Most disk drives include a feature named SMART - Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology - intended to tell you if your drive is dying. Can you rely on it?
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.
Watching a stuttering YouTube video is frustrating. With all the technology at our command why can't we do better?
Has Google has built its own 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch - one far cheaper and power-efficient than existing switches - as it seeks to widen its infrastructure cost advantage over Yahoo, MSN and AOL?Andrew Schmitt, an analyst at Nyquist Capital makes the case.
Notebooks need longer battery lifeI used a flash-disk based notebook for much of the '90s and loved its 10-hour battery life. You just have so much more freedom when you don't need to worry about keeping a battery charged.
"Deleting" a file does nothing of the sort: the file is still on your hard drive, you just can't see it anymore. Cheap file recovery software will reclaim the data in a flash.
From the why-didn't-I-think-of-that? departmentOver on Salon, Farhad Manjoo connected the dots between purchase price and resale value of Macs and PCs.
This isn't about technologyGeorge Ou ought to be in marketing: his impassioned apology for Comcast's intrusive "network management" (see A rational debate on Comcast traffic management) almost makes sense.By dragging the discussion down into the details of cable's technical inadequacies he glosses over the important issues.
Podcast and iTunes Music Store compatibility on a Zune? Easier than you think.
Quick, are gamers socially impaired, violence prone losers or technically hip, socially conscious good guys? The numbers don't lie: Sony Playstation3 participation is 30x that of Windows machines in Stanford's disease fighting Folding@home project.
Not by Jack Dongarra and the LINpack benchmarkThe Guinness Book of Records, the unimpeachable source for all things drinkers might bet on, has listed Stanford's Folding@Home network of distributed PS3's as the world's ". .
It sure looks like itMicrosoft pays $240 million for a stake that values Facebook at an astounding 150x of revenue - $15 billion dollars.A week later, Google announces Open Social, a competitive platform with partners including LinkedIn, Hi5, Friendster, Salesforce.
I've used a lot of operating systems starting with the late, great TOPS-20 on DEC's 36-bit DECsystems. Also VMS, RSTS, CP/M, MS-DOS, Windows versions 3.
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.
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!
Update: I'm seeing reports that other people are having upgrade problems. Before you upgrade to Leopard you really want to create a bootable back up.