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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- Isolate your bench computer from the rest of your LAN to avoid spreading any malware
- Utilities – MSE, Malwarebytes, Symantec Endpoint Protection, SUPERAntiSpyware
- Get the license keys with ProduKey – www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html and SIW – http://www.gtopala.com/
Logitech Webcams – Mike’s autofocus problems continue on his C920
iTunes – a critique leads to overall criticism of Apple
Steve Jobs’ biography – Genius? Jerk? Probably both, but what great products and vision!
Windows 8 Phone – Three tiles sizes vs. two for the W7 phone – easier to organize your layout
Lumia 800/900 – WP7 – Beautiful hardware. Best W7 phone. Period. But will make a dent in the smartphone market?
Drobo – New offerings coming soon. “Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity and innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs)” – f-f-f-FAST!!
- Drobo Mini – http://www.drobo.com/products/professionals/drobo-mini/index.php
- Drobo 5D – http://www.drobo.com/products/professionals/drobo-5d/index.php
mSATA SSD – Tiny form factor SSD for caching or use main drive. Available in MLC/SLC NAND. Dimensions: 50.8-m (L) x 29.85mm (W) x 4.75mm (H)
Lenovo USB 3.0 Dock – Overview
“The ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock (0A33970 – US) provides a quick and easy connection to all the workspace peripherals you use every day. Simply plug in a single USB 3.0 cable into your Lenovo PC for instant access to up to two external monitors, Gigabit Ethernet, headphones/speakers, USB printers and scanners, keyboard, mouse, and up to 5 Gbit/s access to external storage (over 10 times faster than USB 2.0).” http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&DocID=PD023761
FMI – Check out Paul’s blog post over at tinkertry.com – http://tinkertry.com/lenovo-usb-3-dock-deep-dive/
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