Archive for the ‘Personal Computing’ Category

Small Medium Business (SMB) IT continues to gain respect, what about SOHO?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Blog post: Small Medium Business (SMB) IT continues to gain respect, what about SOHO? Note that in Information Technology (IT) conversations there are multiple meanings for SMB including Server Message Block aka Microsoft Windows CIFS (Common Internet File System) along with its SAMBA implementation, however for this piece the context ...

Server and Storage IO Memory: DRAM and nand flash

Monday, August 12th, 2013

DRAM, DIMM, DDR3, nand flash memory, SSD, stating what's often assumed Often what's assumed is not always the case. For example in along with around server, storage and IO networking circles including virtual as well as cloud environments terms such as nand (Negated AND or NOT And) flash memory aka (Solid ...

Seagate provides proof of life: Enterprise HDD enhancements

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Proof of life: Enterprise Hard Disk Drives (HDD's) are enhanced Last week while hard disk drive (HDD) competitor Western Digital (WD) was announcing yet another (Velobit) in a string of acquisitions ( e.g. earlier included Stec, Arkeia) and investments (Skyera), Seagate announced new enterprise class HDD's to their portfolio. ...

Upgrading Lenovo X1 Windows 7 with a Samsung 840 SSD

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I recently upgraded my Lenovo X1 laptop from a Samsung 830 256GB Solid State Device (SSD) drive to a new Samsung 840 512GB SSD. The following are some perspectives, comments on my experience in using the Samsung SSD over the past year, along with what was ...

Introducing Josh Apter and the Padcaster from NAB 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed ...

December 2012 StorageIO Update news letter

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

December 2012 News letterWelcome to the December 2012 year end edition of the StorageIO Update news letter including a new format and added content.You can get access to this news letter via various social media venues (some are shown below) in addition to StorageIO web sites ...

Cloud, virtualization, storage and networking in an election year

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

My how time flies, seems like just yesterday (back in 2008) that I did a piece titled Politics and Storage, or, storage in an election year V2.008 and if you are not aware, it is 2012 and thus an election year in the U.S. as well as in many other ...

Cloud conversations: confidence, certainty and confidentiality

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Here is an interesting article from over at wired about proposed privacy law and court warrants for cloud data, along with this one over at information week. Both got me thinking about some things that I hear when out and about talking with IT professionals and their concerns around clouds.Common ...

Does software eliminate or move location of vendor lockin?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Does software eliminate or move location of vendor lockin?Updated 1/21/2018 Does software eliminate or move location of vendor lockin? I'm always interested when I hear or read a software vendor or their value added reseller (VAR) or business partner claim that their solution eliminates vendor lockin. More often than not, I ...

Over 1,000 entries now on the StorageIO industry links page

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Is your company, organization or one that you are a fan of, or represent listed on the StorageIO industry links page (click here to learn more about it). The StorageIO industry links page has been updated with over thousand different industry related companies, vendors, vars, trade groups, part and solution suppliers ...

What are some endangered IT skills species?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Dan Tynan has a good piece over at InfoWorld discussing the 9 most endangered species (e.g. skill sets) in the IT workforce. His article is along the lines that the IT job landscape is evolving rapidly and provides some ideas and points for discussion how to avoid ...

What does new EMC and Lenovo partnership mean?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The past several weeks have been busy with various merger, acquisitions and collaborating activity in the IT and data storage world. Summer time often brings new relationships and even summer marriages. The most recent is EMC and Lenovo announcing a new partnership that includes OEM sourcing ...

Kudos to Lenovo: Customer service redefined, or re-established?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Kudos to Lenovo who I called yesterday to get a replacement key for my X1 laptop keypad.After spending time on their website including finding the part number, sku and other information, I could not figure out how to actually order the part. Concerned about calling and getting routed ...

Enabling Bitlocker on Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Enabling Bitlocker on Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Updated 6/24/18A while back, I added a new laptop that required Enabling Bitlocker on Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. At that time some of my other devices run Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit with Bitlocker security encryption enabled (since ...