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Comments April 18, 2009

Netgear Duo

Filed under: tech stuff — Dave Rathbun @ 7:21 pm Comments Off 

A while back I wrote about a device called the Snap Server. It’s essentially a box with two hard drives inside and an ethernet port outside. It makes it really easy to add network storage.

Last week one of the drives failed to start up. The disks were fine, they just weren’t getting any power. Of course with any older hardware getting spare parts can be problematic. I finally tracked down the current owner of the technology (it had been sold a few times since I purchased the original units) and asked them for a quote on a replacement power supply.

They told me $135. :shock:

I told them thanks, but no thanks.

Instead I purchased two brand new Netgear Duo boxes. This is a similar device except that’s it made for users to be able to swap drives in and out. The Snap had a sticker on it that voided your warranty if you opened the box and installed larger capacity hard drives without their permission, mainly because they wanted you to pay them for their (overpriced) larger drives. Netgear’s device is not only made to be updated / upgraded but the drives are hot-swap, so you can pull one out and plug in a new one at any time.

Cool stuff.

I purchased two Duo devices and four TB drives from Amazon and got a really good deal. I now have 2TB of backup storage (had one before) and the overall purchase for everything was less than what I paid for one of the Snap devices years ago.

As an added bonus, the Netgear devices are whisper quiet. I can actually hear myself think in my office now, which is a bit disconcerting. ;)

Comments April 15, 2009

Personal Spammers

Filed under: Anti-spam — Dave Rathbun @ 8:25 am CommentsComments (3) 

Will the battle never end?

Apparently not.

I have seen a new style of spam coming in on another blog that I have. Based on past experience, I normally expect the spam to include links to various sites that I have no interest in. These sites will normally promote things like products I don’t want (or need).

Lately, however, I have been getting spam comments that include links to “linked in” or other social networking sites. What’s the point of that? <sigh> The comments include anything along these lines (these are actual spam comments)

After reading through the article, I just feel that I really need more information on the topic. Can you suggest some resources ?

The style of writing is quite familiar . Have you written guest posts for other bloggers?

The topic is quite hot in the net right now. What do you pay the most attention to while choosing what to write about?

My friend on Facebook shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed that I came here.

… and many more like this. The good news is that the comments were held in the moderation queue. The bad news is that these comments were all made on a blog that is protected by the checkbox challenge code that I use here. I have plans to go out and analyze the server logs to see if the comments were made by a human or a bot, based on time spent on the various pages.

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