ASUSTOR AS1002T Review (Page 1 of 8)

In my SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB review introduction last week, I talked about my friend who said women are not that hard to understand, because a 'yes' means 'yes', and a 'no' means 'no'... sometimes. To give what she is saying some perspective, I decided to ask someone else about this issue. "I have to agree with her," she said. Therefore, I proposed a scenario. "Say you are mad at someone, because they did or said something you did not like. When you say, 'I am mad at you and I do not want to see you again' and walk away, are you actually implying, 'Please chase after me to apologize, convince me to be not mad at you, and try as hard as you can to change my mind'?" To which she replied, "Yep -- and I would immediately regret saying that, but I could not just back down all of a sudden." This, my fellow readers of the male gender, is one of the reasons why we do not understand women. On the other hand, if you are a woman reading this, my guess is you know exactly what I am talking about. After all, you have to be one to understand one. A while ago, I was talking to someone about owning a network attached storage system. As someone who has been using one since 2007, and watched the evolution of them going from simple file servers to everything short of making you breakfast, it is hard for me to imagine going without one nowadays. On the other hand, a lot of people are not entirely convinced about the purpose of owning one. For this, I have come to the conclusion that you have to be a NAS user to understand a NAS user. Not just any NAS, but a good NAS. Today, we will take a look at ASUSTOR's new AS1002T. This entry level model uses the company's excellent ADM operating system, features a stylish diamond-plate finished cover, and comes with a price of admission of under $200 at press time. Will this combination be attractive enough to turn some non-NAS users into a NAS user who understands? Read on to find out!

Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Rapid-i Review

Whenever companies develop new products, often times, they are either loaded with functionality, stripped down to the core, or -- thankfully, most of the time -- balances both parameters in moderation. For some products, it is visually quite obvious what kind of it has to offer, while others may be more subtle. Some computer cases that we have reviewed here at APH Networks show just that. A few months back, I reviewed the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. Its sheer size, abundance of space, and amount of flexibility to house a large array of components give the impression this case is designed for enthusiasts. On the flip side, my colleague Jonathan is a big fan of the subtle designs from Fractal Design. One such example is the Define R5. It looks clean and elegant, if not a bit boring to be absolutely honest. Once you turn your eyes to its internals, however, it gives you all the features you will ever want and need. What we have here at APH Networks today is the Quick Fire Rapid-i keyboard from CM Storm. As its name suggests, it is branded under the Storm series, which is Cooler Master's way of saying that this is a gaming accessory. With the picture of the product itself printed on the front of the box, the first thought that came to my mind was, "How on earth could anyone consider this a gaming accessory?" With the stereotype of "more is better" in terms of gaming products, I have to admit it looks ostensibly too simple to serve the needs of a gamer. Is the Quick Fire Rapid-i like the Fractal Design Define R5 with subtle features, or will it be just like any average barebone keyboard classified as gaming "just because I can"? We cracked open a unit here at APH Networks to find out.

For many Oracle database users, Dec. 1 deadline looms

From ComputerWorld: Companies that use a standard edition of Oracle's database software should be aware that a rapidly approaching deadline could mean increased licensing costs.

Oracle will stop selling its Database Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition 1 (SE1) products on Dec. 1, meaning customers who use those products will be "frozen in scalability," because they won't be able to buy new licenses or upgrade to new SE or SE1 releases, said Eliot Arlo Colon, senior vice president and Oracle practice leader with Miro Consulting.

Cyber criminals turn to video ads to plant malware

From InfoWorld: Cyber criminals have been delivering malware through online display ads for years, but they appear to be making headway with a new distribution method: video advertisements.

Both methods of attack, known as malvertising, can have a broad impact and are a major headache for the ad industry. A single malicious advertisement, distributed to several highly trafficked sites, can expose tens of thousands of computers to malware in a short time.

Sony’s PlayStation Vue service finds a home on Amazon Fire TV

From TechHive: You don’t need a PlayStation to use Sony’s PlayStation Vue TV service anymore, thanks to new compatibility with Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

Amazon’s set-top devices are only the second non-PlayStation devices to support Vue. Sony added support for iPad and iPhone in June, and plans to offer support for Google’s Chromecast in the coming months.

Apple to pull the plug on Beats Music on Nov. 30

From CNET: The tech giant will shut down Beats Music on November 30, according to a support document published Thursday. All Beats subscriptions will be canceled on that day, but Apple is encouraging subscribers to migrate their user profiles to Apple Music, the music subscription service it launched in June.

Apple said to be planning person-to-person payments service

From ComputerWorld: Apple is in talks with major banks on an extension of its Apple Pay service that would allow person-to-person payments.

The discussions are continuing and it's unclear whether any banks have struck a deal with Apple, reported The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, citing "people familiar with the talks."

The newspaper said the envisaged service would allow users to send payments from their checking accounts to others using their phone and isn't imminent. It said one person had told it the service could launch in 2016.

HP Inc. begins life with a new 4K laptop

From InfoWorld: It didn't take long for the newly formed HP Inc. to release its first product, the ZBook Studio, a feature-packed, 15.6-inch laptop with a 4K screen.

The laptop can be configured to be as speedy as a gaming laptop, but is targeted at mobile workers.

The laptop marks the first product launched by HP Inc., which officially commenced operations last week after Hewlett-Packard split into two: HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. More laptops, hybrids, and tablets are expected to be released by HP Inc. in the coming months.

Microsoft releases a Windows 10 'November update' with a smarter Cortana and more

From PC World: Windows 10 is actually pretty great. But Microsoft hasn’t rested on its laurels: Better messaging, improved device activation, and media casting comprise several significant improvements within the first major patch to Windows 10 since its release in July.

Asus confirms it's bringing out a set of augmented reality glasses next year

From CNET: After previously revealing it was mulling over the idea, Asus has officially announced it's working on its own augmented reality headset, and that it plans on releasing it next year.

The Taiwanese PC maker declined to discuss details, but CEO Jerry Shen said on Wednesday during an earnings webcast that Asus plans on entering the market.

"It should be next year when we come out with a product," Shen said, adding "we think AR (augmented reality) will be very important for people's lives."


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