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Live Dangerously: AIT EOL’d

Buried on Sony’s web site is the final death knell for the AIT data tape format. The declaration, dated 10-12-09, specifies the format’s End of Life (EOL) for the close of March 2010. Never a rousing success, Sony has decided to pull the plug on AIT drive sales “…after careful review and consideration.” According to the second and probably final notice, “AIT media sales will continue beyond March 2010 with no immediate plan of discontinuation.” Read more…

G-Tech Announces 2TB Across Entire 3.5″ Line

Rich media producers rejoice! G-Technology by Hitachi, a brand know for their well–packaged, high performance storage products, announced this week that their entire 3.5″ product line will incorporate Hitachi’s 2TB, 7,200 RPM drives.

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DAT320: Zombie Format Surfaces in Frankfurt

It’s official: The DAT format isn’t dead yet. It’s still shuffling around, attempting to find a place at the backup table. Trouble is, more capacious and sweeter smelling formats have taken all the seats. This past week, Tandberg Data was previewing the latest generation of the DAT digital data format at the SNW Europe 2009 show in Frankfurt, but the big question is, “Why? Read more…

New Wi-Fi Brand Emerges: Wi-Fi Direct

The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry trade group for the promotion of all things Wi-Fi, announced recently that a branded version of new wireless peer–to–peer networking protocols are in the pipeline. Dubbed Wi-Fi Direct, “The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to begin certification for this new specification in mid-2010, and products which achieve the certification will be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Wi-Fi Direct…Only Wi-Fi Alliance member companies will be able to certify devices to the new specification.” Read more…

Disk Discussions

Hey sports fans! Oh, er, wrong blog…

Hello happy reader,

This turn of the platter brings us to some recent announcements concerning disk drives from Toshiba, WD and others plus, an interesting statistic… Read more…

Rise of the Clones, Pt. II

Hallo hoppy reader,

Yesterday, Psystar Corp. announced an OEM Licensing program. They’ll begin certifying other manufacturer’s hardware to allow the licensing of Psystar’s “virtualization technology.” Psystar’s methodology, specifically engineered for Snow Leopard, allows for seamless operation of the Mac OS on generic Intel Hardware and would be offered on all Psystar–Certified machines.

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FC Me

Yo happy reader,

Been up to my ears post–IDF but, a veritable plethora of storage–related announcements simply will not go away. So, let’s start whacking those storage moles by looking at FCoE, a new kid on the storage block. Read more…

IDF09, A New Day

Hallo hoppy readers,

Yesterday, I attended a HP session on changes to data center design and management. There have been some interesting changes since I last looked at the problem at the Uptime Institute.

This morning, IDF started the first keynote with Deborah Conrad. She debuted a new 15 sec. TV spot, part of the same campaign that’s currently running… Read more…

IDF2009 Pt. II

Hello again happy reader,

This is your afternoon installment from IDF09. Specifically, the keynote from Sean Maloney and friends. The topic: Intel Architecture Innovates And Integrates

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IDF2009

Hallo hoppy reader,

It’s Tuesday and that means I’ve taken a bat turn to the left and landed at Moscone for another Intel Developer Forum. This first installment concern’s the show’s opening keynote, from Paul Otellini and associates. Paul’ theme: A Continuum of Computing Read more…

Blue Light CES Special

Hallo hoppy reader,

Quick thang: For those of us heading to Sin City for all gadgets, all the time, Jet Blue’s having a promo in conjunction with the Consumer Electronic Show. For travel to Las Vegas on Jan. 4th to the 7th and return flights Jan. 10th to the 13th, use the promo code “2010CES” on Jet Blue’s web site for a 5% discount…Hey, 5 percent’s better than nothing!

All for now so, I’m outta here. Thanks for visiting and, until next, geek on!

Snowed by das Leopard?

Hello happy readers,

Tomorrow is zero day for Apple’s 10.6 Snow Leopard and there are still many mainstream apps out there that may malfunction with the new OS… Read more…