Mac Mini Vesa Security Mount For Back Of Monitors

Mac Mini Security Mount

Mac Mini Security Mount

The Mac Mini Security mount is the simplest mount on the market to install while providing the highest available security for your Mac Mini.


Connected Data (File Transporter) And Drobo Merger

Here's some interesting news from the File Transporter world. Drobo had been on the decline (in our opinion and by our own perception) and the File Transporter by Connected Data has been a really unique solution to some of the same data storage dilemmas. For those of you that have used it, it's a blend of DropBox and what most of us techie type want or use already (physical hard drive based, on-premise storage without ongoing costs, I.E. NAS, Server, etc.). More about the File Transporter here.

Adding the social element as the File Transporter has done, is truly a unique way to distribute data with people you trust/already sharing with.

While I first had mixed feelings about this merger/acquisition by Drobo, I think it's a good move for the developers and certainly a win-win for Drobo in my opinion. Hopefully, a large company like Drobo will be able to incorporate the features of the File Transporter in their new product lines, but not abandon the early File Transporter adopters. At any rate, the features of the File Transporter in a proven product like the Drobo product line is going to make a really good next generation Drobo product.

The full news release sent to File Transporter Partners is below;

Dear Partners - it's been a busy week at Connected Data. We announced our availability in Europe, we announced Transporter Version 2.0 and our new Android app, and as you may have recently heard, Connected Data and Drobo have entered into merger discussions. Currently both companies are involved in a 30-day due diligence process.

Please rest assured that as a valued partner of Connected Data, our relationship with you will remain unchanged and business will continue as usual during the due diligence period.

Customers can start pre-ordering Transporter from retailers in Europe, and shipments will start mid June. Transporter Version 2.0 will be available in June as a free software upgrade, and will make your Transporter more user friendly than ever. Click here for more information about Version 2.0.

If you have any questions, make sure to reach out to us at, or call us at 888-517-3786.

Onward and upward!

Tony Craythorne
VP Sales
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Our mailing address is:

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Suite 36
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Display The Screen From Your HDMI Capable PC To A Flat Screen TV In Another Room

Your computer has two HDMI ports, one is standard HDMI, which would be in use now with a DVI adapter to your screen, the other is for a 2nd Monitor or Display Port so that the computer can distinguish if it's the main screen with the Start Menu, or another screen (TV) over a long HDMI for viewing only, such as like for watching a movie. You'll need both the $7 adapter and the cable which should be under $50.

Create A Long Range Point To Point Link And Extend Your Local Netwok

These 5 Ghz wireless radios are a great solution to allow you to create a high speed point to point link to extend your physical local network.

EnGenius ENS500 Long-Range 5GHz Outdoor Wireless N300 Bridge/AP

EnGenius ENS500 Long-Range 5GHz Outdoor Wireless N300 Bridge/AP

Standards: IEEE 802.11a/n Wireless Data Rates: Up to 300Mbps Security: WPA/WPA2 Personal (WPA-PSK using TKIP or AES) WPA/WPA2 Enterprise (WPA-EAP using TKIP) WPA/WPA2: WPA2 Frequency Band: 5.18 - 5.825GHz Antenna: Internal 10dBi Directional Antenna with Dual Polarization Interface: Ethernet Port Ports: 2 x 10/100M


5.25" to 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Adapters For PC Case

SilverStone FP57B Stackable 3.5

SilverStone FP57B Stackable 3.5" to 5.25" Hot-swap Drive Bay Adapter - Black

Specifications: Material: Plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Application: 5.25" drive bay Capacity: 1 x 3.5" SATA hard drive Overall Dimension: 5.83" x 1.67" x 6.89" Net Weight: 1.21 lb Features: Converts one 5.25" drive bay to hot-swap 3.5" drive bay Easy to access removable dust filter Support for 3.5" SATA hard drives Short depth design compatible with most cases Multiple FP57 stacking supported for 80mm fan (two FP57) or 120mm fan (three FP57)


SEDNA - 3.5

SEDNA - 3.5" to 5.25" Front Bay Adapter Kit

3.5-Inch to 5.25-Inch Front Bay Mounting Kit Mount almost any 3.5� device into a standard 5.25“ front bay Fits in any 5.25� front bay All mounting screws included Material : Plastic Color : Black Universal mounting holes and compatible with any 3.5" devices Easily mounts on any standard 5.25" front bay


SNT SNT-BPSS425A 1 x 5.25

SNT SNT-BPSS425A 1 x 5.25" Bay to 4 x 2.5" Hotswap SATA/SAS HDDs/SSDs 6.0 Gbps and up to 12TB backplane with Patened anti-vibration guide rails design

Specifications: Interface: Support SATA-I/ II/III SAS Primary Channel 4 x 2.5" HDDs (SSDs) to 1 x 5.25" Bay 15 Pin SATA Power Connector x 1 Overheating & Fan failure LED indicating With HDD LED Switch Cooling fan: Built-in 2 x 40mm fans Aluminum Body and Trays Triangle mental key lock design Patented anti-vibration guide rails design Dim: 185mm (L) x 146mm (W) x 42mm (H) 7.28"(L) x 5.75"(W) x 1.66"(H) Weight: 0.8kg (1.76Lbs) RoHS ready Color: Black Features: It's a 4 x 2.5" Hard Drive in 1 x 5.25" bay backplane raid cage that supports up to 12TB in total. It's compatible with both SAS and SATA interfces. It transfers up to 6Gbps. It has hot-swap ability and plug & play. Created with all aluminum material, it provides excellent heat sink and protection to the storage hardware. It's an ideal solution for internal server RAID and JBOD applic...


Adapter for mSATA Hard Drive To Standard SATA Interface

This could be very useful if you're needing to recover data, do a virus scan, or even clone the hard drive of computer that has an mSATA drive.

Where To Buy A Good Quality iPhone 4s Smartphone Without A Contract

The iPhone 4s is a great choice for a smartphone, but finding an good price on one without a contract may prove to be a challenge. If you're not picky about the carrier you can get one (for $99) from MacMall below made for the Verizon network;

MacMall - Your #1 Apple Superstore!

Macmall is a great place to buy older Apple equipment outside the regular Apple Store, and is an Authorized Apple Reseller (availability on that offer is limited to Verizon contracts, and there is not always stock). If you are patient, you can create the order and wait to see if the stock is replenished. Fortunately there are several other online stores. Using an iPhone with a local carrier such as Verizon is an option, particularly if you can purchase the phone from a reputable store with current stock, such as Amazon ($289), see below;

If you do not plan on going with a local carrier at all, you're going to want a completely "unlocked" phone. The best option currently is below from Amazon ($350) and is under the "used" section;

General Windows 7 Settings That Will Help You Understand Your Computer File System Better

There are some general Windows 7 Folder options that will help you better understand what's going on with your PC's file system. These options are not new, but just a little difficult to find if you're an inexperienced user. Under any open Windows Explorer Window, select the "Organize" Menu, select "Folder and Search Options". Go to the "View" tab, in here you'll be presented with three default options that really hinder your ability to troubleshoot a computer. The first one is "Don't Show hidden files, folders, or drives". These are hidden for a reason but if you accept this and don't go immediately to delete this files when you see them, you'll discover where Windows stores many of the settings and files your programs use. It's best to "Show hidden files, folders and drives" if you are cleaning up a computer or looking to backup settings and other files.

Another option I like to uncheck is "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" This really helps you to be familiar with the files that are supposed to be on a properly working system drive. There are situation where you are dealing with spyware or other programs that require you to be able to see files at this level.

These first two options are probably more of a preference and a minor aid in troubleshooting. The last option you should always have unchecked is "Hide extension for known file types". It is so rediculous to allow Windows to determine what extensions to show and which ones to hide. This promotes a lot of ignorance on the part of the end user. Often times they are unaware that files still have a three letter extension as a result. The only way to learn what types of files are opened by which types of programs is to better understand the creator types that are out there, and then being able to associate those files with a particular program you have on your computer that will open them.

The Reasons For The Unnecessary Size Of Traditional Desktop PCs and Towers

It's kind of the general feel that the traditional size of a desktop pc is wasteful and has been for some time, but many people still think they have to have the full size box. There actually is no good reason the size of the home PC hasn't shrunk since everything else has (laptops, tablets, phones etc.). The advantages with the old style desktop was;

1. The larger 3.5" which traditional drive desktops can fit is cheap and readily available
2. The processor can be upgraded
3. The motherboard can be changed out
4. A full CD/DVD, Blue Ray Player can be installed in a larger case

And below are the points about each;

1. The 2.5" drive has been used in laptops for over 10 years and meets or even exceeds the sizes for traditional 3.5" drives. As a comparison we sell a 1TB 2.5" drive for $99 and a 1TB 3.5" drive is the same price or in some cases more online. A spinning drive is completely on the way out anyway, the moving parts, heat and failure rate is too high. Solid State Drives (SSD's) have been approaching the price/GB and larger sizes of traditional spinning hard drives in the last 2 years and well worth the investment and speed increase.

2. The processor is the most oversold specification in a computer. There is no discernible difference from an i3 to an i5 to the end user in general usage. The most common reasons computers are slow is due to a failing or slow spindle speed drive. Or because of software/driver issues, not the processor, so a processor upgrade is nearly never going to help an old slow computer, new processors change socket types so it's very rare to put a "new" processor in an "old" motherboard.

3. A motherboard replacement seldom ever happens. Most computers are replaced before a motherboard or processor is ever upgraded. The renewal cycle on hardware now is so quick (three years or less) the advancements you give up by not moving to a new form factor or hardware type keeps you tied to pouring more money into an older computer, rather than seeing the desktop as a complete computing unit (commodity) of Intel processor, RAM and hard drive which are all consumable items, using up most of their value in that amount of time. So it's only useful to completely replace the computer with a modern version after that time, the labor and cost factor are just not there for component level replacement. (Example, it's $100 for a new hard drive, I don't know about anyone else, but I charge $40 to clone it and install, at $140, you're half way to a new computer if the $100 flat screen and everything else is still good.

4. While this computer does not have a CD/DVD Drive or Blue-Ray, when is the last time you bought software on CD-ROM? All major software vendors supply a downloadable version and if you still have access to a computer any DVD can be copied to a 6GB USB Flash drive which are often given away free now or are less than $15. With the push to cloud based services like DropBox, storing and buying music in iTunes and saving in iCloud and though other online services, such as streaming music from Pandora, Spotify, etc., the need for a CD/DVD drive is nonexistant, Macbook Air's and most vendors have stopped installing them. The computers I setup are cloned and/or reinstalled from a USB Flash Drive, the read time is quicker and they never scratch. If you really need a CD/DVD drive if you price them they are about $79 or less online, the same as it would cost to buy a full internal drive for a tower.

Google: USB CD/DVD Drive

There has also been a shift in how people see their computer, it's more of an entertainment device, so when you download a movie on Netflix, or stream audio, people are more and more placing the computer in the entertainment center and using the wireless mouse and keyboard to control is from a desk or comfortable spot. By just switching the input on your remote, you can change the HDMI input from your Blue Ray player, to the computer since it's native HDMI. Having HDMI out only can be a downside if you're wanting to hookup an older non DVI compliant or VGA screen. It's less than $10 for an adapter, but they are hard to find sometimes;

Google: HDMI to DVI

This computer also comes with a remote and receiver, so if you want to take it out of sleep mode and run a long cable under your house or through a wall back to your tv, you can still change inputs that way as well. 50 foot HDMI cables are relatively cheap now;

Google: 50 Foot HDMI

With most PC users moving toward a mobile platform, the people that want a desktop really only want the experience the Desktop provides, a full keyboard, full size screen and a lot of USB ports. This chassis has 4 USB ports which could be a little low depending upon how many things you want to plug in, 2 are USB 3.0 the new standard, and 2 are USB 2.0 for compatibility. You can get hubs (or port duplicators) now that will expand any port to four. I carry a 4 port hub that I get from Best Buy for $15, Big Lots even carries a decent 4 Port adapter for about $5 now, giving you 7 or more ports total.

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