New Intel X-25M SSDs on Hold: Firmware Problem

July 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
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New Intel X-25M SSDs on Hold: Firmware Problem

You may have heard about Intel coming out with new SSDs. This X25-M upgrade represents the same capacities (80GB and 160GB) at much lower prices ($225 from $595 and $440 from $945 respectively), not to mention better reading speeds (”a 25 percent reduction in read latency”). Personally, this development made me hopeful that pretty soon we’ll see $200 320GB solid state drives.
But Intel discovered a hiccup with the new drives, asking retailers to put all deliveries on hold, and to actually pull the X25-Ms from their respective store fronts. William George of Puget Systems narrates what happened:
After several hours of … [Read More]

What China Should Really Push for PCs

June 9, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
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What China Should Really Push for PCs

So it seems China is really serious about censoring internet traffic. The New York Times reports that the government will require all PCs sold in the country must have filtering software pre-installed. With a implementation deadline of July 1, the system will allow the Chinese government to remotely update a banned list of websites stored on the computers.
I’m sure this will piss off a lot of Chinese. I can only imagine the reaction of online gamers who find access to their MMORPG cut at their local net cafe. But I’m pretty sure some savvy users will find ways around the … [Read More]


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