It's that time again, when everyone who thinks they're a pundit (that would be everyone with a blog or Twitter account) has to make predictions for the coming year. But predictions are perilous: Get it right and you look like a mere trend-watcher; get it wrong and you look like a fool. It's such a hassle! So I'm doing something different this year: I'm going to make predictions … [Read more...] about My 2009 IT Industry Predictions
Archives for 2009
Personal computer hard disk drive access methods have repeatedly been forced to adapt to ever-expanding capacity. Physical (CHS) addressing and 28-bit LBA have been abandoned, but the disk drives themselves retain the tiny 512-byte sectors they have had since IBM introduced fixed-block addressing in the 1970's. But time marches on, and Western Digital is leading the change to … [Read more...] about Drobo, XP Users: Beware of 4K “Advanced Format” Drives!
Regular readers of the Pack Rat blog know I love my Drobo. I'm not the only one - the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day delegates spilled a ton of virtual ink over the Drobo, and their Drobo videos are definitely worth watching! But the Drobo is a bit pricey, especially the newly-released Drobo S and Drobo Elite models. Happily, I offer a solution: Data Robotics was kind enough to … [Read more...] about The Great Tech Field Day Drobo Sale!
The nVidia 8600M GT graphics chip in my late-2007 (Merom/Santa Rosa) MacBook Pro has failed. I knew it might happen, noting it back in August of 2008, and it was one reason I bought an AppleCare warranty. Apple has promised to repair affected machines for three years regardless of warranty status, but that doesn't make it any easier to live with. Let's hope everything goes … [Read more...] about Not Good: My MacBook Pro’s nVidia 8600M Video Failed
Is your non-3GS iPhone locked out of your Exchange 2007 ActiveSync server after upgrading to iPhone OS 3.1? It's a feature, not a bug! Here's how to get older iPhones up and running with Exchange Server 2007 SP1! … [Read more...] about How iPhone OS 3.1 Locked Some Out Of Exchange, And How To Fix It