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The new mini Headway EDM-1 alongside a standard BosS Pedal [display_podcast] While upgrading my existing Headway Pre-Amp Headway asked me whether I would like to borrow one of the new mini EDM-1 de...
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Reflection on the TGO Challenge I
As some of you will know I’m just back from the second annual TGO Awards ceremony; I was flattered to be asked to rejoin the judging panel for the second year. Last year I wrote a couple of pieces ...
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You Tube: Video Review of Routebuddy's new Scottish Highlands Coast to Coast Mapping System
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I've been fortunate to meet some remarkable people during my life, some of them being amongst the most remarkable people living in modern times! These people have all been very different and have e...
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Looking for a good campsite near Ambleside — East side of the lake is possible or well connected by a bus service. Any ideas?
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First in a series of bargain gear recommendations from leading retailers.
I’ve yet to write a decent introduction to my Bargain Gear series yet, but earlier this week I wrote to a number of online retailers to ask if they could recommend some great and affordable gear fr...
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TGO Awards — reflections II
Judging the ‘judged’ awards for the first TGO Awards was somewhat of a frustrating experience. Readers of the magazine were asked to nominate gear. The manufacturers of nominated gear were then app...
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For anyone attempting the Munros from South of the Border!
                                    Derry Cairngorm, one of the magnificent Scottish ‘Munros'   It is not difficult to see why the mountains of the Scottish Highlands are so popular with walkers an...
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Later today or tomorrow this year's contingent of TGO Challengers will begin their often long journey to the West Coast of the Highlands. Earlier, I thought I had better check on progress. I rang H...
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Looking for a good campsite near Ambleside — East side of the lake is possible or well connected by a bus service. Any ideas?
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I back up my desktop computer and my laptop to Time Capsule and it works without any problems. I also have a second hard disc attached to the Time Capsule which I use to network music on as well — and that doesn't seem to have any problems either.
 
Hi everyone.  I've been a MacBreak listener for a long time, but just joined the community, and now am interested in advice from Mac experts.  I'm looking for an elegant backup solution to my new Macbook setup.  

I have a base 15" MacBook pro w/ retina, so I don't keep most of my media internally because of space limitations.  I have my iTunes media on a WD NAS drive, and my photos I store on a 1TB USB3.0 external drive.  

I am considering a Time Capsule, but I gather that it won't back up either of these two external locations.  I'm also considering another NAS unit with 2+ bays (recommendations?), so I can set one of those drives to be dedicated to Time Machine, and move my iTunes into the second drive.  Then I'd have my WD NAS free to use for manual backups of the iTunes and photo drives.

A couple of points make me hesitate.  I question if the Time Capsule option would really do me any good, as I already have a Linksys router that I am happy with.  However, if I use a non-Apple drive / backup solution, I worry about the reliability of my backups.  I WAS running time machine to back up to my WD NAS, but I got sick of having sparsebundle errors and having to rebuild the whole thing again.  If I go ahead with the NAS unit with multiple swappable drives, that seems pricey for something that might give me this same error.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I'm hoping that someone in this community has experience and can point me in the right direction.
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Andy Howell, Birmingham-based self employed pubic sector policy person. Fanatical walker and backpacker, photographer and acoustic guitar player.
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