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September 6, 2011 by

SAP HANA gut check

In the run up to SAP TechEd Las Vegas there are three major themes we can expect to hear a LOT about:HANA - SAP's pitch for high speed, in-memory analytics and applicationsMobile - some of us have been privileged to see some pretty spiffy demos of new applications with plenty of iPad love thrown in.Analytics - activists in the BI space have been moaning about delays to GA for BI4.

March 18, 2009 by

Three more HTC Google Android devices coming in 2009

I wrote up a comprehensive review of the T-Mobile G1 back in October and use the device a few times a month to see what is new and interesting in the Android space. I LOVE the notifications on the Android platform and this feature alone is almost compelling enough for me to suffer through the poor battery life and miserable memory management issues. I think the current hardware is targeted more at the mobile phone geek rather than the end consumer, but was pleased to read that three new HTC Android devices will arrive in 2009.

January 12, 2009 by

How to get Windows 7 Beta 1 scot-free

Matt Buchanan over at Gizmodo has posted a down n' dirty guide to getting your grubby hands on Windows 7 without jumping through too many hoops Microsoft positions in front of you. But his guide is a bit long, and now that the beta is available to anyone, I thought I'd offer a quick, printable cheat sheet:Meet the requirements1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor; 1 GB of system memory; 16 GB of available disk space; Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable Aero); DVD-R/W Drive.

October 19, 2008 by

Mobile software Monday: 11 3rd party applications from the Android Market

The T-Mobile G1 is showing up in the hands of those who pre-ordered one this week (mine is schedule for Tuesday arrival) and I have been seeing new applications appearing in the Android Market almost daily on my review unit. There are still a very limited number of games and I think only one or two were added since I started my review. I loaded up eleven applications (a couple of these just appeared yesterday) and took the below video of eight applications in action on the G1. I covered the Video Player in my full review since that was really an application that should have been included by T-Mobile and Google. As I stated in my full review you only get 128MB of onboard storage to load up applications and you cannot currently load them on the microSD card. With the eleven applications I tried, I only had 34MB of remaining memory. However, in looking at the space allocation settings it looks like your data is stored in this area too so if you have a ton of contacts and lots of calendar entries your space may fill up faster.

April 18, 2008 by

Holographic storage ships next month!

Even since astronaut Dave Bowman disconnected the HAL 9000's holographic memory in 2001: A Space Odyssey techies have been wondering when we could buy real holographic storage. Now we know: May, 2008.

January 1, 2008 by

Foams with good memory for space applications

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently reported that two research teams have developed a new porous foam of an alloy that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field. The NSF states that this new material is able to remember its original shape after it's been deformed by a physical or magnetic force. This polycrystalline nickel-manganese-gallium alloy is potentially cheaper and lighter than other materials currently used in devices ranging from sonar to precision valves. It also could be used to design biomedical pumps without moving parts and even for space applications and automobiles.

September 19, 2007 by

Faster memories made of nanowires

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed self-assembling nanowires which will allow to access data 1,000 times faster than current technologies such as Flash memory. They've used nanowires made of germanium, antimony and tellurium which can switch between amorphous and crystalline structures -- the equivalent of 0's and 1's. The scientists say that their technology will use less space and power than current technologies. But more surprisingly, they add that their nanowires will be able to store data for 100,000 years. I really wonder how they can make such a claim.

February 25, 2007 by

Acer TravelMate 6465WLMi

Acer's latest offering definitely fits within the desktop replacement category; it's big, has a decent processor and plenty of memory, disk space and connectivity options, but it also comes with a price-tag to match.

January 2, 2007 by

How to detect RAM problems to stabilize Vista

I had a rough weekend testing Vista RTM on multiple hardware configurations because of some minor hardware issues that never surfaced previously.  It appears that Vista is extremely sensitive to any kind of memory error possibly because of ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization).

December 5, 2006 by

Dave TV: There's still room for disruption in the content management biz

Last week, I headed into Boston for Frank Gilbane's content management conference where I started out as a co-presenter in a session on wikis and blogs. Wikis and blogs have a huge amount of relevance in the content management space since content management is sometimes thought of as an uber-category that includes disciplines like knowledge management or what some folks refer to as corporate memory.

June 30, 2006 by

$30 for 2 GB SD and $80 for 300 GB HD

Well it looks like I'm out some money again because I had to go look at the current deals. I'm running out of hard drive space again with all those raw 8 megabyte photos I'm taking. Looks like there is a 4th of July sale with 2 GBs of SD flash memory for $30 ($45 before rebate) and a pair of 300 GB SATA/PATA hard drives for $80. That works out to about 26.7 cents per gigabyte. The ad can be found here in case anyone else needs some storage or a bigger hard drive.

May 10, 2005 by

VMware Workstation 5

Just about any task involving multiple operating systems on a single computer can be accomplished using VMware Workstation 5, which adds valuable new features and also delivers performance enhancements.


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