Robin Harris

Harris has been working with computers for over 35 years and selling and marketing data storage for over 30 in companies large and small. He introduced a couple of multi-billion dollar storage products (DLT, the first Fibre Channel array) to market, as well as a many smaller ones. Earlier he spent 10 years marketing servers and networks. After leaving corporate life he founded TechnoQWAN, a consulting and analyst firm. He also developed StorageMojo into one of the top storage industry blogs. Robin writes, consults, coaches and lives in Sedona, Arizona.

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Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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Are Chinese disk drives flaky?

Are Chinese disk drives flaky?

What is Cantonese for "sucks"?A piece in the UK web site The Register, says of some recent Mac drives:According to Retrodata, its customers have sent in a much higher number of failed Seagate 2.

published October 31, 2007 by

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Build an 8 PS3 supercomputer

Build an 8 PS3 supercomputer

Less than a 10th the cost per GFlop of the $2500 supercomputerTake 8 PS 3 consoles, Yellow Dog Linux, a Gigabit Ethernet switch and your favorite protein folding or gravitational wave modeling codes and you're doing real science. On a Playstation!

published October 29, 2007 by

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Disks that look like tape

Disks that look like tape

I'm at Storage Networking World in Dallas this morning so I'll make it quick. This one is more active than some so maybe the storage market is on the upswing.

published October 17, 2007 by

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The paradise of infinite music

The paradise of infinite music

Make that "Ever-receding paradise. . . ."“The Paradise of Infinite Storage” was the title of a panel at the “Pop [Music] and Policy” conference at McGill University in Montreal.

published October 14, 2007 by

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Disk drives win Nobel Prize in physics

Disk drives win Nobel Prize in physics

OK, two physicists who discovered Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) didI went on a bit of a rant recently about how cool disk technology. Seems the Swedish Academy of Sciences, the organization that awards Nobel Prizes, agrees.

published October 10, 2007 by

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Home data compression you can see

Home data compression you can see

iTunes has rendered my CD cases obsoleteA few weeks ago I realized that I had enough disk space - 1 TB - on my desktop to rip all my CDs as 320 Kb/s MP3s. I had also built a $50 DVD burner so I re-ripped most of my lower fidelity CDs and ripped the 60% I'd never ripped before.

published October 9, 2007 by

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Apple's new kick-butt file system pushes on

Apple's new kick-butt file system pushes on

Fixing data corruption before it startsApple is moving quickly ahead with their plan to give Mac users the most reliable data storage on any desktop with the new file system ZFS. According to MacRumors the latest developers build of OS X Leopard includes V1.

published October 5, 2007 by

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Inside Amazon

Inside Amazon

You're running one of the world's busiest e-commerce sites, handling up to 4 million checkouts per day. Response time is critical.

published October 3, 2007 by

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100,000 year nanowire storage

100,000 year nanowire storage

For all the technology we use to store data, there is one problem that has no good solution: longevity. Some scientists at the University of Pennsylvania - home of some of the first computers - have developed a new kind of memory that is 1,000x faster than flash and should hold its contents for 100,000 years.

published October 2, 2007 by

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Engineering the 10 TB notebook drive

Engineering the 10 TB notebook drive

We all take it for granted that disk capacities keep rising, but did you ever wonder why?Disks are way more complex than you knowChips have a lot of brilliant technology, but disk drives are just as complex.

published September 27, 2007 by

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