This is story of a boy – a boy with technology failures. A boy with his 2 technology failures…
After a firmware upgrade, my router (A Multitech RouteFinder 830) refused to pass external VPN packets to clients in my network. To add insult to injury, my backup drive (A LaCie Quadra 500GB) failed yesterday. I’ve been thinking about a Time Capsule for some time, and now seems like the best time! The newest member of the Danner technology family is a Time Capsule!
What is a Time Capsule you ask? Well, it’s pictured here. Yep, a shiny Apple on top – but that’s not the cool part. It is a wireless router – like a Linksys or Netgear you might have in your home. But that’s not all! It also has a hard drive inside – for backups. My MacBook Pro and Wendy’s iMac can both use that Hard Drive to automatically back up using Time Machine – a backup utility included with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard).
But wait – there’s more! Notice the USB port on the back panel? I can also connect a printer to share among all my computers. I mulled the 1 TB model, but decided against it because of price (almost $500). I picked up the Time Capsule for under $300 – about the same price as a new hard drive and a Linksys Router.
Side note: I picked mine up at Amazon and signed up for a 3 month trial of Amazon Prime. For $79 a year, I can receive 2 day shipping on products purchased through Amazon. I purchase enough stuff online, so I think this will pay off in the long run – plus it’s a business expense! Whoo hoo!