Stories by Lucas Mearian

Vinyl record sales double in '08, CDs down

Audiophiles have long argued that vinyl records offer better sound quality compared to CDs or MP3s, but their stoic loyalty in the face of change was seen as little more than nostalgia over the 25 years digital recordings has dominated the music industry. In recent years, however, sales of LPs -- that's short for long-playing records -- have more than doubled online and are regaining overall market share, thanks to new converts looking for more than they can find in an MP3 selling for 99 cents online.

Kanguru eSATA flash drive provides speed

Last month, Kanguru Solutions announced the first USB flash drive that also offers External Serial ATA (eSATA) connectivity. This month, OCZ Technology also announced an eSATA-enabled flash drive with up to 32GB capacity, as did Advanced Media's Ridata-brand.

Little tech wins big as nanocar inventor takes science award

The inventor of a car slightly wider than a strand of DNA took the top prize in nanotechnologies this week. James Tour, a professor of chemistry at Rice University, won the Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for experimental nanotechnology for his nanocar, which is four nanometers across and includes a chassis with an engine, a pivoting suspension, and rotating axles attached to rolling buckyball wheels each made of 60 carbon atoms.

Intel ships 160GB solid state disk drives

Intel has announced it is expanding its X25-M 2.5-inch and X18-M 1.8-inch SATA solid-state drive (SSD) family with a 160GB drive in a 2.5-inch form factor.

Researchers create graphite memory only 10 atoms thick

Researchers at Rice University have demonstrated a new data storage medium made out of a layer of graphite only 10 atoms thick.

IBM Rational offers Jazz-enabled project collaboration tools

IBM's Rational Software unit Wednesday announced several new applications that provide collaboration, automation and reporting features that take advantage of Web 2.0 technology.

Hitachi to ship SSDs with high-end arrays

HDS Monday announced it will offer flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) for its high-end Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V and VM storage arrays.

Seagate mandates longer unpaid furloughs during the holidays

After announcing this week that it is cutting revenue expectations for the current quarter, Seagate Technology expanded a companywide unpaid holiday furlough from one to two weeks.

Restored DVD key to conviction in rape case

The recovery of data from a damaged DVD helped convict a US man of multiple rapes earlier this year.

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Which operating system is best for SSDs?

Solid-state disk (SSD) drive architecture can play a big role in how fast a computer boots up and performs. But how big a role the SSDs play -- and how much faster an operating system is -- depends as much on the operating system as on the drive. Although none of the mainstream operating systems now in use have been optimized to work better with SSDs, some do natively work more efficiently than others, according to storage experts.

HP ships 300GB, 2.5-in. SAS drives

Hewlett-Packard Co. said it began shipping its 300GB small-form factor drives to worldwide resellers this week, doubling the capacity of its previous 2.5-innch serial-attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives. HP said the new drives, which it produced with Seagate, use 75 per cent less power and 70 per cent less space than its high-end 3.5-inch, 15,000-rpm drives.

Transmitting data from the middle of nowhere

To migrate data from one location to another, Seth Georgion has had to devise some creative ways to transmit data from remote locations, including ships in the Pacific Ocean and taverns in the Australian outback, using T1 lines and satellites. Georgion, manager of IT for marine survey firm Fugro USA, also had to reduce the amount of information he was transmitting by culling duplicate data that accounted for as much as half of what he was sending.

Micron to launch hyper-fast SSD, touts 1GB/sec throughput

Within the next year, Micron technology expects to bring to market a high-end solid-state disk (SSD) drive that could achieve 1GB/sec throughput, according to a Micron executive. The transfer speed is four times that offered by Intel's newest SSD, the X25-E.

Kanguru releases thumb drive with eSATA/USB connectivity

Kanguru Solutions on Friday announced the first USB flash drive that also External Serial ATA (eSATA) connectivity. By using eSATA's 3Gbit/sec throughput, Kanguru's eFlash drive potentially offers five times the throughput of USB 2.0, which is 480Mbit/sec.

Dell ships laptops with self-encrypting drives

Dell announced Monday that it is offering Seagate's self-encrypting hard drives in its Latitude laptops, Precision Mobile Workstations and OptiPlex desktops as a security precaution to those machines being lost or stolen. Seagate also announced today that it has begun shipping its 320GB and 500GB self-encrypting disk drives to laptop manufacturers worldwide.