhone, I was trying to decide which model to get; getting half the memory would mean $100 savings. And even in these times where Presidential candidates make casual $10,000 bets, 100 smackers is still a good chunk of money to the average Joe (or Doug). But Judie offered me a wise
From now until 2013, we’re taking a look at some New Year’s Resolutions and Gear Diary ways to help keep them.
New Year Resolution: Protect Your Data in 2013
This is one of those lessons you learn, forget, and then learn again once a data-loss disaster strikes. Here’s my story, and why DropBox’s PackRat feature is my new best friend.Read more
Yes, I know I’ve gone on about it before, and I’m sorry, but it’s still absolutely amazing to me to see how memory technology has progressed. I remember having an argument with a guy on USENET (look it up, kids!) in the late 80s about whether AI was possible and he insisted that we could never have enough
The only thing more of a pain in the tuckus (or as we say around the ol’ Gear Diary Facebook chatroom, a PITA) than setting up and maintaining a regular backup of your system is when you don’t do it, and suffer a catastrophic mess. In my case, for example, I had been diligently backing up my system to a
We’ve long been fans of ioSafe. We’ve spent time with them as they burnt, crushed and soaked hard drives. We’ve seen the drives abused with shocking results. We also taken shotgun shots as their drives. Now ioSafe has taken things even further. They’s turned to Indiegogo to help fund their newest endeavor, the ioSafe N2. Before we digRead more
Anyone who knows me expects to see me sporting my backpack gear bag hanging on my right shoulder. I carry tons of tech in that bag whether I need it on a daily basis or not. The backbone of that backpack has been my 13″ MacBook Pro. The laptop was my dream computer, and it was basically an extension of
I am always on the lookout for simple and secure backup solutions and good methods for syncing personal files across multiple devices. I use Dropbox and Google Drive, but have always liked the idea of my own personal cloud solution for more confidential information.
I have been using The free Tonido program on my home Mac, iPad, iPhone and Google
As a child of the 80′s you can guarantee I had a few G.I. Joes and plenty of Transformers. With these two series and Star Wars toys, who needs video games and cartoon channels?!? I remember waiting anxiously every Saturday morning to see how G.I. Joe was going to defeat Cobra or Optimus Prime was going to save the world.
I started using Dropbox several years ago at Thomas’ recommendation. At the time, I didn’t think I’d be using it for that much, so the 500MB that came in the free account seemed just right. I even managed to pick up some additional free storage space, because I did things like tweet about it, connect it to my Facebook account,