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Comment Re:Maybe it's a sign... (Score 0) 32

I work with Cisco products all day long. Some I love, some I don't. The ASA's are long in the tooth and pretty much everybody has passed them up. Now I just use them as a glorified VPN concentrator. Traditional WiFi (Aironet WLC product line) is still the best in the biz as far as I'm concerned, but that model is being challenged by the Meraki's of the world. The CUCM VoIP products SUCK!!! From a management standpoint, it's awful. Sure, it can produce dial-tone and make a phone call after massaging the f*ck out of it, but so what? Give me Avaya any day.

Even if their switches aren't the fastest in the world, they are ubiquitous and just work. I'd rather have an old 6509E than most modern alternatives just because of what the software can do. It's not always about speed.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 0) 51

Wear leveling doesn't help with static data as much, or if the SSD doesn't have power. The second you stop flowing electricity through it, the degradation starts (albeit very slowly). At the rate they are going, the hard drive manufacturers should have nothing to worry about. Sure, cheaper cost per Gig will make hard drives less attractive for a primary OS, but on the other hand, HDD's can retain data while it is off for months or years at a time.

As someone who uses USB HDD's for backups (not powered up much) this is important. Some may think this is silly, but imagine if you were told you had to spin up every one of your DVD-R's every few months to keep the data intact?

This is why all my SSD's are older. Most are 34nm, some 25nm. Nothing smaller. The speed trade-off from 22nm, 20nm, 19nm and below is barely incremental in daily usage.

Comment Being early more important (Score 0) 445

Microsoft should know this from their own past. It's not necessarily who is the best, but who starts early and gets the market share.

Case and point: MS-DOS

By any yardstick, DOS was a pretty mediocre operating system, even accounting for the time. But when everybody started writing software, games, drivers and hardware for it, the rest did not matter. And they carried that success through Windows 3.1 and 95. Not even OS/2 could compete.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.