Apple's brand-new MacBook Air might not look much from the outside, but a revolution lurks under the hood: This is the first mainstream computer to eschew SATA in favor of PCIe SSD! Long heralded in workstations and servers, PCIe SSD brings massive potential for storage performance. Apple Bets on SSD Apple was first out of the gate in switching to all-SSD storage for their … [Read more...] about Apple Brings PCIe SSD To The Masses In The New MacBook Air
Release after release, Microsoft pushes Windows forward. Yet the operating system is continually undermined by the "value-focused" low-end machines pushed by the majority of OEMs. This race to the bottom has tarnished Windows for a decade and now threatens to derail Windows 8. Microsoft must do something to stop the crap before it's too late! Attack of the Craptops The … [Read more...] about Microsoft: Kill the Craptops Before They Destroy Windows!
Cisco made a massive strategic blunder in the last decade, aggressively moving into consumer devices rather than focusing on their core enterprise and service provider markets. It seems that Cisco is now in the process of rectifying this mistake, but charting a path to growth is an entirely different matter! Cisco's Consumer Blunder Cisco is not HP, Dell, or IBM. Cisco is … [Read more...] about How Will Cisco Recover From The Consumer Strategy Blunder?
After our TiVo died, our family has turned to the Apple TV more and more. I've encoded some movies using Handbrake but wasn't sure how to access alternative audio tracks (commentary, etc) or subtitles, and an Internet search was less than helpful. It turns out its fairly simple once you know the trick! A New Hope I have long used a Series 3 TiVo as my cable tuner, and we … [Read more...] about How To Access Alternate Audio Tracks And Subtitles On An Apple TV
I'm a UNIX command line guy, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that I love regular expressions. This simple language allows one to slice and dice text strings with abandon, greatly simplifying data extraction and replacement tasks. Although it's been there since 2010, I was thrilled recently to discover that Google Spreadsheets now supports in-cell regular expressions! It's … [Read more...] about Google Spreadsheet Regular Expression Functions Are Insanely Useful