Drobo Mini & 5D

Drobo Mini & 5D

A valuable solution for the traveling nerd, Drobo’s brand new Drobo Mini is the world’s smallest full-featured storage array that operates off combined disk and solid-state technologies, making it also one of the fastest. Like Drobo’s other products, the Mini has four hot-swappable drive bays that allow you to manage as much storage as you can afford to purchase. Along with the Mini, Drobo has also released the 5D, a mega storage solution that works with up to five hot-swappabl drives and both have an extra SSD bay which drastically increase the responsiveness of the system.

For the mini you will require 2.5″ Hard Drives (Laptop Size) to fit into it unlike the 5D which can take any type of Hard Drive. The cool data-protecting design features automated SSD acceleration, as well as Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces—a which I don’t think any storage array has yet on the market. The way these bays have been designed is to make it easy for the drives to slip in and out, and when it comes to design I have to hand it to Drobo they have always perfected that with their products. If you are looking for an external storage device to be connected directly to your computer then this is the solution for you, I have always recommend it to people, for me I prefer network connected storage devices but for some people speed is important and in this case Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 are lightning fast.

The Drobo Mini ($599) and 5D ($799) both already on sale on Amazon without the drives.

Link: More Details @ TheVerge

Apple’s New Mac Mini

The little machine that has been overlooked for so long gets a much needed hardware upgrade. I always thought they were planning on cutting it off since it didn’t seem to be having the impact that they were expecting, but it seems that they still have some use for the MacMini today. The hardware upgrade has warranted it’s use as normal Mac or a Server based on the extra features which is interesting coming from Apple, meaning they are confident of its capabilities.

Full Specs:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache
  • 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB
  • A slot-load 8X SuperDrive® (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • One FireWire® 800 port
  • One HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter
  • Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
  • Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)

Link: WeGotServed

R8 Raptor and the Mini Cooper Ad

The Audi R8 has been a very successful car for Audi, the only complaint that people had was that it was not powerful enough or the car was too heavy for its engine. So now they have made the Audi R8 5.7 Liter V10 520 bhp available, so what can you do with the V8 as what they have done and slap on a supercharge with 5 lbs of torque to push out 550 bhp and you end up with a very mean machine. These guys have also made some interesting modifications to get this car ready for bullrun, a few of those items are police scanners as well as police lights, now thats one very mean looking machine, more like Batman’s day car.

Link: Autoblog

There have been pictures of the new Mini Cooper coming out in Frankfurt and I do have to say that I like it. Now Mini have went and made this odd looking add about this or these machines, from this advertisement I think its two cars or two variations of one car.