The OS Quest Trail Log #34: Week in Review

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last trail log so I figured I’d take this time to update some recent posts. My Windows Home Server fiasco is over. I did lose a couple of old movie files. They were old files that I had originally done for testing and pre-dated my backup regimen so they probably vanished long ago. The Windows Home Server is running fine with the external USB enclosure for two of it’s drives. I’ll have to send the eSATA enclosure back soon but I’m actually considering eating the restocking fee and just keep the USB drives. I’ll probably come to my senses and not waste the money that would be lost to the restocking fee.

The latest Drobo firmware has dramatically improved my Drobo performance. It’s not a speed demon but the performance has been acceptable for how I want to use it. I haven’t done any specific performance testing but I’ve been copying files to and from the Drobo as I sit at the computer. Since I’m using the computer while the copy is running this isn’t intended as a benchmark, but it does give me a good idea what to expect day-to-day. I’ve been getting read speeds of 27MB/s and and write speeds of 23MB/s. This is while copying 320GB of files of mixed sizes. There’s 33,500 files. More importantly, copying many small files doesn’t bring the entire drive to it’s knees. It’s not among the fastest drives around but it’s within my expectations. [Update: I’ve since experienced a drastic drop in speed, especially in read speeds. There’s no apparent reason for the drop and I’ll post more info in the future.]

Apples recent software updates were mostly painless for me despite the quantity and recent history. The only problem I’m still having is that the iTunes video window no longer stays on top of all other windows. The problem with Parallels seemed to be a one-time thing. iTunes doesn’t appear to have any additional bloat although I still have the Genius feature turned off. I’m still have to hunt for some of the settings that have been moved but I like some of the changes such as the ability to manage podcasts individually and the ability to do bulk changes on more metadata fields.

Microsoft released updates to their Windows Live applications. They’re calling the latest beta version Wave 3. I’m using the Live Writer beta now. I’ve also installed Mail and Photo Gallery but don’t use them. I like Live Writer enough, even before the update, to fire up Windows in order to use it.

This week will probably be slow on the quest as the day job will take up most of my time. But it’ll be worth since I’ll be on vacation the following week. I’m looking forward to some quality computer time.