Nemilar writes: "SSD has many benefits — low power, high IO bandwidth, low latency — yet their adoption has been delayed by high cost, device wear and data organization disruption. Still, SSDs are here to stay and the list of vendors and products is getting bigger every day. Rather than adopt SSD arrays as primary storage, some companies are using SSD as a cache mechanism to improve performance while holding on to their traditional storage arrays."
Nemilar writes: "Who will save what’s left of Palm from HP’s bumbling? It could be Amazon, as the online retailing giant is in serious negotiations to snap up Palm from HP. No other company seems as fitting a home for Palm and its webOS software. It’s worth noting that former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who now holds a vague “product innovation” role at HP’s Personal Services Group, joined Amazon’s board late last year."
Nemilar writes: Maverick Meerkat, the version of Ubuntu slated to be released later this year, brings with it several features and improvements that the Linux community has been eagerly looking forward to. This article covers 5 enhancements that are listed in the blueprints for the next release of Ubuntu, and are the most interesting to end-users. In the list are software center improvements, enhancements for Ubuntu Netbook Edition, and post-release application delivery.
Nemilar writes: "It’s been about a week since Apple rolled out its new advertising platform, and developers of iPhone apps are watching the earliest returns to see how much money they can expect to make from these ads. One developer reported Thursday that he earned $1400 in one day for his flashlight app. The amount iAds pay is “a high number when you get it, but you don’t get it very often,” said Dave Yonamine, the director of marketing at MobilityWare. The article discusses revenue potential in relation to the only other mobile ads platform, AdMob for Android, and claims that iAd paid $148 for the same number of ads as $1 on AdMob. What's Apple up to?"
Nemilar writes: Canonical's announcement of an Ubuntu-based tablet comes on the heels of the release of the Apple iPad and HP's rumored plans for a WebOS-based tablet. But Canonical’s foray into the tablet arena is fundamentally different from both the iPad and a WebOS tablet, in that it the company is primarily a software maker, and they plan to scale-down their OS rather than scaling-up a smartphone UI. The question is, will this strategy work for a general consumer product, or is Canonical's tablet going to turn into Linux fanware?
Nemilar writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an interview with Steve Jobs in which he discusses the past, present, and future of the iPad and tablet PCs. Among other things, he mentions that iPad development in 2000 was the catalyst for the iPhone, why regular PC operating systems don't scale down well for tablet PCs, and how in the future ads will be built directly into the iPhone OS. He also mentions his views on customer privacy, and his belief that customers will pay for content on the web."
Nemilar writes: The Wall Street Journal is running a pair of articles asking whether the Internet is making humanity smarter or dumber. The argument for "smarter" is that the internet is simply a change in the rules of publishing, and that the bad material is thrown away; the second story critiques the "information overload" aspect of the internet, claiming that we have traded depth of knowledge for velocity and span. What do you think? Does the internet make you stupid?
Nemilar writes: "Preload is a Linux daemon that stores commonly-used libraries and binaries in memory to speed up access times, similar to the Windows Vista SuperFetch function. This article examines Preload and gives some insight into how much performance is gained for its total resource cost, and discusses basic installation and configuration to get you started."
Nemilar writes: "While it may not let you go where no man has gone before, Celestia is an amazing desktop application that lets you go anywhere in the known Universe.You can view any object in the Solar System, travel to distant stars, and even leave the Galaxy, traveling faster than the speed of light, viewing high-res images of objects millions of miles away."
Nemilar writes: "Web 2.0 was marked by web-based applications. But the major limitation to all these services is that they existed solely in the realm of the Internet, and data was stored on somebody else's servers. The introduction of Ajax RE's is poised to change all that, allowing coders to write applications using existing technologies to merge the desktop with the web. Will Ajax Runtime Environments bring about Web 3.0?"
Nemilar writes: "Fluxbuntu's aim is to be a "lightweight, productive, agile, and efficient" operating system; this review takes a look at Fluxbuntu and whether it lives up to the challenge of creating a user-friendly experience on a tight resources budget. The review discusses included applications, the user interface and ease-of-use, as well as some limitations, and concludes that Fluxbuntu might be lightweight and efficient, but lacks productivity and the clean finish necessary for a user-friendly desktop."
Nemilar writes: "Ubuntu's Hardy is set to release soon, and a look at its current state shows how well it progressing, including many of the applications that are now included by default and the major changes that will improve stability and usability. Among these are the addition of Firefox 3 and Remote Desktop on the applications side, and a new method for systems control known as Policy Kit, which enables the administrator to unlock certain functions for normal users."
Nemilar writes: "Apple's Time Machine made waves throughout the community for its ease of use, for bringing the critical task of backing-up to the masses. For decades, Linux gurus have been doing their backups with rsync and cron, but now TimeVault is changing all that. This review of TimeVault shows its installation and configuration, and discusses its features, as well as its various limitations. Overall, it's simple and effective enough that this cornerstone piece of software is one more example of how Linux is getting closer to being a suitable desktop operating system."