Archive for September, 2009

Drobo – a one timer

September 21st, 2009 No comments
Drobo 2TB

Drobo 2TB

I’m using my drobo 2nd gen. now for exactly one year and was facing multiple problems during this time.

First of all I had troubles with the vents – they are too loud to use the drobo in a ‘silenced’ area like my living room.

Since the first weeks of usage the firmware of the drobo has now been updated several times and the vents are now blowing not as much as at the beginning… but:

The main problem here is still unresolved because the drobo still doesn’t go into standby (drives are, drobo not) when used as airdisk in combination with a airport extreme. So in addition you are also vasting energy because the system is ALWAYS available.

Second issue I had was drive and not drobo related – I bought my drobo preconfigured with two seagate 1TB drives – and one of these drives failed.

What I was missing here are two things:

  • The problem was known at Drobo support, but customers have not been informed automatically – so I ran into a problem here and lost  really time because I had to organize ANOTHER drive to backup my data (had to reinitialize my drobo!).
  • I was not able to find out what happened – Drobo Dashboard told me the drives are fine…

You shouldn’t copy too much files at once to your drobo – I’m still facing freezes here. Here again it’s not really visible for the user what exactly is freezing… But after a while and dozens of freezes I found out that the problem is that the drobo is not really interacting well with my airport extreme —> the USB hub of the airport extreme freezes on pushing too much files there.

And another really big problem in my eyes can be read at

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Categories: Apple, Drobo, Storage

iTunes9 / iPhone OS 3.1 – Genius Mix

September 12th, 2009 No comments

GeniusTwo days ago an Sept. 9th Apple released its new version of iTunes – iTunes9 and a new update for the iPhone OS which is mainly related to the integration of iTunes9.

After two days of playing around there are some points I’ve figured out:

  1. Genius mix does not show up immediatly after the upgrade to the new version of iTunes – you have to interact
  2. the iPhone will not show the Genius mixes by a new icon as it is shown on apple pages
  3. the iPhone will not show the mixes till you sync them
  4. syncing itself will ‘maybe’ not show up the mixes on your iPhone
  5. there are still troubles with the mixes showing on the iPhone

But what does this mean in detail for users wanting to play around with the new Genius Mixes?

Let’s have a deeper look on the mentioned points:

ad 1. – Genius Mix does not show up immediatly…

Genius Mixesafter upgrading to the new version iTunes9 users have to update Genius again if the Genius Mix entry is not showing up automatically. To update Genius simply click on the related menu entry ‘Store / Update Genius’. When updating is finished the new Genius Mix entry should be visible on the left navigation sidebar, directly under the ‘Genius’ entry. If the entry is not available turn Genius off (‘Store / Turn off Genius’) and on again.

ad 3. and 4. – the iPhone does not show the Genius Mixes…

Sync MixesThe Mixes do not show up on you iPhone till you select the Mixes at the sync page of your iPhone. Once the Mixes have been generated there is a new selectable area within the Music-Sync page of the iPhone in your iTunes9. The Mixes are NOT selected automatically – so you will have to select the wanted mixes manually on this page. But be aware – the mixes are large and your iPhone maybe has too less memory free. iTunes then asks you to select automatically music for you. I’ve experienced that then the Mixes are not uploaded to iPhone – instead the iPhone is filled up with music iTunes selects for you! So to ensure Mixes are showing up you will have to manage your memory on the iPhone and select wisely the Mixes via iTunes. If you made it your iPhone finally shows up the brand new iTunes9 Genius Mixes on it – but only in the iPod Music Bar ‘More’ – there is showing up now the ‘Genius-Mixes’ entry where you can select the different Mixes – each Mix on a extra page (use your finger flipping trough).

ad 5. – there are still troubles with the Mixes on the iPhone…

blank Genius Mix pageI experienced some issues on using the Mixes on the iPhone – they are performance realted I think. So maybe owners of the new generation of iPhone / iPod touch will not recognize these issues (i’m using a 3G):

  • flipping through the Mixes is not working smooth;
  • starting a mix takes time… users in a hurry will try to click the Mix again and again till it finally starts;
  • after started a mix and flipping BACK in the list of Mix-Pages it is not showing up the first page again – it remains blank;
  • some times the music is cluttered on stopping / restarting it


ad 2. – finally – the Genius Icon showing up on  images at Apple…

maybe you saw these screenys on a Apple page which are showing this nice Genius Icon on the iPhone / iPod touch navigation bar – but not on yours?

Well you are right – it isn’t there – but it’s there if you use the Apple Remote app which is available in the appstore to get access to your iTunes9 on your computer:

Apple Remote

I hope this little article helps you a little bit of getting around the troubles you maybe experienced on using iTunes9 / iPhone OS 3.1.

Update: The icon should also be there without using the Apple Remote App on your iPhone /iPod touch – it appeared after a complete reset of my iPhone… so it seems there was an OS update probleme… 🙂

Categories: Apple, iPhone, Music

Skype 1.2: simply not working

September 9th, 2009 2 comments

Skype V 1.2Skype for iPhone is my favourite tool to keep in contact with my family while I’m not in town – I am using SkypeToSkype calls, chat and also SkypeToPhone calls.

These days i received the info that there’s a new version of Skype available: V 1.2 with some feature updates (minor)…

So – well. Minor updates… nothing should go wrong on minor updates I thought and updated Skype on my iPhone. And BANG – that was it finally.

Nothing worked as it should:

  • during chats – the app crashed
  • trying to setup a SkypeToSkype Call – the app crashed
  • trying to setup a SkypeToPhone Call – the app crashed

Skype Dial padSkype even crashed on typing numbers using the dial-pad…
And as far as I could find out – I’m not alone with such a experience.

I really wonder what the testing guys at apple are doing during the app-check for the app store – such a bad tool should not make it to the ‘approved’ stage at all!!!

Repeat after me: NEVER EVER update a running system!

New version 1.2.1 for Skype is now available for download in the appstore – and this version works for me now.
Interesting how fast it could happen that an Apple approval is made – not everyone made this experience in the past.

Update 2:
Attention on the new version – tried to start the iPod function during a skype chat – the iPod did not start playing music… I exited skype and tried to start the iPod manually – but all my music & videos have gone! deleted! tried now to restart the iPhone – music & videos still not available. the info page shows that there are no music & video files remaining…. grrrrr…! It’s not clear for me in the moment what happened – was it the new iPhone OS 3.1 or skype 1.21… I realised the issue during skyping – so….

Categories: iPhone