A few years back, I wrote an immensely-popular series of blog posts outlining the four things that were holding storage system performance back, and the ways to fix them. At the time, I created some presentation content to go along with these posts, and even considered pulling them into a white paper, but nothing came of that. Now, however, I'm pleased to announce that my Four … [Read more...] about The Four Horsemen of Storage System Performance Are Coming To Life!
The hot story in the news this week is Volkswagen's reported brazen cheating in diesel engine emissions testing. This brought to mind a host of similar occurrences, from Samsung/HTC cheating at benchmarks to alleged cheating in SPC enterprise storage performance testing. Cynics say we should just assume we're being cheated, but is this a world in which we want to … [Read more...] about Your Mileage May Vary: Lies, Damn Lies, and Benchmarks
3D printing is stuck firmly in the hobbyist world: It's overly expensive, not at all practical, produces items of limited utility, and requires far too much time and effort. Yet it's also so utterly transformative that the experience is other-worldly. Other-timely, really, since it's obvious that this is how many daily objects will be produced in just a few years. My 3D … [Read more...] about Thoughts on the Modern Miracle of 3D Printing
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 … [Read more...] about Blatant Fraud At Amazon: Do Something About It!
Note: This article is cross-posted to both my technology blog, Pack Rat, and my watch blog, Grail 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 … [Read more...] about A Watch Guy’s Review of the Apple Watch