I wouldn’t describe myself as someone who is overly techy. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the technology I have in the house and will always look for the next gadget to own, but I spend a lot of time with friends who aren’t particularly interested in motherboards, BIOS settings or the reasons to upgrade to solid state drives (here’s my blog post on this: SSHD). Therefore, I find myself trying to explain the vast amount of technology I have lying around and, more importantly, why I’m replacing a perfectly good graphics card, hard drive or [insert any type of technology, here...] with a newer technology. The most recent occurrence of this has been the inspiration for this blog post, namely, trying to explain why I have chosen to use NAS (Network Attached Storage) over a simple and perfectly functional external hard drive. So, let’s start by taking a look at the benefits of NAS:
One of the main benefits of NAS over an external HD is that it is a standalone device so it does not have to be directly attached to a computer, rather it is attached to the network and is therefore easier and quicker to access from multiple places or computers directly connected to the network. If you have multiple computers in the house (laptop, desktop or workstation, home media system in the lounge, etc) or a few flatmates that also want access, then NAS is the fastest way for all of these devices to access the data.
Most NAS drives give you the option to add more hard drives to the configuration. This has two benefits. Firstly, you can easily upgrade your storage without having to transfer everything across to a new and larger drive. You simply slot in a second drive and go from there. Most consumer NAS systems have space for up to two hard drives, so the ability to add a second can be invaluable. The second benefit comes from when you have this second drive in place, namely, setting the two drives up into a RAID configuration. I won’t get too technical here (there are scores of great sites and blogs that tell you exactly how to do this), but by having the drives set up in this configuration they can “mirror” the data stored on one drive to allow you to access each file far quicker (by downloading half the data from one drive and half from the other, at the same time) and will be protected from drive failures or data loss. If your external hard drive fries itself you’re in a lot of trouble, but if one of your NAS drives fries, the other has the data stored so you can recover your library.
If you pride yourself on your huge movie or music library, are storing large amounts of data for your home office or would like to have faster data access and a more secure place to store your digital stuff, then take a serious look at Network Attached Storage drives. We have a few great options at the moment, such as the Seagate 2TB GoFlex Home NAS (£119.98 in our sale), the very impressive LG Electronics N2R1 2x1TB NAS with DVD-RW (for £174.99), or the cost effective, entry level D-Link ShareCentre Pulse 2-bay NAS (for only £69.99).
If you have any more questions about NAS, feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook or on the forum. We’ll be more than happy to help you get set up.
According to my trusty calendar it’s been 10 weeks since I first started the Dunc’s Deal updates! In less than three months you guys, and girls, have embraced the Dunc and taken advantage of plenty of free offers and exclusive deals – thank you for all your support!
Now we’ve moved the updates to the all-new dabs blog, we would love to chat to you all more, and hear your wants and needs. Forgive me if I sound like a cliché, but we’ve made it as simple and easy to get in touch and are now more accessible than ever! Whether you contact us via the blog, Facebook, Twitter or email; you can rest assured, wherever possible, we WILL come back to you! On that note, I asked last week for suggestions on promotions you’d like to see for the Intel 40GB SSD and a Seagate GoFlex 1TB NAS box that are sat on my desk – submissions have been a bit light so exercise your democratic right, and have your say this week!
So what’s been happening in the dabs offices this week I hear you ask! No cheese, lager, cookies or biscuits to report this week – this week we have been mostly eating….Grasmere Gingerbread! Oh yes, the world famous Gingerbread – adored by Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and knicker- making Corrie actor Antony Cotton. Having been in Grasmere at the weekend, we brought a batch back, which went down a storm! If you haven’t had some then you’re missing out – get yourself to Grasmere (or their website!)
We’ve also had a busy week preparing our TV Bonanza – which is live now with some fantastic offers across a range of tellyboxes. ‘Tis the season of upgrading and investing in TV don’t ya know – so take advantage before September 24th!
Last week when we launched the Dabs Blog, we made you all honorary members of the gifted and talented (they told me to write that!) dabs.com marketing team, by inviting you to pitch in and help name our blog! The Facebook discussion page has seen lots of activity, and the suggestions have been keeping us entertained this week! We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, so get inspired and keep the ideas coming thick and fast! Get involved today and you’re in with a chance to win the £350 Sonos Zoneplayer S5 if you pick the winning name!
IN THE NEWS
While on the subject of TV, Stephen Fry has unveiled his guide to Sky 3D which launches on October 1st in the UK. Now I’m an avid Sky HD viewer, but 3D hasn’t captured me just yet. Stephen Fry, however, always commands attention – especially when in this video he argues that he invented 3D-TV (as well as the peep-hole for the modern-day under-pant) and tells a bloke from Sky he is an imbecile before biting him – go Fry!
Also in the news this week was the launch of the Beta of the new IE9 browser – with many calling it “ie-mazing.” Now I’m a Firefox chap through and through, but the reports so far say that Microsoft has pulled its socks up. I’ll be checking it this weekend and will report back – drop your thoughts on your browser of choice as a comment below.
As I mentioned last week, 5am on Monday was to be a big day in the world of graphics cards – and it didn’t disappoint! Yes, the NVIDIA GTS 450 was finally launched! Squaring up directly against the ATI Radeon 5770 cards, it has received mixed reviews, but it certainly packs performance at a great price point – check out our full range of cards starting at £94.98
New product wise, it’s been a good week for LaCie! The new Wireless Space 1TB and 2TB NAS products are available for pre-order on dabs right now and Sam, our Social Media Guru – sorry Sam, updated the blog with this fantastic product news page about them! Stock is expected later this month. Not only that, but we just took stock of the new USB 3.0 versions of the 1TB Minimus and the 500GB Rikiki! LaCie product names always keep us amused in the office, keep it up LaCie!
Finally, we got the new Zotac Z-Box Mini-PC with BluRay – both complete and barebone versions – live on dabs ready for pre-orders. Stock is due later this month – place your orders today!
Last week’s NASTRAVAGANZA went down a storm both on Dunc’s Deals and the email we sent out, so today I’ve put together a fresh variety of special offers for you to take advantage of!
Firstly we’ve teamed up with Buffalo to give you the chance to get £10 off and “Win A Dualie” – now despite its name this doesn’t win you Ali-G’s missus – but it could win you the Buffalo 500GB Dualie for iPhone and iPod! Between September 16th and September 30th 2010 if you purchase the Buffalo 1TB (2 x 500GB) LinkStation Duo NAS from dabs, you automatically go into a draw to win. Dunc’s Deal customers also get first dibs on a £10 voucher off the NAS product! Simply enter BUFFNAS754 at checkout!
For those of you who have always craved Crossfire, let me help you get it for less! We already dropped the price by £15 this week to £249.99, but for one week only, you guys can get an extra £10 off! Use this link to get the XFX ATI Radeon 5770 HD 1GB Bundle with Dirt2, plus £10 DabsPlay Voucher for just £239.99!
Finally this week, take advantage of £10 off the Seagate 2TB FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Home NAS – just £129.99 with this link.
Snap up these offers while you can, and spread the word about the blog offers! If you post any Dunc’s Deals mentions elsewhere on the web, send me a link and you might bag yourself a freebie!
MARIO IS 25 AND HAS THE WORLDS BIGGEST FULL ENGLISH?
Unluckily for me, Mario’s achievement has sparked an insurmountable level of peer pressure in the dabs.com HQ and I have agreed (or technically been bullied into submission) to take on Mario’s ‘Ultimate Breakfast’! So I struck a deal – if my loyal Dunc’s Deals readers comment on the blog this week, and show support for the cause, I will step up to the plate (the big, greasy, bacon-filled plate) and take on the ‘Ultimate Breakfast’! What’s more, we’ll film it for your sick and twisted pleasure! So have your say, should I bust a gut in the name of Dunc’s Deals…you decide!
As with all good things, this week’s blog must come to an end, and I got to get back to chasing the deals – drop your comments, enjoy your weekend and check back next week for more!
Well, well, well… here we are again! It’s Friday! Not just any Friday though – it’s special in oh so many ways! First off, it’s the last Friday of the month, which means its Pay Day. Luckily Ann in Human Resources agreed to pay me – but only because I ensure she gets her weekly Bacon and Cheese toastie for breakfast. Secondly, the last Friday of the month means Nicola – PA to the directors of dabs.com – lets us wear our own clothes, as long as we pay a quid for charity. Now I still say own clothes as if I’m at school – I always wear my own clothes – it’s socially inappropriate not to… but “dress down day” sounds rubbish!
So here I am typing away furiously with my Bacon Barm in one hand and my £1 ready to donate to Bolton Mountain Rescue (don’t ask) placed on my keyboard. Another reason why this Friday is EXTRA special is that it’s a Bank Holiday weekend – is it just me or does it feel ages since the last? The marketing team – Sam, Matt and our newest designer Michelle – were so excited that they have been working hard on a fantastic Bank Holiday offers email that went our last night, and also bargain-filled landing page on the website. So don’t worry about the weather this weekend, spend some time looking over our Bank Holiday bargains and invest your pay cheque wisely!
“168 little hours” ago it was last Friday, and I was telling you how looking out of the window here at dabs seemed like the apocalypse was upon us. Well I’m happy to report that Bolton was spared this week, and it is currently glorious sunshine! Will it last? We doubt it! Edit: Its 3.30pm and it looks like hell again!
As I also told you last week, I am now sat next to ‘Social Media Guru’ Sam. The response to last week’s #Free Game Friday on Twitter, and our “What do you like about dabs” Facebook giveaway were very impressive. ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ us respectively to get involved!
The ‘Speak To Dunc‘ section has also been busy this week – thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Please keep sending them in! You never know, a ‘Don’ might visit your inbox if I like what you send in…
PRODUCT NEWS & YOUR HELP WANTED!
MAFIA II IS HERE, ARM YOURSELF WITH AN NVIDIA® GeForce® GRAPHICS CARD! Sorry for shouting – it’s the excitement in the office! The game is out now, and the NVIDIA promotion is live. Steve (consumer team product manager) and Clive (Customer Services Supervisor) have already accosted me begging for vouchers! However I’m afraid if you want to grab a free download…you can… but only when you buy qualifying NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics card – check the landing page out for full details.
From the FreeD winners announcement, to last week’s un-boxing of the ASUS AMD and Intel Self Build PC Bundles, the feedback for the last couple of videos has been really positive. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to complete one this week, as I’ve been working non-stop to get the best deals around for my loyal ‘Dunc’s Deals’ readers. For next week’s video, I’m calling in the troops, Dunc needs YOU! I want you to drop me a line via ‘Speak To Dunc‘ with your suggestions as to what YOU want me to video next week. But please do keep it clean, and keep it legal – I don’t want to end up on fail blog (which by the way is a great YouTube channel if you’re ever in the mood for some good old-fashioned laughter at other people’s misfortune)! I think this is my favourite fail blog video of all time…Best Man Fail.
I also told you last week that the hotly-anticipated exclusive XFX CrossFireX 5770 Graphics Card bundle was available. The offer actually received a ‘Kit Guru Must Have‘ award this week – so thanks to the guys there! Remember that the offer comes with two single slot variants of the 5770, a Dirt2 game download, and when you buy you can email me to claim a £10 DabsPlay voucher! In addition, to celebrate the ‘Kit Guru Must Have’ award, we are giving a FREE download of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to anyone who buys before August 30th 2010. Simply place your order and I will send you a download code via email, worth £34.99!
I received some great feedback about the exclusive offers on Dunc’s Deals last week, so I have decided to repeat a couple, as well as offer a few extra ones for you today. First up, I want to replicate the £25 discount offer on the Asus AMD Ultimate – strictly for Dunc’s Deal readers. For the Asus Intel Entry bundle, you can have £5 off – and remember the Intel Bundles could win you a £300 Solid State Drive!
Promotion wise we have just been able to restart the Kingston SSD Pricedown Promotion to run between August 25th – September 10th 2010, check it out today, you can save up to £35! Intel have also done some price moves on their X25 Mainstream Sold State Drives so ensure you take a look at the range.
Finally – as I am excited about the Bank Holiday Weekend I have decided to give away some games to anyone who buys a graphics card over £100 between August 26th and August 31st 2010. If you buy any ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphic card worth over £100 – you can claim a free game! Click here to find out how!
Enjoy the deals – make suggestions as to what else you’d like to see here by contacting me!
119 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!
Well that’s it – another week down – and yes, that means its 119 days to Christmas… whoa, that’s actually pretty scary! Have a great extended weekend everyone – take advantage of the extra day, and make sure you check out the Bank Holiday Bargains page and all the other deals we’ve got for you below.