Robin Harris

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

Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.

Latest Posts

FTP: untrustworthy file transfer

FTP - file transfer protocol - is the most commonly used method for moving files around Web. Now Steve Frank, a founder and developer for Mac software company Panic, has come out and recommended that people stop using FTP.

July 14, 2008 by


July 4th, 2008: A trip down memory lane

A 1 question civics quizToday American's celebrate the Declaration of Independence, the legal foundation of the USA and, after the failure of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution of the United States.I revere the Constitution as a magnificent piece of political engineering.

July 4, 2008 by

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Why computers fail

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.

June 30, 2008 by


Apple announces ZFS on Snow Leopard

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.

June 19, 2008 by

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