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?
Seagate and Western Digital appear to have locked up the majority of the hard disk drive (HDD) market with their respective acquisitions of Samsung and Hitachi's business. Leaving Toshiba with just a sliver, the American companies will soon become giants, each with more than 40% of the total HDD share and a full line of products. Despite the noise made by solid-state disk (SSD) … [Read more...] about Seagate Versus Western Digital: The Hard Disk Drive Battle Lines Are Drawn
This regular series features highlights from the week. I was pretty busy at the Exec Event this week, but did sneak out a few posts about VMware hardware compatibility (SATA/PATA and FCoE CNAs) as well as a review of the Samsung pico-projector I bought for Tech Field Day 4. Things I wrote VMware ESX SATA and PATA Compatibility Cheat Sheet VMware ESX FCoE CNA … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, January 28, 2011
Some gadgets are clever, some are functional, and some are both. There is a fundamental tension in gadget-ology between the useful and the merely cool, and this is precisely the issue with the Samsung SP-H03 pico projector. It's undeniably awesome looking, with a blackout brushed aluminum finish and vanishing white-LED touch-sensitive controls packed into the tiniest box … [Read more...] about Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector Review
Last year, as the pre-release hype around the iPad was reaching its peak, dozens of companies announced their own tablet computers or "pads". Some predicted doom for Apple's device even before it was released. After all, how could premium-priced Apple compete with the volume PC makers and all the factories in China? Pretty well, it turns out. Almost a year later, no tablet … [Read more...] about The Tablet Wasteland and the iPad Oasis