New hardware

Because I needed a bit of extra data storage, I bought a new harddisk yesterday.
I basically just wanted a lot of space, for mass storage and backup, and I wanted it to be available for every pc in our house.
At first, I was looking for an external USB disk, to be connected to my Asus WL500g wireless access point. However, I decided that a NAS would be more suitable for this, and more general applicable.
Of course, you can make one of those yourself, if you have an old pc lying around somewhere, but I just bought one out of the box. The best choice for me (based on the price per Gb, combined with the built-in printer server) was the Western Digital NetCenter 320 Gb. And it works just fine. I haven’t done anything special yet, nor have I performed any benchmarks, but it’s just very nice to be able to access your documents from any pc, and use the same printer, store photos and music in one place, et cetera. It does exactly what I wanted!

Before I went to pick up the hard disk, yesterday, I also (finally!) bought a digital camera. I ordered the Canon Powershot A620 at It was delivered this morning (at no cost) and it looks very good. I’m anxious to see it in action. And of course, you will probably see some pictures here, now and then…

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 Computing

2 Comments to New hardware

  1. I have the a620’s predecessor, the a95.
    The Vari-angle LCD(C) is really convenient in use and it protects the LCD.

    Have fun.

    Oh, one question. Since you are a Windows-adept now, does the netcenter run Windows Mobile? 😛 😉

  2. Menno on June 30th, 2006
  3. The pictures I’ve taken so far, are looking good. And the screen is very convenient indeed, allowing one to shoot from any angle.

    And no, the Netcenter does not run Windows Mobile. I have not yet seen any custom firmwares, as there are for the Asus WL500g (see, but a lot of the (GPL) sources are available from the Western Digital Support site ( Those sources look a lot like Linux.
    Although I’m not sure what they mean with

    “The zipped file NetCenter_src_060321.tar.gz contains the source code for third party copyrighted software licensed under the GNU General Public License (“GPL”), which software may be used in NetCenter? Hard Drives.”

  4. Benjamin on June 30th, 2006

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