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by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/17/2011 | 0 Comments

A flash memory working group announced a new interface specification on Tuesday that could speed up data transfers from flash storage products such as solid-state drives inside computers and consumer electronics.

The ONFI (Open NAND Flash Interface) Working Group released the ONFI 3.0 controller specification, which allows for transfer of data at 400 megabytes per second. That is double the speed of the previous ONFI standard, ONFI 2.3, which was released last August.

SSD data transfer speed doubled

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Vigile points out a new take on SSD from Viking Modular Solutions. The SATADIMM puts an SSD in the form factor of a memory module. "The unit itself actually uses a SandForce SSD controller and draws its power from the DIMM socket directly but still connects to the computer through a SATA connection — nothing fancy like using the memory bus, etc. Performance is actually identical to other SandForce-based SSDs though the benefits for 1U servers and motherboards with dozens of DIMM slots is interesting to say the least. Likely priced outside the realm for average consumers, the SATADIMM will likely stay put in the enterprise market but represents an indicator that companies are realizing SSDs don't need to be in traditional HDD form factors."

New Device Puts SSD In a DIMM Slot

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Flash Cache as good as SSD tier

EMC blew NetApp and others away with a CIFS benchmark in January. Now NetApp has returned that favour with interest, blowing EMC away in an NFS benchmark.…

NFS smackdown: NetApp knocks EMC out

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

NetApp is adding solid state drives (SSD) and 2.5-inch disk drives to its FAS arrays to speed data access and increase power efficiency, but is not providing automated data movement - yet.…

NetApp adds SSDs and 2.5-inch drives

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Oh my, is that Hitachi's new G-Drive with G-Technology in your pocket, the slimmest external hard drive on the planet, or are you just really unhappy to see us? Oh it is Hitachi's G-Drive! That would explain the ultra-slim footprint. The G-Drive is a 2.5-inch external unit measuring just 128.6mm (L) x 82mm (W) x 9.9mm (H), so you can fill it with confidential files and slide it in your pocket with no one ever being the wiser. "Our new G-DRIVE slim is yet another way that we’re making high quality storage

Hitachi Unveils World's Thinnest External Hard Drive

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Blurry image posted on website

Hitachi GST has posted an image on its website of the solid state drive (SSD) it is developing with Intel.…

Hitachi GST SSD image sighted

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

It's all too apparent that SSD (solid-state drive) data storage will ultimately replace HDD (hard disk drive) disk storage for all but the most specialized applications. Most people in the IT storage business understand this. It will still take a number of years, but spinning disk storage will eventually give way to the simpler, more efficient solid-state form. The proof is evident: Disk manufacturers Seagate Technology, Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba, Intel, Micron Technology, Hynix, SanDisk and LSI Logic are just some of the companies producing improved NAND flash disks as the next generation of storage begins to take shape. They are selling them to a list of storage system makers including EMC, IBM, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Fusion-io, Pliant, Schooner and Fujitsu that continue to ramp up their output. NAND flash memory currently serves as the core or adjunct storage for new servers, storage arrays, routers, USB flash drives and mobile devices that include smartphones, the Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone. Here are some specifics on why SSD storage will kill HDD storage. (Source: eWEEK reporting) - ...

Solid-State Storage Disks Are Rapidly Replacing HDDs: 10 Reasons Why

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Nearly no fans? Cool

Hitachi is mounting refrigerators on the rear doors of racks to suck out heat at a much lower cost.…

Hitachi refrigerates rack rears

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

If you need to ask what kind, you aren't allowed to know

Emulex is offloading encryption to its HBAs and working with Compellent, EMC, HDS and Big Blue to integrate them with storage arrays and key managers.…

Emulex encrypts data before it gets into the array

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

OCZ today launched its next-generation PCI-express solid-state drive, which offers about three times the performance of SATA-based SSDs and up to 960GB of capacity.

New 1TB PCIe SSD boasts triple the performance of SATA

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

A coalition of top IT vendors today announced the creation of the Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to create a standard that will allow manufacturers to add a PCIe interface to NAND flash products and significantly boost throughput.

Top IT vendors join in effort to create SSD PCIe standard

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2010 | 0 Comments

Intel is working with a group of Taiwanese companies and a government research center on a project that aims to slash the cost of a data center by nearly half.

Intel joins bid to halve the cost of data centers

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Fusion-io, pioneer of a new flash-based, server-class memory tier (ioMemory), today announced the Fusion-io Technology Alliance Program, an...

Fusion-io Creates New Technology Alliance Program to Drive Innovation through Collaboration

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 10/14/2010 | 0 Comments
QLogic announced on Thursday three new converged network adapters capable of carving up virtual port and enabling communication between virtual machines.

QLogic releases new 10GbE converged network adaptors

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