What am I, a one man Drobo marketing machine?

Well, I’ve started so I’ll finish. Received an email from VCI systems (the
company reselling machines in the UK):

Apologies in advance for any doubling up to those correspondents who may have
already received similar from the US, or been included other mail outs. A
Drobo unit with no drives is £350.00 inclusive of VAT with UK shipping at
£14.95 A bundled unit including 2 x 320Gb drives is also available at £499.00.
We are expecting stock into the UK in the coming week. Best regards Robert

So, 640 Gb with Drobo for £499? Not too bad. Probably going to wait for some
reviews first (although if ayone from VCI is reading this and fancies loaning
me one…)


Oh dear. I seem to have done something a bit silly. I just got caught up in
the heat of the moment.

I’ve signed up for the work 5 a side football match on Tuesday. It should be a
lot of fun, but I haven’t played for about 2 years so I’m a little nervous.

Drobo: The story continues…

Wow these guys like to keep you up to date!!

I’ve just received another email from Drobo (see
here for
the last one). This one states that the £499 is including disks (although
it didn’t specify how much storage). If you just want the Drobo system without
any disks, it’s going to cost you £350 inc VAT. Now thats a bit better (since
the $499 US price probably doesn’t include sales tax).

I’m definately seriously thinking about getting one of these. If anyone’s got
one and they don’t mind loaning it to me (or if VCI is reading this can I have
a loaner pretty please?)

[update]Just another thing that crossed my mind… For the £499 model, how
much space do you get with it? £150 you’re only looking at about 150GB

Email from VCI Systems

(Reminder… VCI are the company in the UK selling the

Thank you for your recent enquiry. Drobo units are expected in the UK during
the week beginning 6th August and will be priced at £499 including VAT and
shipping to mainland UK. We will contact you to confirm when the stock is
available. Best regards Robert Creech

Possibly a little more than I was planning on spending (£499 is about double
what you’d have to pay in the States), especially as you then have to pay for
your hard disks on top of that. Maybe I should buy myself one as a Christmas
present. It’ll give me the chance to save up…

Drobo now available in the UK

I first heard of Drobo from the forever bouncy Cali
about a month or so ago and emailed the
company to find out when it was going to be available in the UK (back then it
was only available in the US).

Now I’m happy to say that I’ve just received an email from Data Robotics (the
company that makes Drobo) saying that it’s going to be available through VCI
. Although there isn’t anything on their
site at the moment, I’m sure they’ll update it soon.

I’ve just tried to email them through the address that I was sent, but it
seems to have bounced back. Not a good sign.

Radio Lab

Wesley, one of my friends from across the pond
introduced me to the Radio Lab podcasts. It’s an hour long program that comes
out once a month or so that focuses on incredibly varied topics from zoos to
memory to death.

Presented by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, each episode concentrates on one
of those subjects but talks about many different aspects. Its a history,
science and general knowledge lesson all rolled into one. Each hour is made up
of talk by the two presenters as well as stories and reports by experts from
all over the world.

It’s perfect for long journeys when you’re not in the mood for music (I listen
to it on my long commute to work in the mornings) and there’s always something
new to learn. Sometimes some of the stories aren’t for the faint hearted but
generally the’re told intelligently but still in a way that’s really easy to

If you’re looking for something new to listen to, but not necessarily music
based, I definitely think that you should give Radio Lab a shot.

I listen to the podcast as I can’t pick it up over here in the UK (although I
don’t generally listen to the radio unless I’m in the car and since I don’t
own one you can imagine how often that is).

The podcast can be found via iTunes (do a search for Radio Lab in the iTunes
store) or from the Radio Labs website.

Why I’m excited

I’m very excited today. Not because the weather has finally turned nice. Not
because it’s payday tomorrow (although that in itself a very exciting
thought). No the reason I’m excited is because I’ve bought myself a new
digital camera.

I used to have an Olympus mju (or however you spell it) but for some reason
the sliding front stopped working about a year ago. I could have got it fixed
but to be honest that was more fuss than it was worth and if it was still
operational today it would have been about 4 years old.

The camera I have bought is this one. A Canon IXUS wireless. 5 mega pixels so
quite an improvement on the last 3.2 MP beauty that the Olympus was. But
wireless as well. Apparently I can wirelessly print to any Pictbridge printer
or simply copy the photos to my (wireless) laptop.

The best thing of all though is the price. £100 including delivery. I’m pretty
sure it’s a typo as Amazon charges about £250 – 300 for the same one, although
you can get a used one from Amazon marketplace for about £130.

So that’s why I’m excited. Unfortunately it won’t arrive for another week, so
I won’t have it for Carol and Mike’s wedding on Saturday but I’ll try to
borrow Emma’s for that day and post some up after that.

[Update – Woo it’s left the warehouse. Might actually arrive here tomorrow