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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
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 5/27/2010 | 0 Comments

NetApp Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth quarter net income of $145 million, or 40 cents a share, more than double the $68 million, or 21 cents a share in the same period last year. (NTAP)

NetApp Q4 profit more than doubles to $145M

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/27/2010 | 0 Comments

Netflix Inc. has selected Microsoft PlayReady technology and the Protected Interoperable File Format for use in new Netflix ready devices and applications, the companies said Tuesday. (NFLX) (MSFT)

Netflix to use Microsoft technology in new play-ready devices

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/27/2010 | 0 Comments

Intel is leaving the discrete graphics market to Nvidia and AMD/ATI for now, but its orphaned GPU/CPU mashup, Larrabee (, will soon see new life in the HPC space. In a Tuesday posting

Intel abandons discrete graphics for HPC

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/27/2010 | 0 Comments

Hewlett-Packard knocked IBM from the top spot in worldwide server revenue during the first quarter, as the market for x86 systems picked up but sales of Unix and mainframe systems continued to decline, Gartner said on Tuesday.

HP tops IBM in recovering server market

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Touchscreens made from thin plastic coated with silver and gold
would weigh less, take up less volume, be more flexible and could be
produced much more quickly than glass plates — up to 100 times faster in
fact, scientists say.Cheap, flexible touchscreens made with silver and gold nanowires could soon be rolling off the presses and into cell phones, computers and more. The same technology could even be used in solar panels.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

As the most important supplier of network infrastructure to enterprises, Cisco's NAC products are a natural point of curiosity for network managers. Unfortunately, though, Cisco's approach to NAC has been riddled with in-fighting, false starts, delayed product releases, and a good dose of chaos and confusion.

Cisco's NAC goes off track, customers taken aback

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

A couple of I/O-focused storage companies have teamed up to set a new IOPS world record. NextIO, a provider of I/O acceleration appliances for storage systems, and Fusion-io, which makes flash-based solid-state (ioMemory) memory cards, announced May 24 that they have broken the land speed record for IOPS performance in a single rack-mount flash array.

NextIO, Fusion-io Set Array Speed Record of 2.2M IOPS

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Red Hat disses Oracle, and expounds on its open source strategy.

Red Hat exec: Oracle's not an open source company

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

intellogo.jpgAnaphase is a research project at Intel that hopes to enable improved performance with single-threaded applications on multi-core processors. Intel mentioned a joint venture with Silicon Hive back in February that would improve multi-thread performance of single-core processors, more specifically with Intel Atom. It looks it is also working on doing the reversed, as more and more processors with multiple cores are launched.

Intel optimize single-thread performance with Anaphase technology

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Your ink jet cartridge probably contains less liquid than a Heinz ketchup packet condiment -- and it's far from free. Here's why it's so expensive.

HP explains why printer ink is so expensive

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/26/2010 | 0 Comments

The market for tech jobs appears to be tightening, creating increased competition for high-tech companies seeking new workers in the Triangle and other smaller metros.

WSJ: Red Hat shifts hiring strategy as competition for talent intensifies

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/25/2010 | 0 Comments

Windows 7 has fueled a surge of goodwill toward Microsoft, with the company's customer satisfaction ratings reaching a record high in Q1 2010, according to a new American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey.

Windows 7 helps Microsoft hit record customer satisfaction score

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/25/2010 | 0 Comments

Big Blue is using the open-source Hadoop project to power it's latest efforts to analyze big data.

IBM chooses Hadoop to analyze big data

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/25/2010 | 0 Comments

Several technology vendors including Microsoft, Polycom, HP, Juniper Networks and LifeSize owner Logitech have created an organization designed to ensure interoperability of unified communications technologies. The UCIF or Unified Communications Interoperability Forum is envisioned to be an organization that will drive the market for UC technologies, much as the WiFi Alliance did for wireless LANs. Cisco and Avaya are not part of the organization.
- Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Polycom are among the founding members of an alliance created to push interoperability between unified communications offerings using currently established standards. Other founding members of the UCIF (Unified Communications Interoperability Forum) include Juniper ...

Microsoft, Polycom, HP Team on Unified Communications

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 5/25/2010 | 0 Comments

This morning  SAP CTO Visha Sikka,  VMWare CEO Paul Maritz, and Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior announced to the SAPPHIRENOW crowd in Orlando and Frankfurt an unprecedented partnership between the Virtual Computing Coalition (VCE) and SAP designed to accelerate the customers virtualization and/or the  potential adoption of cloud computing model
This major announcement reinforced the message delivered yesterday by the SAP co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe at SAPPHIRENOW –“ SAP is definitely committed to a software and hardware stack approach” , and “decided to work with leaders such as Cisco, EMC and VMware ...companies that are at the best at what they do”

This announcement was also immediately detailed by a panel of senior executives who discussed based on a real customer case studie, how VCE Vblock infrastructure Packages helps the SAP virtualization delivering huge benefits in terms of performances, speed of deployment and TCO. Member of the panel were
-SAP and VCE partner to accelerate customers virtualization and cloud deployment

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