Many people reacted with disbelief to my recent series on data corruption (see How data gets lost, 50 ways to lose your data and How Microsoft puts your data at risk), claiming it had never happened to them. Really?
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.
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.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
Tired of your slow notebook burner?Want to rip a lot of CDs - as I have in the last week?
I used - and loved - a Windows flash disk notebook for 5 years. The flash drive doubled my battery life and gave me a better sleep mode better than any I've had since - PC or Mac.
Compression even your Mom will loveThe compression ratio is better than 4:1. Try that with Lempel-Ziv!
Supercomputing Costco-styleIn 1997, IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov. Today you can build a more powerful machine for less than $2,500 in an 11" x 12" x 17" box.
A recent problem with the firmware in a Seagate drive offers a peek at the 400,000 lines of spaghetti code inside a modern disk. It is a cautionary tale for those who blithely assume that disk drives "just work.
Vendors are pimping hybrid drives of flash memory and rotating disks. Disk drives and flash memory have very specific performance profiles.
Smaller Is Better, So Why Isn't It Cheaper?I've been wondering when the 2.
A few months ago I predicted that it was game over for HD-DVD in the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD blood match, with Blu-ray the winner. Why?
You say you want a revolution?Energy efficient data centers are in the news again, with the EPA reporting that data centers use 1.
It is about frikkin' time!18 months ago the storage world was abuzz with the hints of Google's Gdrive, a rumored free(?
Storing data in documentsI ordered Apple's new iWork '08 package Tuesday and it arrived two days later. I've had the prior iWork suites but found little use for them as Microsoft's Office suite - which I've used for 15 years - met my needs without a learning curve.
56% of data loss due to system & hardware problems - OntrackData loss is painful and all too common. Why?
Apologies to Paul SimonDisk drives are marvelous devices. Especially when they go "clunk" and stop working.
Our perception of risk and the reality of risk are often two different things. For example, are computer viruses or system glitches more likely to hose your data?