I usually review gadgets on this blog, but my latest acquisition is a little larger than most. The 2013 Ford Flex wagon is a huge, expensive, awesome gadget. But like all gadgets, not everything is perfect. Let me take you for a ride, and maybe you'll see what I mean. Copious Space For a Family of Five I have three growing kids, including one who is rapidly approaching … [Read more...] about Review: 2013 Ford Flex
I love cars, but I hate buying them. The car buying process can be a catfight or ripoff, and it's never fun. That's why I was pleased to hear that Ford offers “friends and family” (X plan) pricing to shareholders like me. But it's been awfully difficult actually getting this benefit! Update: As of 2018, this still works! I got a new X-Plan PIN for our 2018 Flex! X Plan … [Read more...] about Yes! Ford Offers “X-Plan” Pricing for Shareholders!
“The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.” Andrew Tanenbaum's statement may be a cynical and dismissive, but it's not far from the mark. Indeed, there are a great many standards, perhaps as many as there are efforts to standardize the world around us! But what good are standards, really? The 3 Standard Types In technical fields, standardization … [Read more...] about The Myths of Standardization
Solid-state drives (SSD's) have been around for a while, but they have never been a mainstream alternative for enterprise server booting and applications. SSD's were positioned as high-performance storage for special use cases and were too expensive for mainstream adoption. But that might change with the latest generation of SSD's, as exemplified by the new Micron P400e that … [Read more...] about Micron Builds a Ford Taurus: The P400e SSD Hands-On Review
If the enterprise storage market was the auto market, who would be who?* … [Read more...] about If Storage Vendors Were Automakers…