This regular series features highlights from the week. It was another big one for me, with my Network Computing writing gig starting up, the announcement of my Storage for Server Virtualization seminar series, and the finalization of Tech Field Day for February. Things I wrote I kicked off my new Network Computing column with this one: Ethernet Has A Goldilocks Problem … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, January 14, 2011
Ask a Pack Rat A timely question from a comment on my cheap Momentus XT post and continued in my inbox: How well does [the Momentus XT] perform in a Mac laptop? What I've noticed is substantial slow-down on my older MB Pro when there's a lot of virtual memory usage (e.g. when running several apps plus Parallels.) For my next MBP (hopefully in the next 2-3 months), I'm … [Read more...] about Are Hybrid Hard Drives A Good Alternative To An SSD?
I'll be reporting live and direct all week from the vicinity of Seattle, WA at Gestalt IT's Tech Field Day Seattle. I'm organizing this "co-op analyst day for bloggers" event series, and I'm so pleased with how it's come out. Read on to learn more about the event, the folks, and how you can be a part of it! Tech Field Day 101 Tech Field Day is a series of events organized by … [Read more...] about Live This Week: Gestalt IT Tech Field Day Seattle
There has been much speculation that a new generation of hybrid flash/hard disk drives was right around the corner, and Provantage confirmed it today: The reseller posted a family of "Momentus XT" 2.5" laptop drives for sale on their web site, shipping in 3-4 weeks. Many other sites began listing the drives as well, and The Register got the scoop, benchmarks, and official … [Read more...] about Smoking-Fast Laptops: Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD Disk Drive Confirmed!
I've long been critical of poorly-executed performance comparisons and the "fastest is always best" mentality behind them. Who really cares if a Honda minivan accelerates quicker than a Toyota when no real-world owner will ever keep the accelerator floored from stop to highway speed? The same goes for enterprise gear: Is an over-subscribed backplane really a problem when most … [Read more...] about In Praise of Performance Comparisons