Good failure data for PCs is hard to find: who knows how many times PC users are told to reinstall Windows? But in a recent paper, Bianca Schroeder and Garth Gibson of CMU found some surprising results in 10 years of large scale cluster system failures at Los Alamos National Labs.
Storage is what makes a computer your computer. 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, based in Sedona, Arizona. He has over 30 years in the IT industry, including DEC and Sun, and degrees from Yale and the Wharton School.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
The post on Apple's Grand Central multicore support in OS X.vi had some commenters claiming that Microsoft had already solved the multicore software problem.
Finally, a modern file system on a consumer OS As if Grand Central weren't enough bad news for Microsoft, now they have ZFS to contend with. Building a reliable, high-performance file system takes years and Microsoft doesn't have years to respond.
Apple's quiet preview of OS X.6 - Snow Leopard - promises ".
The next version of Mac OS X will address 16 TB of RAM. Who will ever have 16 TB - 16,000 GB - of RAM on a home computer?
Some scoffed at the 8 PS3 supercomputer. But not the scientists at Los Alamos National Labs.
Data on your fingertipDisk drives are going to offer the best $/GB ratio for years to come. Flash drives have to offer something else.
Time Machine really works. But is it the best backup tool for you?
Driving fast on the cost curve. Flash prices need to drop about 50% a year to keep volumes growing.
Is IT a "profession?"Certifications and professional organizations are window dressing.