CCATP #417 Chris Ashley on the New Hotness from Microsoft

Big chris ashley ccatpIn this week’s show Chris Ashley from the SMR Podcast (smrpodcast.com) joins us to talk about all of the cool new hardware products from Microsoft.

We talk Microsoft Band, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and the new 950 Windows Phone. We talk about how great it is that Microsoft, Google and Apple now build on each other’s ideas which is only good for us, and how Microsoft makes some amazing tools for the Mac and iOS. It’s a really fun conversation with one of my favorite people.

Chris told me he’d never forgive me if he caught me taking a photo with the iPad Pro…so I took this photo of him on my screen with my iPad!


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In the conversation we talk about how Rod Simmons from the SMR podcast brought his Surface Book over to our house and we compared the tablet portion to the iPad Pro. Here’s a photo showing the comparison.

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Taming the Drobos

Drobo5nI’ve been working on a super challenging technical project for months now. I’ve wanted to tell you about it but I have run into so many barriers that I was unable to overcome, there wasn’t a good story to tell. I still have not conquered my original task but I’ve had some partial success so I want to do a mini celebration about that.

The Problem to be Solved

Some of this story you may heard before but I want to bring everyone up to speed. A while ago we bought a new Drobo 5N to replace our aging (and never that good in the first place) Drobo FS. The 5N is a dream, with its SSD for caching, it’s super fast and makes a terrific place to store giant and small files alike. I set up a Hazel script to automatically pull over my audio file so my internal MacBook Pro drive doesn’t get filled up any more. Steve stores his giant Final Cut Pro X libraries over on the 5N when he’s done with them. It’s awesome.

Drobos use RAID-like proprietary tools to protect our files from a drive failure, so we do have some fault tolerance but this isn’t technically a backup since our data is only in one place.
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