Saturday, 20 April 2013

Drobo Mini: Adroit external data storage system

Key to all data is deciding whether your data is worth keeping. This post is for all who wish to save data at all costs, effectively and with as little inconvenience as possible.

Ok, so in something the size of a deli sandwich, the Drobo Mini, loaded with three 2.5inch (63.5 mm) one terabyte hard drives and weighing in at about 3 pounds (1.3 kgs), either sits neatly on your desk and or robust enough to withstand baggage handling in your travel bag.

Among the many technical features - are  hot-swappable drive bays  - no carriers or screws needed to insert drives  - an innovative design allowing drives to click in and out like a ballpoint pen, notwithstanding that it’s the world's first high-performance and protected portable storage system.

Here to give you a more thorough explanation of how you can integrate the Drobo mini into your working or living environment is, the following video review courtesy of George Crump, lead analyst from Storage Switzerland:

The really significant feature of this device is how so little, indeed, if any, attention, is needed during it's operation. The device is in fact a slave robot, continuously updating your data, and depending on how you set it up  automatically shuffles data between it's loaded drives.

The Drobo mini is the "fastest portable storage array—with cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity and can be loaded with solid state drives (SSDs)."

To read and discover more of all the rigours specifications and technical information of this adroit little tech critter, head on over to John P's One Mans Blog.

Friday, 5 April 2013

100,000 Stars A Google Chrome Experiment

is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood of our region of the universe, which was created within the Google Chrome web browser environment.

"It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view is an artist's rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way."

One can choose to navigate automatically by clicking on the Tour button at the top of the page. Alternatively one can choose to manually pan the map with one's mouse. With a mouse button held down and arcing the mouse around one swing the whole complex and or moving the mouse in or out enables zooming. The tall vertical bar on the right of the screen allows one to push towards the focus of the map our sun and solar system or sliding the bar towards the bottom of the length reveals an edge of the Milky way galaxy.

The creators of this interactive map warn that accuracy is not guaranteed and does not comply with reality standards of interstellar navigation. this stimulating web toy was programmed by some space enthusiasts at Google. The delightful music is by Sam Hulick, whose work you may be familiar with from the video game, Mass Effect. The track is entitled “In a Strange Land” and is used with his permission.

A complete list of references used in conjunction with making this interesting star chart our found by clicking the question mark in the bottom right hand corner.

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