home office efficiency

So, my girlfriend just started taking some college classes again. Since we live in a small loft in SF, space is in high demand, and we are now sharing a desk -- it's a pretty big desk. In her previous role as a restaurant manager, lack of a solid shared computing infrastructure has not been too much of a problem. We could always share a photo or music library or use my desktop as a print server.


However, suddenly her computing demands (whether she realizes it or not) have become much more complex. Just some of the things that would help:



  • fully networked multi-function printer
  • NAS storage with push-button backup capabilities
  • secure remote access
  • 2nd office chair (check)
  • paper file storage
  • whiteboard


and the list goes on.


So, a couple printers look interesting. The Samsung CLX-3175 seem to do most of what I want (which doesn't include printing photos). Ink prices are a sore spot with me, so I might consider the B/W equivalent. I really like the scan to USB stick feature, but would hope that if on the network, anyone could scan to their own system.


For NAS, I would like to get a 4 or 5 bay like the Synology. This looks like the most robust feature set of the ones I've seen.


Comments:

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Posted by ananthan on August 24, 2008 at 05:00 PM PDT #

For the NAS, why not a machine running OpenSolaris 2008.05 using ZFS for all the storage (shared over NFS and/or CIFS) and using Tim fosters autosnap functionality. That way you don't need to remember to push the button to backup!

Posted by Darren Moffat on August 27, 2008 at 08:37 PM PDT #

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