Apple's buying Beats? They must be deaf

I may be among the first to say it, but I'm certain I won't be the last. Beats headphones are crap. The technology in the headphones caters to music with heavy bass. In my opinion, it's similar to turning up the bass on your cheap...

05/29/14

Why The Government Shouldn't Protect Big Business

Over the past few months, several states have created or enforced existing laws that deny Tesla Motors from selling its all-electric cars directly to the public. The latest case was in New Jersey, where the Motor Vehicle...

03/22/14

Did you miss the magic? It's right there in your data storage.

Let's consider how we’ve become numb to the breadth with which technology has advanced. It's moving so fast that we barely have time to appreciate one advancement before the next one comes along. It wasn't always like that. The...

12/20/13

Need a last minute Christmas gift? How about a $12,000 3D printed gun?

I'm not sure if people are champing at the bit for this deal, but if you're a gun collector and you want to be the only one on the proverbial block, here's your chance.  The first company to produce a working version of a metal...

12/19/13

Apple copied Microsoft with iPad, not the other way around

I’m guilty. When I read the reports of Microsoft’s Surface tablet this week, I did a big internal eye roll and thought, “Microsoft copies Apple again.” Then today, I saw a very funny post and it reminded me that Microsoft actually...

06/20/12

My experience with a Facebook hacker

As I lay in a sugar comatose one morning after the holidays last week, my stupor was interrupted by a series of phone calls from friends alerting me that I'd contacted them through a Facebook chat session and told them I'd been...

01/03/12

Dennis Ritchie and Steve Jobs -- quite the juxtaposition

Today, it was narrowly reported that C programming language inventor and Unix co-creator Dennis Ritchie died after a long illness. He was 70. Earlier this month, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs also died after a long illness.It's...

10/13/11

How five vendors are using flash and SSDs

Perusing the exhibition floor at SNW in Orlando this week, it was hard find any vendors who weren’t offering solid-state drive or PCIe-based NAND flash cards on their storage systems. Some vendors, such as Texas Memory Systems fill a...

10/12/11

What a wall of 4,500 video streams looks like

At last week's SNW in Santa Clara, SSD-maker Fusion-io set up a video wall showing an digital tapestry made up by 4,500 video streams all being run through a single NAND flash card. The card is capable of over 1 million transactions...

04/12/11

California court backs EMC: Former exec can't oversee HP's storage ops

A California Superior Court Judge today sided with EMC Corp. to bar one of its former top executives from overseeing the storage technology business unit at Hewlett-Packard Co.David Donatelli, formerly president of EMC's Storage...

06/02/09

Finding a bone marrow match for Nick

Nick Glasgow, a 28-year-old employee of EMC Corp., is dying from Leukemia and the only medical cure available to him after months of treatment is a bone marrow transplant. If Nick were fully Caucasian, then 80% of the volunteers in...

05/29/09

Intel drops its prices on solid state disk drives

After leading the market in high-performance and high-price since going to market with its solid state disk (SSD) last September, Intel announced today that it is dropping the price on its consumer 2.5-inch, X25-M laptop SSD.Intel's...

04/27/09

Tectonic plates shifting with EMC's upcoming news?

EMC is building hype around a worldwide announcement it plans to make April 14 that will involve multiple vendor partners. Anticipation is running high that the news will be around offering enterprises on-site cloud computing through...

04/02/09

Three reasons Woz should remain on Dancing with the Stars

I've been loosely following Steve Wozniak's foray into the bizarre as a contestant on the TV show Dancing with the Stars, and while I've often agreed with the judges' assessment of Woz as a dancer, I must give the man major points...

03/24/09

Twenty-four SSDs strung together for 6TB, 2GB/sec throughput

When you've got millions of dollars at your disposal, and access to some of the industry's best hardware engineers, what do you do? Well, if you're Samsung you make a YouTube video showing the speed, capacity and reliability you can...

03/09/09

40 different sounds of failing hard drives

Not that I lie awake at night thinking of this, but do hard drives make different sounds as they begin to fail -- and take your precious data with them? Apparently, they do.Datacent Data Recovery, a Canadian-based firm, decided to...

11/25/08

Lower-res TV sales outpace 1080p -- hurting Blu-ray?

As Blu-ray Disc sales sputter in the face of low demand, and consumer electronics market experts attempt to explain why the uptake isn't what it was expected to be, the sales of flat-panel televisions that can actually take advantage...

09/26/08

Prevent unwanted presidencies with paper ballots

While attending MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference in Cambridge today, I quickly found out that this country is still plagued with many of the same electronic ballot problems as it had in the presidential election of 2004, and...

09/25/08

A USB flash drive with Ghostbusters - a good/bad thing

PNY Technologies announced this week they're the first company to release a 2GB USB flash drive with a feature film preloaded on it. PNY is using the 1980s flick Ghostbusters to promote its new line of Attaché flash drives. If you're...

09/05/08

Wii's new external hard drive is really 'cool'

Recently, I wrote a column about how Nintendo had been short sighted in designing the Wii because the gaming system has a pathetic 512MB of onboard storage and there's no external storage device from which you can launch games —so...

08/18/08

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