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After an extensive review of online backup services, we have concluded that Mozy Pro is the all-around winner for those serious about online backup protection.  Criteria for this evaluation included data transfer speed, software features, service capabilities, etc.

While Mozy also offers an unlimited home service plan, we do not suggest it for most due to the capped transfer speed and one problem that was experienced with the home-level service.

Intronis eSureIT is the runner-up in our testing.  While their software is capable, and the service offers some very interesting features, such as Intelliblox and multiple PC backup support, higher pricing, slower transfer speeds, and the fact that revisions count against the disk space quota cause Mozy Pro to come out on top.  We have also reported a few suggestions to Intronis regarding usability enhancements that should be made to the software.

IDrive deserves mention.  The IDrive software is excellent, and the service works flawlessly for small backups.  However, we encountered serious problems when backing up a large collection of files, such as icons or fonts.  IDrive provides very attractive pricing.  If the issue mentioned above were resolved, we could easily see IDrive moving into the top position.

The only downside we have noticed with Mozy Pro is a delay which often occurs when transitioning between files for upload and download operations.  The delay can sometimes be frustrating, but in tests, the overall speed of Mozy Pro still beats the competition.

Update:  Please see the comments for an evaluation of the ElephantDrive backup service.

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Shuttle’s small form factor desktop PCs have maintained a similar, rectangular design for years.  The Shuttle D10 is no exception, other than the addition of a built-in 7-inch touch screen display! The D10 is Shuttle’s first computer that boasts an integrated 7-inch (800×480) LCD touchscreen display. The display can be used to view photos, movies, music, video, etc.  It was designed with surveillance and simple entertainment center functions in mind.

The Shuttle D10 offers the following Specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E4000, Dual-Core E2000, and Celeron 400 series processor support
  • Intel G31 + ICH7 chipset
  • Up to 4GB RAM
  • Intel GMA 3100 video card
  • 5.1 channel audio support
  • Two 3.0Gb/s bandwidth SATA II controllers
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • Power efficiency and quiet operation

The Shuttle D10 will be available for approximately $475.

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The PC Remote Controller II is a computer remote control that also functions as a mouse for the PC.  It features four programmable buttons that can be used to open software applications, and operates such multimedia software as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, KMPlayer, TTPlay, WinDVD, and PowerDVD.  The unit seems particularly well suited for handling media and presentations.  The PC Remote Controller II is now available for $21.

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At the time of this writing, the Buffalo MiniStation Shinobi is the world’s smallest hard disk drive (not flash drive).  The drive has a thickness of only 5mm, and weighs a mere two ounces.  It features a stylish glossy black housing as well as TurboUSB technology, which delivers up to 20 percent faster transfer speeds than standard external drives.  The Buffalo MiniStation Shinobi is compatible with Windows and Mac PCs and is available in 30GB ($120) and 60GB ($170) capacity models.

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