Robin Harris

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

Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

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Big impact lessons in email protection

Big impact lessons in email protection

As massive storage becomes common, its importance growsTwo recent stories highlight the importance of massive storage and the people who manage it.Intel vs AMDAMD is suing Intel for anti-trust violations, claiming that Intel illegally used its market power to choke off AMD sales.

published April 30, 2007 by

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Why is Vista lame?

Why is Vista lame?

Update: a few folks have taken me to task for calling Vista lame. For the record, I don't have an opinion about Vista as I've never seen it.

published April 19, 2007 by

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Apple's new kick-butt file system

Apple's new kick-butt file system

As a long time fan of Apple - I bought an Apple // in 1978 - I watch Apple's storage efforts with special interest. The least talked about addition to the next version of Mac OS X, Leopard, is notable.

published April 15, 2007 by

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A flash drive in your future?

A flash drive in your future?

The good, the bad and the uglyI've been a huge fan of flash ever since I plunked down $400 for a 10 MB compact flash card in the early '90s for my brand-spanking new HP Omnibook 300. Light and built like a tank, the 300's chiseled abs flash drive almost doubled battery life to over 10 hours.

published April 11, 2007 by

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Hard disks *do* get slower with use

Hard disks *do* get slower with use

The question is why?We've been so conditioned to think that various evils - malware, fragmentation, bad blocks, and general bit rot, among others - are hosing our disk performance that we forget that hard disks really do get slower with use.

published April 10, 2007 by

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Desktop RAID is a bad idea

Desktop RAID is a bad idea

Jon Bach, who runs Puget Custom Computers in Seattle, explains Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea in his blog.Breaks way more often than disks doJon notes that for some reason many of his customers come to him convinced that they need RAID on their home or professional workstations, and he tries to talk them out of it, often with no success.

published April 4, 2007 by

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Protecting genetic storage

Protecting genetic storage

It ain't just bits on your laptop, buckoMIT's Technology Review blogger David Ewing Duncan writes about Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of DNA, James Watson.DNA is, of course, a very compact biotech storage medium - pure informationWatson agreed a couple of years ago to have his DNA sequenced and publicly released by 454 Life Sciences.

published April 3, 2007 by

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Public optical storage

Public optical storage

The whole literacy thing is so-o-o second millenniumThe New York Times has an article on cell-phone readable bar codes (irritating registration required).Maybe this will cut down drunken party photos on FriendsterAlready in use in Japan and Europe - the more technologically advanced parts of the world - the codes enable cell phones to read URLs and other info.

published April 2, 2007 by

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Making America strong - one family at a time

Making America strong - one family at a time

Mash-up on steroidsIt sure is nice to see the folks in Washington DC pick up on the latest technology and put it to good wholesome use. I refer, of course, to a pilot program here in Arizona run by the Department of Family Security.

published April 1, 2007 by

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