Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Pogoplug

So I bought a new toy for my new home that makes sharing files about as easy as, well, as using a Mac. I found the Pogoplug on sale just before Christmas for around $25. They're only a little more now at $30 with free shipping from Buy.com. Or you can get the pink one on Amazon for the same price I paid for my black one.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. What is the Pogoplug? It's a little box that puts your cheap external HD on the internet or your home wifi network. Easier to put together than a NAS and much easier to configure, this is a good looking piece of hardware. Installation took seconds and couldn't be easier. Plug everything in and follow the on-line instructions. It really doesn't even need one of my step-by-steps as its that easy.

Okay, so now we're set-up, what does it give you? Well, I now have wireless access to 250GB of storage (the size of the external HD I plugged into the unit). Makes me think that a small SD drive is now a possibility if I drop the photos and music onto the external HD. My photos are accessible and I can stream my music anywhere. That also means that the next iPhone I buy may not need to have quite as large an HD as before. And I get immediate back-up of the photos on my iPhone. I can also use Superduper to wirelessly back-up my HD and  I can share large files with friends without having to use a third party service. Very, very nice.

Overall, if you've got an external USB HD that you're using, this thing is a no-brainer. Certainly worth the money I paid.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Apple Sues Again

It seems that every other Apple-related story recently has been about them suing someone over something. Today is no different as they have filed a motion for preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the US for infringing on four patents.


Sheesh!


Quit whining and go and invent something new so that they can copy you again. How else is the industry going to survive?