When is Old Hardware Too Old? Backups and Tech Regrets – HGG387


Pulling from Facebook and the mail bag this week, Jim and Mike spend some time wondering, how old is too old when it comes to computer hardware?  We also have a lengthy discussion on backup solutions, cloud storage with OneDrive and Google Drive and Mike admits he is getting out of the family home storage game.  All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #386 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.

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Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Computer Hardware, Backups, Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Google Photos, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Xbox

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Visual Storyteller · 23 hrs

How long do you try to keep your old hardware running? At school we have over 50 HP EliteBook 8470p laptops. 3rd gen Core i5, 4GB RAM, 250 GB HDD. They are super slow and I’m pretty sure 90% of the problem is the HDD. You open task manager and just watch the disk maxing out. I was thinking I could get two more years out of these laptops if I throw a SSD in them. The Crucial BX500 is only $23. However, I’m reading in the reviews that it doesn’t have any DRAM and that’s how they are cutting costs. What are your thoughts on this situation?

Jim – when is old, too old?


Benjie Alvarez is looking for recommendations.

17 hrs

Hello. Looking for a service where i can backup my nas to that is not too expensive. Any thoughts please. I have a qnap nas and a drobo fs.


Ernesto Morin

Yesterday at [10:28] AM

Something my son and I are talking about recently is the idea that everything is moving to having your data in the cloud. But are we safe to rely on the providers not loosing this data? For example my Pixel phone makes a copy to Google Photos. But that is the only place I have them. They don’t really make it easy to have a backup so are we safe from loosing photos? Any thoughts?


Mike Wieger

January 15 at [12:46] PM

Teaser for this week’s show. Mike royally messed up and corrupts his UnRaid cache drive and thus all of his dockers.

Mike – broke a cardinal tech guy rule and it cost him. Caused the SSD cache in his UnRaid to crash and lost all Docker data

Mike Wieger

January 12 at [12:47] PM

Looking to test out my Nextcloud server with people outside my house. I have some family members who are interested in using it as their dropbox by want to make sure it is rock solid before giving it to a non-techie. If any of you want a second place to store documents let me know and I will set you up on my server and you can help me test it out.


From Rich Hay latest Windows Observer Podcast at https://www.windowsobserver.com/2019/01/14/observed-tech-podcast-episode-296-otp/

A link from a PCMag Article – Technology We Regret Buying.  How many of these have we had?


Sony MiniDisc

HP Touch Pad

Microsoft Surface RT

Apple Might Mouse

Apple iPad Pro (10.5 Inch)

Fallout 4

Friends Taylor Headphones (or any set of wired headphones)

Google Home

HP Instant Ink (subscriptions that have gone wrong)

Instant Pot

Samsung Galazy S6 Edge

Product Updates

Jim – Still having issues with Apple watch to Fitbit sync

Jim – ordered the wrong cable to use for my headset.  Learned a bit about cables – also, I know now why I quit gaming 25 years ago.  



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