As a Systems Administrator who has implemented about 3 of these devices and installed them in a fan ventilated wall mounted fire safe, I would have great use for a status widget for each device on my desktop. I don’t check on these drives daily, as they are located in a safe. Sometimes the fan fails, and with three drives running it can get quite warm in there.
The built in status monitors on these new drives are a wonderful addition to the UI, but some expansion would go a long way with techies, professionals, and geeks/nerds alike. And if you have them implemented in a corporate environment like I do, (even if they aren’t in a safe), it would be nice to have something that alerts you right on your screen of any failures, over heating or otherwise. As opposed to having to navigate to each device IP to get a glance at the status indicator.
I imagine it would use just a simple SSH script, but without WD’s Linux/Unix source code for these devices UI, I’d be hard pressed to try building anything myself.
Is anyone else of the belief that a Widget or some other tool of that nature would be a welcomed addition?