George Ou

George Ou, a former ZDNet blogger, is an IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.</p>

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Build the $340 NAS for half the price but double the speed

Build the $340 NAS for half the price but double the speed

The thing that has always bothered me with the NAS (Network Attached Storage) market for consumers is that it's very high margin yet the products deliver very poorly on performance.  While that might be great for the product manufacturers bottom line, it isn't so great when you're the consumer.

October 21, 2007 by in Linux

Western Digital 'GreenPower" drive halves power consumption

Western Digital 'GreenPower" drive halves power consumption

The Western Digital "GreenPower" WD10EACS 1 terabyte hard drive is one the cheapest hard drives you can buy at this capacity ($300 including shipping) but it's also the most energy efficient.  The drive has a technical specification of 4 watt idle which I measured fluctuating between 4 and 5 watts and a read/write specification of 7.

October 18, 2007 by in Storage

Can plasma HDTVs stop being power hogs?

Can plasma HDTVs stop being power hogs?

Erica Ogg has an interesting story on the future of plasma displays on how companies are trying to improve the brightness and energy efficiency of plasma display technology.  A few months ago when Samsung was showing off some of their new products in San Francisco, I checked out some of their new HDTVs and got a bit of a shock hearing about the power consumption of plasma versus LCD displays.

October 18, 2007 by in Hardware

Did AMD Barcelona and Intel Tigerton really 'launch'?

Did AMD Barcelona and Intel Tigerton really 'launch'?

AMD officially launched the "Barcelona" quad-core processor last month in San Francisco, but people are telling me that the systems are nowhere to be seen from any of the major server manufacturers nor is there any time line given for availability.  To see if there is any merit to these complaints, I posed as a prospective IT shopper and called up some of the major Server makers such as HP, Dell, and IBM to see if I can actually order a server with AMD Barcelona inside of it.

October 14, 2007 by in Dell

Green IT will get zero traction until IT pays the electric bill

Green IT will get zero traction until IT pays the electric bill

There's a lot of talk lately about Green Computing in IT circles Larry Dignan even points out that there may be some fatigue setting in because "Green" has become a lucrative marketing term.  I spend a lot of time talking about energy efficient computing but there are times I feel like talking about green computing is falling upon deaf ears because there just doesn't seem to be that much interest in it.

October 11, 2007 by in CXO

OLPC is the PC you can't ever criticize

OLPC is the PC you can't ever criticize

As Nicholas Negroponte said a year and a half ago in a presentation on the OLPC: "people really don't want to criticize this because it is a humanitarian effort, it is a non-profit effort and to criticize it is a little bit stupid actually".

October 8, 2007 by in Hardware

Are thin clients the solution to all your security woes?

Are thin clients the solution to all your security woes?

Our UNIX/Linux blogger Paul Murphy posted an interesting link to an article entitled: Information Security: 7 Data Leaks you can’t Ignore written by Matt Roedell.  Unfortunately, I think Paul missed the point of it by attributing the issue to "Wintel infrastructure" and claiming the solution is to go thin client with Sun Rays.

October 3, 2007 by in Security

The 22" dual-core all-in-one game PC for $765

The 22" dual-core all-in-one game PC for $765

What started out as a roughly improvised poor-man's all-in-one PC (See gallery here) hanging off the back of an LCD display has turned in to two detailed schematics painstakingly drafted with the proper measurements ready for the cutting table. Download the schematics below by clicking on the images.

October 2, 2007 by in Processors

Sun's new servers get intimate with Intel and Microsoft

Sun's new servers get intimate with Intel and Microsoft

John Fowler (Executive VP Sun Microsystems) announced a pair of new Servers yesterday at Sun's head quarters in Menlo Park California.  Fowler showed off one of the servers last week at Intel IDF in San Francisco an posed with Pat Gelsinger (standing on the left in picture to the left) where he announced products based on Intel processors running Microsoft Windows on top of a Solaris Hypervisor platform.

September 27, 2007 by in Intel

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