The article quotes the CEO as saying the company is struggling due to "capital constraints". Then right below that, "This has been a common refrain. OCZ reports lower sales, it blames a shortage of NAND." Does the author truly not understand the difference between a shortage of cash to fund ongoing operations, and a shortage of parts?
Regardless, I don't see their departure from the scene as a great loss. Their spotty reputation for quality and customer service has caused me to avoid their products in general, and has apparently come back to bite them in the ass. The only sad part is that they might take PC Power and Cooling (one of the premier PSU manufacturers from back in the day, which OCZ acquired a few years ago) down with the ship.
Bingo. Comparing the breakage rate for tablets that have been handed out to middle schoolers to that for tablets which have been bought by (and presumably used mostly by) adults is meaningless.
That said, if the contract stipulated that they were supposed to have Gorilla Glass screens and they didn't come so equipped, then that's fraud. If fraud is proven, then hopefully this results in some hefty financial penalties and/or jail time for those responsible.
The main reason Open Source video drivers for newer nVidia and AMD GPUs have had such a checkered history is precisely the lack of public hardware specs. The driver teams have been forced to reverse-engineer some of the hardware features to develop the drivers, which is far from ideal.
Open Source drivers for Intel GPUs have historically been pretty good (well, at least until they started using the PowerVR-based junk...); the issue there has been slow hardware, not buggy drivers.
The capacity of MicroSD cards has improved a bit since then, resulting in a moderate increase in achievable bandwidth; but other than that the analysis is still essentially the same.
Until a few months ago at work I was running triple-head on an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS desktop with an ATI Radeon something-or-other card. Hardware acceleration was supported. The third head was analog, but AFAIK that was just a limitation of the sub-$150 graphics card I was using (only 2 digital ports), not something inherent in X or the drivers. I was surprised to discover that triple head was even possible with an inexpensive card.
I did need to install a beta version of the proprietary drivers, and IIRC it took a bit of finagling with xrandr in a startup script to get the heads to consistently come up in the correct order (stupid Catalyst Control Center!), but once I got those issues sorted it worked reasonably well.
Something like an email or text to a laptop at home, or a dedicated prepaid phone, but without the pitfalls of such a solution (i.e. random wrong numbers, solicitors, email spam, etc).
Just set up a new e-mail account for the alerts to go to, and don't publish the address or use the account to send any outgoing e-mails. In order for you to receive spam at an address, first that address needs to be out there to be harvested.
Whether it's your brand of switch, motherboard or even memory, never have the same across all machines if you can help it. The only time I'd recommend the same brand would be hard drives (due to concurrency issues), but then at least try go get them from different batches.
...and then along comes something like the Seagate 7200.11 firmware bug from a few years back, which caused all drives of several related models to self-brick after a period of time.