[Tfug] NAS again

Leo Przybylski r351574nc3 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 3 12:46:23 MST 2014

I think you misunderstand. The Mini 5N unlike the Mini provides an
ethernet port. Although, Mini is in the name, it's not intended to be
portable. I think it's a viable recommendation because of the
low-power/quiet applications. Further, you can add SSDs if need be.
True, it uses smaller drives, but I don't think that by any means is
it intended to be portable.


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Bexley Hall <bexley401 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Harry/Leo,
> On 2/3/2014 8:52 AM, Harry McGregor wrote:
>> On 2/3/14 8:50 AM, Leo Przybylski wrote:
>>> I'd like to recommend the Drobo Mini.
>> I am not seeing any ethernet connection on that Drobo, thus it's not NAS.
> Agreed.
> One *could* argue that an alternative to a stationary NAS that you
> access from afar would be a portable drive that you could *bring*
> to wherever you are.  I have several 160-500G "portable USB laptop
> drives" that I could use for this function (though they are considerably
> slower than portable 3.5" drives)
> [I keep my "MS Updates" on such an external drive to save the trouble
> of using MS's "Update Service"]
> But, that's not what I'm looking for.
> As I said, this is for "tertiary" storage that is seldom accessed.
> Think of it like you think of a desk drawer vs. a file cabinet vs.
> a safety deposit box.
> I.e., you keep your favorite pen in your top desk drawer -- because
> you use it *often* and want it accessible easily.  You keep your
> bank statements in a nearby file cabinet because you access them
> *less* frequently -- yet often enough that you want to be able
> to get at them *easily*.  Finally, you keep the deed for your
> property in a safety deposit box because you access it *rarely*
> YET WANT TO BE DAMN SURE IT DOESN'T GET LOST -- or, damaged because
> it was left in an "unfortunate location" even temporarily!
> E.g., I have to draw a floor plan this afternoon.  I will power up
> the box that has the "commercial software" archived.  I'll decide
> which product I'm going to use.  Then, I'll transfer the ISO(s) for
> the CD/DVD(s) onto the target machine where I can mount them for
> installation.  At the same time, I'll power *off* the box from which
> I retrieved the ISO(s).
> When I'm done drawing the floor plan, I'll "uninstall" the program
> knowing that it's still available in the archive when I next need it.
> The same is true of (work) projects:  download the most recent
> snapshot from the archive, make changes, upload result back to
> archive (possibly many months later -- time that the archive was
> NOT powered up)
> This is a different usage model than, for example, a traditional
> file server that you treat as *secondary* storage -- "on-line".
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