Modern cryptography protocols require real randomness. Sadly, most Random Number Generators (RNG) are pseudo-random and, therefore, hackable. Here's a cheap RNG for the rest of us.
Robin Harris writes about storage and other tech with a focus on the SOHO/SMB market. And fun stuff, too, like PS3 supercomputers and Google's technology.
Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, a storage research and consulting firm he founded in 2005. Based in Sedona, Arizona, TechnoQWAN focuses on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets. Robin has over 35 years experience in the IT industry and earned degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
DRAM isn't nearly as reliable as vendors would like you to think. Now researchers have shown that bit flips can be induced maliciously by simple user-level programs. Will vendors fix the problem?
What do you get a Mac user for Christmas? A new Mac would be nice, but that can bust your budget. Here are 5 thoughtful gifts for the deserving Mac user.
Vinyl storage - in the form of LP records - is staging a comeback. Over 8 million LPs - more than 5 petabytes in digital capacity - were produced last year, up 49 percent. But the old technology has problems.
The first 10Gb Ethernet spec was approved in 2002, but 10GbE has yet to break into the mainstream. But that could change in 2015. Here's what to look for.
The brains behind Fusion-io — the company that revolutionized server economics with PCI flash storage — are at it again. Primary Data plans to disrupt enterprise storage. Here's how.
At the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, AWS announced several important services. But most important is Amazon Aurora, a new high-performance database engine.
Your disks and SSDs have a self-monitoring function called SMART. But how good is it? The fine folks at Backblaze are back with data on how well SMART works for them.
PC sales are declining - despite the end-of-XP support bump - while Mac sales were up 18 percent in Q2 and 21 percent in Q3 of 2014. Why isn't the Mac declining along with Windows PCs?
Seagate formally announced their new Kinetic disk drive, Ethernet-connected object storage for the cloud. While the technology is great, the market implications are greater. Here's why.
In the war against online security, the bad guys are winning. They steal our passwords, brute-force decrypt them, and take our money. We need better passwords, but only if we can remember them. Here's how to do that.
Come Black Friday and holiday sales, expect to see $25/TB USB 3.0 disks for sale. Drive vendors are getting back on the price/performance track!
Storage isn't free - and neither is 'free' storage. The price: uncertainty. Wuala's termination of 'free' storage is the tip of the iceberg coming your way.
Could you use a private, multi-location cloud with no recurring fees, automatic syncing, versioning, and access controls? Think a dead-simple Dropbox, without the security issues — and a sustainable business model.
If the NSA's unconstitutional surveillance of Americans isn't creepy enough, how about an automated tool that links your camera to you through social media? Hidden info stored on every photo makes it possible.