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...

Good news users: Flash memory prices continue to tumble

Flash memory prices will continue to drop over the next month or more, according to one securities firm that says Apple's iPhone 3G and other new, hot hand-helds are about the only thing that is likely to stabilize NAND memory's...

Celerra Man

While at the EMC World conference in Las Vegas this past week, I was confronted by Celerra Man, a person dressed up in a foam suit to look like an EMC Celerra network attached storage array.Celerra Man speaks with a southern drawl...

Solid state disks find home with Google, Apple

Google plans to roll out solid state disk (SSD) drives from Intel in servers located in its North American headquarters and Apple will be replacing the 64GB SSD drive offered in the MacBook Air laptop with a higher-density, less...

This ID thief got off easy

A 41-year-old private computer contractor was convicted today of trying to sell a USB flash drive with the names and social security numbers of 17,000 U.S. Marines or military employees to a person he believed to be a representative...

One phat hi-tech home theatre, gaming system

If you attend Storage Networking World and walk the exposition floor, you're sure to see more spinning disk subsystems, robotic tape libraries, blinking Fibre Channel switches and screens displaying management software than you can...

Solid state disk life and performance varies widely

Rich Coulson, a senior fellow at Intel responsible for the conception, architecture and development of flash memory enhancements, says solid state disks (SSDs) are about to usher in a new phase in drive performance in the enterprise...

The world's quietest microchip fan

In case you haven't heard about one of the latest electronic components to surface in the mobile market, I'm taking the time to introduce it to you. It's called the "solid state fan" and I think you'll agree that this could make a...

I applaud HD DVD amends by Best Buy, Ciruit City

Today, Best Buy announced they are offering $50 gift certificates to 200,000 customers who purchased HD DVD players in light of the fact that Blu-ray Disc is now, by default, the high-definition optical disc standard for...

NetApp follows KFC's lead

NetApp this week announced they were changing their name to NetApp. They will no longer tolerate being called Network Appliance, Inc. When I first saw the press release, I almost blew diet Pepsi out my nose. I don't know anyone who...

Toshiba: Refund HD DVD owners' money

I'm still a bit stunned by the lightning-fast speed with which Toshiba Corp. threw in the towel on manufacturing its HD DVD players after Warner Bros announced it would be throwing its full support behind rival Blu-ray Disc...

My big-fat, six-hour Verizon FiOS installation

With a new high-definition television, and in expectation of the Super Bowl this Sunday, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge from standard cable to fiber optics, so I called up Verizon and ordered their three-in-one FiOS...

A new technology called "flash memory"

As I perused the news coming from the Consumer Electronics Show today, one story caught my eye immediately, "Goodbye Video Tape, Hello Flash Memory". It was about a technology that is poised to replace video tape called "flash...

Video: How CNBC tailored its headquarters IT systems

While visiting CNBC at their Englewood Cliffs, N.J. headquarters earlier this month to learn more about their IT infrastructure and how high-definition television may effect their future capacity needs, Steve Fastook, vice president...

Why CNBC chose Apple for network storage

Last week, I visited CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. to learn about why the broadcasting network was considering using the recently developed Fibre Channel over Ethernet protocol in order to make more efficient use of...

Does EqualLogic buyout mean splitsville for Dell and EMC?

Few would question the spectacular results of the EMC/Dell reseller partnership over the past five years. Dell's manufacturing and reselling of EMC's entry-level AX-series and midrange Clarrion arrays has represented more and more of...

Ads on your cell phone -- don't stand for it!

I'm getting sick and tired of ads. A qualifier: In the publishing business, we're all keenly aware that publications rely on advertising revenue in order to pay the bills, including my paycheck; the days when periodicals generated...

Robbers even prefer Blu-ray over HD DVD

Thieves who broke into a video store in Seattle walked off with more than $7,000 worth of Blu-ray DVD movies, according to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. In all, the crooks got away with Silver...

The Mouse Jiggler, friend or foe?

When I opened a 10x6-inch box today to find a three-inch USB flash drive labeled "Mouse Jiggler" packed alongside a can of Sobe soda and sweet-tarts, I just scratched my head -- figuratively speaking. A press release in the box from...

$300 Blu-ray PC drive coming to a store near you

According to a press release on BusinessWire, Pioneer's answer to over-priced Blu-ray Disc drives -- the BDC-2202 -- will be arriving in U.S. stores in June after making its debut earlier this year in China. The Blu-ray Disc drive...

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