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

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.

April 11, 2007 by


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.

April 10, 2007 by


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.

April 4, 2007 by

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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.

April 3, 2007 by


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.

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