The new must-have gadget: Flash laptops

The entire world is now slowly shifting to Flash-based storage in mobile devices. The latest trend is to get rid of harddisks in your laptop – and you will have longer battery life, faster shutdown/reboot, better shock-resistance. Not to mention that flash memory takes less space than a harddisk. Fujitsu follows this trend with their…


12-disk SATA storage box for less than a grand

ExtremeTech has a review of the Norco DS-1220 eSATA storage box, which can accomodate up to 12 SATA disks. The price is pretty low (on it is $840 without disks). I computed a small table that shows how much it will cost for a simple JBOD configuration. So, for less than $3000 you can get…


New hard drive price war coming

Seagate, Hitachi and Samsung will compete for more price cuts for harddisks in the near future. The toughest competition seems to be on the low-end, 80 GB harddisk models. So, what do you think the new non-rebate price would be for, say, 160 GB drives?  [source: USA Today]


Search Engines and Privacy

The recent AOL scandal had one and only one learning lesson for any software company. Think 10x, 100x, 1000x about customer privacy. There is a large amount of discussions, opinions, passion on the blogosphere, but I don’t think that anyone disagrees with the point above. However, there is an alternate learning lesson that applies to you, or…


Why Flash memory is good for your computer

Simply put, flash memory will enable a revolution in improving computer performance in daily utilization scenarios. Your computer will boot up faster. It will launch applications significantly faster. (Hey, it will shutdown faster as well.) The problem To see why we will have this dramatic performance improvement, let’s remember how harddisks work: whenever you have a…


Passwords: Bad "best practices"

So, you think that your password is secure? Let’s see: does it contain a mixture of uppercase/lowercase letters, punctuation marks and digits? Yes? Well, even in this case, your password might be still completely insecure. Read ahead why… To understand the problem, we need first a little rehash of the basic password cracking techniques. The simplest…


How to run Defrag on a scheduled basis

On Windows XP, it’s simple. Just run this command and you are done: schtasks /create /TN defrag /RU “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” /SC weekly /TR “defrag %systemdrive%”


Using NTBackup to achieve P2V

I always thought about writing a post about physical-to-virtual migration strategies in combination with VSS, but I never got to it. So it’s not surprising that others started to uncover this trail 🙂 One particular technique in this area is described in Lindsay Donaghe’s blog – she uses NTBackup to do pretty much the following:1) Backup the physical machine (Windows XP,…


Perpendicular storage arrives on laptops Seagate’s new drive, the Momentus 5400.3, was being shipped as of Monday, the Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company said. The shift to perpendicular recording allows it to bump up the maximum capacity of its notebook drive to 160 gigabytes from 120 gigabytes. The 2.5-inch drive costs $325, compared to about $240 for the 120 gig…