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3 reasons for casual players to be excited about Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2012 12:08PM If you're a casual player, you're also probably pretty casual about reading WoW blogs and examining patch notes. A *lot* of the focus is on raiding stuff and it's understandable that someone who doesn't take the time to go through all the details wouldn't know what MoP has for them.

Windows Home Server 'Vail' sees new beta release, adds OS X support {Engadget}

Aug 17th 2010 7:32PM @ICWiener You hit the nail on the head. With the current version, even if the worst happens, you can still pull the drives and recover your data manually on another machine. Moving away from this low-tech safety net is a huge mistake, along with all the others they're making with this new version. I think I'll keep right on using WHS SP2 + flexraid for the indefinite future.

Windows Home Server 'Vail' sees new beta release, adds OS X support {Engadget}

Aug 17th 2010 7:28PM This is the worst MS "upgrade" since ME. It resolves none of the limitations of the current version of WHS (no parity backup options, no proper WMC integration) and adds several new ones (10 drive limit, no upgrade path from the current version, drives no longer externally readable). You have to wonder if the people on the dev team actually have any experience with these setups, or have bothered to even once check out any of the user forums. I've been a happy WHS+flexraid user for over two years, and I do not foresee taking a giant step backward with vail.

Exclusive: Dell Thunder prototype rumbles into the wild (video) {Engadget}

Aug 12th 2010 11:10AM Maybe I'm a bit slow, but why all the excitement? Sure, it's a nice phone, but there's hardly anything groundbreaking here. Specs are pretty much standard for a high-end android device. The only thing this has over the galaxy-s is a LED flash.

EFO iPazzPort Keyboard looks like a BlackBerry, calls your HTPC instead of your boss {Engadget}

Aug 8th 2010 9:02PM Still no 5-way dpad. Why is it impossible for anybody to make a proper HTPC remote? You'd think nobody at these companies has ever had to juggle a remote, keyboard and mouse. Just put it all into one device and stop screwing around already. It's not that hard: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1196532

Augen's Kmart tablet and smartbook won't have Google-branded apps from now on {Engadget}

Aug 8th 2010 12:38AM @scoobydooby It's still douchy and inconsistent. A gmail app for the iphone (if one was allowed) would certainly be free, so why is it restricted to only "approved" devices on google's own platform? It makes no sense.

Ask Engadget: best all-in-one PC for dorm room life? {Engadget}

Aug 5th 2010 11:38PM I wonder why there are no cheap all-in-one PCs. There are any number of laptops under $500, and a few under $300. Is it so crazy to stick the same components into a single desktop-friendly unit? The lack of a battery should make up for an extra couple inches worth of monitor real estate.

Hiroshi Ishiguro creates his creepiest robot yet, the Telenoid R1 (video) {Engadget}

Aug 2nd 2010 2:03PM @mrqs The uncanny valley is that spot where something looks ALMOST human, but is just barely strange enough to creep you out. This goes in the other direction. It is not trying to look human. It's creepy in it's own right. That's why it's outside the uncanny valley.

How would you change the Drobo FS? {Engadget}

Jul 31st 2010 10:28AM @tonicboy If drobo was bulletproof, it might be worth the markup. Unfortunately, it's not even close. Go to the drobo forum and you'll see plenty of horror stories about how the damn things love to eat your data. Or just read this: http://www.suitetake.com/2009/08/21/the-dark-side-of-drobo/

With WHS or unraid, your data is still kept in a normal file system. If the worst happens, you can always pull the drives out, attach them to another computer and recover what you can. With the drobo, your data is stored in a proprietary FS that can only be read by a drobo. If your drobo dies, or just decides to stop recognizing the disks, every last bit of your data is gone.

How would you change the Drobo FS? {Engadget}

Jul 31st 2010 10:19AM For what it does, the drobo is worth NO MORE than $200. For around $300, you can build a WHS box, which will do everything drobo does and quite a lot more. How these dopes think they can continue to get away with charging twice as much for less functionality is beyond me.