First, let me just say its a really sad state of affairs that I am doing this. The fact the Apple has screwed up a backup device so badly, has convinced me never to trust backups to Apple ever again. My original 500GB TC is at 13 months. So I'm guess I might have 4 months left before the think croaks. Its of course, out of warranty, and I have no Apple Care plan to tie it to. I am currently also backing up to another USB HD since I will lose everything in the TC once it fails. I have been considereing two options moving forward, and I was wondering how everyone else have faired with these solutions. 1. AP Extreme with a USB HD. Much cheaper than a TC. And since Apple won't admit to the blantant TC problems and fix their design, new TCs will have the same problem in 17 months. If the AE fries...at least its just the router and cheaper to replace. 2. HP MSS. I have been reading some horror stories however, with getting time machine to play well with the MSS.. Anybody have any recommendations on either?