Category Archives: Rich’s Random Podcast Generator

#19 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Acronis True Image Home 2012 PC Backup and Recovery Review

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This week Jim and Rich go guestless and spend some time covering Acronis True Image Home 2012 Backup & Recovery Software.  After talking for a few minutes about working with our friends and neighbors on their PC problems, we take an in depth look at the Acronis UI and spend some time covering items that might be helpful for both beginner and expert.  As a bonus, we’ve included some screenshots for reference.  All images can be seen in full size just by clicking on the image.

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Getting Started Backup and Recovery
Getting Started Backup and Recovery
diskbackup Schedule
Disk Backup Schedule your operation
backupoptions DBOPerformance
DBO – Advanced DBO – Performance
DBONotifications DBOExclusions
DBO – Notifications DBO – Exclusions
onlinebackup nonstopbackup
Online Backup Nonstop Backup
Emailbackup filebackup
Email Backup File Backup
mediabuilder mediabuilderselection
Media Builder Rescue Media Contents
MediaType destinationfileselection
Bootable Media Type Destination File Selection
sync tryanddecide
Synchronization Try and Decide
clonediskwizard protectiontools
Clone Disk Wizard Protection Tools
backupsettingtranser BackupConversion
Backup Settings Transfer Backup Conversion

#18 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: CrashPlan, Drobo, Mac Mini, Backup Solutions

RRPG4_thumbNathaniel Lindley joins Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil on RRPG #18 to talk about how he uses a Mac Mini, CrashPlan and Drobo together for his home and social back up strategy.  A former CrashPlan employee, Nathaniel has a lot of interesting things to say about this solid and flexible backup solution.

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”In early 2008, my friend and I were looking for a way to backup our children’s photos to each other’s house. We didn’t want to trade external drives; we didn’t want DVD copies. We wanted to use the Internet to transfer. Tried setting up FTP or WebDAV without much success. Found CrashPlan when it was starting out, and it was the perfect solution for us. Encrypted, background, used existing storage, free or cheap, cross-platform. Now when friends or family ask about how to protect their files, I set them up with CrashPlan, and if I repair or fix their computer, it is a requirement.” -Nathaniel Lindley

Nathaniel’s CrashPlan+ and Drobo Setup at Home - June 2012

Mac Mini

  • (Mid 2007)
  • OS X 10.6.8 (always on)
  • 2GB RAM

#17 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator – PC Repair, Logitech Webcams, iTunes, Windows Phones 7 & 8 – Lumia 800 + 900, Drobo Mini and 5D, mSATA SSDs, Lenovo USB 3.0 Dock

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Mike Howard, Eddie Ramirez, Tim Black, and Paul Braren join Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil for some talk about PC repair, Apple love/hate, white-knuckling over the coming of Windows Phone 8, Drobo’s next (fast) storage devices with mSATA SSD capability, Paul’s personal experience with Lenovo’s USB 3.0 Dock, and Eddie’s new computer repair bench which doubles as a dance floor.


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PC repair

Logitech Webcams – Mike’s autofocus problems continue on his C920

iTunes – a critique leads to overall criticism of Apple

Steve Jobs’ biographyGenius? Jerk? Probably both, but what great products and vision!

#16 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator – Windows 8: Start Screen, Charms, Keyboard Shortcuts, Reset and Restore, File History, and the Splashtop app

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Jim Collison is off today, visiting family in Kentucky. Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW joins Rich O’Neil as co-host for the show, and joining those two are John Stutsman, Paul Braren, and John ‘Diehard’ Zajdler. Discussions center on Windows 8 – Start screen and features such as Restore + Reset and File History, plus the Splashtop app for iPad and Android, and more.

There’s been some push back on the new W8 user interface – the Start screen in particular. The community is not exactly feeling all cuddly about it, yet I think it has possibilities; folks just have to get used it. To know is to love, no? Like, then… ok..tolerate… maybe. Knowing about screens that pop up when you mouse over the edges of the Start screen, and knowing the keyboard shortcuts goes a long way towards getting acclimated. I like the ability to search from the Start screen – no need to hit a search box or anything like that, just start typing and results pop up on the left and right. Very nice. Other tweaks and improvements in W8 include the use of the context sensitive ‘ribbon’ in Windows Explorer. So ya, I know we can get used to this new look, and of course we can still access the normal looking desktop. But then this UI was designed with a tablet in mind.

#14 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator – Hacking the HP Proliant MicroServer, VMWare ESXi, BIOS mods, Port Multiplier, VM’s

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RRPG_thumb1This week’s episode is all about hacking the HP Proliant MicroServer N40L. John Stutsman, John Zajdler, Jim Collison, and Jay Moore each own one. Check out this post over at the Home Server Show forums to see what John S. has done with his MicroServer. It’s a great post with benchmarks and photos. While you’, you might want to check out the other posts in the HP MicroServer section of the HSS forums.

logoThe guys owe a debt of gratitude to Christian Johnson over atBIOS-Mods.com for hacking the BIOS to get at some additional hidden features of the little server’s motherboard. You can directly download the modified BIOS here: bios-mods.com/BIOS/AMI/HP/o41072911mod.rar

You can also join in the discussion about it here: bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-HP-Proliant-Microserver-AMI-BIOS-MOD

The guys are doing everything they can with this box, which includes running virtual machines – VM’s. Jay Moore deals with VMWare ESXi  (hypervisor) at work and he answers the guys questions about using the VMWare platform. There’s a lot of good technical discussion in this podcast.

#12 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Roku 2 XS, WD TV Live Streaming Media Player, Apple TV 2, Mushkin Enchanced Chronos

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RRPG_thumbThis week the guys help Jim buy his first SSD. They talk in depth about the characteristics and inner workings of SSDs while trying to help Jim get the best bang for the buck. Though it’s an excellent choice, you might be surprised to see what Jim finally settles on.

The guys also discuss media streaming devices in the sub-$100 range. Over the last month, Rich had been testing the Roku 2 XS, WD TV Live Plus, WD TV Live Streaming Media Player, and Apple TV 2. The following is by no means an in depth review, but rather an evaluation of points relevant to what Rich wants specifically in a media streaming device. That said, the devices are listed in order of worst to first.

 

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#11 Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Hybrid Drives, Drive Caching, Icy Dock Xpander, RocketHybrid 1220, Acronis True Image Home 2012

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Today I’m joined by John Zajdler MS WHS MVP and Mike Faucher of BYOB. Jim Collison is off today. So…John’s HP MediaSmart Server EX 490 has died (motherboard) so he’s modding it with plans to turn it into a port multiplier drive bay. Mike had an issue caused by a miniport adapter in bridge mode that was absolutely killing his wired network speed. The miniport adapter was likely installed when he put VirtualBox on his PC. He disabled it in Device Manager and the issue went away. I had the same issue on my laptop where it would occasionally fail to connect to WiFi. I also had been using VirtualBox.

They guys talk about different types of hybrid drive options. A hybrid drive is one that pairs an SSD with a regular spinning hard drive in order to gain speed improvement over using a hard drive only. The trade-off is that you lose the full speed of an SSD but end up with a drive that is still faster than normal and which has a lot of capacity.