MemCon 08 Pt. 2

More from Session 1:  OS Optimization: This year the first Solid State Drives or SSDs appeared in end user applications. For many years, DRAM–based SSDs have been in use in enterprise computing where the insane cost and Soviet-era form factor was outweighed by their almost zero latency, incredible access times and sustained data rates. The new […]

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MemCon 08 Pt. 1

My notes from Denali Software’s MemCon08, 07-24-08 We all are familiar with dynamic RAM on computer motherboards but most of this conference was concerned with NAND–based flash memory products. NAND storage is widespread in the form of “flash drives,” those little products that have completely replaced small capacity, highly portable sneakernet stuff, along with CompactFlash […]

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Cephalopods Unite

My better half asked me what to do about a plethora of needed wall warts so, while I was on the subject, I thought I’d mention possible solutions to y’all as well… First off, there’s the 1 foot extension cord approach: cheap, effective and ugly as sin. A quick search of Froogle for “power strip adapter […]

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Discus Maximus

Hello happy reader, On July 10th, Seagate “unveiled the industry’s first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.” Don’t need no explosive disk drive but, in the case of storage, more is better. The 11th generation Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB mechanism, “marks the single largest […]

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Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

What ho happy readers, Some time this week, a lemming–like migration of metallic behemoths will assemble in Europe for a little ride over the wine–dark sea. According to an article in the April 08 edition of Television Broadcast magazine, HD OB vans are congregating on the Italian coast, where they will be aggregated for overseas transport. The destination is […]

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Gentlemen, start your engines

Hello happy reader, Today we’re talking about engines. Not the “hemi four four two” sort but other, more modern flavors…Before I get to my main rant today, that of so called “laser TVs,” I wanted to mention tweaking another engine, Amazon’s recommendation engine…I just finished shopping for some textbooks and ended up back on the home […]

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