The OS Quest Trail Log #51: May is Finally Over Edition

May was a slow month on the Quest. But KeepVault ended up being a keeper and the iPad is taking over.

Kebabs on the BBQMay is finally over. It seems like every May is a hectic month. Between birthday’s, anniversaries, and other family events there’s a lot of running around. Then things also seem to hit on the day job side of things too and this month was no different. But now the month is thankfully over.

There wasn’t to much happening on the quest so it should be fairly easy to catch up.

KeepVault

I’ve made KeepVault my primary offsite backup tool and it’s been working well. A couple times this month I grabbed a few directories and restored it to do a quick file compare and things looked good. Nothing methodical in my selection, just an old directory unchanged from the initial backup, another that was in the initial backup but has had file changes, and a third that was backed up immediately before the restore.

The main attractions of KeepVault are the low cost, immediate offsite backup and reliability. It doesn’t have some features in it’s more expensive competitors or even it’s own siblings, such a multiple version backups. But in my case the files I want versioning with is pretty small.  For those I still use Jungle Disk.

iPad Is Taking Over

Even though I was among those who pre-ordered an iPad I’ve been surprised with how much I’ve used it. I’m using it now to type is article (although the final edit will be on my PC).

Saturday was the first day I didn’t touch my iPod Touch. My last regularly used app was transferred to the iPad on Friday. I put a selection of music (via smart playlists) on my iPad and dug out my old iPod Nano for those times when I want audio in my pocket. I mostly listen to podcasts and audio books and the iPad’s speaker is surprisingly good for mono. Hooking up headphones for music while I work on the iPad also seems to work well.

So rather than being coupes up inside at my desk I’m sitting on the patio enjoying the cool night-time weather and enjoying a cup of coffee. The on-screen keyboard makes the iPad easier to use than struggling with a net book. At least in my opinion.

But it’s not perfect. Glare is a significant problem outside during the day, even when I’m not in direct sunlight. Fingerprints are more of a problem out in daylight also as they compete for my attention when I try to concentrate on the screen.

Windows Home Server

My WHS started acting up a bit today. The three drives in the top of the case are running a bit hot. That part of the case has always been a couple degrees warmer than the rest despite having a fan blowing across the drives.

Awhile back I’d freed up enough space that I was able to shut down the external SATA drive enclosure but it was still ready to go. So I ended up moving those three drives to the external enclosure and they’re running cooler now.

But as usual, try to fix something and something else breaks. When I fired the WHS back up one of the drives decided it no longer wanted to report SMART data, including temperature. Although it seems fine.

So the plan is to pop a new drive in the last available bay in the external enclosure and go through the process to remove the problem drive tonight. Hoping it finishes by the time I wake in the morning. Then I’ll replace that problem drive tomorrow. Might as well take the time to reseat all the cables too.

Wrapping Up

That’s about it for this edition. Hopefully June will allow for more time to have some PC fun than May did.