Should I? I only had one flu-shot the last 25 years. That year I had the worst flu I have ever had. There’s no way in #$%^ I’m going to get one now. I have been doing fine (knock on wood) so far.
Telecom companies are having a fit against cities providing free wireless access on public places and residential areas. It’s understandable, residents have no longer need telecom’s service if they can get it for free.
Ever wonder how removable storage has evolved over the years….
Format and Capacity
Floppy drives: 360 kb, 720 kb and 1.44 mb
Zip drive: 100 mb
CD: 650 mb
DVD: 4.7 gb
HD DVD: 30 gb
Blu-Ray DVD: 50 gb
USB Flash Memory
Seagate Technology just came out with a 400 GB drive running at 7200 rpm with SATA or Ultra ATA interface. The drive which is composed of 3 disks of 133GB each is being targeted at desktop systems. This is by far the largest drive to date.
For several years, prognosticators have been predicting whether Linux will overtake Microsoft’s dominance of the operating systems market. Quite a contrary, Linux’s impact has been slow and minimal and I predict Linux’s market share will gain slowly against the Windows operating system.
I thought about signing up with T-Mobile for access to the net when hanging outside the house whether at Starbucks or Borders, but I came across BayAreaFreeFi.com and I said screw it. Why pay $360 per year for online access if its available for free at many establishments in the Bay Area.
By next year (2005), you will begin to see desktop and laptop systems with Blu-Ray disc format, the next generation of DVDs that will enable storage up to 50GB. Currently, DVDs can store only 4.7GBs. HP, Dell, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Pioneer, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sony and Thomson Multimedia are behind the Blu-Ray disc format.
Meanwhile there is another competing format called HD DVD or high definition DVDs. This alternative format is capable of storage of up to 30GB. Memory-Tech, NEC, Sanyo Electric and Toshiba are behind this format. It’s unclear which format will be popular a couple of years from now, but I have an inkling that the Blu-Ray format will win over due to its higher disc capacity and backing from major US companies.
Sun Microsystems is now offering Solaris 10 for free. Wow, that is big news. So, it looks like Sun is feeling the heat from Linux and other open based operating systems. From what I hear around the industry, Sun is struggling to sell its products because companies have switched to running Linux on systems that were once dominated by Sun systems.