After arriving home from my Bangkok Trip, I was surprised to find out that a package has been delivered. The package left at my house while I was away is a WD MyBook Live 2TB drive, sealed.
The device is just like any other regular MyBook external hard disk, it’s just that it has an RJ-45 socket instead of either a firewire or USB socket. Included in the box is its own network cable, power adapter and cd.
Once I got back from my vacation, I’ve opened the box and plugged the device into my home router. Setup is relatively quite easy. Just make sure the LED light of the MyBook Live is green and just access it in My Computer (Windows) and it would be detected as a network drive. Pretty easy right? Alternatively, to those reading the manual, one can pop in the CD and run the setup (it’ll just find the network drive and make it accessible).
Specifications and Features
|Ethernet||10/100/1000 Mb/s capable|
|Operating||5° C to 35° C|
|Non-operating||-20° C to 65° C|
|AC Input Voltage||100-240 VAC|
|AC Input Frequency||47-63 Hz|
To access the actual interface for the drive (just access My Computer then click on the Network link). It will show up a list of devices connected. Under the Storage heading, right click on it and pick View Device Webpage, this would open up the WD created ‘website’ for the drive. It functions similar to the Smart Ware application for USB based external HDDs, some differences however involve letting us add users for creating individual secured folders, and shared folders. Another interesting setting would be to make the device as an upload server, as well as making it accessible over the internet using iPhones/iPod Touches/iPads (unfortunately, I don’t own either yet of these so no tests were made.) There are pre-made folders for storage: Documents, Photos, Music and even software.
For transfer performance, I’ve tested it against several ways I know of transferring data over my home network as well as transferring a file using a traditional USB device like my WD Elite. I used a folder containing 6GB of files from my trip to Bangkok for testing.
Test 1: Windows 7 to Windows 7 folder transfer via Wi-Fi G home network – 6GB @ 160 min / 512kBps
Test 2: Windows 7 to WD MyBook Elite USB 2.0 – 6GB @ 12min / 14MBps
Test 3: Windows 7 to MyBook Live on Wi-Fi G Network – 6GB @ 40 min / 2.5MBps
This is by no means an acid test on the speed of transfer. Doe note that for my wi-fi network at home, my test computer is on the 2nd floor of my house while the router’s on the ground floor separated by several inches of concrete and gypsum board. The speeds are just averages I took while timing the upload. I’ve yet to do a wired network test, as my home router is in quite a cramped space and I’m lacking an extra network cable. (Strange where’d my spares go?) As I would assume that wired connections would have incredibly fast transfers depending on the capacity of the router/switch. Mine runs at 100Mbps, but if I get a 1Gbps router, all the more faster the transfer goes.
The drive has it’s power saving feature, a nifty feature since it will give some power cost savings for us in the long run. And the wake-up time is relatively fast.
The device makes a good entry level NAS device for those wanting a network file server but without the space or budget to get a full sized File Server. This makes for good storage of downloaded media as well as a media server for budding photographers who’d want to showcase their portfolio on the fly without bringing the portfolio all of the time. For those who rely on buying games online, we can store the installers within the network, decreasing the reliance of re-downloading the installers to other PCs or even lugging around an external drive to transfer data!
I got this email from one of my friends in the industry, WD. They’re releasing some updated design for their Eco Friendly Green Hard Drives. Best Drives for those who’re budgeting on power use and being friendlier to the environment.
Expect these drives appearing at your nearest WD reseller.
WD® RELEASES WD® CAVIAR GREEN DRIVE 667 GB/PLATTER 3-PLATTER DESIGN Cooler, Quieter, Eco-Friendlier
Manila, PHILIPPINES – August 31, 2010 – WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today announced that it is already shipping the 4th generation WD Green Series, the WD20EARS (2TB) and WD15EARS (1.5 TB) drives, the highest areal density in the industry at 667 GB/platter 3-platter design, 64 MB cache. As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation. Low Power Consumption The new WD Caviar Green 2TB (3-disk) offers low power consumption than current 2 TB drives in the market. WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to the standard desktop drives with the combination of WD’s IntelliSeek™, NoTouch™, and IntelliPower technologies.
WD® is now shipping the WD® Caviar Green Drive 667GB/Platter 3 Platter Design
-IntelliPower. A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.
-IntelliSeek. Calculates optimum speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. -No Touch ramp load technology. The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
StableTrac™ The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during and write operations (2TB model only). Helps enable eco-friendly PCs By using environmentally-conscious PCs with our WD Caviar Green drives on board, large organizations with many desktop computers can minimize their carbon footprint and save real money on electricity costs. WD Green Power Technology. WD Green Power Technology™ yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives. Perfect for external drives External drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a high-capacity product with a WD Caviar Green drive, the coolest and quietest in its class.
WD® Introduces New My Passport™ AV Portable Media Drives
Advanced Power Technology
WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads. Electronic components deliver best-in-class low power consumption for reduced power requirements and increased reliability.
Advanced Format Technology
WD is changing the way data is stored on the media by offering drives with new Advanced Format Technology. This technology is being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiencies, thus enabling larger drive capacities. For more information on the WD Green Series WD20EARS (2TB) and WD15EARS (1.5 TB) drives, visit the WD website at www.wdc.com.
WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems, and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
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Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD TV are registered trademarks; My Passport is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
And here’s another video: Age of Empire’s set to return to the PC, and now has integration in GFWL to enable online multiplayer matches.
Here’s an interesting tidbit in a form of a video:
Microsoft did fold up ACES studios last year, but seems it didn’t stop them from stopping the franchise all together. After Flight Simulator X in 2007, it should hopefully be a very worthy successor to its mantle (with even more accurate city layouts!). I think my Core i7 rig in the works will play with it nicely
After over a year since being released, Rockstar has released two episodes (Dowloadable Contents) first on the XBox 360, then PS3 and now on the PC. The episodes entitled The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony, covers characters and some of the plot holes left hanging in the original game.
In The Lost and Damned, we play as the biker Johnny Klebbitz, whom Niko worked with on several occasions and his own story with his club called The Lost. His story deals mostly with managing the club while the club’s president Billy Grey gets back from rehab, causing mayhem. His story intersects with the drug job with Niko, the kidnapping of Roman, and the jewelry heist for the mafia. Johnny being a biker, tends to perform better with riding bikes as opposed to driving cars (which normally ends up messy on police chases. His weapons range to mostly biker related weapons such as the sawed off two barrel shotgun.
Crossing over to the original game, he performed as an accomplice during the drug trade in Elizabeta Torres’ mission along with Niko. Another would be Johnny’s gang performed the diamond robbery which led to Niko picking them up. And working with Niko again during the diamond exchange at the museum. Johnny was also the one responsible for kidnapping Roman during the course of the game (and Niko saving him)
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, we play as the business partner of Gay Tony, Luis Lopez who tries to make things right for Tony’s crumbling Night Club empire. His primary work is the manager for one of Tony’s night clubs as well as his personal bodyguard. He normally helps out in some of Tony’s business dealings with the mafia as Tony has a debt problem.
Running parallel to the other GTA IV games, Tony took the diamonds during the exchange deal at the museum, he also took part in the execution of Niko’s enemy, Ray Bulgarin. He was also present during the time when Niko and the Mc Reary brothers robbed a bank.
The nice aspect of the expansion games are: new weapons, vehicles, places, new mini games and an expanded storyline further building upon the main game.
Guns: The main downside with the expansions are that one cannot interchange guns from The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. TLD had the automatic pistol, sawed off shotgun, and a full auto shotgun, While TBGT have ‘advanced’ weaponry in the form of the 44 Magnum pistol, P90 SMG, Advanced Sniper Rifle, a gold plated UZI and an explosive shotgun (excellent for taking out vehicles). With that said, TLD guns are more suited for gang warfare whereas the TBGT guns are far refined, reflecting on the different backgrounds of the characters.
Vehicles: Both TLD and TBGT now feature the ‘unique’ Infernus car (the one which Bernie gave Niko) as a common road car, same with another mainstay in the game which was the Bullet GT. Additional motorcycles have been added to the games, for TLD more American styled choppers are available, while European/Japanese sportbikes are found in TBGT. Another nice bonus is that in TBGT, we get to steal/fly a more powerful attack helicopter called the buzzard.
Places: Some of the places in the original GTAIV have become more accessible/used. The Lost’s clubhouse is accessible, the prison has become accessible, the Driving Range has become accessible, and so is the Amusement Park in Firefly Island. Two of Gay Tony’s clubs: Maisonette 9 and Hercules are accessible. At Maisonette 9, Luis can work as the Manager/Head Bouncer, or drink / pick-up ladies / dance.
Mini-games: Gang Wars / Drug Wars were introduced to add some additional action to the games, as their storylines are short. And to those who play them completely, special game items get unlocked and can be obtained for free from the safehouse. Another mini-game would be the Driving Range in West Algonquin. For TBGT, while working as a manager at Maisonette 9, Luis can do some jobs for some of the disco’s most famous patrons (spoofed personalities from real life). Another would try BASE jumping in and around Algonquin.
For an expansion worth half of the original game, expect an additional month of so of more gaming goodness from GTA IV.
Now this is interesting, more games are becoming available at the GFW Marketplace.
There’s a mix of old and new. Splinter Cell Conviction, Assassin’s Creed 2, and the latest Prince of Persia game are some of the new ones. Even popular titles from yesteryear are available now like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Age of Empires III and STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
As a special offer, the Marketplace is selling several Prince of Persia games at a whopping 75% OFF! Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Warrior Within (no Two Thrones though).
Several titles were added to the Games for Windows Marketplace to Demo:
Resident Evil 5
Street Fighter IV
Unfortunately, the demo for Batman Arkham Asylum seems to have been removed.