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A brand new MacBook Pro for $550? What could possibly go wrong?

Blatant Fraud At Amazon: Do Something About It!

This is not a link blog, but I just had to highlight this blatant fraudulent activity at Amazon reported by my friend Lee Badman. A quick glance shows that the same thing is widespread – too-good prices on items offered off-Amazon with payment through gift cards. It’s a straight-up scam, and I wonder how many people have been hurt by it and why Amazon hasn’t done anything to stop it!

I have a "link blog" of interesting tech articles (and another for personal stuff!)

Regarding My Symbolic Links and Good Reads

I’ve been told that my shares drive traffic to the blogs I read. I’m thrilled that I can share great writing with you in this way, and I hope you find it valuable! But just in case you don’t, I hope you’ll take advantage of the fact that I filter these posts for you into “Symbolic Links” and “Good Reads” so you’ll find it easier to ignore them.

The third-generation drobo is just about the perfect home storage device

Generation 3 drobo: Fall In Love All Over Again

I remain a huge fan of drobo generally, and the third-generation drobo remains the best choice for home storage. It’s the perfect storage device for the long haul, and the performance improvements make it a no-brainer. Get one.

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New England Takes On Seattle To Determine Who’s Number 2 … In Tech!

Although New England ought to win that big football game, they’re losing when it comes to innovation and technology. Seattle and Austin are gaining rapidly, and Massachusetts has itself to blame thanks to oppressive non-compete clauses and the threat of litigation. As for Tech Field Day, look for us to return to Silicon Valley for seven of our nine full events in 2015. At least now you know why!

You might think RAID is for data protection, but it does nothing of the sort!

Why Big Disk Drives Require Data Integrity Checking

Hard disk drives keep getting bigger, meaning capacity just keeps getting cheaper. But storage capacity is like money: The more you have, the more you use. And this growth in capacity means that data is at risk from a very old nemesis: Unrecoverable Read Errors (URE).

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NEC Networking ONUG NSV Testing Demo
NEC Networking ONUG NSV Testing Demo
The Real Game of Thrones Starring Cardinal Richelieu
The Real Game of Thrones Starring Cardinal Richelieu
Close Encounters with the Third Kind of Database
Close Encounters with the Third Kind of Database
The Economics of Cloud or Why Amazon is Doomed (Maybe)
The Economics of Cloud or Why Amazon is Doomed (Maybe)

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The Flex in its natural habitat: Slightly off road on a family camping excursion!

Review: 2013 Ford Flex

The 2013 Ford Flex exceeded my expectations in every driving and utility-related area, but the terrible MyFord Touch system really detracts from the vehicle. I would highly recommend buying a Ford Flex if you’ve got a family of 5 or 6, but try to get one with old fashioned buttons and dials!

Begun, the Patent Wars Have

Every day, it seems there is a new lawsuit in the mobile phone industry. HTC, Motorola, Google, Microsoft, and especially Apple and Samsung are actively litigating their way through a thicket of patents. The same is increasingly happening in the rest of the IT industry. But is all this bloodshed really about innovation? Or is it, as one federal judge noted, simply a new form of intense business competition?

This photo caused the watch nerds on Reddit to squeal in horror!

A Watch Guy’s Review of the Apple Watch

Is the Apple Watch a personal communication revolution like the iPhone, a well-executed gadget like the Apple TV, or a total miss? Does it mark the end of the the world as we know it for watches? And what’s it like to use one? I’m a watch guy and a gadget guy, so perhaps my perspective will be of some value.

Wouldn't it be great if storage protocols allowed for scalability?

Scaling Storage At The Client

Scaling storage is a serious challenge for the industry, but there is a great deal of thought, effort, and creativity going into it right now. Companies like Gridstore, Oxygen Cloud, and Cleversafe have come up with effective client-side solutions to enable scale-out storage to sing. If you’ve got an appropriate application, client, or gateway, scale-out is a real possibility!

Silicon Alley Insider's Dan Frommer and Kamelia Angelova presented this chart of Microsoft's profits on Feb 10, 2010

Microsoft’s Overlooked Innovation

It’s fun to bash Microsoft. It’s easy, too, with Apple solidly conquering the high end of the PC and mobile markets and Google’s command of the Internet. But how fair are these articles skewering Microsoft, such as “Microsoft’s chronic lack of innovation” published today at Techworld? I suggest that Microsoft innovates as well as, if not better than, any other massive company. But no one innovates like an outsider.

PCIe SSDs run at full PCIe speed (5 Gbps or more) and are optimized internally for better performance

Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?

The world of storage can be confusing, with obscure terms hiding massive differences in technology and performance. Such is the case for the latest PCI express SSDs: They are much faster than traditional SAS or SATA SSDs, but many aren’t sure exactly why. In this article, I will try to explain the real difference.

That's right: I now have five Exchange ActiveSync accounts on my iPhone!

How To Set Up Multiple Exchange ActiveSync Accounts in iPhone iOS 4

Among the many exciting features of Apple’s version-4 iPhone OS is the long-awaited ability to sync to multiple Exchange ActiveSync servers. The new software, now dubbed iOS 4, can synchronize mail, contacts, and calendars between many different services that use Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol, including Microsoft Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 and Google’s Gmail service.

Dragon Dictate might be the best dictation option for Mac users, but it's not very good at that

Dragon Dictate for Mac: Utterly Frustrating

For the last few months, I’ve been experimenting with dictation software on the Mac. Previously, I had used the built-in dictation software in Windows Vista and Windows 7, but it was annoying to launch a virtual machine every time I wanted to dictate something. On the Mac and purchase an (expensive) copy of Dragon Dictate for Mac. So far, my experience has been less than positive.