Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

Moving data off a dodgy disk

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Recently I had the joy of a brand new hard disk developing bad sectors, this caused all sorts of issues, and once I’d worked out that the disk was having issues (a failed backup due to read errors, which lead to a chkdsk, which lead to a hurried purchase of a new HDD) I immediately […]

Kindle 3 – WiFi

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Amazon have announced the kindle available in 6″ with WiFi and WiFi+3G models. Some of the key features of the Kindle 3 that may interest you is the higher contrast screen for that even more paper like visuals, even lighter and smaller than before, a new colour (graphite) which I personally find significantly more appealing. […]

» How higher RPM hard drives rip you off | George Ou | ZDNet.com

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

» How higher RPM hard drives rip you off | George Ou | ZDNet.com A very interesting article dealing with a solution to the percieved slowness of lower RPM HDD’s and how to improve the partitioning scheme to have the OS run faster, and large non frequent seeking scenarios for the slower parts of the […]

The 12-Drive RAID Storage Box

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

The 12-Drive RAID Storage Box Now I’m having storage issues, if this unit had a GigE NIC on the back of it, and sweet management interface, I’d be very happy man running around trying to get on. Solaris + ZFS that would allow for any number of discs being shoved into at any point would […]

Inventgeek.com – 0dBA Ionic Cooling Gaming System – Overview

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Inventgeek.com – 0dBA Ionic Cooling Gaming System – Overview Woah! I wants a most impressive cooling system.

Who says size does not matter : Apple – MacBook Pro

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Apple – MacBook Pro Apple have finally announced the MacBook Pro 17″ model – with Spec’s very similar to the 15″ and that lucious 17″ screen. $4600(AUD) is where it starts for this capable machine but I would make the following changes: Drop the ram to 1GB (2x512SIMMS) (subtract $155 – then purchase 2x Kingston […]

13.3-inch MacBooks on the way?

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

We’ve been operating under the assumption that Apple will call their new consumer line of laptops MacBook, as opposed to the pro line of MacBook Pro. Maybe we just spend too much time thinking about Apple’s naming schemes, and this probably doesn’t change anything. — These look seriously tempting and will be most temping if […]

Linux wireless hardware support search site

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Will my wireless usb/card device will work under Linux?, sure there are a lot of resources but this simple and straight to the point site will make things a lot easier, hey you can contribute and make it even better. — Makes choosing a wireless device for use within linux easier. (Hint: Avoid Broadcom based […]

Reasons to Love Open-Source DRM

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Sun Microsystems is pushing an open-source copy protection scheme designed to let you listen to your music across a broad range of platforms. Critics say there’s no such thing as good DRM. Here’s why they’re wrong — For as long as companies persist in shoving DRM down our throats a DRM system like the one […]

The pace of technology

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

After penning this article I realised that it was nearly 10 years ago that I first discussed with fellow students the posibility and the rumors that Sun were investigating placing multiple chips into a single die, and that we now have this technology. It seems like there is some significant lag between things that are […]