Albums From My Teen Years #1

Last Monday I blogged about my 18 favorite albums from my teen years. I’m going to revisit each album every Monday to help get my mind off of politics, and help be remember better times.

I’m starting with a big one, Nirvana’s Nevermind. I’m listening to it now for the first time in years. It’s so good. This album totally changed my taste in music. Before Nevermind I was listening to a few hair metal bands like Warrant and Poison, and a lot of rap like Run-DMC and Public Enemy. Nirvana was my gateway band to the lesser known bands in the indie and punk scene.

I still remember the first time I heard a Nirvana song. It was my sophomore year of high school. We were having some sort of talent show. I don’t remember exactly what for, but a few of my classmate played air guitar to “Territorial Pissings”. It was amazing, but most people didn’t understand, so they lost. That evening I went and bought Nevermind on cassette. Shortly after that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” blew up on MTV and the rest is history.

New Drobo

A couple weeks ago I found a great deal on a used Drobo on Amazon. I got it for $350, when they normal go for $500 or so new. I also had a $250 in gift cards, so it only costed me $100. It was the Drobo 5N because I believe networked attached is the way to go. It was the main reason I stayed away from Drobos when they first came out. It took them a little bit to release network attached versions.

I bought two 4 TB drives, which after the redundancy, gives me 3.5 TBs of backup. With three open drive bays, my backup needs should be covered for years to come.

I still have my Synology NAS, and in most ways, it’s probably better than a Drobo. Synology has tons a great software that it can run, the Drobo is pretty limited. My Synology is only a 2 drive bay version, and it was running low on space, so I needed to do something. So now I have the best of both worlds. I has access to all the Synology servers and apps, and still have massive storage available on my Drobo.

Even though both the Drobo and Synology run raid arrays and if one drive fails, I just have to put in a new drive and I’m good to go, all my data is safe; they still need to be backed up. If I ever have a fire, or some kind of hardware fail on either system, I could lose data. In the past I’ve been backing everything to the cloud on Amazon Drive, but it costs $60 a year, and in 2017 I’m going to try to limit some of my online spending. So now I’m using Carbon Copy Cloner to backup my Synology and Drobo and I’m storing the backup drives at work. It’s a little bit more work, but I’m saving $60 a year.