Mac Geek Gab #191: Drobo, DroboShare, Podcast Playing Tips, and Shared Volumes in Finder

Dave set up the Drobo and DroboShare this weekend, and even played with some DroboApps, so he and John take some time to talk through his experiences and the devices themselves. Then it's on to listener feedback and questions, including some iPod-related podcast-playing tips, how best to display mounted shares in the Finder, and more! Subscribe for free today!

Mac Geek Gab #191: Drobo, DroboShare, Podcast Playing Tips, and Shared Volumes in Finder

Feb. 10, 2009 — Download: MP3 Version or AAC Version

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Dave

There were a number of statements made about the Drobo that are not correct.  The Drobo does not use RAID.  It’s a proprietary hybrid of JBOD and RAID.

Also, a number of places are selling the Drobo for $425, not the full $500.  Anyone paying full retail is nuts.

Dave Hamilton

Thanks, Dave.  You’re right—the Drobo is its own hybrid, and I thought we explained that pretty well on the show.  It doesn’t use traditional RAID at all, rather using bits and pieces of different RAID types to accomplish its magic.

u2mr2os2

An alternative to using MarcoPolo for assigning static IPs at home while using DHCP while abroad is to configure your Airport Base station to use DHCP reservations. This way, you don’t have to necessarily switch locations.

See: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Airport/5.0/en/ap2119.html

See also this little problem with it though:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2007/03/airport-extreme-does-seinfeldian-dhcp-reservations.ars

This feature is easier to set up if you fill in the DCHP Client ID field on your computers, which is also helpful in some of the client lists in the base station settings so you don’t have to memorize MAC addresses.

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