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wireless hard drives?

03 July 2018 - 03:52 PM

so, i got a new macbook air from work. like the previous it has a 500 gb hard drive. unlike with the previous, i would like to not fill up the hard drive--with more than 400 gb of files, performance was less than optimal. the easiest way to achieve this would be to keep my music and images on a separate drive. but i'd rather not have to connect a cable to upload and download files. since i last purchased an external hard drive wireless drives seem to have become available. are they reliable? or should i be paying for cloud storage?

laksamania, fitzrovia

25 June 2018 - 06:24 PM

we had a very nice lunch here today (convenient to the british museum). it's an attractive restaurant, with a bar and smaller dining area upstairs and a massive dining room downstairs. they've only been open about a month, apparently. it's not a hardcore malaysian menu as at rasa sayang or c&r but we liked our singapore laksa and chicken curry with roti canai a lot. the char kuay teow was pretty good too. there's an inaugural 20% off at lunch offer that's still on the go.


we liked the food but they're going to have to do very well to fill the place--i'm guessing rent is not cheap either. in the meantime, i continue to rue the absence of good malaysian in the u.s.

scott hutchison of frightened rabbit

11 May 2018 - 10:32 PM

had been missing, found dead. what a loss.



06 May 2018 - 09:17 PM

we'll be airbnb'ing for the first time on our upcoming uk trip. four days in edinburgh in what looks like a pretty nice place (we'll discover the truth of it on arrival, i guess). unless the host cancels the reservation before we get there--that's what happened with the place i'd booked in bayswater for the second half of our london sojourn (will be staying with friends for the first part). i'm now having a devil of a time finding a place. the only places available in our range (and in neighbourhoods we want) are either high up in buildings without lifts or have 0-few reviews. those of you who airbnb often: how many reviews minimum before you trust a host and their description of a flat?

tickets and prices

02 May 2018 - 03:05 PM

well, the british consulate took forever to grant my visa and we are now just over four weeks out to our trip to scotland and london. we'd be leaving on june 3. prices for our preferred itinerary (msp-somewhere-edi/lhr-msp*) are now much higher than a few weeks ago. it would cost over $2000 more for the entire family than going one stop in both directions. however, kayak is posting these fares with a "watch" rather than "buy now" notice. is this a chance worth taking? i.e when do prices for these routes stop fluctuating and begin to rise even more sharply? 


*the lhr-msp roundtrip is also now very expensive going nonstop. otherwise, i'd do that and do easy jet or whatever from lhr-edi and back.