Category Archives: Product Reviews

Nest Learning Thermostat: First thoughts

By | December 21, 2011

I got my Nest Learning Thermostat yesterday, and have had a chance to play around with it and the web app for remotely monitoring and controlling the settings.  I’ll probably do a product review later. But I’d like to post an open letter to Nest with one comment or request. Make it Social! Now, I can’t… Read More »

Out with the Hybrid, in with the SSD

By | April 12, 2011

A few months back  (OK, 6 months) I bought a Seagate Momentus XT for my unibody MacBook Pro. The theory of operations is great: Add 4GB of NAND Flash to a good 7200rpm hard drive, and cache the slow seeks. Slow thrashy reboots and application launches get cached, giving you SSD-like read speeds on some… Read More »

DroboElite Review Part 3: Functionality and Performance meet Ease of Use

By | February 19, 2011

This is a long overdue post. Back in October I took advantage of DataRobotic’s evaluation program, obtaining a DroboElite for a 30-day period for testing. I finished up my testing and data gathering in November.  My plans included comparing the iSCSI performance of the iSCSI DroboElite with server-based iSCSI target solutions such as Nexenta. Life,… Read More »

DroboElite Review Part 2: Installation Impressions

By | October 21, 2010

I’ve gotten off to a slow start in my evaluation of the DroboElite, for the most part due to an over-busy work and home schedule. The DroboElite was the flagship until the recent release of the DroboPro FS (NAS version of the DroboElite), although one can still argue that an iSCSI Drobo is pretty much… Read More »

DroboElite Review Part 1: Product Unboxing

By | October 7, 2010

Took some pictures of the “unboxing” last night. The Drobo arrives in a “Plain Brown Wrapper”. I guess I was expecting more, but then again, this is supposed to be business equipment, not consumer, so no worries! But wait: what’s this?