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iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag?

by on May.05, 2010, under Flying, Reviews

Updates noted in italic. Last update: 12/30/2010.

Apple’s new iPad has made a big splash on news outlets. Some seem to be touting the device as the best thing since Dropbox, and others think it might possibly be as evil as Norton Internet Security. But all kidding aside, what I set out to find out was whether or not the iPad has any place in the cockpit with me. (continue reading…)

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Review: Drobo + DroboShare

by on Nov.14, 2009, under Reviews, Technology

I faced a dilemma, my media collection had exceeded the capacity of my 1TB hard drive. I began adding additional content into a second disk, but that required switching between “Media” and “Media2” on the media centers placed around the house. I was looking for a solution which would future-proof my setup as much as possible. Enter the Drobo.

The Drobo (www.drobo.com) is a RAID-like device that allows you to insert up to four SATA hard drives, connect them to your computer via USB or FireWire 800, and use them as a single external drive. The concept is very well done, in that you can put in random drives, as opposed to a RAID setup where the capacity of the drives used must match. Data Robotics took extra care in making the Drobo good looking as well as very simple to use. You don’t need any knowledge of RAID, NAS, or SANs to make the Drobo work on your setup, just plug it in and go. (continue reading…)

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Review: 2004 Mazda6 s

by on Jul.02, 2008, under Reviews

Let me preface this by saying I’m a truck guy, a Chevy truck guy. I’ve owned three, an S10, a full-size, and an Avalanche. I loved each one of them. I traded the Avalanche for a 2004 Mazda6 s hatchback. I had several reasons, mostly, I’d had the truck for four years and was ready for something new. Chevrolet failed to capture me with the newest line of trucks, and no GM car really wowed me. This review will be made, obviously, from my experience in the Mazda6. (continue reading…)

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Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”

by on Feb.18, 2008, under Reviews

Apple releases the next version of OS X to counter Vista, but does it stack up?

Quite simply, yes. Leopard is a fine OS, but it’s not without its share of bugs an quirks. Apple would have you believe that OS X users don’t suffer from any upgrade headaches like Windows users do. Not true. There are cases where upgrading from 10.4 “Tiger” to Leopard is a nasty process, but not usually. (continue reading…)

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