Archive for June, 2009

Gadget: MicroSD CF raid adapter

Confusing title? Indeed. For those of you amateur photographers still living in the dark ages using compact flash as your media of choice this little gadget may be for you. I’m sure (like everyone) you have a collection of microSD cards just lying around going to waste. Make that flash memory relevant again by plugging them into this fancy compact flash adapter. What’s so special? It’s a mini RAID 0 adapter. That’s right. You plug in your microSD cards, and it makes it one big CF storage unit. Yay! Your DSLR camera from the last decade is useful once again.
(but won’t the read/write speed be slow? you ask … yes, yes it will. Let me distract you by shaking my car keys in your face …)

South Korea to set up computer defenses

South Korea faces daily hacking attempts from both their northern counterparts as well as unruly Chinese gold farmers attempting to steal their state secrets. The South Korean government announced that it plans on setting up a cyber warfare defense post to fortify their systems against these attacks. This is what the interface will look like.
Actual gameplay -er active defense screens should look like this.



Worth a read

Found this interesting article on the Economist. Definitely worth a read. Digital data and storage decay.

64 heads better than 1?

Over the years there haven’t been many advances in hard drive technology. Increasing storage densities led to a boom in hard drive capacities. Solid state drives implementing nano flash memory drastically improving speed and performance. Now Dataslide has stepped up with their technology. It’s a hard rectangular drive, not just a regular hard drive. Diamond coated surfaces to eliminate service issues. And instead of a traditional 1 – 4 heads reading data it has 64, one per sector. 64 heads should be better than 1 right? From what I can make out from the pretty pictures it seems like the rectangular platter slides out rather than spinning and the head stack remains stationary while the surface moves beneath it.

It’s certainly and interesting concept. Is write speed faster? Will capacities grow beyond 36GB? Durability? What happens if one of the heads fail? Is there such a thing as a 64 head crash? That would be a disaster. What sort of data recovery issues will this cause? Still many questions to be answered. Perhaps if this technology gets off the ground and into the mainstream market we’ll find out.

Big storage, tiny package

I got your 128GB flash storage, right in my pants baby! No seriously. The new Kingston data traveler stores 128GB in a tiny flash storage device. Take your porn collection with you where ever you go (because we all know you can’t live without it). Just be prepared to spend a bit of money. An alternate option might be just buying a whole laptop. Are we getting ridiculous yet?

I don’t know about you but the most data I’ve ever had to move around has been 8GB. Haven’t even had the need for a 32GB flash usb drive. Here’s a thought, why not use that external drive you’ve got sitting around? It won’t fit in your pocket but it’s a whole hell of a lot better than spending $900 on a little usb thingy. However, if you’re a rich bastard than why am I even talking to you.

Gadgets: Why do we need em?

Their sole purpose in life? To entertain us. Forget the functionality, the features, technical jargon … it’s all about the games. Thinking of buying a laptop? Make sure you get a good video card. Just in case you want to play games. That crappy Intel GMA 950 isn’t going to cut it, go with an nVidia or AMD graphics card. Ipod? Go with an iPod Touch. Just think of all the games you will be able to download. Plus the bigger screen will make watching videos a whole lot easier. Cell phone? Big screen, gotta have it. Camera? Gotta be more mega pixels.

Despite our rationale, gadgets perform a very small functional purpose. Everything leads to entertainment in the end. So the next time you go shopping for a gadget, just be honest with yourself. You’re not buying it for work, you’re not interested in technical specs, you want it for it’s entertainment value.

Data Storage for a Billion Years

Yes, a BILLION years. Sound far fetched? Futuristic technology? Not quite. Scientific researchers have been able to demonstrate data storage memory utilzing carbon nano tubes. The technology can store, in theory, a trillion bits of data per square inch for a billion years. The technology potentially will be available in 2 years. It uses crystalline iron nano particles inside a specialized carbon tube to work it’s magic. To put that in perspective the particles are a fraction of the width of a human hair, that’s damn tiny. On top of that it’s low voltage and energy efficient.

Perhaps the days of hard drive crashes will soon be over. No more headaches, no more data recovery issues to deal with. It’s all smoke and mirrors at this point with little or no consumer level application but maybe it will show up in a secret government labs somewhere. There has always been a big gap between theory and real world application.

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