Although many discussions in the storage industry focus on the relative merits of one protocol or another, the conversation occasionally turns to the core issue at hand: We continue to patch together a system based on outdated concepts. Most storage protocols continue to mimic direct attached storage, and most of our so-called networks act as point to point channels. An … [Read more...] about We Need a Storage Revolution
Archives for April 2011
As a computer hobbyist and tinker, I love making things work, but as an IT professional I just can't countenance this kind of hacking. The sad truth is, regardless of whether or not something works, product support is usually more important. That's why I'm singing the support matrix blues: I don't care if you say it works, just tell me if it's supported. "Supported" and … [Read more...] about I Don’t Care If You Claim It Works (The Support Matrix Blues)
Being one of the few remaining mechanical components of the computer system, the hard disk drive is also one of the major power consumers. A spinning hard disk platter effectively turns power into heat, working contrary to user expectation. Not surprisingly, most hard disk drive manufacturers have implemented a number of power saving features, reducing the impact of disk drives … [Read more...] about Western Digital IntelliPark: Feature or Design Flaw?
One negative aspect of the otherwise-excellent Sony NEX-5 camera is its lack of a high-quality microphone input. To remedy this situation, and for general portable recording tasks, I purchased a Zoom H1 "Handy Recorder" portable microphone. Overall, I'm quite impressed with this device, especially when it comes to audio quality and usability, but have some questions about the … [Read more...] about Zoom H1 “Handy Recorder”: Hands-On Review
Upgrades are an inevitability in our modern technological world. A new phone comes out every year or two, and the migration process begins. So why don't devices have a special mode, priming them for upgrade and migration? This really hit home recently, as I upgraded the hard disks in my Drobo, but it applies equally to laptops, phones, and services like e-mail. So It … [Read more...] about Why Can’t We Prime Our Devices For Upgrades?